In a blog post published earlier today, October 15, KDE contributor and developer Björn Ruberg talks about the stability, usability, and reliability of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment for end users.
The developers of the powerful, free, open-source, and cross-platform Krita digital painting software have announced the release of the eighth maintenance version for the Krita 2.9 series.
Pentobi is a board game in which players have to place pieces that are similar in shape with tetrominos on a square grid board, while trying to block the opponent from doing the same. The winner is the player who places the most number of pieces on the board when no more pieces can be placed.
One applet I missed the most from KDE4 Plasma times was Quicklaunch applet. I use vertical panel and adding multiple launchers to vertical panel is not really convenient because they are placed bellow each other, and in result occupy a lot of vertical space. That's why I was using Quicklaunch that let's you have (in my case) 4 applets that occupy the same space as one big launcher.
Now let’s talk about the other Simon – the open source speech recognition program. As you might have read Peter Grasch, the former maintainer of Simon, needed to leave the project and was searching for someone that takes it over. And as I was at this point in time the only person interested in this great tool and framework… So I’m the new maintainer of Simon and would like to thank Peter a lot for his trust and for the great work he did in and with Simon over several years!
I know it sounds harsh, and I should reiterate that the work the KDE team has done on the design is quite elegant. But the lack of stability (even if only a perceived stability) undercuts the design of the desktop. I want to use it, but placing KDE in a production environment, to me, seems like a risk.
Believe me, I want KDE to succeed. I've always loved that Linux had such a vast array of choices... something for everyone. And KDE fills a very important niche for the Linux desktop—but at a 5.4 release, the environment should feel a lot more solid than it does.
Right after Plasma Mobile was first announced at Akademy 2015, the team put me in charge of the creation of a crucial pillar of the ecosystem: The Human Interface Guidelines for KDE phone applications. This means guidelines for “applications made by KDE for phones”, not “applications made for KDE Phone”, because
There is no “KDE Phone”, just the phone UI of Plasma Mobile
KDE applications for phones do not only run on Plasma Mobile, but may also run on e.g. Android or Ubuntu Touch
This not a rant! I just want to share some concerns about the quality of the current KDE desktop and its deployment to normal users.
I upraded to KDE 5 by upgrading from Fedora 21 to Fedora 22. I did this rapidly on four laptops because I liked the new fresh look. Two of them I use heavily for personal work. The plasma version in use was 5.3. But after some weeks of work I collected a long list of heavy issues with that desktop. They all showed up doing very general things. Especially problematic are multi screen configurations. Things you usually do when you plug in and plug off your laptop from the display at your working place.
The eighth bug-fix release of Krita 2.9! We’re still fixing bugs and adding improvements, but a lot of work has gone into the kickstarter goals and the Krita 3.0 porting work, too. Ubuntu Linux users can use the ” krita-lod-unstable” packages from the Krita Lime repository to test-drive the first version of the animation support and the “LOD” performance improvements. Check the LOD option in the View menu, and many brushes and other features will be perform much better on large images!