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  • Qt 5.7 Beta Is Running Behind Schedule

    While Qt 5.6 was just released after being delayed by months, Qt 5.7 was supposed to be a quick follow-on release but it too is already seeing delays.

    Qt 5.7 went into alpha while Qt 5.6 was still being prepared for release, but now the Qt 5.7 beta is going to be delayed by an unknown amount of time.

  • KDE Announces Kirigami UI
  • KDE Announces Kirigami UI, a Framework to Build Cross-Platform Qt-Based Apps

    Today, March 30, 2016, KDE, through Thomas Pfeiffer, has proudly announced a new framework for developers who want to build cross-platform Qt-based applications.

  • Positive progress on WebKitGTK+ security updates

    I previously reported that, although WebKitGTK+ releases regular upstream security updates, most Linux distributions are not taking the updates. At the time, only Arch Linux and Fedora were reliably releasing our security updates. So I’m quite pleased that openSUSE recently released a WebKitGTK+ security update, and then Mageia did too. Gentoo currently has an update in the works. It remains to be seen if these distros regularly follow up on updates (expect a follow-up post on this in a few months), but, optimistically, you now have several independent distros to choose from to get an updated version WebKitGTK+, plus any distros that regularly receive updates directly from these distros.

  • GUADEC 2016 call for talks

    GUADEC 2016 will be held for the first time in Karlsruhe, Germany. The conference will be held on August 12th-14th, with a day of workshops beforehand, and 3 days of BoFs and hackfests after.

KDE Proudly Presents Kirigami UI!

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KDE has a long tradition of providing user interface components beyond the basics that are offered in Qt itself. With KDE Frameworks 5, these have become more easily available for Qt developers who are not part of KDE. Now, with KDE's focus expanding beyond desktop and laptop computers into the mobile and embedded sector, our QWidgets-based components alone are not sufficient anymore. In order to allow developers to easily create Qt-based applications that run on any major mobile or desktop operating system (including our very own existing Plasma Desktop and upcoming Plasma Mobile, of course), we have created a framework that extends the touch-friendly Qt Quick Controls: Welcome Kirigami UI!

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Digikam updated in area51

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The latest version of digiKam has been added to the unofficial ports tree in area51. The unofficial ports tree is where the KDE-FreeBSD team works on ports in preparation for their inclusion into the official ports tree. The trunk of that repository is basically “what’s next” for the official ports tree from our point of view. There are other branches: mostly plasma5, for the upcoming (from a FreeBSD perspective, at least) KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5; qt5.6 for testing the recently-released Qt 5.6. Official ports will remain Qt 5.5 for the time being.

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Manjaro 15.12 KDE - close, but not perfect

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Manjaro 15.12 KDE 64-bit in Live session felt very snappy and fast. I had no issues with the system performance.

However, there were still some issues that I drew attention to in the paragraphs above.

I would like to say that if I had a choice between the KDE and Xfce editions of Manjaro operating system, the latter would still be my preference.

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KDE Plasma 5.6 Gets Its First Point Release, Brings Small Bug Fixes

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Today, March 29, 2016, KDE had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability of the first point release for the stable KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment.

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The Best Linux desktop Environment

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Over the years, I've found that trying to select the best Linux desktop environment is almost an impossible task. There are oodles of considerations, ranging from level of user experience to individual user preferences. Despite these challenges, there are some solid considerations we can evaluate individually.

In this article, I'm going to hit on a number of Linux desktop environments. I'll look at what about them is appealing and why folks are inclined to think of them as “best” over other alternatives.

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Also: KDE releases Plasma 5.6 with convenient new desktop features

Leftovers: KDE

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  • Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.3 released
  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Released – Here's What's New

    KDE Plasma 5.6 plasma has been released and anounced by KDE Development Team. This release a feature-packed new version of its desktop user interface, Plasma 5.6.

  • Ways to Help Krita: Work on Feature Requests
  • KDE neon Press
  • KDAB contributions to Qt 5.6

    Qt 5.6 has just been released! Packed with incredible new features, 5.6 is also the first long term support release of Qt: it will be supported for the next 3 years, giving developers a solid foundation for their current and upcoming projects. Once more, KDAB is confirmed to be the largest independent contributor to Qt, as clearly demonstrated by the commit activity graph in Qt (KDAB is the green one)...

  • Marble Vector OSM Update

    Recently I found some time again for Marble development, and today Sanjiban and me made some nice progress on vector rendering. This can easily be explained with pictures, so let’s look at an example rendering.

  • Plasma Weather widget: add your favorite weather data provider

    The KDE meta sprint at CERN (of groups WikiToLearn, Plasma, VDG, techbase wiki cleanup) at begin of this March, where I mainly went for techbase wiki cleanup work, of course was a great occasion to also work face-to-face with Plasma developers and VDG members on issues around the Weather widget, and so we did. Marco helped me to learn more about Plasma5 technologies which resulted in some small bugs fixed in the widget still in time for Plasma 5.6 release.

  • Cutelyst 0.11.0 released!

    Cutelyst the Qt web framework just got a new release, I was planning to do this a while back, but you know we always want to put in a few more changes and time to do that is limited.

  • Easy access to Kdenlive builds on *ubuntu

    This work is now owned by a team on Launchpad, you are welcome to join if you want to co-maintain the packages. I deleted my own unmaintained PPA, and invite users to switch to one of the above.

    If daily builds are available on other distributions, maintainers are welcome to advertise their work on our wiki, and will be glad to relay the info here!

  • Introduction to KDE Muon Discover, The Kubuntu Software Center

    In Ubuntu regular version, we use Ubuntu Software Center (USC for short) to install applications. In Kubuntu (Ubuntu KDE version), we use Muon Discover (Muon for short). USC and Muon are two same functional things, but with different details. While USC created specially for Ubuntu, Muon created for any Debian-based distribution using KDE, thus Kubuntu uses Muon. For those don't know, Muon Discover as desktop application is similar with Google Play Store as mobile application in Android, or App Store in iOS, or Mac App Store in OS X. Here, we explain how to use Muon as Kubuntu Software Center.


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  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Released

    KDE Plasma is the desktop environment that powers Kubuntu, Chakra Linux and openSUSE (among others). This week sees the release of Plasma 5.6, which brings several tweaks and improvements.

    KDE is a modern desktop environment, but unlike several desktop environments, it has avoided the trend of "dumbing down" the interface. Although there's much to be said for a simplified environment, power users value the ability to customize and configure their work environments. KDE provides plenty of opportunities to tweak and streamline the experience.

  • The visual brand and user experience

    Even without visual markings, logos, or wallpapers, you can probably guess that image #5 is GNOME 3. The distinctive pattern for the GNOME 3 desktop is the black top bar across a field. We perceive this arrangement as the GNOME 3 visual identity, the visual brand.

  • GNOME 3.2 Released

    While the GNOME desktop environment has its fair share of detractors, there are some who appreciate its simplified approach, so the recent release of the latest version is an eagerly anticipated event.

    Version 3.2 isn't likely to win back those who jumped ship when 3.0 was released; it isn't a resurrection of the 2.0 branch, but it does bring some new improvements that will be welcome.

KDE and Neon

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Trinity Desktop Environment 14.0.3 Keeps the KDE3.5 Spirit Alive with More Fixes

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The development team behind the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) project, an open-source desktop environment that keeps the spirit of the old-shool KDE3.5 desktop alive, have announced the Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.3 release.

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Security Leftovers

  • Chrome vulnerability lets attackers steal movies from streaming services
    A significant security vulnerability in Google technology that is supposed to protect videos streamed via Google Chrome has been discovered by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with a security researcher from Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin, Germany.
  • Large botnet of CCTV devices knock the snot out of jewelry website
    Researchers have encountered a denial-of-service botnet that's made up of more than 25,000 Internet-connected closed circuit TV devices. The researchers with Security firm Sucuri came across the malicious network while defending a small brick-and-mortar jewelry shop against a distributed denial-of-service attack. The unnamed site was choking on an assault that delivered almost 35,000 HTTP requests per second, making it unreachable to legitimate users. When Sucuri used a network addressing and routing system known as Anycast to neutralize the attack, the assailants increased the number of HTTP requests to 50,000 per second.
  • Study finds Password Misuse in Hospitals a Steaming Hot Mess
    Hospitals are pretty hygienic places – except when it comes to passwords, it seems. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and USC, which found that efforts to circumvent password protections are “endemic” in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff. The report describes what can only be described as wholesale abandonment of security best practices at hospitals and other clinical environments – with the bad behavior being driven by necessity rather than malice.
  • Why are hackers increasingly targeting the healthcare industry?
    Cyber-attacks in the healthcare environment are on the rise, with recent research suggesting that critical healthcare systems could be vulnerable to attack. In general, the healthcare industry is proving lucrative for cybercriminals because medical data can be used in multiple ways, for example fraud or identify theft. This personal data often contains information regarding a patient’s medical history, which could be used in targeted spear-phishing attacks.
  • Making the internet more secure
  • Beyond Monocultures
  • Dodging Raindrops Escaping the Public Cloud