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Akademy 2014 Talk Videos Available

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Videos of all of the Akademy Talks are now available online to watch in your own time.

You can access them from the Akademy schedule. Follow the schedule to the talks for the links to the videos and the slides.

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Calligra 2.8.6 Released

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Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active 2.8.6 have just been released. This is last recommended update brings over 60 improvements to the 2.8 series of the applications and underlying development frameworks.

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Fedora 21 Workstation: GNOME 3. KDE and Anaconda screenshots

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The alpha version of what will become Fedora 21 Workstation, which is scheduled for release before the end of this year (tentatively December 2 2014), was made available for download and testing yesterday.

Fedora Workstation is the branch of the distribution that’s designed primarily for use on the desktop. The other branches are Fedora Server and Fedora Cloud.

Separate ISO installation images for the GNOME 3 desktop, the main edition, and the KDE, LXDE. SoaS and Xfce desktops were released.

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Second Bugfix Release for KDE Plasma 5 Arrives with Lots of Changes

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"This release, versioned plasma-5.0.2, adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important such as fixing text which couldn't be translated, using the correct icons and fixing overlapping files with KDELibs 4 software. It also adds a month's hard work of translations to make support in other languages even more complete," reads the announcement.

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Qt 5.4 Will Support Applications Under A Wayland Compositor

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The QtWayland support for Qt 5.4 is considered a technical preview with support of QWidget-based apps being less than ideal, the QtCompositor API in QtWayland not seeing a release for Qt 5.4, and other work still needs to be pursued. The QtCompositor API for the QtWayland module is what's needed for those out there wishing to write their own Wayland compositors using Qt. Qt's support for XDG-Shell is also less than complete and there's also not any official sub-surface protocol support for QtWayland.

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Automated language detection

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First, it looks at all the characters in the sentence it wants to guess the language for. Thanks to QChar, we can easily find which writing system/script the characters belong to, and that allows us to filter out a bunch of languages. The list of possible languages from this is sorted by longest substring; this means that if you write a sentence in one script (for example latin), and then have a single word in for example cyrillic, it will consider latin languages first.

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REPRISE OF AKADEMY 2014: ARTIKULATE

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Even when it sounds like KDE Akademy is a just big party, we have been very productive as well. During the birds-of-a-feather (BoF) session on user experience, we discussed usability and visual design for some projects.
Here we want to report about the first one: Artikulate.

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During Akademy 2014

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This year there were lot of fast track (10 minutes) talks on different areas around KDE. All of them were quite interesting, some of them are:
Bruno Coudoin talked about how and why GCompris moved to QtQuick with the support of KDE. What all challenges project faced while moving from GTK to Qt.
Daniel Vrátil talked about his one year journey with Akonadi
Martin Gräßlin gave an overview of current state of Kwin in adding Wayland support and future plans.
Kevin Ottens talked about KDE craftsmen where analysis was on the way we handle our software production, how can we make our software even better.
Kai Uwe Broulik talked about current status of Qt port on Android and iOS. Currently, 3 iOS apps in Apple store and 8 Android apps in Google play since December 2013.

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Recent developments in Dolphin: Improvements in Dolphin 4.14, and change of maintainership

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Recently, Dolphin 4.14 has been released, and in this post, I will tell you about the improvements that are included in this release. This is my last “recent developments in Dolphin” post – I have stepped down as maintainer recently.

Maintaining Dolphin has been a very pleasant and rewarding experience. It went a lot better than I had expected when I took over from Peter a bit more than 2 years ago: Dolphin has been improved in many ways, and I am grateful to everyone who helped to make this possible.

I cannot continue to spend as much time on Dolphin as I did during the past two years, so I have asked Emmanuel Pescosta if he is willing to take over. I am very happy that he accepted because he has made an impressive number of contributions to Dolphin, and I am sure that he will keep Dolphin in good shape and improve it further.

This is not a “good bye” post though – I am still planning to contribute to KDE in general and Dolphin in particular in the future.

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Simple by Default, Powerful When Needed

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KDE (back when it was still the name of the desktop environment) and our applications historically stood for powerful features and great flexibility and customizeability. This is what our users love about our software, this is why they choose Plasma and KDE software instead of one of the other Free desktop offerings. And it is also something they would fight tooth and nail for if we wanted to take it away (as many a KDE maintainer who dared to remove a feature he thought was unnecessary can tell).

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OSS: Yandex, The Open Source Way, Machine Learning, and BSD

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  • The Open Source Way
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    Given the paradigmatic shifts that a true revolution in machine learning could bring, it’s important to maintain tech’s devotion to open-source. These kinds of scientific advancement don’t belong to any one company or corporation, but to the whole world. Making ML open and evenly distributed means everyone can join in this revolution.

  • Release of TinySegmenter 0.3
    Today I released version 0.3 of TinySegmenter, a Japanese Tokenizer in pure Python (released in New BSD license), with a single minor fix for proper install on systems not-using UTF-8 (apparently that still exists! :P). Thanks to Mišo Belica for the patch. Apparently some of his Japanese users are using it for Sumy, his software to extract summary from texts.
  • BSDTW 2017 CFP
     

    BSDTW 2017 will be held on the 11th and 12th of November 2017 (Sat/Sun), in Taipei. We are now requesting proposals for talks. We do not require academic or formal papers. If you wish to submit a formal paper, you are welcome to, but it is not required.

    The talks should be written with strong technical content. Presentations on the use of BSD in products and companies are strongly encouraged but marketing proposals are not appropriate for this venue.

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    The Mutter composite and window manager of the widely-used GNOME desktop environment was updated recently both on the stable and devel channels with a bunch of new features and improvements. Mutter 3.24.4 is now the latest stable build of the application, and it's here to add a few important changes for tablets, including improved stability of tablet plugs and unplugs, working window moving and resizing via tablet tools, as well as the implementation of tablet rings/strips configuration. In addition, Mutter now no longer throttles motion events on tablet tools, it's capable of handling the left-handed mode on pen/eraser devices, and adds support for tablet wheel events when running under the Wayland display server. Talking about Wayland, the Wacom cursor offset should now work as expected in Mutter 3.24.4.
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Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

As we reported the other day, the Debian Project unveiled the first point release of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, but no installation or live ISOs were made available to download. That changes today, July 23, 2017, as the Debian CD team lead by Steve McIntyre has prepared the new installation images of Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" for 64-bit (amd64), 32-bit (i386), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (ppc64el), ARM64 (AArch64), ARMhf, Armel, MIPS, MIPS 64-bit Little Endian (mips64el), MIPSEL, and IBM System z (s390x) hardware architectures. Multi-arch images supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit (i386 and amd64) PCs are also available for download, along with a set of twelve source ISO images. On the other hand, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.1 "Stretch" Live ISOs come in the usual flavors with the GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Cinnamon desktop environments, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Read more Also: Debian 9.1 GNU/Linux Released With 26 Security Fixes

4MLinux 23.0 BETA released.

4MLinux 23.0 BETA is ready for testing. Basically, at this stage of development, 4MLinux BETA has the same features as 4MLinux STABLE, but it provides a huge number of updated packages, including a major change in the core of the system, which now uses the GNU C Library 2.25. Read more Also: 4MLinux 23 Slated for Release in November 2017, to Be Supported Until July 2018