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KDE Ships KDE Applications 17.04.3, KaOS 2017.07 Released

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  • KDE Ships KDE Applications 17.04.3

    Today KDE released the third stability update for KDE Applications 17.04. This release contains only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

    More than 25 recorded bugfixes include improvements to kdepim, dolphin, dragonplayer, kdenlive, umbrello, among others.

  • KDE Applications 17.04 Software Suite Reaches End of Life with the 17.04.3 Build

    Today KDE released the third stability update for its KDE Applications 17.04 software suite, which contains a bunch of improvements for various of the supported KDE apps.

    That's right, we're talking here about KDE Applications 17.04.3, which is not only the third maintenance update to the stable series but also the last, thus marking the end of life of the KDE Applications 17.04 software suite. It contains more than 25 bug fixes, along with several updated translation.

  • KaOS 2017.07 Linux Distro Brings Latest Calamares Installer, KDE Plasma 5.10.3

    The developers of the independently-developed KaOS GNU/Linux operating system announced today the release and immediate availability for download of the KaOS 2017.07 updated installation medium for the July 2017.

    Every month, the KaOS devs push a new, up-to-date Live ISO image of their GNU/Linux distribution, which is built around the latest KDE and Qt technologies. And this time is no different, as KaOS 2017.07 incorporates the recently released KDE Plasma 5.10.3 desktop environment, KDE Applications 17.04.3 software suite, and KDE Frameworks 5.36.0, all built on the Qt 5.9.1 application framework.

KDE: Krita, Google Code-In 2016, and Akademy 2017

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  • [Krita] Hooray! Watercolor is paintop now! But…

    From the very beginning, watercolor was conceived as brush engine. I think it is the best place for it. But it brings some troubles. The most important problem is how to make undo engine.

    During a new stroke, the system can have previous strokes that continue to change. And it’s not clear how watercolor should behave with the rest of the engines. And I would like to ask your help. If you have any idea about it, please leave it in comments =)

  • Trip report: Google Code-In 2016 Summit at Google headquarter

    Heya fellow KDE people,

    just a couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to attend the Google Code-In Summit held in several locations scattered around the San Francisco Bay area. I can tell you first hand: It's been an awesome trip and I encourage anyone else to participate if the opportunity arises.

  • Akademy 2017

    There will be a workshop titled "Playing with the amalgam of QML and JavaScript" conducted by me.

Xfce, KDE, and GNOME: Exo 0.11.4, Plasma at Akademy, and Dash to Dock

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  • Development Release: Exo 0.11.4

    This release completes the GTK+ 3 port and can now be used for GTK+ 2 or 3 Xfce application development.

  • Xfce's Exo 0.11.4 Completes GTK3 Port

    Exo 0.11.4 is the first release candidate ahead of Exo 0.12 and marks the library's complete port to GTK3.


  • Plasma at Akademy

    As every year, also this year, I will be going to KDE’s yearly world summit, Akademy. This year, it will take place in Almería, Spain. In our presentation “Plasma: State of the Union“, Marco and I will talk about what’s going on in your favorite workspace, what we’ve been working on and what cool features are coming to you, and what our plans for the future are. Topics we will cover range Wayland, web browser integration, UI design, mobile and release and support planning. Our presentation will take place on Saturday at 11:05, right after the key note held by Robert Kaye. If you can’t make it to Spain next week, there will likely be video recordings, which I will post here as soon as they’re widely available.

  • Dash to Dock Adds Monitor Isolation, Improves Window Previews

    A new version of Dash to Dock is now available to install, and it includes monitor isolation, and an improved way to see window previews of running apps.

KDE and GNOME: GCompris, Xane, Mutter, and Recipes

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  • GSoC- Phase 2 Week 1 highlights

    Everything was well planned for a great start for the second phase of GSoC and I anticipated everything to go smoothly since I wouldn’t have any college exams to worry about.

  • "Xane" Another Cool Icon Set For Your Linux Desktop

    There are plenty of icon sets available for Linux desktops and it feels great to see new addition to it, well Xane icons are not new but released almost one year ago under license GNU Lesser General Public V3. Mainly these icons are designed for KDE plasma desktop but also support other desktops such as Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, Unity (lack panel icons), and so on. There are four different variants dark-blue, dark-brown, dark-green, dark-yellow and all of them available in dark and light versions, you can choose which fits your theme. You can report bugs or suggest new icons to include in this icon set via this link. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change icons.

  • Progress Report June 26th - July 9th

    Another two weeks have passed, and here I am again, reporting on what I've done. Contrary what the title says, the work period was (once again, sadly) shorter than that. First week, as it might've been known, was the first evaluation week, which I passed (which makes sense, since I'm writing here again, no?)! I want to use this opportunity to thank my mentors for nice feedback they've given me on both the evaluation form and on my previous coding experience.

  • The UI elements to the TODOist Integration with Recipes

    Before starting the project, there was a question as how to deal with TODOist account showing up in control center and serving no purpose when Recipes and gnome-TODO aren’t installed, both of them being non-core apps.

    So, what we did is hide Provider i.e. TODOist from the control center from the providers list and only show it if account is already configured. This hiding is done using a property in gnome-online-accounts that control center respects so as to display todoist or not. But how would that account get added if the provider isn’t visible in the control-center. Solution for this is letting the app itself, be it Recipes or gnome-todo add an account for TODOist. We use an AddAccount method written by Rohit Kaushik (GSoCer with gnome-todo).

Kubuntu Zesty is shaping up to be a perfect distro

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It's simple. The next serious system I'm going to build or buy will be running Kubuntu as its main asset. There might be other operating systems, but it will be powered by a Plasma flagship, preferably the next LTS. I believe this makes senses given all the changes in the distrosphere in the past 12-18 months and the expected ones over the next 9-12 months. I do have a request, though.

I must ask the KDE team not to screw this up. The worst thing that can happen is if, sometime in the near future, they release a half-arsed, semi-tested monstrosity that's gonna kill all hope and enthusiasm. There must be no regressions. And I dread the day when Qt6 waltzes in and replaces Plasma 5. Now that we've finally reached stability and quality, the vicious cycle of development could, and most likely, will disrupt things again. Hopefully, that can be avoided, or at least executed in a way that is fully transparent to the user.

Well, that was my fanboyism speech. I find Plasma to have reached a level of goodness that mirrors the glory days of Linux some 2-3 years ago. It's a shame that we had to experience the dip, but that's life. With some luck and wisdom, the next dip will be prevented. For what it's worth, Kubuntu 17.04 Zesty is a darn good release. My name is Cam Brady, and I happily approve this message. Dedoimedo, over and out.

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KDE Frameworks 5.36.0 and KDE Plasma 5 on FreeBSD

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  • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.36.0
  • KDE Frameworks 5.36 Adds Unicode 10.0 Support, Improves the VLC Tray Icon

    The KDE Project released the monthly update of its KDE Frameworks collection of more than 70 add-on libraries to Qt, which is designed to provide a wide range of commonly needed functionality to KDE application developers.

    KDE Frameworks 5.36.0 is here as the latest build of the application framework, and it looks like it brings lots of changes for most of the supported components, including Plasma Framework, KTextEditor, KAuth, KBookmarks, NetworkManagerQt, Solid, KIconThemes, KI18n, KIO, and KXMLGUI.

    Additionally, the update adds various improvements to the KWidgetsAddons, KPackage Framework, KDeclarative, KCoreAddons, KConfig, KFileMetaData, KNewStuff, Baloo, ThreadWeaver components, as well as to syntax highlighting, KDELibs 4 support, extra CMake modules, and Breeze icons

  • Wayland, and Weston, and FreeBSD – oh my!

    KDE’s CI system for FreeBSD (that is, what upstream runs to continuously test KDE git code on the FreeBSD platform) is missing some bits and failing some tests because of Wayland. Or rather, because FreeBSD now has Wayland, but not Qt5-Wayland, and no Weston either (the reference implementation of a Wayland compositor).

  • KDE Plasma 5 Making Progress On FreeBSD, With Some Wayland/Weston Support

    KDE developer Adriaan de Groot continues making progress on improving the support when running this desktop environment on FreeBSD. Adriaan has even been experimenting with Wayland/Weston on FreeBSD.

    Adriaan has been focusing on improvements for the KDE continuous integration system for FreeBSD and has pushed Weston and the Qt5-Wayland port to the Area51 repository that provides the bleeding-edge KDE packages for FreeBSD users.

KDE and Plasma News

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  • [Video] KDE Neon Plasma 5.10 Desktop Customization, Network Settings, And The Dolphin File Manager Review
  • What To Do After Installing KDE Neon GNU/Linux OS

    These are some suggestions you can use whenever finished installing KDE Neon OS. This article is divided to 6 sections including basic settings, suggestion for most users, for programmers, for graphic designers, and for students/teachers. I hope this article helps you to make Neon OS ready for your daily life. Enjoy Neon GNU/Linux!

  • manage Plasma Activities from command line and some automation

    Pytivity by Quentin Dawans: manage Plasma Activities from command line and some automation

    The cool part of sharing your knowledge is that often others pop up and improve what you shared. Time ago Quentin linked me his tool to manage Plasma Activities from command line. It’s a tool written in Python, so it’s named Pytivity and you can get it from GitHub.

    With Pytivity you can create, edit, delete, start, stop and activate Activities. But the true power of this tool relies on a feature of Activities that is still not exposed in the graphical user interface: placing scripts and *.desktop launchers in some particular hidden folders you will be able to define which apps or scripts will be executed when you start, stop, activate or deactivate an Activity.

6 Interesting Things on KDE Plasma 5.10

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KDE Plasma 5.10 released at May 30th 2017. This article simply summarizes what's new from Plasma 5.10.1 (06 June), 5.10.2 (13 June), and 5.10.3 (27 June) for beginners and non-KDE users. Here's what Plasma Desktop would be if you use it on any GNU/Linux distro today.

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Also: Let There Be Shapes!

KStars 2.7.9 Released for Linux, Mac, Windows, and Android!

Qt WebGL and KDE's Kdenlive

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  • Qt WebGL Streaming merged

    Some time ago I published a couple of blog posts talking about Qt WebGL Streaming plugin. The time has come, and the plugin is finally merged into the Qt repository. In the meantime, I worked on stabilization, performance and reducing the calls sent over the network. It also changed a bit in the way the connections are handled.

  • Qt Now Supports WebGL Streaming For Qt5 Apps On The Web

    The Qt tool-kit has merged support for WebGL streaming.

    The Qt WebGL Streaming plug-in has been merged to mainline. This WebGL streaming support will be present in Qt 5.10 due to be released in November and will be considered a technical preview module for that release.

  • ‘Next Generation Kdenlive’ is Now Available for Testing

    A ‘next generation’ version of open-source video editor Kdenlive is available for testing.

    This development build, though unstable, includes a new timeline, new features, and a much cleaner, leaner code base.

    “We are very happy to announce the first AppImage of the next generation Kdenlive. We have been working since the first days of 2017 to cleanup and improve the architecture of Kdenlive’s code to make it more robust and clean,” the development team behind the non-linear video editor say in a blog post.

Linux Kernel 4.12 Coming Soon to openSUSE Tumbleweed, KDE Plasma 5.10.3 Is Here

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openSUSE Project's Dominique Leuenberger is reporting today on the latest updates that landed in the main software repositories of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system.

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today's leftovers

  • Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career: Advancing with Open Source
    For today’s system administrators, the future holds tremendous promise. In this ebook, we have covered many technical skills that can be big differentiators for sysadmins looking to advance their careers. But, increasingly, open source skillsets can also open new doors. A decade ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst predicted that open source tools and platforms would become pervasive in IT. Today, that prediction has come true, with profound implications for the employment market. Participating in open source projects -- through developing code, submitting a bug report, or contributing to documentation -- is an important way to demonstrate open source skills to hiring managers.
  • FreeType Improvements For The Adobe Engine
    With FreeType 2.8.1 having been released last week, a lot of new code landed in the early hours of today to its Git repository. The code landed includes the work done this summer by Ewald Hew for Google Summer of Code (GSoC 17) adding support for Type 1 fonts to the Adobe CFF engine. Type 1 is an older, less maintained font format.
  • Are You Fond Of HDR Photography? Try Luminance HDR Application In Ubuntu/Linux Mint
    Luminance HDR is an graphical user interface that is used for manipulation and creation of High Dynamic Range(HDR) images. It is based on Qt5 toolkit, it is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac, and released under the GNU GPL license. It provides a complete workflow for High Dynamic Range(HDR) as well as Low Dynamic Range (LDR) file formats. Prerequisite of HDR photography are several narrow-range digital images with different exposures. Luminance HDR combines these images and calculates a high-contrast image. In order to view this image on a regular computer monitor, Luminance HDR can convert it into a displayable LDR image format using a variety of methods, such as tone mapping.
  • Opera Web Browser Now Has Built-in WhatsApp and FB Messenger, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint
  • Enterprise open source comes of age
    In the age of digitalisation and data centre modernisation, open source has come of age. This is demonstrated by the growth that enterprise open source software provider SUSE has enjoyed over the last months. “SUSE is in good shape,” says Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. “In the last year, revenue grew at 21%, and it was profitable growth.” Business is positive going forward, he adds, with SUSE now part of the larger mothership Micro Focus group following the completion this month of the HPE Software spin merger. “Micro focus is now the seventh-largest pure-play software vendor in the world, with revenues approaching $4,5-billion,” Brauckmann points out.
  • Red Hat, Microsoft Extend Alliance to SQL Server
  • UbuCon Europe 2017
    I’ve been to many Ubuntu related events before, but what surprises me every time about UbuCons is the outstanding work by the community organising these events. Earlier this month, I was in Paris for UbuCon Europe 2017. I had quite high expectations about the event/location and the talks, especially because the French Ubuntu community is known for hosting awesome events several times a year like Ubuntu Party and Ubuntu install parties.