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Kubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak - Cautiously good?

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Let us draw the verdict. It's a strange one. Oddly, this is probably the best Kubuntu that I've tested in a long time. Sadly, that's like saying losing one finger in a freak chainsaw accident is better than losing two fingers. Not the best measure stick. Not something to be proud of. There are many, many problems in Yakkety Yak Plasma, including but not limited to the application stack, stability, performance, package management, and the ability to customize. That's not a happy list.

Brave face on, we also have a lot of goodies to focus on. A very decent - and FIRST for Plasma - smartphone support stack and multimedia playback as they should be. Lots of old bugs have been fixed. If only we had Samba printing support out of the box, and the network card driver was given a little bit of love, this might be a reasonable distro.

Kubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak is nothing to be proud of, but it is an okay Plasma release that has redeemed a whole generation of failed distributions in the past year or so. It's funny how it's gone from being my favorite to a pariah, and now it's slowly recovering. Such a waste of effort. And why? There was really no need for this whole regression saga. Anyhow, the road to success is still a long and perilous one. It will take a lot more before Kubuntu becomes a recommended household item again. But at the very least, 16.10 is showing a little of that promise. 7/10, if I'm being generous, more like 6/10, but you might want to give it a spin and see what gives. QED.

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KDE Ships Beta of KDE Applications 16.12

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  • KDE Ships Beta of KDE Applications 16.12

    Today KDE released the beta of the new versions of KDE Applications. With dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing.

    Check the community release notes for information on new tarballs, tarballs that are now KF5 based and known issues. A more complete announcement will be available for the final release

    The KDE Applications 16.12 releases need a thorough testing in order to maintain and improve the quality and user experience. Actual users are critical to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers simply cannot test every possible configuration. We're counting on you to help find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please consider joining the team by installing the beta and reporting any bugs.

  • KDE Applications 16.12 Enters Beta Testing, Final Release Arrives on December 15

    Today, November 18, 2016, KDE announced the availability for public testing of the Beta build of the upcoming KDE Applications 16.12 software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments.

    As reported last week, the KDE Applications 16.08 series reached end of life with the third and last maintenance update, versioned 16.08.3, which means that work begun on the next major branch, KDE Applications 16.12, which you can now take for a test drive using today's Beta release.

  • KDE Applications 16.12 Now In Beta

    KDE Applications 16.12 is now in beta while this collection of KDE software is under a dependency and feature freeze ahead of next month's official release.

Krita 3.1 Beta 4 Released

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  • Krita 3.1 Beta 4 Released

    Here is the fourth Krita 3.1 beta! From the Krita 3.1 on, Krita will officially support OSX. All OSX users are urged to use this version instead of earlier “stable” versions for OSX. We’re releasing a fourth beta because of more changes to the code that actually saves your images… We’ve tried to make it much safer, but please do test this!

  • Krita 3.1 Painting App Is Almost Here, New Beta Improves Stabilizer's Framerate

    Today, November 16, 2016, Krita Foundation announced the availability of the fourth and probably the last Beta snapshot of the upcoming major Krita 3.1 release of the cross-platform and open-source digital painting app.

    Krita 3.1 Beta 4 is here approximately one week after the third Beta development milestone, which we hoped would be the last for this release cycle, but it looks like a few more bugs needed attention. Therefore, the new release improves stabilizer's framerate and addresses crashes that occur when attempting to draw on the scratch pad.

Release of KDE Frameworks 5.28.0

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KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

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Also: KDE Frameworks 5.28.0 Released with Numerous KWayland Improvements, More

KDE Frameworks 5.28 Brings Many KWayland Improvements, Relative Pointer Protocol

KDE Neon Users Urged to Upgrade Their Systems or Reinstall the Linux Distro

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A few moments ago, KDE Neon project leader and long-time KDE developer Jonathan Riddell published a security advisory to inform users of the KDE Neon GNU/Linux distribution about an insecure package archive.

According to the security advisory, it would appear that the package archive of the KDE Neon operating system was misconfigured in such a way that it could allow anyone to upload any package to it. Most probably, no one uploaded any package there, but, just in case, the maintainers have emptied the archives and remove all the ISO images.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • [KDE/Plasma video] Look and feel
  • An Introduction To KDE Plasma 5.8 for Complete Beginners

    This is a list of examples about how to use KDE Plasma 5.8 for the complete beginners. Plasma 5.8 released at Tuesday, 4 October 2016 (a month ago). It brought the beautiful, highly customizable, with easy to use experience for all users. This introduction article created by using Plasma 5.8 on top of latest KDE neon operating system.

  • Introducing KDE Connect, Control Your Computer from Your Phone

    KDE Connect is a new feature of KDE to connect all the user's devices. It means you can control your computer from your phone, touching phone screen to navigate the mouse pointer, transfer & browse files between computer and phone, control the multimedia player playing tracks, ping, ring your phone remotely (i.e. while it's gone), and many other features awaiting. This article introduces you how to use it between a computer with KDE 5.8 and an Android phone.

  • Distraction-Free Workspace

    Plasma’s mantra is to help you get stuff done faster, to not stand in your way. In past releases we added many small tools for you to achieve your tasks more quickly and spend less time fiddling with the desktop environment.

  • See you at Meeting C++ 2016?
  • Appstream Generated

    Appstream has had a long history of getting its very sensible features into the hands of users. It’s an XML format which describes applications so that projects such as KDE can ship files with their apps which give a name, description, translations of this and pretty screenshots.

    The first step is getting the Appstream metainfo files into the applications. KDE has this in many places but not all, if you spot an application please add one. It’s been supported in Extra CMake Modules for a while but the install directly changed recently just to confuse matters.

KDE Neon Offers a Near-Perfect Desktop on a Solid Platform

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For the longest time, KDE mostly vanished from the radar of most Linux users and media alike. Why? For many, the evolution to a more modern metaphor for the desktop (such as Ubuntu Unity, or GNOME 3) took precedence over the old taskbar/start menu style. For others, KDE went through a period where the desktop simply wasn’t stable. The evolution from KDE 3 to KDE 4 was a bumpy transition that knocked a lot of users off the bandwagon and onto smoother rides.

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KDE Leftovers

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  • Krita 3.1: third beta released

    Here is the third Krita 3.1 beta! From the Krita 3.1 on, Krita will officially support OSX. All OSX users are urged to use this version instead of earlier “stable” versions for OSX.

  • Qt on the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 – Device Creation Style

    NVIDIA’s Jetson line of development platforms is not new to Qt; a while ago we already talked about how to utilize OpenGL and CUDA in Qt applications on the Jetson TK1. Since then, most of Qt’s focus has been on the bigger brothers, namely the automotive-oriented DRIVE CX and PX systems. However, this does not mean that the more affordable and publicly available Jetson TX1 devkits are left behind. In this post we are going to take a look how to get started with the latest Qt versions in a proper embedded device creation manner, using cross-compilation and remote deployment for both Qt itself and applications.

  • Cutelyst 1.0.0 with stable API/ABI is out!

    Cutelyst the Qt web framework just reached it’s first stable release, it’s been 3 years since the first commit and I can say it finally got to a shape where I think I’m able to keep it’s API/ABI stable. The idea is to have any break into a 2.0 release by the end of next year although I don’t expect many changes as the I’m quite happy with it’s current state.

  • Cutelyst 1.0 Qt Web Framework Released

    Announced today is Cutelyst 1.0 with it reaching a state where the API/ABI can be maintained until Cutelyst 2.0, which will likely come at the end of 2017. Read that announcement if you are interested in this framework and yet another interesting deployment around the Qt tool-kit.

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  • After 18 Years, KWave Sound Editor Is Working Its Way Into KDE Multimedia

    KWave is a graphical sound editor that's been in development since 1998 and is finally working its way into KDE Multimedia for becoming a proper part of KDE.

    A Phoronix reader pointed out today that KWave is finally working to become formally part of KDE rather than a separate project. KWave is currently in the KDE review process to be a component of KDE Multimedia, as outlined last month via this KDE-core-devel message.

  • KDE Applications 16.08.3 Is the Last in the Series, 16.12 Lands December 15

    Today, November 10, 2016, the KDE Project announced the release and general availability of the third and last scheduled maintenance update of the KDE Applications 16.08 software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktops.

    That's right, we're talking about KDE Applications 16.08.3, which lands almost a month after the previous update, namely KDE Applications 16.08.2, bringing the long-term support version of KDE Development Platform 4.14.26 along for the ride. KDE Applications 16.08.3 is here to address over 20 bugs reported by users since then.

KDE and GNOME

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  • KDE3-Forked Desktop Updated With Partial FreeBSD Support, Compatibility For GCC 6

    For those still preferring KDE3 to what's offered by KDE4 or KDE5, the Trinity Desktop Environment continues living on as a fork of the KDE3 code-base but with support for making use of modern components.

    This week's Trinity Desktop R14.0.4 was made available as another maintenance update, but does come with some notable changes. This new Trinity release now has support for the CUPS 2.2 printing system, FFmpeg 3.x support, GCC 6.x compiler support, GStreamer 1.x support, and Rar 5.x support. Being able to build under the GCC6 compiler is important and support for the modern GStreamer 1.x is overdue and nice to see the other updated software support.

  • KDE 5_16.11 available for Slackware 14.2 and -current

    Back after a hiatus due to my changing employment status: KDE 5_16.11 is my November release of the combined KDE Frameworks 5.27.0, Plasma 5.8.3 and Applications 16.08.2 for Slackware, built on top of Qt 5.7.0. You can use the latest KDE 5 on Slackware 14.2 and -current.

    My intention is to keep releasing versions of the stable Plasma 5 software through the “14.2/latest” and “current/latest” URLs. I still carry a “testing” repository but that does not get updated nearly as often and is currently outdated. So please disregard that “testing” area until further notice and be sure to check your automated package management programs for the correct repository URL.

  • Web Engines Hackfest 2016

    From September 26th to 28th we celebrated at the Igalia HQ the 2016 edition of the Web Engines Hackfest. This year we broke all records and got participants from the three main companies behind the three biggest open source web engines, say Mozilla, Google and Apple. Or course, it was not only them, we had some other companies and ourselves. I was active part of the organization and I think we not only did not get any complain but people were comfortable and happy around.

  • Move status icons to your GNOME top bar

    The GNOME desktop environment comes installed with Fedora Workstation. GNOME hackers have continued to refine it over several years. However, not all third party software providers update their apps accordingly. Some software providers still make use of outdated status bar icons for their apps, for instance. It’s nice to be able to move status icons for these apps to the GNOME top bar. Often these apps are proprietary but popular, including:

    Google Chrome addons like Hangouts
    Google Music Manager
    DropBox
    Skype

    However, there are also free and open source apps with the same issues. These apps haven’t been updated to use newer features when installed in a GNOME environment like Fedora Workstation.

Leftovers: KDE

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  • KaOS 2016.11

    KaOS is pleased to announce the 2016.11 release. As always with this rolling distribution, you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.27.0, Plasma 5.8.3, KDE Applications 16.08.2 & not yet released ports of KDE Applications. All built on Qt 5.7.0.

  • Krita 3.1 Digital Painting App Gets Closer, Beta 3 Is Out with More Improvements

    Today, November 7, 2016, the developers of the popular, open-source and cross-platform Krita digital painting software have released the third Beta milestone towards the major 3.1 update of the application.

    Krita 3.1 Beta 3 is here exactly two weeks after the announcement of the second Beta development snapshot, in an attempt to polish the upcoming release by patching various annoyances and adding some minor improvements. For examples, several crashes were addresses, and it's possible to load swatch names in ACO files again.

  • digiKam 5.3.0 Open-Source Image Editor Released for Linux as an AppImage Bundle

    In the last minutes of November 7, 2016, the development team behind the open-source and cross-platform digiKam image editor, viewer and organizer software was proud to announce the release of digiKam 5.3.0.

    digiKam 5.3.0 is the third maintenance update to the stable 5.x series of the software project, bringing a month's worth of bug fixes and general improvements. However, the biggest new change in digiKam 5.3.0 is the availability of an AppImage bundle that allows Linux users to install the application in virtually any GNU/Linux distribution.

  • digiKam 5.3.0 is published...

    After a 3rd release 5.2.0 published more than one month ago, the digiKam team is proud to announce the new release 5.3.0 of digiKam Software Collection. This version introduces an important common solution to deploy the application under Linux using AppImage bundle.

    AppImage is an open-source project dedicated to provide a simple way to distribute portable software as compressed binary file, that standard user can run as well, without to install special dependencies. All is included into the bundle, as last Qt5 and KF5 frameworks. AppImage use Fuse file-system, which is de-compressed into a temporary directory to start the application. You don't need to install digiKam on your system to be able to use it. Better, you can use the official digiKam from your Linux distribution in parallel, and test the new version without any conflict with one used in production. This permit to quickly test a new release without to wait an official package dedicated for your Linux box. Another AppImage advantage is to be able to provide quickly a pre-release bundle to test last patches applied to source code, outside the releases plan.

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today's leftovers

  • Puppet Wins Best DevOps Tool for Open Source at the 2017 DevOps Excellence Awards
  • The goal of HP's radical The Machine: Reshaping computing around memory
    Not every computer owner would be as pleased as Andrew Wheeler that their new machine could run "all weekend" without crashing. But not everyone's machine is "The Machine," an attempt to redefine a relationship between memory and processor that has held since the earliest days of parallel computing. Wheeler is a vice president and deputy labs director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He's at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany, to tell people about The Machine, a key part of which is on display in HPE's booth. [...] HPE has tweaked the Linux operating system and other software to take advantage of The Machine's unusual architecture, and released its changes under open source licenses, making it possible for others to simulate the performance of their applications in the new memory fabric.
  • Eudyptula Challenge Status report
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    The Eudyptula Challenge is a series of programming exercises for the Linux kernel. It starts from a very basic "Hello world" kernel module, moves up in complexity to getting patches accepted into the main kernel. The challenge will be closed to new participants in a few months, when 20,000 people have signed up.
  • Daimler Jumps on Linux Bandwagon
    Not long ago, if a major corporation were to take out membership in an open source project, that would be big news -- doubly so for a company whose primary business isn't tech related. Times have changed. These days the corporate world's involvement in open source is taken for granted, even for companies whose business isn't computer related. Actually, there's really no such thing anymore. One way or another, computer technology is at the core of nearly every product on the market. So it wasn't surprising that hardly anyone noticed earlier this month when Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz and the world's largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, announced it had joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), an organization that seeks to protect open source projects from patent litigation. According to a quick and unscientific search of Google, only one tech site covered the news, and that didn't come until a full 10 days after the announcement was made.
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