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Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.11.4 Desktop, KDE Applications 17.08.3

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Originally based on Arch Linux, Chakra GNU/Linux is a rolling Linux-based operating system built on top of the latest KDE software. Once Chakra GNU/Linux is installed on your personal computer, you will receive updates forever, without the need to download a new ISO snapshot and reinstall the entire OS.

As of December 1, 2017, Chakra GNU/Linux users can update their installations to the latest KDE Plasma 5.11.4 desktop environment, as well as both KDE Applications 17.08.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.40.0 software suites. Under the hood, the distro is now powered by Linux kernel 4.13.11 or Linux kernel 4.4.93 LTS, and systemd 235.

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Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" KDE and Xfce Beta Editions Now Available to Download

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Incorporating pretty much the same improvements that the Linux Mint devs implemented in the final releases of the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" earlier this week, today's KDE and Xfce flavors are based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and powered by the Linux 4.10 kernel.

"Linux Mint 18.3 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable to use," read the release announcements for Linux Mint 18.3 KDE and Xfce Editions.

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KDE Applications 17.12 Linux Software Suite Up to RC State, Final in Two Weeks

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The KDE Applications 17.12 RC development snapshot is here two weeks after the Beta version and promises to further polish various of the applications included in the software suite, which are used on GNU/Linux distributions using the acclaimed KDE Plasma desktop environment, as well as other Open Source projects.

"The KDE Applications 17.12 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," reads today's announcement.

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KDE: Qt 3D Studio 1.0 Released, KDE's Goals for 2018 and Beyond

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  • Qt 3D Studio 1.0 Released

    We are happy to announce that Qt 3D Studio 1.0 has now been released. Qt 3D Studio provides a 3D user interface authoring system that caters for both software developers and graphic designers.

  • Qt 3D Studio 1.0 Released, Powered By NVIDIA's Open-Source Code

    The Qt Company is today shipping Qt 3D Studio, its new 3D user-interface authoring system for both developers and designers.

    Qt 3D Studio 1.0 has a Studio Editor for creating interactive 3D presentations and applications, the Qt 3D Studio Viewer for testing new 3D designs in action, and is supported across Windows / macOS / Linux.

    Of course, this new 3D Studio is powered by the Qt5 tool-kit. This new software package is made possible and based upon NVIDIA's huge code contribution to Qt earlier this year of opening the NVIDIA DRIVE Design Studio that became the basis for Qt 3D Studio.

  • KDE's Goals for 2018 and Beyond
  • KDE's Goals for 2018 and Beyond

    The KDE community has spoken and it has chosen the proposals which will define the general direction of the KDE project over the next three or four years.

    How does the KDE community decide where it wants to take the project? Well, every once in a while, we hold a Request for Proposals, if you will. All members of the community are encouraged to submit their grand ideas which will lay out long-term targets. Proposals are voted on democratically, again, by the community. This ensures it is truly the community that guides the KDE project to wherever the community wants it to go.

Cutelyst 1.11.0 released!

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Cutelyst the Qt Web framework got a new release, this is likely to be the last of the year and will be one of lasts releases of the 1.x.x series. I’d like to add HTTP/2 support before branching 1.x.x and having master as 2.0 but I’m not yet sure I’ll do that yet.

For the next year I’d like to have Cutelyst 2 packaged on most distros soon due Ubuntu’s LTS being released in April, and H2 might delay this or I delay it since it can be done using a front-end server like Nginx.

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Also: Kubuntu Kafe Live approaching

KDE’s Goal: Privacy

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In the past, KDE software has come a long way in providing privacy tools, but the tool-set is neither comprehensive, nor is privacy its implications widely seen as critical to our success in this area. Setting privacy as a central goal for KDE means that we will put more focus on this topic and lead to improved tools that allow users to increase their level of privacy. Moreover, it will set an example for others to follow and hopefully increase standards across the whole software ecosystem. There is much work to do, and we’re excited to put our shoulder under it and work on it.

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KDE Plasma 5.11.4 Desktop Environment Released with 45 Improvements and Bugfixes

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Coming three weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.11.3 update, today's KDE Plasma 5.11.4 release introduces a total of 45 improvements and bug fixes for various of the desktop environment's core components and apps, including the Plasma Discover package manager, KWin window manager, as well as Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, Plasma Vault, KSysGuard, and the KWayland integration.

"Today KDE releases a Bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.11.4. Plasma 5.11 was released in October with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a three week's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important," reads today's announcement.

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KDE and GNOME: Qt 5.10.0 RC, Evolving KDE, and GNOME at London UX Hackfest

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  • Qt 5.10 Release Candidate Arrives Late

    Qt 5.10 RC was expected back on 16 November but only this morning is making its debut.

    While arriving nearly two weeks late, The Qt Company is still hoping to get the official Qt 5.10.0 release out on time, which has been scheduled for 30 November. Thus there's basically two days left to get the release candidate tested if getting the release out on time.

  • Qt 5.10.0 RC out

    We are targeting to get final Qt 5.10.0 out 30.11.2017 as planned so please test the packages now & report me immediately if you find something which should really block the release. But remember: We won't block the release without really good reasons. Qt 5.10.1 will be released quite quickly so if we can live with issue as known issue in Qt 5.10.0 we will. So please add those issues directly in known issues page (

  • Evolving KDE – The goals are set!

    Since Akademy in Almería we have been going through the process of defining goals for KDE for the next 3 to 4 years. Different ideas were proposed and refined. 10 of them made it into the community-wide vote to select 3 of them. Today I am proud to announce the result based on the 684 submitted votes.

  • KDE's Goals For The Next 3~4 Years

    Since this year's KDE Akademy conference, KDE developers have been plotting their vision for the next few years and recently wrapped up voting on what should be their three main goals to focus on over the next few years.


  • London UX Hackfest

    Thanks to the GNOME Foundation, a handful of designers and developers got together last week in London to refocus on the core element of the GNOME experience, the shell. Allan and Cassidy have already summed up everything in their well written blog posts, so I’d like to point to some pretty pictures and the video above.

Krita Development and Qt Development

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  • Krita Development Sprint 2017

    With all the turmoil the project experienced in 2017 it looked for a while as if we wouldn’t have a face to face meeting this year. But that’s not good for a project working on its fourth major release! We knew we really had to sit together, and finally managed to have a smaller than usual, but very productive, sprint in Deventer, the Netherlands from Thursday 23th to Sunday 26th.

    Not having been together since August 2016, we had an agenda stuffed with a enormous backlog of items. And since we’ve been working on new code for a long time ago, our bug tracker was also slowly dying from elephantiasis of the database.

    Let’s do the bug tracker first: we managed to close over 120 bugs! Not every bug that gets closed gets closed with a fix: the problem is that most bug reports are actually help requests from users, and many of the rest are duplicates, or requests for features that are irrelevant for Krita. Still, while triaging the list of open and unconfirmed bug reports, we managed to fix more than a dozen real bugs.

  • [Krita] Interview with Radian

    I tend to hate any of my artwork if it is more than 1-3 months old but there are a couple of exceptions. The Kiki painting I made for the artbook “Made with Krita” is one of them. I used a bunch of new tricks in here and probably made a few good choices by accident.

  • Porting Applications to Qt

    KDAB has unique experience in porting the code base for toolkits like Qt 3, Qt 4, Motif, Java, Tcl, GTK, .NET, MFC, and Photon to Qt 5. Porting legacy GUI toolkits to Qt 5 is a job where proven experience saves a lot of time.

  • QtVirtualKeyboard on Wayland

    For the last couple of years my focus was on the Osmocom project to bring Free Software to the world of telecommunication. With a group of enthusiasts we have implemented the components necessary to run a complete network using Free Software. The Rhizomatica project is using the software to connecting people that were left behind. Our tools enabled high impact security research leading, leading to improvements to privacy and security for all of us….

    But during the last months I had the opportunity to return to C++ and Qt work and it feels like coming home to the world of ARM powered hardware. When I left, the transition from consumer electronics (e.g. settop boxes) to automative (e.g. IVI) began and it seems it successfully completed! On Friday I explored a regression in OpenSSL and today I had the pleasure to understand input method handling of wayland a little bit better.

    I wanted to see if I can use wayland and run QtVirtualKeyboard only in the Compositor. I couldn’t find answers in the documentation and started to read the code. Once I understood how it should work, I found a simple example in QtWayland. Isn’t Qt wonderful?

KaOS – A Modern, Beautiful & Lightweight KDE Distribution

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Ultimately, KaOS is responsive, focused, customizable, and elegant; especially since it sports one of the best KDE performances.

As an independent KDE distro it houses the Plasma desktop – and coupled with its focus on QT and KDE apps, it is easy for both beginners to the Linux distro world and pro users alike to function and customize efficiently.

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Logic Supply launches tiny, fanless, Ubuntu-powered PCs

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    Industrial PC maker Logic Supply has been offering small fanless computers for years, but the company says its new CL200 series PCs are its smallest to date. Powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor, the little computer measures just 4.6″ x 3.3″ x 1.3″, making it smaller than a typical Intel NUC computer.
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Android tips and tricks: 10 great ways to boost your phone experience

With a few simple tips, you can make your Android smartphone life better. These are some of my favorite ways to block spam, stop unwanted calls from annoying me, and keep an eye on just how much data I'm really using. Read more

Neptune 5: A Practically Perfect Plasma-Based Distro

The integration of the Plasma 5 desktop in Neptune is smooth and smart. I have not liked much of the Plasma development as it exists in other distros. However, in this one the Plasma 5 desktop environment is an inviting alternative to my two favorite choices -- Cinnamon and Xfce. This latest Neptune release offers a computing environment that sits comfortably between both of those desktop options. One notable weakness: If I ever wanted to play any computer games, I would be disappointed with the few meager choices in Neptune's game menu. It offers only GNUDoQ, KBreakout, KMarjongg and KMines. What, not even a solitaire game? Come on! Read more

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