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KDE Plasma 5.10.1 Desktop Environment Is Now Available for Kubuntu 17.04 Users

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Kubuntu users would be pleased to hear that the first point release of the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment series is now available in the Kubuntu Backports PPA of the Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.

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Plasma 5.11 and Greater Kicked Off

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The Plasma team had a mammoth 2.5 hour meeting to discuss some of the aspects of the Plasma releases going forward. Much of the debate was around when to do an LTS release and we’ve gone with Plasma 5.12 due in January. There will continue to be a couple of 5.8LTS releases in 2018 and more as necessary. We’re picking up 5.12 as an LTS at the request of openSUSE who wanted it for their next Leap release. We also banned new features which might affect the Wayland port unless they’re already functional in Wayland. Here’s the full list.

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Also: KDE Plasma 5.12 Desktop Environment Lands January 2018 as the Next LTS Release

KDE Plasma 5.12 Will Be An LTS Release In January 2018

5 great KDE apps to help you study

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This is an overview of some of my favorite KDE applications that are specifically made for people who would like to learn new skills or cultivate existing ones. All of them are free software (not just gratis, but free as in freedom, just like everything that is part of KDE), and they can be installed on your computer running GNU/Linux (even if you use a desktop environment other than KDE Plasma) so that you can access them offline anytime.

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KDE Plasma 5.10 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release, over 40 Bugs Fixed

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Just one week after the launch of the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment, the first point release has arrived today, and it's already available for installation from the stable software repositories of Arch Linux and other GNU/Linux distributions.

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KDE Plasma 5.10 Puts Folders on Linux Desktop, Improves Search

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The open-source KDE Plasma desktop was updated to version 5.10 on May 30, providing users with a refined user interface and new capabilities. KDE has long taken a different view on how a desktop should work and look, but with the 5.10 update, Plasma now enables users to have a familiar 'folder view' of the desktop, where icons for files and folders (instead of just function widgets) can be placed. Other enhancements include improved search functionality with Krunner, that displays both local as well as web search results.

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KDE: Krita, FreeBSD, Cutelyst 1.7.0, and Qt

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  • Krita 3.1.4 Open-Source Digital Painting App Improves Loading of GIMP 2.9 Files

    Krita 3.1.4 is here as the latest bugfix and stability release of the popular application, which is loved by amateur and professional digital artists alike, and it's a recommended update for anyone using Krita 3.1.3 or a previous version from the Krita 3.1 series. It has been released for all supported platforms.

  • Moving KDE-FreeBSD ports infrastructure

    We’re updating the documentation (in the KDE Community Wiki), but mostly things will be simpler, and it may make sense to simply checkout /usr/ports from the KDE-FreeBSD ports tree instead of anything else. We’ll continue to call it “Area51”, even if that string doesn’t occur in its name anymore.

  • Cutelyst 1.7.0 released! WebSocket support added.

    WebSocket support is probably a key feature to have on a modern web framework, Perl Catalyst doesn’t look like it wasn’t designed with it in mind, the way I found to do WS there wasn’t intuitive.

  • QProcess Or KProcess ?

    Most of the time of community bonding period was spent giving college exams. By the time my exams got over, I only had a week left to make something useful of the community bonding period time.

  • Qt 5.9 Launches as Long-Term Supported Release with C++11 Compliant Compiler

    Qt Project's Lars Knoll was happy to announce today, May 31, 2017, the release and immediate availability for download of Qt 5.9.0 stable and long-term supported (LTS) series of the open-source and cross-platform application framework.

  • Qt 5.9 LTS Released With Its OpenVG Back-End & Much More

    Lars Knoll has just announced the availability of Qt 5.9. Qt 5.9 has big improvements around performance and stability as noted by Lars, which is good given this series' LTS state. Qt LTS releases are supported for a period of three years.

  • Qt 5.9 released

    I’m happy to let you all know that Qt 5.9.0 has just been released. A lot of work has been put into it, making Qt 5.9 the best Qt version we have developed so far.

KDE neon User Edition 5.10 and Release of KDE Plasma 5.10

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  • KDE neon User Edition 5.10

    Plasma 5.10 is just out with many spangly new features to make your desktop run smoother.

    Being able to group and ungroup windows in the task bar is a small but handy feature when you turn it on.

    Having icons back on the desktop is on by default incase you want to mess up your desktop.

    Future proofing is happening with improvements to Wayland (install plasma-workspace-wayland if you want to try it out) and experimental support for Snaps.

  • KDE Neon User Edition 5.10 Released

    KDE Neon User Edition is still using a X.Org session by default, but for those making use of this OS or its Debian packages, installing the plasma-workspace-wayland package will provide the experimental KDE Plasma Wayland experience.

  • KDE Neon User Edition 5.10 Released with KDE Plasma 5.10 Desktop Environment

    The KDE Neon development team announced a few minutes ago the availability of an updated version of the User Edition of the KDE Neon GNU/Linux distribution, versioned 5.10, after the recently released KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment.

    We were the first to report earlier today on the general availability of the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment, giving you a first look at its new features, and now KDE Neon User Edition 5.10 launches with the KDE Plasma 5.10 packages by default if you want to upgrade your installations or deploy it on new PCs.

  • KDE Plasma 5.10 Officially Released, Folder View Is Now the New Default Desktop

    As expected, the KDE Project announced today the official availability of the final release of the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems willing to adopt it for their users.

  • Plasma 5.10, Simple by Default Powerful When Needed

    Today KDE has released Plasma 5.10 with new features across the suite to give users an experience which lives up to our tagline: simple by default, powerful when needed.

  • KDE Plasma 5.10 Released

    The KDE community has released Plasma 5.10 as their newest desktop release.

KDE/Qt: Qt 5.9 RC2, Qbs 1.8, and FreeBSD KDE Rehousing

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  • Qt 5.9 RC2 released

    Qt 5.9 RC2 is available. It is Qt 5.9 RC +

    At this time RC2 is available via online installers only, instructions here:

    And because there is only one change after official RC we should be able to release final Qt 5.9.0 this Wed (31.5.2017) as planned.

  • Qt 5.9 RC2 Released, Qt 5.9.0 Still On Track For This Week

    The Qt Company has released their second and final release candidate for the big Qt 5.9 tool-kit update.

    Qt 5.9 RC2 has just one fix post-RC1. While the Qt 5.9 release schedule was running a bit behind, The Qt Company is still trying to meet their goal of shipping on time. As of now, they believe they can still ship Qt 5.9.0 final on Wednesday, 31 May.

  • Qbs 1.8 Released -- Planned To Replace QMake Build System In Qt 6
  • Qbs 1.8 released

    Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of Qbs 1.8! This is primarily a stability-focused release which paves the way for some powerful new features coming in a few months with 1.9.

  • Moving to KDE Community Wiki

    The KDE/FreeBSD website has been around for a long time. It has been the repository of much (well, maybe some) wisdom around KDE-on-FreeBSD. But as a repository of knowledge, it has been rather limited in recent years: it lives in KDE’s source-code repositories, and as such has a pretty high barrier to entry. You need a KDE developer account to edit it, for one. And then, editing PHP files in git is not fun, if you’re trying to contribute documentation, howto’s, or screenshots.

  • Qt Applications Will Now Look Better On Flatpak'ed GNOME Desktops

Reasons to use the GNOME 3 desktop environment, cool KDE tweaks, and GNOME integration for Qt based application

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  • 11 reasons to use the GNOME 3 desktop environment for Linux

    Late last year, an upgrade to Fedora 25 caused issues with the new version of KDE Plasma that made it difficult for me to get any work done. So I decided to try other Linux desktop environments for two reasons. First, I needed to get my work done. Second, having been using KDE exclusively for many years, I thought it might be time to try some different desktops.

  • Which Linux desktop environment do you prefer?
  • 7 cool KDE tweaks that will change your life
  • Gnome integration for Qt based applications in Flatpak

    Following blog post from Patrick Griffis about new themes support in Flatpak, we started working on supporting this new feature too. Currently wherever you start a Qt application, it would always look like a KDE application or something would be missing, like icons so you would end up with bad experience and mixed feelings. This is going to change now as we now support Gnome in form of icons, widget style and Qt platform theme and with this, when you run a Qt application in Gnome, it will look definitely better and more natively than before. We packaged regular adwaita icons which are used by default in Gnome as extension of freedesktop runtime. For widget style we use adwaita-qt style, which is a Qt style attempting to look like Gtk’s adwaita and the most important part putting this all together is QGnomePlatform, a Qt platform theme which reads your Gnome configuration and applies it to running Qt applications. QGnomePlatform also enforces Qt apps to use adwaita icons and adwaita-qt style by default so that’s another reason why it is important. Both adwaita-qt and QGnomePlatform projects are by the way authored by Martin Bříza, a collegue of mine from Red Hat so if you meet him in person somewhere buy him a beer for that he cares about Qt integration in Gnome Smile. Now coming to a question how to install this and make it work. Basically all you need to do is install following extensions and you shold be done:

FreeBSD News: 64-bit Inodes and KDE

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  • FreeBSD Lands Support For 64-bit Inodes (ino64 Project)

    While Linux and other operating systems (including DragonFlyBSD) have supported 64-bit inodes for data structures on file-systems, FreeBSD has been limited to 32-bit. But thanks to the work of many on the ino64 project, FreeBSD now has support for 64-bit inodes while retaining backwards compatibility.

  • KDE FreeBSD CI (2)

    The KDE Continuous Integration system builds KDE software from scratch, straight from the git repositories, and usually from master (or whatever is considered the development branch). It’s been building for Linux for a long time, and has recently been expanded with FreeBSD servers as well. KDE sysadmin has been kind enough to provide two more VMs (with some more compiling “oomph”) so that we can keep up better, and the CI has just been expanded with all of the Plasma products. That means we’re now building KDE Frameworks, and the Plasma desktop.

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LWN (Now Open Access): Kernel Configuration, Linux 4.14 Merge Window, Running Android on a Mainline Graphics Stack

  • A different approach to kernel configuration
    The kernel's configuration system can be challenging to deal with; Linus Torvalds recently called it "one of the worst parts of the whole project". Thus, anything that might help users with the process of configuring a kernel build would be welcome. A talk by Junghwan Kang at the 2017 Open-Source Summit demonstrated an interesting approach, even if it's not quite ready for prime time yet. Kang is working on a Debian-based, cloud-oriented distribution; he wanted to tweak the kernel configuration to minimize the size of the kernel and, especially, to reduce its attack surface by removing features that were not needed. The problem is that the kernel is huge, and there are a lot of features that are controlled by configuration options. There are over 300 feature groups and over 20,000 configuration options in current kernels. Many of these options have complicated dependencies between them, adding to the challenge of configuring them properly.
  • The first half of the 4.14 merge window
    September 8, 2017 As of this writing, just over 8,000 non-merge changesets have been pulled into the mainline kernel repository for the 4.14 development cycle. In other words, it looks like the pace is not slowing down for this cycle either. The merge window is not yet done, but quite a few significant changes have been merged so far. Read on for a summary of the most interesting changes entering the mainline in the first half of this merge window.
  • Running Android on a mainline graphics stack
    The Android system may be based on the Linux kernel, but its developers have famously gone their own way for many other parts of the system. That includes the graphics subsystem, which avoids user-space components like X or Wayland and has special (often binary-only) kernel drivers as well. But that picture may be about to change. As Robert Foss described in his Open Source Summit North America presentation, running Android on the mainline graphics subsystem is becoming possible and brings a number of potential benefits. He started the talk by addressing the question of why one might want to use mainline graphics with Android. The core of the answer was simple enough: we use open-source software because it's better, and running mainline graphics takes us toward a fully open system. With mainline graphics, there are no proprietary blobs to deal with. That, in turn, makes it easy to run current versions of the kernel and higher-level graphics software like Mesa.

Beautify Your KDE Plasma 5 Desktop Environment with Freshly Ported Adapta Theme

Good morning! It's time to beautify your KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, and we have just the perfect theme for that as it looks like the popular Adapta GTK theme was recently ported to Plasma 5. Read more

Roughing it, with Linux

I have been traveling for about two weeks now, spending 10 days camping in Iceland and now a few days on the ferry to get back. For this trip I brought along my Samsung N150 Plus (a very old netbook), loaded with openSUSE Linux 42.3. Read more

Red Hat: Ansible Tower, Patent Promise, and Shares Declining

  • Red Hat’s automation solution spreading among APAC enterprises
    Red Hat recently shared revealed its agentless automation platform is spreading among enterprises in APAC countries like Australia, China, India and Singapore. The company asserts its Ansible Tower helps enterprises cut through the complexities of modern IT environments with powerful automation capabilities that improve productivity and reduce downtime. “Today’s business demands can mean even greater complexity for many organisations. Such dynamic environments can necessitate a new approach to automation that can improve speed, scale and stability across IT environments,” says head of APAC office of technology at Red Hat, Frank Feldmann.
  • Red Hat broadens patent pledge to most open-source software
    Red Hat, the world's biggest open source company, has expanded its commitment on patents, which had originally been not to enforce its patents against free and open source software.
  • Red Hat expands Patent Promise
    Open-source software provider Red Hat has revised its Patent Promise, which was initially intended to discourage patent aggression against free and open-source software. The expanded version of the defensive patent aggregation scheme extends the zone of non-enforcement to all of Red Hat’s patents and all software under “well-recognised” open-source licenses. In its original Patent Promise in 2002, Red Hat said software patents are “inconsistent with open-source and free software”.
  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) AO Seeing a Consistent Downtrend
  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) noted a price change of -0.14% and RingCentral, Inc. (RNG) closes with a move of -2.09%