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KDE and GNOME: Plasma Mobile, Krita, Gedit and GNOME Outreachy 2019

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  • Plasma Mobile update week 11 of 2020

    In contrast to our usual bi-weekly blog format, this post wraps up only the most important changes that happened while no post was released. We are sorry for the lack of news in this period of time, but the good news is that as you will see in this post, the long break was not caused by a lack of content, but by a lack of time to write the post.

  • Krita Weekly #12 | 4.2.9 beta released

    So, a lot has been going around these days, 2020 hasn't been the best year so far. Nevertheless don't panic, maintain proper hygiene and you should be fine for the most part.

    A couple of days back 4.2.9 beta was released, here a blog post detailing the release can be found. Tons of bug fixes and a bunch of new features are there, which leaves me nothing to write about them in the weekly.

    In the other news, we have been able to hire Emmet and Eoin to work on the animation subsystem part-time. Previously both have contributed to the code and also joined the rest of us in the last two yearly sprints. Here is the task that is being laid upon to be worked. And they also have started a survey for the folks interested in animation for Krita. The feedback would be helpful for us to decide which parts of the animation system need more attention.

  • gedit – 36 things to do and maybe planning a crowdfunding

    GNOME 3.36 has been released. And gedit 3.36 too!

    In the small corner of the Universe where I live, when we say “36” it actually means “a lot”. When we have 36 things to do today, or when we cannot do 36 things at the same time. In the case of gedit, there are also 36 things to do, as you can imagine.

    I now have more time that I can devote to GNOME, especially gedit. But I’m partly living on my savings.

  • End of GNOME Outreachy 2019

    The outreachy program ended the past week and we've done great improvements during this four months of work. I'm very happy with the result and with the work of the two interns and also the GNOME co-mentors that make this possible.

    If we're lucky the interns will continue contributing in the future and we can see the GNOME community growing in developers and diversity.

How to Run the Linux KDE Desktop on a Chromebook

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HowTos

Chromebooks with the right stuff inside now are able to install and run a complete Linux experience with the KDE desktop without giving up the Chrome OS on the same device. It is not yet flawless, but it does create a hybrid computing platform that lets Linux and Android apps coexist on top of the Chrome OS.

I do not mean flashing the Galium OS distribution as a replacement for Chrome OS. I have done that on an end-of-life early Chromebook with usable results. However, I mean running a complete Linux graphical environment with the KDE desktop. This adds to the existing use of Android apps all in separate containers on top of Chrome OS on a single Chromebook.

Since Google first released a Chrome OS version with the Linux apps feature a few years ago, I have been using the Crostini project to run Linux apps on a Chromebook. "Crostini" is Google's umbrella term for making Linux application support easy to use for integrating Linux with Chrome OS. That method installs a command line version of the Linux OS to run Debian Linux apps on supported Chromebooks.

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KDE: Plasma Mobile Sprint 2020 in Berlin, Krita 4.2.9 Beta and Upcoming Key Dates

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  • Plasma Mobile Sprint 2020 in Berlin

    Like last year the Plasma Mobile team met in KDAB’s office in Berlin from 3rd to 9th February for the second Plasma Mobile sprint.

  • Krita 4.2.9 beta released!

    Much later than we wanted to, we’ve finally gotten the beta ready for Krita 4.2.9! One of the reasons it took so long is that an update to Python 3.8 broke scripting on Windows. When we finally had figured out that the reason wasn’t just that Python no longer looks for libraries in all the usual places, but also that the bindings to Qt, PyQt cannot be built in parallel, it was already February. And then, of course, Apple changed the way applications are notarized… And then we updated to a newer version of some of the libraries we build Krita on, and that broke all kinds of things. In short, we have had months of trying to get our builds working again!

  • 20.04 releases dependency freeze this thursday

    March 12: 20.04 Dependency Freeze

    March 19: 20.04 Freeze and Beta (20.03.80) tag & release

Interview with TrishLaWitch

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One day, the free software I used asked for money for some functions, due to the success of many downloads. It was a great disappointment. I had to find other free software on the Net. I found GIMP and Krita and after trying them, my choice was definitely Krita.

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Latte Dock v0.10~ | Multiple Docks In Same Screen Edge

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Latte Dock v0.10~ is the development version of Latte which is going to land next summer as v0.10... Until then of course you can still enjoy it by building it yourself from Phabricator KDE or by searching in your distro repos if it is already built daily.

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This week in KDE: endless bugfixing

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One of the challenges of such a sprawling software catalog that allows such extensive customizability is, well, bugginess. More code and more options means more bugs. So the bugfixing is a never-ending challenge, and it’s what we focused on this week! Not only do we work on fixing bugs, but there’s also a lot of exciting work going on in the background to unify various codebases, use of more shared code, and adopt common frameworks, both for backends and user interfaces. It’s not very glamorous work, but you’ll see the impact in reduced bugginess going forward!

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Also: KDE Developers Fixed Many Bugs This Week

Kdenlive 19.12.3 is out

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The last minor release of the 19.12 series is out with bug fixes and usability improvements. Next month we mark the one year anniversary of the refactored code base so stay tuned for many nifty features coming like pitch shifting, tagging and rating of clips in the project bin and the much anticipated preview scaling of monitors bringing a huge performance boost.

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Qt Creator 4.12 Beta released

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We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.12 Beta!

Here are some excerpts from our change log:
Language Server Protocol Client

If your server supports Markdown for hover information, we'll show these much more beautiful tool tips to you.

The document outline is available through the dropdown menu in the editor tool bar.

We also use a server's formatting capability now, if available.
Projects

We added lots of options for when to build what, when to stop what, project wide environment settings, running targets directly from the target selector, and more.

We improved the UI responsiveness while parsing projects.

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KDE Releases March 2020 Apps Update, Here’s What’s New

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The KDE Applications 19.12.3 update is now available as the last in the series. It comes with the Choqok 1.7 microblogging app, which now supports Twitter’s 280 character limit, the ability to disable accounts, and support for extended tweets.

Also included in the March 2020 apps update is the KDE Partition Manager 4.1.0 disk formatting program with support for MINIX filesystems, and KPhotoAlbum 5.6 image viewer and organizer, which better handles tagging of a large number of images, improved thumbnail view, and support for KDE’s purpose plugin framework.

This release also improved support for Samba (SMB) shares in the Dolphin file manager by adding the ability to create and paste files on Samba shares, support for file attributes, the ability to view available amount of free space, correctly hide files, the ability to specify the domain, and support for cifs:// URLs as valid paths.

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Latte Dock v0.10~ | OnDemand SideBars

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Latte Dock v0.10~ is the development version of Latte which is going to land next summer as v0.10... Until then of course you can still enjoy it by building it yourself from Phabricator KDE or by searching in your distro repos if it is already built daily.

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