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KDE Plasma 5.10 Desktop Environment to Ship with Virtual Keyboard on Lock Screen

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KDE developer Martin Gräßlin published an interesting article on his personal blog to inform the Linux and KDE community about some of the exciting new features coming to the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment later this spring.

The development of KDE Plasma 5.10 is ongoing, and it looks like a Beta release is scheduled for the beginning of the second week of May, on the 11th, when early adopters will be able to get a taste of its upcoming features, including the Folder View mode, which we detailed a couple of weeks ago right here on Softpedia Linux.

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Also: KDE Ships KDE Applications 16.12.3

KDE Applications 16.12.3 Is the Last in the Series, 17.04 Launches on April 20

Kdenlive 16.12.3 is out

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The last release of the 16.12 branch brings a few, but important improvements, like fixing a couple of crashes and avoiding a possible corruption as well as a overnight render bug along with other minor stability improvements. All in all 16.12 was a great release and the best is still to come.

We continue our focused effort in the timeline refactoring which will bring professional grade tools, stay tuned for more info on that soon!

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Chakra's Heritage theme gets a refreshing facelift

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We are excited to introduce a refreshed version of our homegrown Heritage theme which will ship with the upcoming ISO release! In this update we have included subtle changes that we hope will improve the overall desktop experience for Chakra users.

As always, current Chakra users simply need to update their existing installations to receive the latest changes, there is no need to reinstall with the new ISO which will be released very soon. Just wait until your mirror has synchronized so you can upgrade to chakra-heritage-themes 2016.12.

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Kubuntu 17.04, KDE Plasma 5.9 and KDE Plasma 5.10

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  • Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Is Shipping with KDE Plasma 5.9 and Folder View Mode

    Clive Johnston from the Kubuntu team announced recently that the latest KDE Plasma 5.9.3 desktop environment landed in the software repositories of the upcoming Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.

    Until a few days ago, the KDE Plasma 5.9.3 packages were lying in the "proposed" repos of Kubuntu 17.04, but they were finally pushed to the main channel for early adopters to be able to update their installations. KDE Plasma 5.9.3 is the third maintenance update to the short-lived KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment.

  • What’s up for 5.10?

    A feature I teasered in my last blog post is media controls on the lock screen. The patch has now landed and will be part of the next Plasma release, 5.10, to be released end of May.

  • Some Of The Changes Coming To KDE Plasma 5.10

    KDE developer Kai Uwe has provided a look at some of the new features coming for Plasma 5.10, including some screenshots.

    Some of the changes coming to KDE Plasma 5.10 include media controls being added to the lock screen, PowerDevil power management can now pause media players automatically before sleeping a computer, file manager jump list actions have been improved, the folder view will be the default desktop containment, improvements to the folder view, interactive notification previews, context menu enhancements, and more.

Interviewing Thomas Pfeiffer, member of the Board of Directors of KDE e.V.

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Interviews

We asked Thomas Pfeiffer (member of the Board of Directors of KDE e.V.) some questions about the KDE Community ongoing projects and future plans.

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Also: KDevelop 5.0.4 Open-Source IDE Released with over 60 Improvements and Bug Fixes

Maui 17.03 "Cuba Libre" Linux OS Has KDE Plasma 5.9.3, Qt 5.7.1 & Calamares 3.1

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Linux

The Ubuntu-based Maui operating system has been updated this weekend to the 17.03 version, a major release that appears to add many of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source applications.

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KDE and Qt News

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Software
  • KDAB contributions to Qt 5.8

    And here we are again, with the usual showcase of the most outstanding contributions to Qt 5.8 developed by KDAB engineers.

  • KStars 2.7.5 is released for MacOS and Windows

    I'm very excited to announce the release of KStars 2.7.5 for MacOS and Windows!

    This is the first official KStars release for MacOS 10.11+, and while we made sure to test it thoroughly, please treat it as a beta release and report any bugs to the KDE bug tracking website.

  • [Krita] Interview with Guilherme Silveira Dias

    I flow between the frugal pal who can still find a creative way of making art even when the limitations get worse; And the bon vivant of me and my father at art supplies stores like they were literally our home sweet home. My current notebook is a shabby 32GB onboard flash-disk that barely allows me to draw in a screen sized canvas with Krita Gemini. Yes, I’m using a touch screen pen because my notebook ignores and treats my Intuos 2 as a mouse. So I’m having a much better experience with my tiny android phone with its drawing apps. One of those apps, Autodesk Sketchbook, under my circumstances now, is my only choice for 2D Digital Painting. Good stuff, bought it and am making comics with it!!! Hahahaha.

  • Danbooru Client 0.6.1 released

    It offers a convenient, KF5 and Qt5-based GUI coupled with a QML image view to browse, view, and download images hosted in two of the most famous Danbooru boards (konachan.com and yande.re).

  • Qt Installer Framework 2.0.5 released

    We’re happy to release Qt Installer Framework 2.0.5.

    2.0.5 is a bug fix release, the full list of bug fixes can be found from Changelog.

  • Heaptrack v1.0.0 Release
  • New in Qt 5.8: meta-object support for namespaces

    A small new feature that was added to Qt 5.8 is the ability for moc (Qt’s meta-object compiler) to extract meta-object information at the namespace level. This means, for instance, that you can have introspection support for enumerations defined in a namespace (not just in QObject subclasses, or classes tagged with Q_GADGET), and use such enumerations in QtScript, QtDBus and QML.

  • Okular Form Field auto-updating (Work In Progress)
  • Release of KIMAP2 0.1.0

    I’m pleased to announce the release of KIMAP2 0.1.0.

    KIMAP2 is a KJob based IMAP protocol implementation.

  • Release of KAsync 0.1.0

    I’m pleased to announce KAsync 0.1.0.

    KAsync is a library to write composable asynchronous code using lambda-based continuations.

  • KDE Wikis: where should I write?

    I’ve seen as well an awesome tutorial being published on Planet KDE, with a very wrong address.

KDevelop 5.0.4 released

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Today, we are happy to announce the release of KDevelop 5.0.4, the fourth bug fix and stabilization release for KDevelop 5.0. An upgrade to 5.0.4 is strongly recommended to all users of 5.0.3 and below.

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Kube 0.1.0

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  • Release of Kube 0.1.0

    It’s finally done! Kube 0.1.0 is out the door.

    First off, this is a tech preview really and not meant for production use.

  • So what is Kube? (and who is Sink?)

    Kube is further developed in coordination with Roundcube Next, to achieve a consistent user experience across the two interfaces and to ensure that we can collaborate while building the UX.

    A roadmap has been available for some time for the first release here, but in the long run we of course want to go beyond a simple email application. The central aspects of the the problem space that we want to address is communication and collaboration as well as organization. I know this is till a bit fuzzy, but there is a lot of work to be done before we can specify this clearly.

  • KDE's Kube Mail/PIM Client Does Its First Tech Preview Release

    Today marks the release of KDE's new Kube 0.1 project, the first tech preview (pre-production) release of this experimental Kontact based on Qt Quick and Akonadi-Next.

    Kube is self-described by its GitHub repository as "a personal information and collaboration application currently in its early stages of development. It uses Sink for data access and synchronization, and leverages the KDE PIM codebase where possible."

KDE and GNOME

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GNOME
  • Plasma 5.10: Folder View as default desktop mode

    To set the stage, we need to briefly recap some of the problems with the KDE 3.x desktop that (among others) Plasma initially set out to solve.

  • KDE Plasma 5.10 Desktop Environment to Feature Folder View as Default Mode

    See the screenshot on the right? That's how your KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment will look like when you upgrade this summer to the KDE Plasma 5.10 release, which will enter development in early May.

    KDE developer Eike Hein is announcing that the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment will come with a brand-new look (sort of). According to the developer, the Folder View will be used by default for the upcoming release instead of that Desktop widget you're probably removing every time you reinstall your KDE-based distribution.

  • GNOME 3.24 Desktop Environment Prepares for March 22 Release, New Beta Is Out

    With a one-day delay, the GNOME Project, through Matthias Clasen, was proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the second and last Beta of the forthcoming GNOME 3.24 desktop environment.

    GNOME 3.24 Beta 2 arrives only two weeks after the first Beta release, and brings with it numerous updated core components and applications that are usually shipped under the GNOME Stack umbrella. The technical version number is GNOME 3.23.91, and can be downloaded from the usual places by early adopters and public beta testers.

  • GNOME's gThumb 3.6 Open-Source Image Viewer to Launch with Numerous New Features

    Paolo Bacchilega, the developer of the gThumb open-source and free image viewer and browser application designed specifically for the GNOME desktop environment kicked off the development of the next major version, gThumb 3.6.

    A first snapshot is now available for download, gThumb 3.5.1, and ships with numerous new features and improvements. For example, there's now double-click activation support, a brand-new zoom popover that includes a bunch of zoom commands, as well as a zoom slider, and a color picker.

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Microsoft Begs, Bugs, and Bug Doors

  • Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft
    Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine. It's been two weeks since Microsoft made its Creators Update available, and we were previously warned it will be a trickle-out rather than a massive rollout. Now, Redmond has urged users to stop manually fetching and installing the code, and instead wait for it to be automatically offered to your computer when it's ready.
  • Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers
    A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft's regular monthly security update - nine months after it was discovered.

FOSS Licensing (and Lack Thereof)

  • Portugal to harmonise usability of govt portals
    All of the code, information and tools are made available for reuse.
  • JRC: ‘Releasing code without a licence hinders reuse’
    Projects that publish source code without a licence weaken the reusability of their code, warns Stefano Gentile, a copyright and trademark specialist working for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Currently just 20 % of all projects published on GitHub, one of the most popular source code sharing platforms, have selected a licence for their work - down from about 60% in 2008, Gentile said, quoting numbers published in 2015 by GitHub.
  • React to React
    The Additional Grant of Patent Rights is a patent license grant that includes certain termination criteria. These termination criteria are not entirely unprecedented when you look at the history of patent license provisions in OSI-approved licenses, but they are certainly broader than the termination criteria [or the equivalent] in several familiar modern licenses (the Apache License 2.0, EPL, MPL 2.0, and GPLv3).
  • BetConstruct declares the source code for its front-end as open source
    The project is distributed under MIT license.