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This Week In Tok: Days Of Work, Seconds Of Experience

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Tok now has TWO new completely revamped upload dialogues: one for desktop, and one for mobile. Despite how much of the app is spent using stuff that isn't the upload dialogues, the upload dialogues took a LOT of time and work to get implemented correctly.

The mobile dialogue makes it convenient to browse through your most recent photos, videos, music, and files to share them with your friends.

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Ticking this off the todo list — Kalendar week 7 (GSoC 2021)

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Last week brought a significant new addition: the schedule view. It, and all of the other features explored in last week’s post, have been added over the course of this week and are now part of the master branch of Kalendar!

This week brings a number of smaller visual tweaks and a significant new feature that has involved a lot of wrangling inside Kalendar’s guts. Let’s go through ’em!

The incidence editor’s has been modified to make it nicer to look at and easier to differentiate between its different sections. The description textarea has been moved to the top, and separators have been added between each of the model-driven sections (attendees, attachments, reminders, and recurrence exceptions).

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Skrooge 2.26.1 released

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The Skrooge Team announces the release 2.26.1 version of its popular Personal Finances Manager based on KDE Frameworks.

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Also: Timezone and Country Lookup by Coordinates

This week in KDE: Power profiles and a more polished Kickoff

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This week I have two particularly large things to present! Not Steam Deck levels of large, but still pretty cool, I think.

First of all, David Redondo and Kai Uwe Broulik implemented the power profiles feature! This allows you to specify how your computer should balance energy use against performance. You can switch modes at any time using the Battery and Brightness applet, and you can configure which profile gets used automatically when plugging or unplugging the power cord. The feature will be available in Plasma 5.23 with a newer computer that supports it when using Linux Kernel 5.12 or greater.

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KDE is to Linux what 7 was to Windows

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If you ask most devoted fans, Widows 7 was the best iteration of the desktop operating system. It still held true to the look and feel users had come to rely on but gave just enough modernity to pull it out of the cold, out-of-touch grip of the software Grim Reaper. That's why, when Microsoft put the kibosh on Windows 7, the community at large was up in arms. They didn't want to let go of what was familiar and what worked so well for them.

I see KDE as holding the same spot for Linux users. This open-source desktop has been, for some time, the perfect marriage of old and new school design and execution. It's got all the goodness of the past, with just enough future flavor to make it feel like it's both familiar and modern at the same time.

It's because of that old-school feeling that I tend to not give KDE enough love. And that's a shame because if KDE Neon (and version 5.22.1 of KDE) has shown me anything, it's that this desktop deserves the attention and accolades it has missed for a while.

To resolve that oversight, I thought I'd spin up a virtual machine of the latest KDE Neon release and see what was what. I'm happy to report, I was quite pleasantly surprised. With the KDE Neon distributions, users are treated to the latest version of the KDE desktop and an operating system that runs incredibly smoothly. It's not perfect, but for anyone looking for the best introduction to Linux, this might well be the ideal choice.

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Plasma Mobile 21.07 Released with Improvements for Kasts, Dialer, Shell, and More

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Plasma Mobile 21.07 brings updates to the Shell with a much-improved top panel, which makes the Shell more responsive overall, the Dialer with better support for international numbers, support for hardware keyboards, and the ability to display the right contact name when receiving a call, as well as the Qrca QR reader with support for multiple cameras and the ability to import barcodes for transport tickets into the KDE Itinerary app.

The Kasts podcasting app has been updated as well in this release with many new features, including the ability to resume podcast episode downloads, revamped playback speed settings, a new Discover page that lets you search https://podcastindex.org for podcasts, the ability to check for a metered connection, the ability to highlight the currently selected page in the main menu, and new settings to set up handling for played episodes.

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Plasma Mobile 21.07 is Out

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The Plasma Mobile team is happy to present the Plasma Mobile updates for July 2021. Read on to found out about all the new stuff included in this release:

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Also: KDE Plasma Mobile 21.07 Released With More Responsive Shell, Fixes

This Week In Tok: New Features And UI Improvements And Janet Got Tired Of Writing A Cool Title For Every Weekly-ish Post

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Meta: The first thing I have to announce is, that I'm tired of trying to come up with a cool name for every blog post. I'll just use This Week In Tok from now on.

Secret (E2EE) Chats

Tok now supports secret chats, which are indicated in the chat list using a lock icon. Secret chats are Telegram's E2EE solution, and since the clients (like Tok) are open source and the algorithim well-documented, you can easily verify the implementation for yourself. Wish I could say the same for some other E2EE chats.

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Latte Dock v0.10 | Second Beta Release

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Let's welcome Latte Dock v0.9.98 the Second Beta of v0.10.x branch!

A new beta was needed because some core parts were updated such as Last Active Window implementation (L.A.W.) . LAW is responsible to track windows per panel/dock level and provide these information to latte centric applets such as appmenu, title, buttons etc. Through LAW, Latte is possible to provide information for windows on inactive VDs/Activities/Screens. By reimplementing some of its parts the multi-screen users that use appmenus/titles/buttons applets in different screens should now get one of the best experiences. You can check how this fix was tracked down from: https://github.com/psifidotos/applet-window-appmenu/issues/172

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Also: KDE DEVLOG: Fixing Plasma Corners

KDE: FreeBSD and GSoC Work

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  • VirtualBox guest additions in FreeBSD

    I just wrote about a simple and straightforward way to bring KDE Plasma Desktop to a VirtualBox guest with FreeBSD. After a bunch of package installations and a bit of system-configuration tweaking – it can be condensed into two commands if you like – there’s a running KDE Plasma Desktop. This post examines some subsequent tweaks.

  • Phase-1 GSoC-Krita

    I have received the Phase 1 evaluation from the mentors . For the Phase 1 I planned to implement two new features in the Reference Image Tool. Most of the work for them with updating the transformation for Pinned Reference Images Layer and the Crop in Reference Image is complete .

  • GSoC’21 Week 5 and 6: Programming Maze

    This activity teaches to program Tux to find the fish using simple instructions like move forward, turn left or turn right, it is created by Aman Kumar Gupta.

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