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Software news or reviews with focus on GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source software

KDevelop 4.7.0 Beta 1 Released

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Development
KDE

Finally, after months of work, the KDevelop team is happy to release a first beta of the 4.7 version. It comes packed with new features, lots of bug fixes as well as many performance improvements.

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Linux alternatives to popular Windows Software

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Linux
Microsoft
Software

Are you new to Linux, are you finding it hard to adjust to the Linux environment and are wondering where you can get an application for Linux that is similar to the XYZ program on Windows.

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Mozilla's Rust programming language at critical stage

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Development
Moz/FF

At this year's Great Wide Open conference, Steve Klabnik gave a talk about Mozilla's Rust programming language. Klabnik previously authored an introductory Rust tutorial entitled Rust for Rubyists, and this talk serves a similar purpose. However, instead of being Ruby focused, this talk was aimed at programmers in general. Hence the talk's title: Rust for $LANGUAGE-ists.

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XFDASHBOARD: GNOME SHELL LIKE DASHBOARD FOR XFCE

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Software

While Xfdashboard was created for use under Xfce, it can be used in any desktop environment however, it has a couple of Xfce dependencies: xfconf and garcon.

The application is great for those who want the GNOME Shell Activities functionality (or at least most of it) under a light desktop environment such as Xfce, but there are two things which need to be improved: in my test, Xfdashboard was a bit slow when searching for applications and also, its design needs some improvements in my opinion. The latter might be solved by using a theme since Xfdashboard supports theming, but I couldn't find any themes for it. I see that the app is under heavy development so hopefully these will be solved soon.

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Top 4 graphical partition managers

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Software

Make sure you can maintain your hard disks and storage in the best way possible as we look at a selection of partition editors.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

VLC for Android available on Google Play Store

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Android
Software
OSS

VLC is the most popular Open Source video player which can play virtually any video and audio formats on the desktop PCs. It beats every video player out there whether it be QuickTime or Windows Media Player. When we talk about Android, the situation is not much different as due to ARM’s mess, its really tricky to get all videos to play. There are some apps but they are either paid, proprietary or they just don’t work that well. In a nutshell, we need VLC for Android.

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Qt HiDPI Support Is On Hold For A Few Months

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KDE

Discussed at the Qt Contributor Summit and now turning into an Internet discussion is that the Qt High-DPI support is on hold.

The Qt High-DPI support process allows setting a scale factor (via platform plug-ins, a user environment variable, or potential per-screen configuration files), layering changes to accomodate scaling, QWindow and other platform changes, etc. The HiDPI support is of course centered around new monitors that have very high pixel densities (Retina MacBook Pro, many smaller 4K displays, etc) and improving the experience for end-users by avoiding unbearably small text. Qt developers have been working on HiDPI support for several months.

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KDE’s Krita gets 100% funding through Kickstarter

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KDE

It’s an interesting day for the KDE community. At one hand they announced the death of two projects – Vivaldi tablet and Improv board, on the other hand Krita (a KDE software) has reached its goal of raising Euro 15,000 on Kickstrater. The project can now hire the developer, designer they need to further improve the sketching and painting software. The campaign is not over yet and there are eight more days left so the project will continue to get more money.

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antiX 14.2 MX Linux Distribution Brings LibreOffice 4.2.5

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Linux
Moz/FF

This is a maintenance release that fixes major bugs discovered and reported by the community from the previous stable version, antiX MX 14.1.1, and updates various packages.

According to the quite small changelog, antiX MX 14.2 updates the powerful LibreOffice suite to the latest stable version, 4.2.5, updates the documentation, and adds support for Broadcom wireless devices on the CD image.

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Where KDE is going - Part 2

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KDE

This is the second half of the 'where KDE is going' write-up. Last week, I discussed what is happening with KDE's technologies: Platform is turning modular in Frameworks, Plasma is moving to new technologies and the Applications change their release schedule. In this post, I will discuss the social and organizational aspects: our governance.

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Gluon Project Update

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KDE

My project basically consists in mantaining the Gluon Player and all the distribution service in general from the server to player library that handles OCS requests to the actual QML client. This meant in porting the Qt4 player to Qt5, which led to a partial rewrite and rearchitecturing After the porting I started implementing "friends" features. This means that YOU, with a Gluon account, can ask an other Gluon user for friendship and he can accept. This is the basis of the social features we're introducing.

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Firefox and Gtk+ 3

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Development
Moz/FF

Folks from Collabora and Red Hat have been working on making Firefox on Gtk+ 3 a thing. See Emilio’s blog post for some recent update. But getting Firefox to build and run locally is unfortunately not the whole story.

I’ve been working on getting Gtk+ 3 Firefox builds going on Mozilla build infrastructure, and I’m proud to announce today that those builds are now going through Mozilla continuous integration on a project branch: Elm, and receive the same automated testing as mozilla-central.

And when I said getting Firefox to build and run was unfortunately not the whole story, I meant it: if you click on the Elm link above, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of orange, when it should be all green.

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KDE’s Vivaldi tablet, Improv project are dead!

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KDE

It’s a sad day for free software as one of the most ambitious free software projects, Improv, is officially dead. Along with the board also dies the promising Vivaldi tablet.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

digiKam Software Collection 4.1.0 released

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GNU
KDE
Linux

digiKam is the closest thing you can get in GNU/Linux based systems (also on proprietary operating systems) which costs nothing. It’s one of the many extremely polished and feature rich open source applications developed by the KDE community. The digiKam community has announced the release of version 4.1.0 which include many bug fixes for the 4.0.0 release.

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3 open source content management systems compared

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OSS
Drupal

Whether you need to set up a blog, a portal for some specific usage, or any other website, which content management system is right for you? is a question you are going to ask yourself early on. The most well-known and widely used open source content management system (CMS) platforms are: Joomla, Wordpress, and Drupal. They are all based on PHP and MySQL and offer a wide range of options to users and developers alike.

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two things plasma has yet to achieve

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KDE

There are two technology goals that Plasma hasn't yet achieved that I hope it will one day. Neither of these were primary goals at the outset of Plasma's design or development, but as the code base matured and I watched the strengths and weaknesses of various design decisions, they made it onto my radar.

Erasing the boundary between remote and local in user interfaces

Component-centric design providing stability and performance improvements

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LXQt Now Has Full Qt5 Support

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GNU
KDE
Linux

The "LXQt" desktop that's a Qt version of the lightweight LXDE desktop can now be compiled using Qt5 where as previously there were still Qt4 dependencies.

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5 Secure Alternatives to WhatsApp

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Software
Security

Ever since WhatsApp, a massively popular messaging app was acquired by Facebook, many of its users have started looking for alternatives to the service. Facebook, which itself, doesn't have a good track record when it comes to privacy, is the only reason users are on the lookout for good replacements to the service.

The landmark acquisition deal that happened several months ago shocked many people, especially those who used WhatsApp as a regular chatting tool. As part of the deal, Facebook offered WhatsApp a whopping $4 billion in cash and $12 billion worth of shares. Starting 2014 with a big bang, the deal is one of the biggest deals that have ever happened in the tech industry. Biggies like Google and Microsoft were keen on buying WhatsApp but finally Facebook managed to woo the emergent startup and make history. WhatsApp has over 450 million monthly users, 72% of whom use the app everyday.

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