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  • Krita 3.1.3 Minor Update of the Open-Source Digital Painting App Is Now in Beta
  • Qt 5.9 Enters Beta, Promises to Fully Leverage C++11, Improve Wayland Support

    The Qt Company, through Tuukka Turunen, was pleased to announce the availability of the Beta release of the upcoming Qt 5.9 open-source and cross-platform GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit.

    Qt 5.9 entered developed in February this year, when it received an Alpha build, which represented an early stage of evolutionary development, but the Beta is here to give Qt application developers an early taste of what's coming to the final Qt 5.9 release, which should hit the streets at the end of May.

  • Should Ubuntu Have Gone With KDE Instead Of GNOME?

    With last week's surprise decision by Mark Shuttleworth to abandon Unity 8 efforts and switch back to the GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, while some applauded the decision, others begged the question why not switch to KDE or "Ubuntu should default to [your favorite DE]."

    KDE contributor Alessandro Longo has pleaded the case that Ubuntu should have decided on the KDE desktop rather GNOME. In making his argument, he wrote a blog post with "10 reasons why Ubuntu should use KDE Plasma instead of GNOME."

  • Ubuntu Snaps to Integrate Fully with GNOME and KDE, Says Mark Shuttleworth

    We picked up some more of the comments made by Mark Shuttleworth recently on Google+, where the Canonical and Ubuntu founder answered various questions posted by members of the Ubuntu community.

    This comes as a follow-up article on yesterday's report that Ubuntu GNOME is becoming the default flavor of the popular Linux-based operating system, and that the Unity 7 user interface will be available for installation from the official repositories after the launch of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS next year in April.

  • GNOME Builder IDE and Flatpak Make It Easier to Contribute to the GNOME Project

    GNOME developer Carlos Soriano, known for his contributions to the Nautilus file manager and GNOME Shell user interface, reports on the latest progress made to simplify the contribution process to the GNOME Project.

    GNOME Project is the Red Hat sponsored organization behind the well-known GNOME desktop environment, which will is used by default on numerous Linux-based operating systems, including Debian, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and even Ubuntu.

KDE and GNOME

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GNOME
  • How To Make GNOME Shell Look Like Unity

    Following news that Ubuntu is to switch to GNOME as its default desktop in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, some users have been keep to get a head start and switch over a little sooner. Bad Voltage podcaster Stuart Langridge is among them, and has written a blog post titled ‘Making GNOME Shell feel like Unity’.

  • BuildStream progress and booting images
  • Beyond NetworkManager 1.6: Part 1

    NetworkManager 1.6 was delivered in early 2017, and is doing pretty well. It has found its way to many Linux distributions, including the upcoming Debian 9 “Stretch” release. There are good chances you’re already running it. Nevertheless, we still owe you an overview of what’s new.

  • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.33.0

    KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

  • KDE Frameworks 5.33 Released

    KDE Frameworks 5.33 was released this weekend as the latest monthly installment to this large set of KDE libraries to complement Qt.

    KDE Frameworks 5.33 brings Baloo support for searching in symlinked directories, a KAuth back-end for macOS, updates to KIO, Plasma Framework changes, and a variety of other updates to these add-on libraries.

Kubuntu 17.04 Release Candidate – call for testers

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Today the Kubuntu team is happy to announce that Kubuntu Zesty Zapus (17.04) RC is released . With this release candidate, you can see and test what we are preparing for 17.04, which we will be releasing April 13, 2017.

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KDE Frameworks 5.33.0 Introduces More Plasma Framework and KWayland Improvements

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The KDE Project announced the release of KDE Frameworks 5.33.0, a new monthly update of the collection of over 70 add-on libraries for Qt application developers, needed for the KDE Plasma desktop and KDE Applications software suite.

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10 reasons why Ubuntu should use KDE Plasma instead of GNOME

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Ubuntu

This is not a GNOME vs Plasma comparison, this specifically for Ubuntu and its users, considering the innovative vision they had till now. Just very personal thoughs ordered by importance for Ubuntu success in my opinion.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Qt 5.9 Beta Released

    The official Qt 5.9 Beta is now out thanks to The Qt Company and the Qt developer community.

  • Akademy 2017 Call for Papers deadline is in a week!
  • From “I really want to be a open source contributor” to “Look ma, my name is in the credits”
  • About Procrastination, Programming and Writer’s Block
  • My 11 years within KDE (Or, my life before it)

    Since I was a kid I had dreamed about being a tech guy, I remember that I used to search the trash of my father looking for broken circuit boards back in 1988, he had a notebook computer, a Toshiba T1000 with amazing ~5mhz and 512kb ram, one of the best machines of the time. He tried to teach me how to Pascal back then, but I had better things to do like stuck my foot in my mouth, or look for broken circuits for I had learned on the TV that I could just plug random eletricity circuits and cables and I would have a Super Sentai robot for me, and I would fight crime dressed like Jaspion.

  • Krita 3.1.3 beta 1 released

    A week after the alpha release, we present the beta release for Krita 3.1.3. Krita 3.1.3 will be a stable bugfix release, 4.0 will have the vector work and the python scripting. The final release of 3.1.3 is planned for end of April.

    We’re still working on fixing more bugs for the final 3.1.3 release, so please test these builds, and if you find an issue, check whether it’s already in the bug tracker, and if not, report it!

  • Icemon 3.1.0 release

    More than one year after the 3.0.1 release, here's a new minor release of Icemon: 3.1.0.

    Lots of bug fixes and small code refactorings, but also a few feature additions made it into this release.

  • QStringView Diaries: The Eagle Has Landed
  • New KDE Connect Indicator Ubuntu / Linux Mint PPA

    The KDE Connect Indicator (fork) PPA maintainer is not available any more, and I was asked to create a new PPA.

  • Complex text input in Plasma

    A brief note: If you're a developer or user of input methods in the free desktop space, or just interested in learning about "How does typing Chinese work anyway?", you might be interested in a discussion we're now having on the plasma-devel mailing list. In my opening mail I've tried to provide a general overview about what input methods are used for, how they work, who they benefit, and what we must do to improve support for them in KDE Plasma.

Qt 5.9 Beta Released

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I am pleased to announce that Qt 5.9 Beta is now released. Convenient binary installers are available for trying out the cool new features coming in Qt 5.9. With this release we are adjusting the release process to make it easier for users to check out the upcoming release conveniently using the online installer.

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Elisa Music Player and Lightworks 14.0

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Software
  • Introduction and Elisa Music Player

    Hello Planet KDE, I am Matthieu Gallien. I am a software developer mainly working with C++ and PHP. I am passionate about free software in general and KDE in particular.

  • A New KDE Music Player: Elisa

    While Amarok has not seen a release in years and Juk development not being too vibrant, now there's another new KDE music player option: Elisa.

    Developer Matthieu Gallien announced the Elisa Music Player today as a new initiative. Elisa makes use of KDE Frameworks 5, uses Baloo for indexing of music, the Qt5 tool-kit is obviously used, and the KDE VDG has chipped in with their design ideas on this still young music player.

  • Lightworks 14.0 Professional Video Editor Released with More Than 400 Changes

    EditShare was proud to announce today, April 4, 2017, the general availability of the final release of the Lightworks 14.0.0 professional video editor for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Lightworks 14.0 is a massive release of the multi-platform video editing system, and most probably highly anticipated by many of you out there. There are over 430 changes incorporated in this major update, including around 70 new features and hundreds of bug fixes, some of which are platform specific.

Leftovers: KDE

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  • KDE's Simon Speech Recognition Gets Updated

    As reported last month, KDE's speech recognition software is being revived and released today is a new development release.

  • Simon 0.4.80 alpha released

    The first version (0.4.80) towards Simon 0.5.0 is out in the wilds. Please download the source code, test it and send us feedback.

  • So, Aparently, I moved.

    I’v been living here for the past six months, and I wanted to write earlier, but you guys know how things are, things like that can simply be in your head for quite a while before you actually do something. So, if anyone from the KDE community would like to get together for something in Munchen, please get in touch. I live near the Worthsee area, quite far from munchen ~40 minutes via SBahn, but I work in the heart of the city.

Leftovers: KDE

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  • Getting more out of Qt Quick with OpenVG

    In Qt 5.9 is now possible to render Qt Quick applications with OpenVG when using hardware that supports it. This is made possible by a new scene graph adaptation that uses EGL and OpenVG to render Qt Quick scenes. When using Qt for Device Creation, it means that it now be possible to run with graphics hardware acceleration on some devices where today only software rendering is available.

  • Qt 5.9's OpenVG Renderer For Hardware Lacking OpenGL

    One of the many new features for the upcoming Qt 5.9 is an OpenVG renderer for hardware acceleration on some embedded platforms that lack OpenGL capabilities.

    OpenVG for the uninitiated is a 2D vector graphics API backed by The Khronos Group. It hasn't been updated in almost one decade with OpenGL ES largely taking over on the mobile/embedded front, but there still is some embedded hardware out there with still having OpenVG v1.1 drivers. There used to be an OpenVG state tracker in Mesa's Gallium3D, but that's long been dead.

  • Kdenlive status update

    Ever since the port to QT5/KF5 in 2015, Kdenlive has seen an increasing momentum to developing its full potential in being a stable and reliable video editing tool which the FLOSS community can use to create content and democratize communication. In 2016 the project saw a redesign of its visual identity (logo, website), the reintroduction of some much requested tools like rotoscoping and a Windows port. During these couple of years we’ve seen a boom in the size of the community.

  • Kdenlive's Status Ahead Of 17.04

    The Kdenlive video editor project in the KDE camp has published a new status update concerning the health of the project.

    Kdenlive developers continue seeing momentum building around their video editor since reviving it with the transition to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5. Over the past year they have added many tools, a Windows port, and other efforts to make Kdenlive pro-capable.

  • Tearing with Nvidia Proprietary Drivers on Plasma? Try this.

    This is a neat little trick that’s been making the rounds, and after seeing success with several people on Reddit I thought it was worth posting somewhere more visible. This will look at removing screen tearing (often entirely) when using Nvidia Proprietary graphics on the Plasma Desktop.

  • [Krita] Game art course released!

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  • Krita 3.1.3 Alpha released

    We’re working like crazy on the next versions of Krita — 3.1.3 and 4.0. Krita 3.1.3 will be a stable bugfix release, 4.0 will have the vector work and the python scripting. This week we’ve prepared the first 3.1.3 alpha builds for testing! The final release of 3.1.3 is planned for end of April.

    We’re still working on fixing more bugs for the final 3.1.3 release, so please test these builds, and if you find an issue, check whether it’s already in the bug tracker, and if not, report it!

  • Linux Thursday with BtrFS, Internet Privacy, KDE Hate

    It’s Thursday! And you know what that means… It’s Linux Day on the Lunduke Hour! In today’s episode Matt Hartley and I take a boat load of questions from the viewers on BtrFS, KDE, Internet Privacy, the ending of the Linux Action Show, Linux Marketing issues, and the weirdness (or lack of weirdness) of Linux.

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Leftovers: Debian, Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • Debian Developers Make Progress With RISC-V Port
    Debian developers continue making progress with a -- currently unofficial -- port of their Linux operating system to RISC-V. There is a in-progress Debian GNU/Linux port to RISC-V along with a repository with packages built for RISC-V. RISC-V for the uninitiated is a promising, open-source ISA for CPUs. So far there isn't any widely-available RISC-V hardware, but there are embedded systems in the works while software emulators are available.
  • 2×08: Pique Oil
  • [Video] Ubuntu 17.04 KDE
  • deepin 15.4 Released, With Download Link & Mirrors
    deepin 15.4 GNU/Linux operating system has been released at April 19th 2017. I list here one official download link and two faster mirrors from Sourceforge. I listed here the Mega and Google mirrors as well but remember they don't provide direct download. The 15.4 provided only as 64 bit, the 32 bit version has already dropped (except by commercial support). I hope this short list helps you.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Overlayfs snapshots
    At the 2017 Vault storage conference, Amir Goldstein gave a talk about using overlayfs in a novel way to create snapshots for the underlying filesystem. His company, CTERA Networks, has used the NEXT3 ext3-based filesystem with snapshots, but customers want to be able to use larger filesystems than those supported by ext3. Thus he turned to overlayfs as a way to add snapshots for XFS and other local filesystems. NEXT3 has a number of shortcomings that he wanted to address with overlayfs snapshots. Though it only had a few requirements, which were reasonably well supported, NEXT3 never got upstream. It was ported to ext4, but his employer stuck with the original ext3-based system, so the ext4 version was never really pushed for upstream inclusion.
  • Five days and counting
    It is five days left until foss-north 2017, so it is high time to get your ticket! Please notice that tickets can be bought all the way until the night of the 25th (Tuesday), but catering is only included is you get your ticket on the 24th (Monday), so help a poor organizer and get your tickets as soon as possible!
  • OpenStack Radium? Maybe…but it could be Formidable
    OK the first results are in from the OpenStack community naming process for the R release. The winner at this point is Radium.
  • Libreboot Wants Back Into GNU
    Early this morning, Libreboot’s lead developer Leah Rowe posted a notice to the project’s website and a much longer post to the project’s subreddit, indicating that she would like to submit (or resubmit, it’s not clear how that would work at this point) the project to “rejoin the GNU Project.” The project had been a part of GNU from May 14 through September 15 of last year, at which time Ms. Rowe very publicly removed the project from GNU while making allegations of misdeeds by both GNU and the Free Software Foundation. Earlier this month, Rowe admitted that she had been dealing with personal issues at the time and had overreacted. The project also indicated that it had reorganized and that Rowe was no longer in full control.
  • Understanding the complexity of copyleft defense

    The fundamental mechanism defending software freedom is copyleft, embodied in GPL. GPL, however, functions only through upholding it--via GPL enforcement. For some, enforcement has been a regular activity for 30 years, but most projects don't enforce: they live with regular violations. Today, even under the Community Principles of GPL Enforcement, GPL enforcement is regularly criticized and questioned. The complex landscape is now impenetrable for developers who wish their code to remain forever free. This talk provides basic history and background information on the topic.

  • After Bill Gates Backs Open Access, Steve Ballmer Discovers The Joys Of Open Data
    A few months ago, we noted that the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the leaders in requiring the research that it funds to be released as open access and open data -- an interesting application of the money that Bill Gates made from closed-source software. Now it seems that his successor as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, has had a similar epiphany about openness. Back in 2001, Ballmer famously called GNU/Linux "a cancer". Although he later softened his views on software somewhat, that was largely because he optimistically claimed that the threat to Microsoft from free software was "in the rearview mirror". Not really: today, the Linux-based Android has almost two orders of magnitude more market share than Windows Phone.
  • New Open Door Policy for GitHub Developer Program
    GitHub has opened the doors on its three year old GitHub Developer Program. As of Monday, developers no longer need to have paid accounts to participate. "We're opening the program up to all developers, even those who don't have paid GitHub accounts," the company announced in a blog post. "That means you can join the program no matter which stage of development you're in,"
  • MuleSoft Joins the OpenAPI Initiative: The End of the API Spec Wars
    Yesterday, MuleSoft, the creators of RAML, announced that they have joined the Open API Initiative. Created by SmartBear Software and based on the wildly popular Swagger Specification, the OpenAPI Initiative is a Linux Foundation project with over 20 members, including Adobe, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.