The first beta of what will become the next-generation KDE Plasma workspace (KDE Next) was released yesterday. The final release is scheduled for release sometime in July (2014), so things should be moving really fast from now on. Here’s an excerpt from the release announcement:
The Plasma team would like to ask the wider Free Software community to test this release and give any feedback . Plasma Next is built using QML and runs on top of a fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack using Qt 5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma Next provides a core desktop experience that will be easy and familiar for current users of KDE workspaces or alternative Free Software or proprietary offerings.
This is the third (and last but one) update to the 2.8 series of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active released to fix recently found issues. The Calligra team recommends everybody to update.
Issues Fixed in This Release
Add support for line breaks when reading the OpenDocument Format.
Fix a bug in the style manager for filters.
Make the text shape (specifically the dock panel) work on Windows 8.1.
Excel document support: add support for 1904-based XLS files, typically created by Excel on Mac OS X.
digiKam team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0. This version, include many new features introduced by completed GSoC 2013 projects:
A new tool dedicated to organize whole tag hierarchies. This new feature is relevant of GoSC-2013 project from Veaceslav Munteanu. Veaceslav has also implemented multiple selection and multiple drag-n-drop capabilities on Tags Manager and Tags View from sidebars, and the support for writing face rectangles metadata in Windows Live Photo format.
A new maintenance tool dedicated to parse image quality and auto-tags items automatically using Pick Labels. This tool is relevant to another GoSC-2013 project from Gowtham Ashok.
Plasma Next has been built to eventually replace the current KDE Applications and Platform, which seems to have run its course. The project is still being maintained and new versions will still be released, but the new Plasma project is the future.
To make things more manageable for the developers, the project has been separated in a few smaller ones that in the end will come together in a single, bigger product. This is not only a change of name, but a true evolution of KDE.
The developers of the Slackel KDE are not trying to get the newest packages into the operating system, but to provide a stable experience for all the users, which the most important aspect for any Linux distribution.
“Slackel live has been created using Slackware Live tool for Slackware / Slackware64 / Slackware-ARM Linux. This tool has been further developed to support keyboard and locale setup on the fly, to add boot menus and splash image, to support booting on 14 locales and timezones, to set root's password, create a new user with password and remove the liveuser, to set the keyboard and locale, set the hostname etc when installing on hard disk.”
Much of the new work planned covers porting existing Qt classes to interface with the Android provided APIs. If you need access to non-Qt provided functionality, you’ll probably need to dip into JNI and call the appropriate Android Java APIs. (That topic is too deep for a 60 minute webinar, but is something that BogDan will be talking about it in depth in the hands-on Coffee & Code sessions. There are still open spots for the North American tour, but space is limited and it’s free, so register and save your seat.)