Asked to recommend a Linux desktop, users respond in a number of ways. Many recommend their own preferences. Others suggest the desktop environment that they believe is closest in appearance and function to Windows or OS X.
A while ago, though, I realized that the seven major Linux desktops can be ranked on a spectrum from the highly customizable to those that are little more than launchers for their applications.
KDE is a highly diverse community and every one of our contributors has his or her own motives, such as having fun, developing new skills and meeting nice people. However, a common desire unites all of KDE: to change the world for the better. This shared motivation, although the major driving force behind KDE, has never really been made explicit.
We are happy to announce that the brand new 5.6 series of Plasma releases, more specifically Plasma 5.6.1, is now available in our stable repositories. This quick update that followed the first 5.6 release provides several bug fixes to Plasma users, in addition to the many changes that were introduced in 5.6.0 which aimed at enhancing users' experience:
Since Plasma 5, the main shell is powered by QtQuick, which till now brings a requirement on a working OpenGL setup. This causes problems for Plasma in situations where we can't run OpenGL; either extremely cheap hardware, xrdc or when a user upgrades and breaks their nvidia setup (a seemingly common occurence).
Plasma 5.6 has finally seen the return of the Plasma Add-ons Weather widget, which had been missing the port from Plasma4.
After our successful 4th edition of the Kdenlive café(*), we are preparing the next 2 meetings.
If you are interested to join us to discuss the future of Kdenlive, you are welcome.
During the Sprint at CERN everyone got to take a tour of the Large Hadron Collider, it was a fantastic time and a proud moment for members of the KDE community to see the massive and incredible machines which happened to have KDE software running at the controls.
A nice feature coming to KDE Plasma 5.7 is support for logging into an online account from the login manager to have your Plasma configuration synced from the remote server. Initially this work is focused around supporting ownCloud. If supplying your username, password, and ownCloud provider to the Plasma 5.7 log-in screen, you'll have all of your data synced locally. This will include Plasma's look and feel, ownCloud hosted files, email data, contacts, and calendar.
GNOME 3.20 is the first major update to the GNOME desktop environment in 2016, officially becoming generally available on March 23—and since that date it has been slowly trickling into the repositories of Linux distributions. GNOME 3.20 is code-named Delhi in honor of the GNOME.Asia event that will be held in Delhi, India, April 21-24. The new GNOME release is the first since GNOME 3.18 in September 2015, and it provides incremental improvements. An overarching update across multiple applications in GNOME 3.20 are new shortcut screens that provide users with a simple list of keyboard shortcuts to perform common actions in a given application. As was the case with GNOME 3.18, the File utility in GNOME 3.20 benefits from usability improvements. This time, the improvements are around searching and finding files on the system. The Web application is also improved, with improved session restore capabilities. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the key features of the GNOME 3.20 desktop update.
My previous post, as many have quickly realized, was an April Fool’s joke, sorry. But it will not be entirely false: the only sure thing is that something as complex won’t be released for the 5.7. And what makes it so complex is the involvement of the login manager (SDDM). In fact, as many pointed out around the web, there would be security risks. After all it wanted to be a joke.
By the way the integration with Internet services and sync of user’s data was and is a topic discussed in Plasma. Today, because of this joke, we at VDG discussed about this feature. Here there are some conclusions/ideas: