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The GNOME Shell Challenge

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GNOME

The mission: use GNOME Shell as the primary desktop for an entire week. Do I choose to accept it? Yes. It's easy enough to try something for a short time and discard it in a negative manner, which has been the case for me with GNOME Shell in the past, but perhaps it can be fun to challenge yourself to try something properly and for a longer time. Or perhaps you're a masochist! Either way, feel free to join me...

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Also: In praise of Jim Hall

Fedora 21 may come with Gnome 3.14, Gnome 3.13.3 released with major improvements

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Red Hat
GNOME

The Gnome team has announced the release of version 3.13.3, which is now available for download and testing. Those who don’t know, these snapshots are released as the team works toward the final release of the next version so 3.13.x branch is actually the development work going towards 3.14 branch.

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Telegram Connection Manager (Still Under Development) Will Bring Telegram Support To Telepathy, Empathy And Other Multi-Protocol IM Clients

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Telegram is a an instant messaging service similar to WhatsApp. While there isn’t any official Telegram client for Linux systems, the users can use Telegram via the Unity Webapps Telegram Application (on Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 13.10 only) or via Sigram, a Telegram client developed in Qt.

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Leftovers: Software

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Blender 2.71 Release Notes

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Software
Movies

The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.71. Much awaited new features for Cycles renderer include deformation motion blur, fire/smoke and volume rendering and a baking API. User interface now allows for draggable popups and resizable preview widgets. Animation has new interpolation types with “easing equations” presets. Modeling now allows to “split normals” and Sculpting/Painting has new HSL color wheel and constant detail in dyntopo. Game development now allows deactivating logic bricks, multi-threaded animations, cast only materials and “unlimited” action layers. Freestyle NPR rendering has a new textured strokes feature, along with line sorting options.

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New Features Coming For Qt 5.4

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Development
KDE

Qt 5.3 was released back in May (while yesterday marked the Qt 5.3.1 release). Qt 5.4 thus has been an active development target for many weeks now and it's beginning to show with the development branch locking in early August.

Heikkinen Jani of Digia reminded Qt developers today the plan is to lock the development branch for Qt 5.4 on 8 August, at which point the features for this next tool-kit update should be ready.

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Where KDE is going - Part 1

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KDE

This article explores where the KDE community currently stands and where it is going. Frameworks, Plasma, KDE e.V., Qt5, KDE Free Qt Foundation, QtAddons - you heard some of these terms and want to know what all the fuss is about? A set of articles on the Dot aims to bring some clarity in the changes and constants of the KDE community in 2014 and further. This is the first article, diving into the technical side of things: Plasma, applications and libraries.

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Also: Where KDE is going...

Leftovers: Software

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Qt 5.3.1 Released

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Development
KDE

I am happy to announce that today we released Qt 5.3.1. Qt 5.3.0 has been well received with over 500.000 downloads in the first 5 weeks of release. I believe this new patch release is even better offering many improvements over Qt 5.3.0. As a patch release, it does not add new features, but various improvements and fixes. Qt Creator version 3.1.2 also released today, is packaged into the installers. For Qt Enterprise users we are providing a fully supported Qt Quick Compiler 1.0.0, as well as updates for Data Visualization (version 1.1) and Charts (version 1.4).

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GNOME's Orca Screen Reader Receives Major Changes and Improvements

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GNOME

Orca works with applications and toolkits that support the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI), which is the primary assistive technology infrastructure for Linux and Solaris.

The developers are making some very big changes to Orca and it looks like GNOME 3.14 will feature several important new features. This is the second major overhaul done by the Orca devs, but they are not stopping here.

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GNOME Control Center 3.13.2 Finally Gets HiDpi Support

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GNOME

The GNOME Control Center allows users to configure various components of their system using a vast collection of tools. It's the hub for all the major settings that can be done in a GNOME environment, so it's easy to see why any update for it might be considered important.

In fact, the GNOME Control Center didn't see many changes in the previous GNOME 3.12 release, besides the regular updates and new features. Some changes have been made, but nothing really stood out.

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New icon browser tool for GTK+ developers in development

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GNOME

As someone that has dabbled from time to time making small GTK applications for Fedora, one of the pain points when making an interface was just figuring out what specific icons were named, and what they looked like. My previous workflow was to open up /usr/share/icons/ in Files, and search for the icon and the icon name.

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Neptune 4.0 Wants to Be the Best KDE-Based OS

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OS
KDE

ZevenOS-Neptune 4.0 has been dubbed "It's all about you" and is the first release in a new series. The last update for a Neptune Linux distribution was made all the way back in October 2013, but the developers have made some great progress since then.

"This version is aimed for creating a fast running Linux Live System for USB Sticks and offering the best out of the box experience for hard drive installations. Therefore we developed easy to use applications like USB Installer aswell as a Persistent Creator that allows you to store changes to your system on your live usb stick.

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Rygel 0.23.1 Is a Powerful and Free DLNA Media Server for Linux

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With Rygel, users will be able to browse the media collection from the TV or PS3 on a PC running GNOME, and they will have the possibility to play any of said media.

This is a very interesting application because it does something that very few others manage to do on the Linux platform. A few years ago, Rygel wasn't really being used at its full potential because there weren't too many devices, like Smart TVs for example, that would require users to have a working media server.

The prices for Smart TVs have dropped dramatically in the last couple of years and more Linux users are now looking for a media server solution. Unfortunately, there are few media servers out there and some of them even charge a price for the premium features...

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GNOME Shell 3.13.3 Features Improved Behavior of Window Buttons

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This is the second update for GNOME Shell in the current 3.13.x development cycle, and it looks like some interesting changes have been made, although there is no major feature to be observed.

According to the changelog, closing windows with attached modals is no longer allowed, GNOME Shell is no longer self-restarting on OpenBSD, and the behavior of window buttons with compositor menus has been improved.

Also, a workaround has been implemented for an atspi-related performance regression, numerous smaller bugs have been fixed, and a handful of translations have been updated...

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Firefox and GTK+ 3

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Moz/FF
GNOME

The issue we had to solve is that GTK+ 2 and GTK+ 3 cannot be loaded in the same address space. Moving Firefox from GTK+ 2 to GTK+ 3 isn’t a problem, as only GTK+ 3 gets loaded in its address space, and everything is fine. The problem comes when you load a plugin that links to GTK+ 2, e.g. Flash. Then, GTK+ 2 and GTK+ 3 get both loaded, GTK+ detects that, and aborts to avoid bigger problems.

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Touchscreen Support Added To GNOME's Mutter On Wayland

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With today's release of Mutter 3.13.3, GNOME on Wayland has support for touchscreen support.

The Mutter 3.13.3 release brings touch support on Wayland along with improved behavior of window buttons with comoositor menus, updated window shadows, support for keeping windows on the preferred output and various bug fixes.

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Mozilla Delivers Built-in HTML5 App Development Tool for Firefox

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If you work with web content at all, you're probably familiar with doing debugging and content editing directly from within a browser. If you're a Firefox user, you may also be very familiar with tools such as Firebug, which lets you do extensive debugging and development from within Firefox.
Now, Mozilla has announced a new toolset to take these kinds of capabilities to the next level. Firefox Nightly release channel users can start testing WebIDE, a development environment for HTML5 apps built into Firefox.

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