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Season of KDE 2015 Now Open

Thursday 8th of October 2015 10:53:04 AM

2 of last years students presenting at Akademy Season of KDE is a community outreach program, much like Google Summer of Code that has been hosted by the KDE community for seven years.   It is meant for people who could not get into Google Summer of Code for various reasons, or people who simply prefer a differently structured, somewhat less constrained program. Season of KDE is managed by the same team of admins and mentors that takes care of Google Summer of Code and Google Code-in matters for KDE, with the same level of quality and care.   Season of KDE 2015 is now open for applications. To apply head to register as a student and click "Submit a proposal".   FAQ Below   Who can take part? Everyone can apply for Season of KDE. We give preference to those who have applied for Google Summer of Code and to students, but we will gladly consider applications from anybody interested in contributing to KDE.   What do I get out of this? A great season working on a really cool KDE project and gaining valuable experience. If you complete your project successfully you also get a T-shirt, a certificate and maybe a few other goodies. Also a great project to boost your C.V. too!   What is the timeline? Season of KDE is a flexible project to fit around school terms, work, and other commitments, and start and end dates can be discussed with your mentor. Projects should be completed before the deadline., A typical Season of KDE project should take around 2 months. This year, we are planning to host it in Autumn and Winter from October 7, 2015 to February29, 2016
  • Student application deadline: Oct 22 2015
  • Mentor application deadline: Oct31 2015
  How do I apply? First get in touch with a mentor about your ideas, and what projects they want to oversee. Then head to and follow the instructions provided there.   Do I need to have a mentor before applying? It is preferred. Ideally, you should contact a KDE subproject well before applying, ask for feedback on your idea if you have one, and request a mentor directly. A list of KDE subproject contacts is available on the Google Summer of Code 2015 ideas page. You can also apply without a mentor and we will try to find one for you.   Do I need to have a project idea before applying? It is preferred. If you do not have one, we will try to find one for you! But generally for a successful project completion, a good proposal helps a lot! This way you can actually get to know a lot more about how your idea is going to be implemented. Keep in mind that KDE is huge, so you should have an idea of which KDE subproject you wish to work on. You should visit the SoK 2015 ideas page [] too.   Do I need to write a proposal like in Google Summer of Code? No, but we would like to see a brief project plan describing what you will be working on.   Is it only for coders like Google Summer of Code? We are willing to consider non-coding projects as well including artwork and promotion, but you should definitely get in touch to figure out the details beforehand. The KDE Community Wiki describes ways to get involved with KDE that do not require coding.   I applied for a project in Google Summer of Code but another student got selected for it. Can I still work on it? Maybe, but likely not. You should ask the mentor that was assigned to your idea. We can try to find something related for you if you want, or something completely different. Let us know what you wish and we will do our best to accommodate your request.   Is this an extension of Google Summer of Code or connected to Google? No. While Season of KDE is in many ways modeled after Google Summer of Code and administered by the same members of the KDE Student Programs, it is completely independent from Google Summer of Code and has no connection to Google whatsoever.   What if I do not get a reply from a mentor within some days or have some other queries about SoK? Feel free to join our IRC channel #kde-soc on freenode or email the admin team at   Bookmark/Search this post with

KDE Signs the User Data Manifesto 2.0

Wednesday 7th of October 2015 01:57:40 PM

KDE, through its legal body KDE e.V., is one of the launch partners and initial signatories of the User Data Manifesto 2.0. The User Data Manifesto defines basic rights for people to control their own data in the internet age:

  • Control over user data access
  • Knowledge of how the data is stored
  • Freedom to choose a platform

KDE e.V. President Lydia Pintscher explains "I believe that in today’s world where more and more of our daily life depends on technology it is crucial that people have control over that technology. You should be empowered to know what your technology does and you should be empowered to influence it. This is at the core of Free Software. Unfortunately it is not at the core of most of the technology people interact with every day – quite the opposite – walled gardens and locks wherever you look with few exceptions.

"KDE is working hard to provide you with technology that you control every single day so you are empowered and the one ultimately in charge of your technology, data and life – the basis for freedom for many today. This is written down in the first sentence of our manifesto: “We are a community of technologists, designers, writers and advocates who work to ensure freedom for all people through our software.”

"Do you want to join us in providing more people with more access to Free technology? Today is a good day!

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KDE Ships Plasma 5.4.2, bugfix Release for October

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 02:30:29 PM

Plasma 5.4


Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.4.2.
Plasma 5.4 was released in August with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

Full Plasma 5.4.2 changelog

Live Images

The easiest way to try it out is with a live image booted off a USB disk. You can find a list of Live Images with Plasma 5 on the KDE Community Wiki.

Package Downloads

Distributions have created, or are in the process of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.

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Source Downloads

You can install Plasma 5 directly from source. KDE's community wiki has instructions to compile it. Note that Plasma 5 does not co-install with Plasma 4, you will need to uninstall older versions or install into a separate prefix.


You can give us feedback and get updates on Facebook or Twitter or Google+.

Discuss Plasma 5 on the KDE Forums Plasma 5 board.

You can provide feedback direct to the developers via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Down to Business with Major Deployments

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 04:38:42 AM

KDE software has been used in many large scale deployments, including universities, governments and countless companies.

One of these organizations suggested that KDE create a deployment forum so that others can benefit from their deployment experience. The forum would provide an opportunity for sysadmins and developers to ask questions and discuss problems/solutions related to deploying KDE software in large, complex environments.

We have created a new mailing list for these discussions at

All administrators of any deployments planned or in progress are invited to join this list to share and field questions. KDE developers and people maintaining Linux distributions with KDE software will also participate.

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