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KDE Plasma 5.6.5 Is the Last in the Series, KDE Plasma 5.7 Coming July 5

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Today, June 14, 2016, KDE has released the fifth and last maintenance update of the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment series.

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KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 Adds Many KWayland and Plasma Framework Improvements

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Today, June 13, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of this month's KDE Frameworks 5 maintenance update, version 5.23.0.

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Also: KDE Frameworks 5.23 Released

Leftovers: KDE

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • KApiDox (or api.kde.org): I need your input !
  • Watching Digital TV Via Kaffeine

    Kaffeine is a media player application that uses the KDE libraries. As part of my work maintaining the Linux Kernel media subsystem I needed some tools to test whether or not the digital TV core support works properly and to test Linux drivers for new devices. So, I’ve recently been working to improve Kaffeine to offer the necessary features for such tests. As part of this, I recently created a major Kaffeine version (2.0) that uses the latest version of KF5 (KDE Frameworks 5), and to use Qt5 library. I also started helping with upstream Kaffeine maintenance.

  • Finally: Umbrello works on MsWindows

    One of the tasks in my Google Summer of Code project was build Umbrello using KF5 in MsWindows and see if had any problems.

  • Interview with Sara Tepes

    My name’s Sara Tepes, I’m 17 years old, I was born in Romania but grew up in the U.S. and I live super close to Washington D.C. I love roses, rabbits, tea, and historical movies.

  • Dear Planet KDE readers...

    Here's a handy tip for you - if you see a post that you don't want to read, use your mouse/touchpad scroll thingy with direction "down", keep using it until you don't see the post anymore.

  • Why planetkde needs to have political posts
  • The Purpose of Planets

    Planet KDE and similar sites exist to show the people in the communities, what they are working on and what their interests and characters are. It’s not an official news site like KDE Dot News and it’s not even on the kde.org domain which I find disappointing. Posts on topics outwith KDE are encouraged as that gives insight into our friends we work with and builds community.

  • KDE neon User Edition 5.6

    Polishing is important but after a while you need to put a fork in it and decide it’s done and so we’ve announced KDE neon User Edition 5.6, our first edition which we advocate for our target audience.

  • Let's wait a bit longer

    I recently learned that the guys at Openmandriva camp are working hard and are going to release a release candidate soon.

    Mageia is doing the same. That means that two of my favorite distros will have a new version to offer.

    What makes me uneasy is KDE 5. I am not a big fan of this desktop environment.

    Oh, and I read yesterday that PCLOS is releasing a new iso... also with KDE 5! My reaction was that of Julius Caesar: "Et tu, PCLOS! Then, fall, Mechatotoro!"

    But the PCLOS devs understand that not everyone is crazy about KDE 5, so they kindly and wisely state that "you can keep your KDE 4 if you want to because nobody is going to force you to use KDE 5."

  • Kdenlive Café and News

    In the last weeks, we worked to improve the timeline preview (pre-rendering) feature, and added a few UI improvements, like a progress bar in the Render button, see screenshot.

  • And done!

    But not all was laziness! Yesterday, all Kickstarter backers got their surveys, and over half have already returned them! Today, the people who backed us through paypal got their surveys, and we got a fair return rate as well!

  • The 2016 Kickstarter

    This year's kickstarter fundraising campaign for Krita was more nerve-wracking than the previous two editions. Although we ended up 135% funded, we were almost afraid we wouldn't make it, around the middle. Maybe only the release of Krita 3.0 turned the campaign around. Here's my chaotic and off-the-cuff analysis of this campaign.

  • Building of Minuet Application on Android- Part 1
  • Building of Minuet Application on Android- Part 2
  • Refreshing MUP

    MUP, my markup previewer, was starting to show its age, being based on PyQt 4 and Python 2. I spent a bit of time last week to port it to PyQt 5 and Python 3.

  • events?(Kolab)

    I joined Kolab Systems just over 1.5 years ago, and during that time I have put a lot of my energy and time into working with the amazing team of people here to improve our processes and execution of those processes around sales, communication, community engagement, professional services delivery, and product development. They have certainly kept me busy and moving at warp 9, but the results have certainly been their own reward as we have moved together from strength to strength across the board.

  • New IMAP filter/proxy release: guam 0.8, eimap 0.2

    Over the last few months I have been poking away at a refactoring of the IMAP library that Kolab's IMAP filter/proxy uses behind the scenes, called eimap. It consolidated quite a bit of duplicated code between the various IMAP commands that are supported, and fixed a few bugs along the way. This refactoring dropped the code count, makes implementing new commands even easier, and has allowed for improvements that affect all commands (usually because they are related to the core IMAP protocol) to be made in one central place. This was rolled as eimap 0.2 the other week and has made its way through the packaging process for Kolab. This is a significant milestone for eimap on the path to being able to be considered "stable".

  • My thoughts on KDE

    Some weeks ago, I was criticized on KDE Cafe group on Telegram because, when I see that after months of inputs some people still have a very enormous misconception of EU, I insisted on informing them.

  • Randa Meetings 2016 will start soon – please support us
  • I’m going to Randa!

    While most of the participants seem to be going to the meeting for the purpose of getting more KDE applications on Windows, MacOS or Android — indeed platforms where our technology can make a difference for developers and where our applications can make a difference for Freedom — I’m going with a slightly different purpose. I’m there for our traditional niche platforms: the BSD’s. But also for packaging in a traditional sense, and for building our software effectively and efficiently.

  • Randa Meeting 2016 – Tomorrow on Tour ;=)
  • KDE on Flatpak in Randa

    I talked about KDE on Flatpak before (called xdg-app then). Lots happened since: new name, fancy new website and a couple of releases shows it’s getting quite stable.

    [...]

    Also we need to compile the applications, start using them and see where’s the limitations, especially regarding the sandboxing. In the end, we also want to bring KDE applications to our GNU/Linux users who cannot reach our stable releases.

  • How I met our Algorithm!

    So I have successfully completed the community bonding period and it was 23, May 2016 when Davide, Alessandro and me decided to dig deeper into our Google Summer of Code project WikiToLearn:Ratings.

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 4-Participation Sprint)
  • #26: GSoC with KDE – 4

    In the past week, I worked on the code reviews I got. Hence, I changed the classes’ design all over. The way it works now, is that there is a central dispatcher, the daemon, that handles all the jobs. I chose this design, since it was how originally KIMAP jobs, was supposed to be managed. My mentor and Daniel Vratil helped me in deciding this.

  • Gsoc 2016 Neverland #3
  • Let's modify your FITS files

Leftovers: KDE

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  • Randa Meetings 2016 Fundraising Campaign
  • Krita 3.0: The Animation Release

    Krita 3.0 is finally here! Releasing round version-number releases is always exciting for any kind of project. It’s like the start of a new beginning! And 3.0 presents a lot of new beginnings to us as well: First, we have now our own repository, for our code, as well as our own wiki, for the manual! So we started this release with a Spring-cleaning: Porting to Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5, necessary to keep Krita easy to maintain in the future. But also cleaning out the code. We removed lines of dustbunny code and reorganized all the files. We also started work on making OSX a first-class platform for Krita, but though we’ve already done lots of work, that is still a work in progress.

Q&A: Jonathan Riddell on the release of KDE neon User Edition 5.6

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Interviews

I’m thrilled to be part of the first project to bring KDE’s flagship desktop software to our users direct from the KDE community. We had to fill in a few gaps in what Plasma offers its users to complete the experience but we did that by working in Plasma rather than doing our work separately. So we added bootup themes for Grub and Plymouth and we’ve worked to make sure the app store, Discover, covers the whole archive. But the most important feature is what Neon is intended to be, a Plasma 5.6 desktop as the developers intended it.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 Launches Based on Latest Stable KDE Plasma 5 Desktop

    Ex-Kubuntu leader Jonathan Riddell announced the general availability of the KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 operating system, based on the latest KDE technologies.

    Finally! There's now a user edition of the KDE Neon project, an open source initiative that promises to bring the latest KDE software to PCs, always. KDE Neon is known for being both a layer on top of any Ubuntu or Kubuntu-based operating system, as well as an operating system distributed via installable ISO images.

  • KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 Is Released So You Can Easily Experience Plasma 5.6

    The first User Edition release is out for KDE Neon, which allows you to easily experience the latest Plasma stable experience and other updated KDE components.

    KDE Neon continues to be based off of Ubuntu but with packaging the very latest KDE components. KDE Neon Developer Edition packages up all of the latest KDE Git code while this KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 release is riding on the Plasma 5.6 stable series.

Qt 5.6.1

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  • Qt 5.6.1 Released

    Qt 5.6.1 has been released today. Since Qt 5.6 is long-term supported for three years, there will still be more patch releases to come. While the patch releases do not bring new features, they do contain security fixes, error corrections and general improvements. The New Qt Creator 4.0.1 is included in the Qt 5.6.1 offline installer packages.

  • Qt 5.6.1 Now Available
  • Qt Automotive Suite Announced

Announcing The Qt Automotive Suite

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Today we announce the launch of the first generation of the Qt Automotive Suite.

The idea for the Qt Automotive Suite was born when The Qt Company, Pelagicore and KDAB sat down and shared their experiences of projects using Qt for In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI). With cumulative experience from over 20 automotive projects it was noted how Qt is really well suited to the needs of building IVIs and Instrument Clusters, that there were already millions of vehicles on the road with Qt inside, and that there were a lot of ongoing projects. There was though a feeling that things could be even better, that there were still a few things holding back the industry, contributing to the sense that shipped IVI systems could be built faster, cheaper and with a higher quality.

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KDE neon User Edition 5.6 Available now

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KDE neon User Edition 5.6 is based on the latest version of Plasma 5.6 and intends to showcase the latest KDE technology on a stable foundation. It is a continuously updated installable image that can be used not just for exploration and testing but as the main operating system for people enthusiastic about the latest desktop software.

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  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
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    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
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Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
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    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.