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KDE and GNOME: GCompris, Xane, Mutter, and Recipes

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  • GSoC- Phase 2 Week 1 highlights

    Everything was well planned for a great start for the second phase of GSoC and I anticipated everything to go smoothly since I wouldn’t have any college exams to worry about.

  • "Xane" Another Cool Icon Set For Your Linux Desktop

    There are plenty of icon sets available for Linux desktops and it feels great to see new addition to it, well Xane icons are not new but released almost one year ago under license GNU Lesser General Public V3. Mainly these icons are designed for KDE plasma desktop but also support other desktops such as Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, Unity (lack panel icons), and so on. There are four different variants dark-blue, dark-brown, dark-green, dark-yellow and all of them available in dark and light versions, you can choose which fits your theme. You can report bugs or suggest new icons to include in this icon set via this link. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change icons.

  • Progress Report June 26th - July 9th

    Another two weeks have passed, and here I am again, reporting on what I've done. Contrary what the title says, the work period was (once again, sadly) shorter than that. First week, as it might've been known, was the first evaluation week, which I passed (which makes sense, since I'm writing here again, no?)! I want to use this opportunity to thank my mentors for nice feedback they've given me on both the evaluation form and on my previous coding experience.

  • The UI elements to the TODOist Integration with Recipes

    Before starting the project, there was a question as how to deal with TODOist account showing up in control center and serving no purpose when Recipes and gnome-TODO aren’t installed, both of them being non-core apps.

    So, what we did is hide Provider i.e. TODOist from the control center from the providers list and only show it if account is already configured. This hiding is done using a property in gnome-online-accounts that control center respects so as to display todoist or not. But how would that account get added if the provider isn’t visible in the control-center. Solution for this is letting the app itself, be it Recipes or gnome-todo add an account for TODOist. We use an AddAccount method written by Rohit Kaushik (GSoCer with gnome-todo).

Kubuntu Zesty is shaping up to be a perfect distro

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It's simple. The next serious system I'm going to build or buy will be running Kubuntu as its main asset. There might be other operating systems, but it will be powered by a Plasma flagship, preferably the next LTS. I believe this makes senses given all the changes in the distrosphere in the past 12-18 months and the expected ones over the next 9-12 months. I do have a request, though.

I must ask the KDE team not to screw this up. The worst thing that can happen is if, sometime in the near future, they release a half-arsed, semi-tested monstrosity that's gonna kill all hope and enthusiasm. There must be no regressions. And I dread the day when Qt6 waltzes in and replaces Plasma 5. Now that we've finally reached stability and quality, the vicious cycle of development could, and most likely, will disrupt things again. Hopefully, that can be avoided, or at least executed in a way that is fully transparent to the user.

Well, that was my fanboyism speech. I find Plasma to have reached a level of goodness that mirrors the glory days of Linux some 2-3 years ago. It's a shame that we had to experience the dip, but that's life. With some luck and wisdom, the next dip will be prevented. For what it's worth, Kubuntu 17.04 Zesty is a darn good release. My name is Cam Brady, and I happily approve this message. Dedoimedo, over and out.

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KDE Frameworks 5.36.0 and KDE Plasma 5 on FreeBSD

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  • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.36.0
  • KDE Frameworks 5.36 Adds Unicode 10.0 Support, Improves the VLC Tray Icon

    The KDE Project released the monthly update of its KDE Frameworks collection of more than 70 add-on libraries to Qt, which is designed to provide a wide range of commonly needed functionality to KDE application developers.

    KDE Frameworks 5.36.0 is here as the latest build of the application framework, and it looks like it brings lots of changes for most of the supported components, including Plasma Framework, KTextEditor, KAuth, KBookmarks, NetworkManagerQt, Solid, KIconThemes, KI18n, KIO, and KXMLGUI.

    Additionally, the update adds various improvements to the KWidgetsAddons, KPackage Framework, KDeclarative, KCoreAddons, KConfig, KFileMetaData, KNewStuff, Baloo, ThreadWeaver components, as well as to syntax highlighting, KDELibs 4 support, extra CMake modules, and Breeze icons

  • Wayland, and Weston, and FreeBSD – oh my!

    KDE’s CI system for FreeBSD (that is, what upstream runs to continuously test KDE git code on the FreeBSD platform) is missing some bits and failing some tests because of Wayland. Or rather, because FreeBSD now has Wayland, but not Qt5-Wayland, and no Weston either (the reference implementation of a Wayland compositor).

  • KDE Plasma 5 Making Progress On FreeBSD, With Some Wayland/Weston Support

    KDE developer Adriaan de Groot continues making progress on improving the support when running this desktop environment on FreeBSD. Adriaan has even been experimenting with Wayland/Weston on FreeBSD.

    Adriaan has been focusing on improvements for the KDE continuous integration system for FreeBSD and has pushed Weston and the Qt5-Wayland port to the Area51 repository that provides the bleeding-edge KDE packages for FreeBSD users.

KDE and Plasma News

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  • [Video] KDE Neon Plasma 5.10 Desktop Customization, Network Settings, And The Dolphin File Manager Review
  • What To Do After Installing KDE Neon GNU/Linux OS

    These are some suggestions you can use whenever finished installing KDE Neon OS. This article is divided to 6 sections including basic settings, suggestion for most users, for programmers, for graphic designers, and for students/teachers. I hope this article helps you to make Neon OS ready for your daily life. Enjoy Neon GNU/Linux!

  • manage Plasma Activities from command line and some automation

    Pytivity by Quentin Dawans: manage Plasma Activities from command line and some automation

    The cool part of sharing your knowledge is that often others pop up and improve what you shared. Time ago Quentin linked me his tool to manage Plasma Activities from command line. It’s a tool written in Python, so it’s named Pytivity and you can get it from GitHub.

    With Pytivity you can create, edit, delete, start, stop and activate Activities. But the true power of this tool relies on a feature of Activities that is still not exposed in the graphical user interface: placing scripts and *.desktop launchers in some particular hidden folders you will be able to define which apps or scripts will be executed when you start, stop, activate or deactivate an Activity.

6 Interesting Things on KDE Plasma 5.10

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KDE Plasma 5.10 released at May 30th 2017. This article simply summarizes what's new from Plasma 5.10.1 (06 June), 5.10.2 (13 June), and 5.10.3 (27 June) for beginners and non-KDE users. Here's what Plasma Desktop would be if you use it on any GNU/Linux distro today.

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KStars 2.7.9 Released for Linux, Mac, Windows, and Android!

Qt WebGL and KDE's Kdenlive

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  • Qt WebGL Streaming merged

    Some time ago I published a couple of blog posts talking about Qt WebGL Streaming plugin. The time has come, and the plugin is finally merged into the Qt repository. In the meantime, I worked on stabilization, performance and reducing the calls sent over the network. It also changed a bit in the way the connections are handled.

  • Qt Now Supports WebGL Streaming For Qt5 Apps On The Web

    The Qt tool-kit has merged support for WebGL streaming.

    The Qt WebGL Streaming plug-in has been merged to mainline. This WebGL streaming support will be present in Qt 5.10 due to be released in November and will be considered a technical preview module for that release.

  • ‘Next Generation Kdenlive’ is Now Available for Testing

    A ‘next generation’ version of open-source video editor Kdenlive is available for testing.

    This development build, though unstable, includes a new timeline, new features, and a much cleaner, leaner code base.

    “We are very happy to announce the first AppImage of the next generation Kdenlive. We have been working since the first days of 2017 to cleanup and improve the architecture of Kdenlive’s code to make it more robust and clean,” the development team behind the non-linear video editor say in a blog post.

Linux Kernel 4.12 Coming Soon to openSUSE Tumbleweed, KDE Plasma 5.10.3 Is Here

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openSUSE Project's Dominique Leuenberger is reporting today on the latest updates that landed in the main software repositories of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system.

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KDE and GNOME: Snap in Discover, Randa Meetings, Distros with KDE Plasma 5.10, Endless OS, and Dash to Panel

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  • Snap in Discover and the GNU/Linux Desktop

    Last week I attended a sprint with the Snap team and some other members of the community. One of the things we looked into was the Software Center story at depth so I thought it’s a good moment to give you an update.


    One of the really cool things about Snap is how well it integrates with cloud/IoT stuff. While this makes it really powerful, us desktop users and developers have seen some things that will need tackling eventually. Things like styling, fonts, icons, etc. need to be properly represented in Snap and it’s good to see this coming together nicely.

  • Snap App Integration in KDE Discover Is Picking Up Pace

    Work on integration Snap app support with KDE Discover is picking up pace, with devs hopeful that a stable backend can feature in Plasma 5.11.

  • Firefox and Plasma Activities

    You may know that when you stop an Activity some opened apps can “hibernate”, they free RAM but when you restart the Activity they reappear in the same state (Dolphin at the same path, Kate and Okular with the same documents etc) and the same size and position on the screen. This generally works for KDE applications. But at the moment KDE misses a good web browser and so I use Firefox.

    Mozilla’s browser has an option to automatically restore the previous session (tabs) when you start it. I use this feature a lot but sometimes I want to keep a session “saved” while I open a new one for another task (work vs study vs entertainment etc). This is why I tried to combine Firefox’s profiles (each one has its own “session”) with Plasma Activities.

  • Randa Meetings 2017 – Registration closes soon
  • How To Fix Qt Creator Doesn't Show Examples and "No Valid Kits Found"
  • Qt Quick Designer – The Coffee Machine

    With Qt Creator 4.3 released a month ago, coming with cool new features for Qt Quick Designer, we decided it is time to create an example that shows the complete intended workflow for Qt Quick Designer and establishes good practices.

    We implemented the UI of a Coffee Machine following the reference design of a professional designer. The designer also provided all graphical assets as PNG images. In the screenshot, you can see the Resource Browser containing all the provided graphical assets. You can use these graphical assets by drag and drop.

  • List of GNU/Linux Distros with KDE Plasma 5.10 + How To Upgrade


  • Simulating read latency with device-mapper

    Like most distros, Endless OS is available as a hybrid ISO 9660 image. The main uses (in my experience) of these images are to attach to a virtual machine’s emulated optical drive, or to write them to a USB flash drive. In both cases, disk access is relatively fast.

  • Dash to Panel Updated with Window Peek, Other New Options

    A new version of Dash to Panel, the popular GNOME extension that adds an icon task bar and system tray to the desktop, has been released.

    Dash to Panel v9 adds a couple of new features, including a Window Peek mode, and some nifty new options, like being able to hide ‘favourites’ from the panel.

    Window Peek is the headline addition in this release. Similar to Windows 7’s Aero Peek, it lets you hover over a task bar preview to see a full-size preview of that app’s window. Helpful for finding a specific app window. Other windows and apps on the desktop are made transparent.

KDE Plasma 5.11 Desktop to Have a Stable Snap Backend for Installing Snaps

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KDE developer Aleix Pol is reporting today on the progress of the Snap backend for the Plasma Discover graphical package manager of the KDE Plasma desktop environment.

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Also: KDE Discover Moving Ahead With Better Snap Support

Kube 0.3.1 and KDav2 0.1.0 Released by Christian Mollekopf

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  • Release of Kube 0.3.1

    Kube 0.3.1 is out the door.

    Over the past months we’ve been working hard on turning Kube into something more useful than a pure techpreview, and while Kube 0.3.1 still isn’t anywhere near production ready, I can finally say that I can use it for most of my email needs.

    First, let’s get out of the way what doesn’t work just yet so you know what you can expect.

  • Release of KDav2 0.1.0

    I’m pleased to announce the release of KDav2 0.1.0.

    KDav2 is a KJob based DAV protocol implementation.

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