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KDE and Akademy

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  • KDE at FISL 16

    Many of you already know that FISL (The International Free Software Forum) is one of the biggest FLOSS conferences in the world. From 8 to 11 July 2015, 5281 free software passionate people met in Porto Alegre (South Brazil) for the 16th FISL edition, enjoying activities such as talks, panels, hackathons, workshops, and community meetings. All kinds of FLOSS-related topics were in place: development, translation, artwork, education, robotics, entrepreneurship, audio-visual, women and gender, politics, academia and research ... Phew! that's tiring Smile KDE has a long and memorable history at FISL and it wasn't different this year.

  • Busy is fun!

    The beginning of the day was reading some social media in the morning with breakfast catching up with the times. While going though my Google+ feed I saw a post that I seen before about the a bug with a krunner plugin. The plugin in question was this which Riddell, Dan and I debugged to find some more info about the bug such as that is effects Kubuntu, Arch and openSUSE so it is upstream related.

  • Akademy Day Trip
  • KDE Akademy 2015 Videos Are Now Appearing Online
  • Akademy 2015

    The organising team have done a fantastic job: we’ve had free busses running from our accommodation to the venue, video recording of talks (which I’m sure someone will post about soon), easy to access food, two parties and people always on-hand to provide information.

  • The Failure of KDE Activities

    KDE Activities are multiple desktops. While easy to understand, they open up the possibility of new methods of workspace organization as well as new ways to layout the desktop. They deserve to be recognized as an innovation as important as tabbed browsing, and should be a part of every desktop environment, yet most users have only vaguely heard of them, and even fewer have tried them.

    When a feature so elegant is ignored, something has clearly gone wrong -- but what, exactly?

    One thing is certain: Activities are one of the least unpublicized features on any desktop. From their introduction in KDE 4.0 to their implementation in Plasma 5, Activities have never had any online help. If you go to the desktop toolkit, you can click on Activities, but nothing suggests why you should bother. How to create an Activity is reasonably obvious with a little exploration, but why you would want to is never explained.

  • KDE Plasma Goes Mobile

    While FOSS Force gave you a look at setting up KDE Plasma on the desktop in Don Parris’ article last week, KDE recently jumped into the mobile fray by announcing KDE Plasma Mobile at their Akademy conference this week in Spain.

    While it joins an already crowded field, with the likes of Android, Ubuntu Touch, Firefox OS and others already in the mobile OS space, Plasma Mobile “offers a free — as in freedom and beer — user-friendly, privacy-enabling, customizable platform for mobile devices,” wrote Sebastian Kugler, a lead architect, on KDE’s website. “Plasma Mobile is currently under development with a prototype available providing basic functions to run on a smartphone.”

  • KDE Started Working At Fiber, A New QML-Based Internet Browser
  • Fiber Update

    The original plan was to allow an extension to handle the more crazy form-factors, but as I was blueprinting the APIs on paper I quickly found the tab-bar becoming a nightmarish monster which would have made custom tab extensions painful. Ultimately as a shortcut until a nice API can be made (and many more critical APIs can be rolled out) I’ll be adding sidebar tabs as a native feature. I may look at some sort of button form-factor as well, such as the ones commonly seen in mobile browsers.

  • Porting Qt applications to Wayland

    During Akademy I hold a session about porting applications to Wayland. I collected some of the general problems I saw in various KDE projects and want to highlight them in this blog post, too.

KDE and Akademy

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  • Akademy Day 4

    For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.

  • KDE Reveals Plasma Mobile

    There are a lot of interesting developments occurring in the field of Linux smartphones right now. With so many different options popping up, fragmentation is a risk, as apps built on one platform fail to migrate to another. KDE's new offering may help to make those apps available to a broader audience.

  • PSA: Plasma Mobile forums have moved

KDE and Akademy

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  • KDE unveils Plasma Mobile, a free and open Linux OS for phones

    Move over, Ubuntu Touch and Android. There's new competition in town. The KDE community just unveiled Plasma Mobile, a free and open-source mobile operating system.

    This is nothing new for the KDE project. Before Ubuntu Touch was ever announced, the KDE community had a long-term vision of convergence. Plasma 5 on the desktop has a “converged shell” that can switch between different interfaces for different device types. KDE even attempted to release tablets with their Plasma software preinstalled, but this never worked out.

  • Keeping Up With Akademy 2015 In A Coruña

    For KDE fans interested in the Akademy conference that started on Saturday in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, there are a lot of daily reports coming out of the event.

  • Akademy A Coruña Photos
  • Akademy 2015 videos available

    Video recordings of the Akademy talks are now available in a low quality version to enable them to be released quickly. Higher quality version will be available later.

KDE and Akademy

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  • KWallet5 can be auto-unlocked during login again

    I've just pushed a patch to KWallet5 allowing you to have your wallet unlocked automagically during login. This patch was originally done by Alex Fiestas for KWallet4, so all credits and free beers go to him; I've merely just forward-ported it.

  • Major update in cauldron

    Now that cauldron is open, the kde team has updated KF5 to 5.12.0, Plasma to 5.3.2 and Kde Applications to 15.04.3.

  • KDE's Plasma Mobile Not Giving Proper Credit to Ubuntu Touch, Says Developer

    KDE developers have announced that they are working on a new project called Plasma Mobile. From what the developers are saying, it's running on Wayland, and it's capable on running Ubuntu apps. One of the problems is that at least one of the Ubuntu developers has noticed that even if the project is based on Ubuntu for phones, credit is not given.

  • Plasma Mobile SDK

    When approaching this issue I had been thinking about the issue for a while. I had mainly 2 problems: I was rather frustrated with previous Linux-based systems so far and the one I liked didn’t really scale for us.

  • KDE Applications Versioning

    A common problem for many applications contained in the KDE Applications releases are non-incremented version numbers. Often the maintainer forgets to update the version number of the application, like I did it for Kate since the first KF5 based release.

  • Licensing of KDE Code

    Akademy, the yearly KDE conference is alive and kicking. During the last days we were discussing again about potential KDE licensing issues (for instance code that is licensed under GPLv2, but not GPLv3). That’s why KDE is maintaining a relicense checker script, that every KDE contributor should enter herself/himself.

  • Akademy Day 1
  • Akademy Day 2

    The second day at Akademy started off with 10 or so hours of sleep!, which was much needed for basic functions (really happy I don’t have to drive here). The hotel (Rialta) had great breakfast with coffee, OJ, bread with meat and cheeses, yogurt, cereal all the basics that makeup a great day!

  • Akademy Talks Day 2
  • Akademy Day 3 the start of BoFs, meetings and workshops

Plasma Mobile Media and Blog Coverage

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  • Akademy Talks Day 1

    The KDE community has spent the day in western Spain giving and watching talks showing new developments in the community and where we are likely to be going in the next year.

  • Speech-Based, Natural Language Conversational Recommender Systems

    The developed prototype was written in C++, using Qt4. The speech recognition system was realized with the open-source speech recognition solution Simon, using a custom, domain-specific speech model that was especially adapted to the pervasive Styrian dialect. Simon was modified to integrate OpenEAR, which was used to evaluate a statement’s “arousal” value, to realize the paralingual weighting discussed above (this modification can be found in Simon’s “emotion” branch).

  • Announcing WikiFM

    Earlier today I gave a talk at Akademy 2015 about WikiFM. Videos of the talk should shortly become available. Based on the feedback that I have received during and after the talk, I have written a short resume of the points which raised more interest. They are aimed at the general KDE developer community, who doesn’t seem completely aware of the project and its scope.

Plasma Mobile

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Plasma Mobile, a Free Mobile Platform

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Plasma Mobile offers a Free (as in freedom and beer), user-friendly, privacy-enabling, customizable platform for mobile devices. Plasma Mobile is Free software, and is now developed via an open process. Plasma Mobile is currently under development with a prototype available providing basic functions to run on a smartphone.

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KDE's Plasma Phone UI Runs on Top of Wayland, Ubuntu Touch, and Kubuntu - Video

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It was recently brought to our attention that the KDE developers are hard at work these days preparing a new user interface (UI) for mobile devices running on top of the Ubuntu Touch and Kubuntu operating system, as well as on the next-generation Wayland display server.

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KDE Arrives in A Coruña for Akademy

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KDE is de-camping to the far west of Europe today to A Coruña in Galicia. In this north west corner of the Iberian Peninsula the sun is warm and the air is fresh. KDE contributors of all varieties will be spending a week in talks, discussions, hacking, renewing old friendships and getting to know people new to our KDE Community.

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Passwords and Settings for Ark

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I’m glad to announce that a couple of new, long-awaited (5 and 7 years respectively!) features are going to land in Ark. Starting from the 15.08 release (which will be KF5-based), Ark will be able to:

Create password-protected archives from scratch
Show a standard Settings dialog

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