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KDE Releases Alpha Version of Next-gen Plasma Workspace

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KDE today releases the first Alpha version of the next-generation Plasma workspace. This kicks off the public testing phase for the next iteration of the popular Free software workspace, code-named "Plasma Next" (referring to the 'next' Plasma release-see below "A note on versioning and naming"). Plasma Next is built using QML and runs on top of a fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack using Qt 5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma Next provides a core desktop experience that will be easy and familiar for current users of KDE workspaces or alternative Free Software or proprietary offerings. Plasma Next is planned to be released as 2014.6 on the 17th of June.

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Mozilla's Webcompat Project Seeks Volunteers to Call Out Bugs

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If you've ever done any web development work, you are probably intimately familiar with the fact that what you build on the web may show up fine in one browser, yet be completely broken in another. It used to be that this problem simply meant testing sites and pages across popular desktop browsers, but in the age of mobile technology, you now have to test your creations across mobile devices, too.

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Opinion: Desktop spin laws that need to go away

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Various distro spin makers have made two unwritten laws that I very much disagree with:

A ) A distro spin of desktop blah should have only programs built with the same widget library that desktop blah uses

B ) A distro spin should only ship / pre-install one program for each application category

VLC Media Player 2.2 will have an add-on manager

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VLC is definitely one of the best media player applications available for any platform. I make it a point to keep it on all of my computers. OMG! Ubuntu! reports that VLC is about to get even better with the addition of an add-ons manager in version 2.2.

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Transmagedon 1.0 released!

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It has been a long time in the making, but I have finally cut a new release of the Transmageddon transcoder application. The code inside Transmageddon has seen some major overhaul as I have updated it to take advantage of new GStreamer APIs and features. New features in this release include.

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Enlightenment Elementary Apps Can Now Run Directly On DRM

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With the latest Git development work for the Elementary tool-kit and library, applications can run directly from the DRM driver interface without any display server / compositor / window manager. Applications can be created to run in DRM and by setting the ELM_ENGINE=drm option the apps will run in a standalone mode without anything else underneath.

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KDE Ships First Beta of Frameworks 5

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April 1, 2014. Today KDE makes available the first beta of Frameworks 5. This release is part of a series of releases leading up to the final version planned for June 2014 following the previous alpha last month. This release marks the freeze of source incompatible changes and the introduction of the Frameworks 5 Porting Aids.

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Freedom Maximized!

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Whenever you introduce bigger changes to something people like, you’re certain to leave some people behind. GNOME had that experience with GNOME 3, where the resentment from users unwilling to adapt to change lead to forks like Cinnamon and MATE as well as GNOME’s partial backpedaling in the from of GNOME Classic/Fallback. Windows 8 got so much flak that it seems like with every 8.X release they’re moving back a little towards the Windows 7 way of doing things.

And KDE knows what happens when you alienate a group of users since the moment when the anger of some people over KDE 4 lead to the first prominent fork of KDE software, the Trinity Desktop Environment.

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KDE Ships April Updates to Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces

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Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the fourth in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.12 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.8. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

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ODF 1.2 Submitted to ISO

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Last Wednesday, March 26th, on Document Freedom Day, OASIS submitted Open Document Format 1.2 standard to the ISO/IEC JTC1 Secretariat for transposition to an International Standard under the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) procedure.

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[Development] Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate available

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Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate packages are available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/ Sha1 for Qt 4.8.6 is now considered frozen so please test these packages accordingly. These packages are built against sha1 215a78618b185a71f660201c902da51360d8c30d "Pass events to QGestureManager from the main (GUI) thread only". Current version of changes file is available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/changes-4.8.6-rc1

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The MariaDB Foundation Announces General Availability of MariaDB 10

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London, United Kingdom – 31 March 2014 – The MariaDB Foundation, an independent body which promotes the popular open source database MariaDB, today announced the much-anticipated general availability of MariaDB 10, providing today’s generation of application developers with enhanced performance and functionality.

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Karen Sandler Steps Down as GNOME Foundation Executive Director

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Announcing her departure, Karen said: “Working as the GNOME Foundation Executive Director has been one of the highlights of my career.” She also spoke of the achievements during her time as Executive Director: “I’ve helped to recruit two new advisory board members… and we have run the last three years in the black. We’ve held some successful funding campaigns, particularly around privacy. We have a mind-blowingly fantastic Board of Directors, and the Engagement team is doing amazing work. The GNOME.Asia team is strong, and we’ve got an influx of people, more so than I’ve seen in some time.”

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Chinese People Try To Patent Wine On ARM

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The latest illustration of software patents being bad and of pure silliness is a group of Chinese people trying to obtain a patent covering Wine on ARM for having the open-source program running Windows programs on the CPU architecture popular to smart-phones.

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K3B 2.0.2 Review ‒ Why KDE Should Have All the Fun with Writing CDs and DVDs

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The CD and DVD era is coming to an end and developers don't really bother to innovate when it comes to applications that deal with this media. There are quite a few apps that are capable of writing to DVDs available for the Linux platform, and K3B is one of the best.

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( Firefox) Bringing SIMD to JavaScript

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In an exciting collaboration with Mozilla and Google, Intel is bringing SIMD to JavaScript. This makes it possible to develop new classes of compute-intensive applications such as games and media processing—all in JavaScript—without the need to rely on any native plugins or non-portable native code. SIMD.JS can run anywhere JavaScript runs. It will, however, run a lot faster and more power efficiently on the platforms that support SIMD. This includes both the client platforms (browsers and hybrid mobile HTML5 apps) as well as servers that run JavaScript, for example through the Node.js V8 engine.

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Call to fix interoperability of office suites

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Last week Monday, five European public administrations published a new call for tender, to further improve interoperability between free and open source office suites and the ubiquitous proprietary alternative. This is the second time that the German cities of Munich, Leipzig and Jena, the Swiss Federal Court and the Swiss Federal IT Steering Unit have issued such a call. ICT specialists have until 30 April to submit proposals.

The office suites' interoperability project is again managed by the OSB Alliance, a trade group representing open source service providers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

According the alliance's press release, one of the main features to be developed concerns change tracking between open source and proprietary office suites. The public administrations issuing the call want to improve the specification of change tracking, and make this part of the Open Document Format ISO standard.

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Beautiful Zukitwo Theme Is the First One for GNOME 3.12

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Zukitwo, a beautiful theme designed for GNOME 3.12 that makes use of the GTK2 engine Murrine and the GTK2 pixbuf engine, is now at version 2014.03.29.

The Zukitwo theme was updated shortly after the release of GNOME 3.12 and it’s probably the first theme to support the new version of GNOME. A lot of other themes will probably follow soon but, coincidentally, Zukitwo is also one of the best ones around.

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