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Latte Dock – An anchor for your Plasma stuff?

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Calling Latte Dock a replacement for traditional panels in Plasma is like calling scooters a replacement for the car. Each has its own merits, and by such it shalt be judged. Specifically, Latte Dock comes with a lot of interesting features, plus a slew of bugs, which are expected for something in the sub-1.0 version era. Luckily, there do not seem to be any cardinal problem. Aesthetic, intuitive, no deal breakers.

No deal sweeteners either. That is THE problem. Overall, Latte works, but it does not have any real advantage over the classic panel, or even other dock solutions out there. Not enough to oust the old guard. After all, there’s a reason why the menu + bar formula has been around for so long. It’s simple and it works. Latte needs an extra shot of awesome if it wants to succeed. To be followed and re-tested.

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Also: Calligra 3.0.1 update released

Enjade Wants to Recreate the Unity Desktop on KDE Plasma

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A new project aims to recreate the Unity desktop using KDE Plasma.

“The Enjade desktop environment is a community project to recreate and continue the Unity desktop environment,” reads the initiative’s website.

“From the versatile Dash down to the global menu, Enjade promises to offer the familiar experience Ubuntu users love while adding new features to keep it up with the latest trends,”

Noble ambitions that give ardent Unity admirers an alternative to the official Compiz version.

Unity 7 itself is still supported until 2021. But although it won’t stop working overnight it’s unlikely to receive any major new features. That leaves it to forks and pseudo-forks (like this one) to evolve the desktop in pace with wider software and usability trends.

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Leftovers: KDE and Qt

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  • Qt World Summit 2017 Early Bird Tickets Now Available!
  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK 100.0 by Esri is here

    In 100.0, Qt developers have even more capabilities for adding mapping and geographic analysis to native apps than ever before. 3D geographic visualization, 2D vector tiled basemap support, enriched error handling in the API, and additional geoprocessing tools are just a few of the new highlights.

  • Progressive Web App and Planet KDE

    Since I started to programming more serious, was with Qt and with the goal to made Desktop applications. And I was running with all my strength from Web Development. My little experience with the web made me be pissed. It’s hard to debug and find solutions for a web problem, because exist too many solutions for the same problem in a lot of languages, see for example the Js frameworks that each day a new one appears.

  • Kubuntu 17.04 Released!
  • Qt 3D Animation Easter Teaser

    As an Easter treat here is a quick taster of some of the animation goodies coming to Qt 3D along with Qt 5.9. In this post we will briefly outline the steps needed to create a simple Qt 3D application and the assets it uses to produce this little animation:

  • WikiToLearn: now available in German!

    Thanks to the work of our volunteers, with a special mention to Matthias Heil and Karin Cienkowski, we’re happy to announce the official opening of the German portal of WikiToLearn. We hope it will be of great service to the German community and we’re sure it will help creating even more free textbooks for everyone to use.

  • KActionRunner

    Sometimes I create a small widget for my own usecase and never blog about it, but this one I think it should be pushed upstream. It’s a small KComboBox that uses a KActionCollection based model to display *all* of the actionCollection’s actions.

Leftovers: KDE

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  • Adjusting Application Launchers to the Task with KDE Plasma

    The classical desktop, consisting of a menu, panel, and a workspace, has been obsolete for years. What was adequate in the days of twenty megabyte hard drives now leaves users with the choice of either having a workspace inconveniently crowded with launchers, or starting applications entirely from the menu. In answer to this awkward set of choices, KDE’s Plasma offers several alternatives: folder views, filters, and Activities. These alternatives represent different ways of reducing the number of icons on the workspace, so that for any given task, you have only the launchers relevant to what you are currently working on.

  • KDE at the Augsburger Linux-Infotag 2017

    In two weeks I’ll be in Augsburg at the 16th Augsburger Linux-Infotag.

    Here you’ll have a chance to meet in person, have a look at the latest and greatest Plasma Desktop and see what’s coming up for Plasma 5.10 and other future goodies!

  • [Krita] Interview with Marcos Ebrahim

    My name is Marcos Ebrahim. I’m an Egyptian artist and illustrator specialized in children’s book art, having 5 years experience with children’s animation episodes as computer graphics artist. I have just finished my first whole book as children’s illustrator on a freelance basis that will be on the market at Amazon soon. I’m also working on my own children’s book project as author and illustrator.

  • How input works – touch screen edge swipe gestures

    Continuing my series about how input works in KWin/Wayland I want to discuss a brand new feature we implemented for Plasma 5.10. This year we had a developer sprint in Stuttgart and discussed what kind of touchpad and touch screen gestures we want to support and how to implement it. Now the result of this discussion got merged into our master branch and we are currently discussing which actions to use by default.


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  • Krita 3.1.3 Minor Update of the Open-Source Digital Painting App Is Now in Beta
  • Qt 5.9 Enters Beta, Promises to Fully Leverage C++11, Improve Wayland Support

    The Qt Company, through Tuukka Turunen, was pleased to announce the availability of the Beta release of the upcoming Qt 5.9 open-source and cross-platform GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit.

    Qt 5.9 entered developed in February this year, when it received an Alpha build, which represented an early stage of evolutionary development, but the Beta is here to give Qt application developers an early taste of what's coming to the final Qt 5.9 release, which should hit the streets at the end of May.

  • Should Ubuntu Have Gone With KDE Instead Of GNOME?

    With last week's surprise decision by Mark Shuttleworth to abandon Unity 8 efforts and switch back to the GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, while some applauded the decision, others begged the question why not switch to KDE or "Ubuntu should default to [your favorite DE]."

    KDE contributor Alessandro Longo has pleaded the case that Ubuntu should have decided on the KDE desktop rather GNOME. In making his argument, he wrote a blog post with "10 reasons why Ubuntu should use KDE Plasma instead of GNOME."

  • Ubuntu Snaps to Integrate Fully with GNOME and KDE, Says Mark Shuttleworth

    We picked up some more of the comments made by Mark Shuttleworth recently on Google+, where the Canonical and Ubuntu founder answered various questions posted by members of the Ubuntu community.

    This comes as a follow-up article on yesterday's report that Ubuntu GNOME is becoming the default flavor of the popular Linux-based operating system, and that the Unity 7 user interface will be available for installation from the official repositories after the launch of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS next year in April.

  • GNOME Builder IDE and Flatpak Make It Easier to Contribute to the GNOME Project

    GNOME developer Carlos Soriano, known for his contributions to the Nautilus file manager and GNOME Shell user interface, reports on the latest progress made to simplify the contribution process to the GNOME Project.

    GNOME Project is the Red Hat sponsored organization behind the well-known GNOME desktop environment, which will is used by default on numerous Linux-based operating systems, including Debian, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and even Ubuntu.


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  • How To Make GNOME Shell Look Like Unity

    Following news that Ubuntu is to switch to GNOME as its default desktop in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, some users have been keep to get a head start and switch over a little sooner. Bad Voltage podcaster Stuart Langridge is among them, and has written a blog post titled ‘Making GNOME Shell feel like Unity’.

  • BuildStream progress and booting images
  • Beyond NetworkManager 1.6: Part 1

    NetworkManager 1.6 was delivered in early 2017, and is doing pretty well. It has found its way to many Linux distributions, including the upcoming Debian 9 “Stretch” release. There are good chances you’re already running it. Nevertheless, we still owe you an overview of what’s new.

  • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.33.0

    KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

  • KDE Frameworks 5.33 Released

    KDE Frameworks 5.33 was released this weekend as the latest monthly installment to this large set of KDE libraries to complement Qt.

    KDE Frameworks 5.33 brings Baloo support for searching in symlinked directories, a KAuth back-end for macOS, updates to KIO, Plasma Framework changes, and a variety of other updates to these add-on libraries.

Kubuntu 17.04 Release Candidate – call for testers

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Today the Kubuntu team is happy to announce that Kubuntu Zesty Zapus (17.04) RC is released . With this release candidate, you can see and test what we are preparing for 17.04, which we will be releasing April 13, 2017.

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KDE Frameworks 5.33.0 Introduces More Plasma Framework and KWayland Improvements

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The KDE Project announced the release of KDE Frameworks 5.33.0, a new monthly update of the collection of over 70 add-on libraries for Qt application developers, needed for the KDE Plasma desktop and KDE Applications software suite.

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10 reasons why Ubuntu should use KDE Plasma instead of GNOME

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This is not a GNOME vs Plasma comparison, this specifically for Ubuntu and its users, considering the innovative vision they had till now. Just very personal thoughs ordered by importance for Ubuntu success in my opinion.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Qt 5.9 Beta Released

    The official Qt 5.9 Beta is now out thanks to The Qt Company and the Qt developer community.

  • Akademy 2017 Call for Papers deadline is in a week!
  • From “I really want to be a open source contributor” to “Look ma, my name is in the credits”
  • About Procrastination, Programming and Writer’s Block
  • My 11 years within KDE (Or, my life before it)

    Since I was a kid I had dreamed about being a tech guy, I remember that I used to search the trash of my father looking for broken circuit boards back in 1988, he had a notebook computer, a Toshiba T1000 with amazing ~5mhz and 512kb ram, one of the best machines of the time. He tried to teach me how to Pascal back then, but I had better things to do like stuck my foot in my mouth, or look for broken circuits for I had learned on the TV that I could just plug random eletricity circuits and cables and I would have a Super Sentai robot for me, and I would fight crime dressed like Jaspion.

  • Krita 3.1.3 beta 1 released

    A week after the alpha release, we present the beta release for Krita 3.1.3. Krita 3.1.3 will be a stable bugfix release, 4.0 will have the vector work and the python scripting. The final release of 3.1.3 is planned for end of April.

    We’re still working on fixing more bugs for the final 3.1.3 release, so please test these builds, and if you find an issue, check whether it’s already in the bug tracker, and if not, report it!

  • Icemon 3.1.0 release

    More than one year after the 3.0.1 release, here's a new minor release of Icemon: 3.1.0.

    Lots of bug fixes and small code refactorings, but also a few feature additions made it into this release.

  • QStringView Diaries: The Eagle Has Landed
  • New KDE Connect Indicator Ubuntu / Linux Mint PPA

    The KDE Connect Indicator (fork) PPA maintainer is not available any more, and I was asked to create a new PPA.

  • Complex text input in Plasma

    A brief note: If you're a developer or user of input methods in the free desktop space, or just interested in learning about "How does typing Chinese work anyway?", you might be interested in a discussion we're now having on the plasma-devel mailing list. In my opening mail I've tried to provide a general overview about what input methods are used for, how they work, who they benefit, and what we must do to improve support for them in KDE Plasma.

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