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7 Leading Applications for KDE Plasma

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For the last three years, KDE Plasma has been the most widely used desktop on both the LinuxQuestions and Linux Journal polls. Part of this popularity is due to the innovations in the desktop itself, but an equally important part is the ecosystem of applications that depend on it.

KDE Plasma applications are like no others on the desktop -- and not simply because of the tradition that they must include a "K" in the name.

Where GNOME desktop applications are carefully minimalistic, engineered to include only the most common features, KDE applications are crammed with every feature imaginable, and endlessly customizable. At times, KDE Plasma applications suffer from organizational problems because of their all-inclusivity. Yet at their best, many are among the killer apps of the Linux desktop.

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KDE President Lydia Pintscher on the Role of a Nonprofit in Open Source Development

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Interviews

KDE is among the biggest open source projects which continues to innovate and evolve with the changing times. Often we have seen this particular community create technologies ahead of its time which were later adopted by other projects.

What makes KDE (K Desktop Environment) different, is that it is not directly related to any major company by 'blood'. KDE is driven by community which, unlike many similar projects, has a very strong presence in the European market. It also continues to prove that community alone can create sustainable and innovative products.

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KDE Applications 14.12.3 Officially Released

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KDE Applications 14.12 has been released by its makers, and it’s a regular maintenance update. It comes with a ton of bug fixes and will be soon available in various repositories.

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Calligra 2.9.0 is Out

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Software

Packages for the release of KDE's document suite Calligra 2.9 are available for Kubuntu 14.10. You can get it from the Kubuntu Backports PPA. They are also in our development version Vivid.

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Photoshop competitor Krita is a true creative tool -- and it's free and open source

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Reviews

Open source has some of the greatest tools, which continues to prove that you don't have to lock-down the code behind guarded walls to make a better product. Some popular open source products that don't have any match in the closed source world include Firefox, Chromium, VLC, Blender, Android, one gem that is, surprisingly, less known but extremely powerful when it comes to creating a work of art.

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Calligra 2.9 Brings Biggest Krita Release and New Kexi Partnership

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We are happy to announce the release of final version 2.9 of the Calligra Suite, Calligra Active and the Calligra Office Engine. This version is the result of thousands of changes which provide new features, polishing of the user experience and bug fixes.

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DigiKam 4.8.0 Released With Some Bug Fixes

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digiKam 4.8.0 released with bug fixes

digiKam is an Open-Source project Photos management software, specially for KDE. The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections. Developers recently released digiKam 4.8.0 with some bug fixes. Developers  main focus is on digiKam 5.0.
 

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Leftovers: KDE and GNOME

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GNOME

Qt3D 2.0 The FrameGraph

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KDE

In this post, we have introduced the FrameGraph and the node types that compose it. We then went on to discuss a few examples to illustrate the Framegraph building rules and how the Qt3D engine uses the Framegraph behind the scenes. By now you should have a pretty good overview of the FrameGraph and how it can be used (perhaps to add an early z-fill pass to a forward renderer). Also you should always keep in mind that the FrameGraph is a tool for you to use so that you are not tied down to the provided renderer and materials that Qt3D provides out of the box.

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Leftovers: KDE Software

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Software
  • Plasma Media Center at Plasma Sprint 2015

    So all plasmoids are gathered in Blue Systems office in beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain for Plasma Sprint 2015. One of the points I wanted to discuss was future of Plasma Media Center. Plasma Media Center got ported to KDE frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 library during last GSoC and with the help of our great Visual Design Group we also revamped the user interface fro Plasma media center. We also have integrated it as Plasma Shell package so plasmashell can load it as shell package and also can switch to mediacenter shell pacage.

  • Say hi to cuttlefish!

    One of the things I’ve been sorely missing when doing UI design and development was a good way to preview icons. The icon picker which is shipped with KDE Frameworks is quite nice, but for development purposes it lacks a couple of handy features that allow previewing and picking icons based on how they’re rendered.

  • Nicer debug output using QT_MESSAGE_PATTERN
  • Copying files over the network in a Qt application
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