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KDE Outreach Program

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  • KDE Launches A Distribution Outreach Program

    With the Plasma 5.6 beta out the door, the KDE development community has today announced the formation of a Distribution Outreach Program.

  • Announcing the KDE community's Distribution Outreach Program

    The people who package and distribute our software to the world are crucial to our user's experience. In keeping with our original KDE vision, we want to improve the working relationships between distributions and KDE developers. Not only do we want to foster professional friendship, but we also want to help our software shine in each distribution.

KDE Makes the Desktop Practical Again

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Before the KDE 4.1 release in 2008, Aaron Seigo announced the end of desktop icons. He was being provocative, because what he was really announcing was the end of being restricted to a single icon set. Instead, KDE Plasma began supporting multiple desktops, and with them several ways to swap sets of icons in and out. These changes have received little publicity, but they are ideal for quickly customizing a desktop for a specialized task.

You do not have to use these features. However, if you choose to explore them, you can apply them not only to the main desktop, but also to any activities, or even any virtual workspaces, so long as you first select from the main menu System Settings > Workspace Behavior > Virtual Desktop > Different Widgets for each desktop. It's all a matter of which combination of customizations you prefer: a default desktop, folder views, multiple desktop folders, or a single desktop folder with filters.

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  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Is Getting Ready With More Wayland Improvements

    KDE's Martin Gräßlin has provided a status update concerning KWin/Wayland support with the latest KDE stack.

    Martin Gräßlin has been spending most of his time recently focusing upon the KDE input support for Wayland and better supporting libinput. There's been a lot of code clean-ups and bug fixes as well as bringing input features closer to parity between X11 and Wayland.

  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Beta Released

    The KDE community has banded together to release the Plasma 5.6 beta today.

    KDE Plasma 5.6 is bringing improvements to the default Breeze theme as well as to the light and dark versions, task manager improvements, smoother widgets, a weather widget has finally returned to Plasma 5, and plenty of Wayland improvements. Plasma 5.6 has also been prepping Plymouth boot screen and GRUB boot-loader screens designed around the Breeze theme in aiming to complete the KDE computing experience.

  • Tumbleweed gets KDE app store

    Since the last update on openSUSE Tumbleweed, there have been five snapshots and some of those snapshots have brought some interesting new packages.

    The 20160225 snapshot allows Tumbleweed users to add a package called ‘discover‘, which is the KDE software installer, implemented as an app store like application.

Will the Addons Weather widget be revived for Plasma 5.6?

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If you are deep in coding mode and cannot afford to turn your head or even your eyes to look through the window at outside to check the current weather… or if you are deep down below ground plumbing at your black hole farming machine and now preparing your way home and are unsure whether to put on a rain jacket or the sunglasses… what is there to help you? A widget on your computer telling you about the weather, right.

Plasma5 so far was missing the port of the weather widgets which were part of the Plasma Addons package with the older Plasma. While there are nice Plasma5 weather widgets on kde-apps.org (1, 2) I wanted the weather widget back I was used to.

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February KWin/Wayland update: all about input

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I haven’t blogged for quite some time about the progress on KWin/Wayland and had a few people requesting an update. As we are now approaching a feature freeze and I have most of the things I wanted to do for Plasma 5.6 done, it’s time to blog again. I use this also as a public service announcement: thanks to Let’s Encrypt my blog is also available through an encrypted connection.

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Plasma 5.6 Beta

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Wednesday, 02 March 2016. Today KDE releases a beta update to its desktop software, Plasma 5.6.

This release of Plasma brings many improvements to the task manager, KRunner, activities, and Wayland support as well as a much more refined look and feel.

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Kube Architecture – A Primer

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Kube is built from different components. Each component is a KPackage that provides a QML UI backed by various C++ elements from the Kube framework. By building reusable components we ensure that i.e. the email application can show the very same contact view as the addressbook, with all the actions you’d expect available. This not only allows us to mix various UI elements freely while building the User Experience, it also ensures consistency across the board with little effort. The components load their data themselves by instantiating the appropriate models and are thus fully self contained.

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KDE Plasma 5.5.5 Bugfix Release Is Out

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The KDE Community has announced that a new iteration of the famous Plasma desktop has been released, bringing the version number up to 5.5.5.

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Wayland Image Updated

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My image for testing Wayland has had an update.

Download 883 MB ISO file

This includes the latest sources from Git master with KWin providing the Wayland compositor and built from a mix of Neon/Ubuntu/Kubuntu packages.

It’s full of obvious bugs for you to hunt down and help fix. It’s not at all ready for every day use.

The KDE Plasma team is distribution agnostic which is described in this quote from the KDE neon FAQ,

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Spread to more platforms – Registrations for Randa Meetings 2016 open
  • Did you misplace any windows?

    One of the things that bugged me for a long time in my workflow is that I sometimes forget that I have something running in another activity, and then get surprised that after a reboot, I have a couple vim swap files and similar.

    At first, I was planning to add a simplified visual representation of active windows to the activity switcher similar to what the desktop pager does.

  • Recent activities first

    In my previous post, I’ve written about the new setup I use for activities, and that I have found out that I’m missing the feature of quickly switching back to the previous activity.

  • Do Plasma users know all the useful shortcuts?
  • KDE Applications on XDG App

    Some days ago I started wondering about containerized applications, I looked at a few alternatives and then decided to give xdg-app a go. It took a while, not really because it’s especially hard, but mostly because I’m rather stubborn, then I decided to ask Alexander Larsson and he guided me quite well.

  • My story with WikiToLearn
  • Me, myself and I

    A few months ago I got in touch with the founder of WikiToLearn, Riccardo, because what he had already started with three other great people (a special thanks to Davide), had occurred to me, but I wanted to use a different approach to the thing. Why invent the wheel again? Join them would surely have been the best way, and it was, otherwise I assure you now I would not be writing these lines.

  • Hello World from @valsdav

    Well, a few months ago I entered the awesome KDE community joining the (at the time) just-rising WikiToLearn team: from that time things has gone so fast, I've learned so many things and met a lot of wonderful KDE people. Now it's my turn to talk about what I'm doing.

  • What is WikiToLearn

    I began to work on WikiToLearn with Davide. The project is proudly part of the KDE world, so at the beginning we organized a sprint where everything was broken and we needed to define just everything that goes from the development workflow to the vision, from the philosophy about licences to the server management.

3DPrinters With Free Software (KDE/Qt)

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