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Five Musings on Frameworks Quality

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KDE Frameworks 5 will be released in 2 weeks from now. This fifth revision of what is currently known as the “KDE Development Platform” (or, technically “kdelibs”) is the result of 3 years of effort to modularize the individual libraries (and “bits and pieces”) we shipped as kdelibs and kde-runtime modules as part of KDE SC 4.x. KDE Frameworks contains about 60 individual modules, libraries, plugins, toolchain, and scripting (QtQuick, for example) extensions.

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KWin is no more

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Now that I have your attention: the binary of KWin/5 just got renamed from “kwin” to “kwin_x11″. For you as a user nothing changes, the startup is adjusted to start kwin_x11 instead of kwin. Nothing else changed. The D-Bus interface is still org.kde.KWin, the config file is still “kwinrc”, etc. etc. Only if you start KWin manually remember to run “kwin_x11 –replace &” instead of “kwin –replace &”.

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Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Users Can Test the Beautiful Plasma 5 Beta 2 Desktop

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Linux

The new KDE Plasma 5 Beta 2 that was released only a few days ago can be tested in Kubuntu 14.04 LTS with a just a minimum of effort.

The KDE developers are preparing to release the final version of Pasma 5, the replacement of the current desktop that is being used by KDE. It's still in the Beta stages, but the final version is close. The good news is that you can now test it in Kubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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How to test-drive KDE’s Plasma 5 in Kubuntu

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HowTos

Before you follow my instructions to install Plasma 5 on your system, keep in mind that Plasma 5 is under heavy development and the stable release has not been made. Since it’s in development stage, there are (as expected) issues. Some of the issue you should be aware of include the missing wallpaper, icons may stop working now and then and Plasma Network Manager is missing as well.

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Google Chrome 37 Dev Brings Multiple Fixes and a KDE-Only Feature

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Google

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this is just the development branch. It's possible that some of the features integrated in this version of the browser will never make it to Beta and Stable.

Google Chrome Dev is the place where the developers implement new features and where the majority of fixes are added. There have been very few times when the Dev release wasn’t large, and this is not one of those times.

According to the changelog, pause and buffer are now suppressed for local resources, an input data parser has been added for Mojo message validation tests, a loop in GN has been fixed, a trivial end-to-end (in-process) test of Mojo shell has been added, libxslt has been added to the GN build, the LLVMpipe GL driver is now loaded in the Chromoting desktop session, the same vk non-overscroll solution is now used for both the login and lock screens, and a bug that occurred on search has been fixed.

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Randa Meetings Interview One: Cristian Oneț

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Interviews

This is one of our first interviews with the excited attendees of the Randa meetings and today you shall get a glimpse into the mind, workings and makings of Cristian Oneț who has been with KDE since quite some time now and has been a prominent contributor.

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KaOS 2014.06 Is a Beautiful KDE-Powered Distro Built from Scratch

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KaOS is a very interesting operating system because the developers are choosing their own path. This is one of the few Linux distributions out there that are not based on another OS and everything is built from scratch.

“At the base of the system some of the updates this ISO has, linux 3.14.6 with the futex bug fix included, gcc 4.8.3, llvm 3.4.1, Qt5 5.3.0, openssl 1.0.1.h, mesa 10.2.1, bash 4.3.018, poppler 0.26.1. Systemd 213 was part of the updates tested but did not make the cut, 212 is the version of systemd on this ISO. With this ISO, KaOS makes the switch to present XFS as the default filesystem, a good explanation for the reasons behind this switch can be found in this XFS presentation.

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Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE screenshots

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Reviews

Manjaro KDE is the KDE edition of Manjaro Linux, a desktop distribution based on Arch Linux. Manjaro 0.8.10 KDE is the latest edition, released at the same time as the Xfce and Openbox editions.

Manjaro is one of a handful of desktop distributions based on Arch Linux that are attempting to put a more user-friendly interface on the power of Arch Linux. The others are Antergos and Kademar.

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Krita Kicks Off 2.9 Development Effort with a Kickstarter Campaign

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Five years ago, the Krita team decided raise funds to raise Krita to the level of a professional applications . That fundraiser was successful beyond all expectations and enabled us to release Krita 2.4, the first version of Krita ready for professional artists!

Now, it’s time for another fundraiser, much, much more ambitious in scope! Dmitry Kazakov has worked full-time on Krita 2.8, and now we want him to work full-time on Krita 2.9, too. And it’s not just Dmitry: Sven, who has contributed to Krita for over ten years now, has recently finished university and is available as well.

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KDE SYSTEM SETTINGS: ABOUT THE GENERAL NAVIGATION

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Recently, we ran a study on the reorganization of the KDE system settings (Re-sort KDE control modules and Results of Card Sorting the KDE System Settings). Both the number of participants as well as the discussion in the forum proved the huge interest in this topic.
Based on these information some design proposals have been developed. Their impact on navigation needs to be carefully considered. Following we introduce two possible alternatives how the system settings could look like in the future as (partly) interactive mockups and ask you to vote for your favorite option.

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