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Akademy 2020 — Call for Proposals

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Akademy 2020 is getting closer and the KDE Community is warming up for its biggest yearly event. If you are working on topics relevant to KDE, this is your chance to present your work and ideas to the community at large.

Akademy 2020 will take place online from Friday the 4th to Friday the 11th of September 2020. Training sessions will be held on Friday the 4th of September and the talks will be held on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of September. The rest of the week (Monday - Friday) will be Birds-of-a-Feather meetings (BoFs), unconference sessions and workshops.

If you think you have something interesting to present, tell us about it. If you know of someone else who should present, encourage them to do so too.

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Contributing to KDE is easier than you think – Phabricator patches using the web interface

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This post will be ridiculously brief and simple, albeit filled with screenshots.

As usual: This is a series of blog posts explaining different ways to contribute to KDE in an easy-to-digest manner.

The purpose of this series originated from how I feel about asking users to contribute back to KDE. I firmly believe that showing users how contributing is easier than they think is more effective than simply calling them out and directing them to the correct resources; especially if, like me, said user suffers from anxiety or does not believe they are up to the task, in spite of their desire to help back.

Last time I explained how translators with a developer account have a really straightforward workflow and how the entire localization process for KDE works. I’ve also posted a little article I made some time ago on how to create a live-test environment to translate Scribus more easily, given that Scribus might become a KDE application in the future.

This post explains the process of sending your first patch to KDE. This tutorial, of course, is only useful for small patches, likely those which alter only one file, as the web interface is convenient for such cases but not when there is a ton of files from the same project.

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KaOS 2020.05

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Linux

KaOS is very proud to announce the availability of the May release of a new stable ISO.

This release is unlike the February version, not about many new features, but rather about updates and rebuilds. Most of the base of this distribution has been rebuild on a new GCC 9.3.0, Glibc 2.31 & Binutils 2.34 based Toolchain. Other rebuilds were needed for ICU 66.1, Boost 1.72.0, Krb5 1.18, Glib2 2.64.2 based stack, Guile 2.2.6, Mesa 20.0.6, NetworkManager 1.22.10, Perl 5.30.2, Linux 5.6.8 and Qt 5.14.2.

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KaOS’ creation Croeso (Welsh for welcome) for helping with configuring a new install is included. It will run on the newly installed system and offers to adjust some 15 commonly used settings, includes a custom Wallpaper selector, distribution info and the option to select packages to install from six different groups. It is written in QML and fits well with the Welcome application used in the Live system. The latter includes an Installation Guide.

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KDE: Latest Improvements and Airport Locations in KDE Itinerary

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  • This week in KDE: Features you’ve been waiting for

    This week we have some big stuff for you, including a rewritten global shortcuts settings page, an option to remember Dolphin’s window state across launches, a fix for longstanding kerning issues with centered text in QML-based software, and much more!

  • KDE Starts May With Dolphin Improvements, Various Bug Fixes

    KDE developers remain as busy as ever during the global lockdown around the coronavirus.

    KDE developer Nate Graham has published his usual weekly summary highlighting all of the development happenings for this open-source desktop environment. Some of the activity for ending out April and starting May on the KDE front includes:

    - The Dolphin file manager by default now remembers the last open tabs, location, and settings like split-views when closing and reopening it.

  • Airport Locations in KDE Itinerary

    In order to navigate you to and from an airport KDE Itinerary needs to know where that airport actually is. That is a seemingly easy question, but surprisingly hard to answer with the level of precision we need. Since the recent work on public transportation line metadata left me with a local OpenStreetMap database, I tried to see if we can improve our airport coordinates a bit.

Kubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa - Purrs like a bear

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Overall, Kubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa is a good distro. One, it's very similar to what we've seen with Kubuntu over the past three or four releases. Like say Disco or Eoan. No surprises, either way. Very consistent. This is a good start for the LTS, as point releases will undoubtedly bring in polish and some fixes to the in-between-cracks woes that have come out in the first official image.

Speaking of woes - Samba printing, battery life, uninspiring installer. Speaking of goodies - everything else really. Stability, performance, out-of-the-box usability. The Plasma desktop is slick and refined, and this sure helps. And I definitely intend to upgrade my Slimbook. Grade wise, something like 8.5/10. Which is much more than Beaver got from me, and yet I did eventually end up using it. So things are only bound to improve. Very cool, and definitely worth testing. Bye bye for now.

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Also: Krusader KDE File Manager Is Now 20 Years Old

TDE celebrating its 10th anniversary with new R14.0.8 release!

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Ten years ago today, the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) saw the release of its first version (3.5.11). Lot of things have happened since that day but TDE has continued to grow and flourish throughout the years. Today the project is healthier than ever, with dedicated self-hosted servers, regular releases, modern collaboration tools and a vibrant community of users and enthusiasts.

The development team is pleased to celebrate TDE's 10th birthday by announcing the immediate availability of the new TDE R14.0.8 release. TDE is a complete software desktop environment designed for Unix-like operating systems, intended for computer users preferring a traditional desktop model, and is free/libre software.

R14.0.8 is the eighth maintenance release of the R14.0 series, and is built on and improves the previous R14.0.7 version.. Maintenance releases are intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall stability through the avoidance of both major new features and major codebase re-factoring.

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Also: Trinity Desktop Turns 10 Years Old As A Fork Of KDE 3.5 - Celebrates With New Release

Cantor 20.04

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We continue working on improving the usability of Cantor. Another important change in 20.04 is the new feature collapsible cells which allows the user to collapse the results of a calculation. This is useful when doing many calculation in one worksheet and there is the need to hide some of the results temporarily to get more place in the worksheet or to be less distracted by what is not needed right now. For this, we introduced a new control element for every cell in the worksheet. By double clicking on this new element the result part of the cell is collapsed.

Alternatively, the results can be hidden by selecting “Hide Results” from the context menu of the command entry in the worksheet. This step can be similarly undone to show the results again.

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Plasma 5.18.4 - Taking care of business

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Reviews

Several months ago, I reviewed Plasma 5.18 LTS. I was happy but not elated. There were problems, there were bugs, there was sadness. But all in all, Plasma is a superb desktop environment, it's charging forth like a mad colt, and innovation is aplenty. This good momentum results in continuous changes and fixes being introduced to the desktop, resulting in an ever-more-refined product for the end user.

This means, by now, Plasma 5.18 should be quite polished. The rough patches we saw are most likely gone, no more, ceased to be, expired and gone to meet their maker, a stiff, bereft of life, rest in peace! But, we need to test that hypothesis. As it happens, I ran a merry update, Plasma got bumped to 5.18.4, and I'm doing my round of prodding and pushing. Follow me.

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Also: KBibTeX 0.9.2

Interview with Joshua Grier

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Interviews

I heard about it through some artists I follow. Sinix and Sycra have Youtube videos showcasing the software from a while back.

I found the brush engine stood out to me over competing programs. It felt and still feels far more intuitive and more well designed for art and design than other packages I’ve tried to use.

I love that Krita is accessible to all of the creative community, I love how versatile/customizable it is and how high quality it is and continues to be as it’s improved over the years!

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KStars v3.4.2 is Released

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Glad to announce the latest release of KStars v3.4.2 on April, 27th, 2020 for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

This release brings even more stability enhancements to KStars in addition to better memory management, especially on embedded devices.

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