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Qt 5.14.1 Released

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I am happy to announce we have released Qt 5.14.1 today. As a patch release, Qt 5.14.1 does not add any new functionality but provides many bug fixes and other improvements.

Compared to Qt 5.14.0, the new Qt 5.14.1 contains around 220 bug fixes including security issue fixes for both Qt (CVE-2020-0570) and 3rd party components (CVE-2019-19244, CVE-2019-19603, CVE-2019-19242, CVE-2019-19645, CVE-2019-19646 & CVE-2019-19880). Also in QtWebEngine there are many CVE fixes from Chromium. For details of the most important changes, please check the Change files of Qt 5.14.1.

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Also: Qt 5.14.1 Released With 200+ Bug Fixes, Including Security Fixes

Slimbook & Kubuntu - Combat report 12

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There we go. My Slimbook brings all the boys to the yard. And the thing is, it's a very decent laptop. The overall feel has become more refined, part due to my tweaking and fine polishing touches, part due to updates and fixes introduced in the Kubuntu desktop. All in all, it's fairly invisible, sitting in the background and doing its job.

Now, technically, this could be a machine for everyone, but the problem is - applications. A generic Linux issue. There are some key programs that people expect and need, and are not available. Games, another big one. No matter how advanced and slick the operating system is, you can't just plop a random Windowser, and expect them to have a transparent experience. But it's pretty close. I'm quite pleased with how elegant Slimbook and Kubuntu are. Well, I guess that's all for now. Bottom line: me happy. Annoyances? Yes, here and there. I hope they get sorted. Until the next report.

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Nate Graham's Latest KDE Report and Adriaan de Groot in conf.kde.in

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  • This week in KDE: Converging towards something special

    Plasma has gained its first user of the new notification inline reply feature in 5.18: Telegram Desktop!

    Big thanks to Kai Uwe Broulik for venturing forth to contribute a patch to Telegram that made this possible.

    Next up, we have a winner for the Plasma 5.18 wallpaper competition: the elegant and soothing Volna, by Nikita Babin!

  • KDE Developers Continue Polishing Ahead Of Plasma 5.18 LTS

    KDE developers were busy as always this week working to polish up the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.18 and other areas of their open-source desktop stack.

  • conf.kde.in retrospective (1)

    I spent a week in Delhi on a trip to be part of conf.kde.org. During the event I twitted a whole bunch, for each of the talks, but here’s a bit of a (short) write-up. First of several, because I want to get the general “I traveled” out of the way, and focus on other people’s work later.

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    I gave four talks (Calamares, Transifex, Frameworks, and more Frameworks) and also some impromptu stuff during a technical break (about Rick Astley). I’ll put them up on my site eventually, when I figure out how to do that effectively (they’re generated out of Markdown). There might be pictures of those talks; I took pictures of most of the other talks.

    Other talks were about translation, and Open Source migrations, and Plasma deployments, and GCompris, and Plasma Mobule, and .. well, and lots of stuff. I really enjoyed hearing from all the students and other KDE contributors how they work. New student attendees were treated to a show of “here’s how we work, this is how welcome you are”, which I think is a good way to start.

New Kate Icon

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For years, Kate had a very generic icon. Unlike most other editors, that have very distinctive ones, we went with an icon that represented the use case of the program but provided no branding.

In 2014, we tried to improve our branding by introducing a mascot - Kate the Woodpecker. Thought we used that in some places, like on the web site and in the about dialog, overall, the only thing most people did see was the generic icon (that even differs a lot between different icon themes).

I was not very happy with this and reached out last year to Tyson Tan to improve on this, given he already provided our mascot design. I wanted to have some distinct icon that matches a bit the idea we had with the mascot.

After some iterations this process has lead to a new icon for our lovely text editor as can be seen below.

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Here’s the New KDE Plasma 5.18 Default Wallpaper

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To find a suitable background for the upcoming Plasma 5.18 LTS release the KDE community ran a community wallpaper competition with prizes from Germany-based Tuxedo Computers up for grabs.

Nikita Babin’s Volna wallpaper took the top spot but several runners up were also selected, including a terrific one called ‘Milkway’ which, thanks to its ample use of aubergine, wouldn’t look out of place on the Ubuntu desktop!

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Also: KDE Receives Generous Donation from the Handshake Foundation

KDevelop 5.5 beta 1 released

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We are happy to announce the release of KDevelop 5.5 Beta 1!

5.5 as a new feature version of KDevelop will bring half a year of small improvements to features across the application. Full details will be given in the announcement of the KDevelop 5.5.0 release, which is currently scheduled for in less than 2 weeks.

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Venturing out

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Plasma 5.18 LTS Beta has been released, which brings many exciting new features to a computer near you, especially if you’re upgrading from our previous LTS release, Plasma 5.12. Of course for us developers this now means that a stable git branch has been created and we can work on new stuff on master to eventually become Plasma 5.19, scheduled for an early June 2020 release. This blog post is less about KDE code, though.

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KDE: Krita Weekly, LabPlot and More

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  • Krita Weekly #9

    With everyone getting back into work, we have managed to control the number of bugs. There are 2 fewer bugs than what I reported last time. I know it is still not a lot, but with Dmitry not available for most of the time and team having to divide its time between the resource rewrite & bug fixing, it is pretty good that the number is decreasing.

  • Reference lines and image elements

    We continue working on the plotting capabilities of LabPlot. In the next release we will be adding two new worksheet objects to provide more flexibility and features to create attractive looking visualizations. In this short blog post we want to report on this recent development.

  • Skipping functions from entire directories while debugging (e.g. skip all functions from system headers)

    So, today I got finally so tired of navigating (or explicitly stepping over) all the internal functions in gdb (you know, all the inline functions from STL containers, from Boost, from this pointer wrapper class, that string class) that I finally googled 'gdb skip system functions'. And guess what, it's been there since gdb 7.12, from 3 years ago, and it's almost trivial, just adding something like this to ~/.gdbinit:

KDE Plasma 5.18 Includes a System Report Tool — But It’s Strictly Opt-In

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So, to help fill in the knowledge gap, KDE is including a new feedback tool in the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.18 release, due in February.

Now, before anyone gets antsy about it, let me stress that this new data collection feature is strictly opt-in (just like Ubuntu’s system reporting). It’s also up to distribution maintainers to decide whether to package the relevant module as part of the Plasma desktop.

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Contributing to KDE is easier than you think – Localization and SVN

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This is a series of blog posts explaining different ways to contribute to KDE in an easy-to-digest manner. This series is supposed to run parallel to my keyboard shortcuts analysis so that there can be content being published (hopefully) every week.

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.

This time I’ll be explaining how the localization workflow looks like for contributing to KDE; this should also immediately enable you to translate your favorite third-party Plasma widgets (if the project supports it), and generally allow you to translate any PO file with your preferred localization software. I will also explain a bit about CAT tools in general and how professional translation is done since it’s my field of expertise, but that will serve only as optional reading for those interested.

Don’t get scared with how lengthy this blog post is: by the end of this text, you should be perfectly fine to start working with localization, that’s the point. The localization process is quite straightforward, I simply put a lot of explanations in-between so you don’t have many (or better yet, any!) doubts about how stuff works.

This article should be timely in that a new Plasma version, 5.18, will be released in about two weeks. Contributions to the stable branch would be quite appreciated in the following days!

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