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Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.10.2 Desktop Built Against Qt 5.9

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Chakra GNU/Linux maintainer Neofytos Kolokotronis is informing today users of the community-developed GNU/Linux distribution with an emphasis on KDE and Qt technologies about the availability of the latest KDE releases in stable repos.

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Plasma secrets – Tips and tricks for the KDE desktop

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I used the word secret. Well, it’s a bit misplaced. It’s not like Plasma really hides its options from the users so that only a select elite can enjoy its full range of capabilities. But then, some of its many virtues are a little obscured from the common user by the proxy of subtle failings in design, ergonomics, intuition, as well as the vast array of settings and features that Plasma offers.

We’ve already talked about Plasma’s goodness at length. It was my favorite desktop for a brief, fickle while, then it waned, but then it again picked up speed and quality with the fine release of Kubuntu Zesty Zaphod. Moreover, we’ve talked about the State of Plasma, in great detail, and I’ve also given you a handful of practical tips and tricks on what this desktop environment can do, and we discussed the omni-potent Krunner. Now, we’re gonna delve deeper. Let’s do some honest Sherlock Holmes work and unravel a few of these usability mysteries.

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Recent and Older Qt and KDE News, Development

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KDE Finalizes the Release Schedule of KDE Applications 17.08, Arrives August 17

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The KDE Applications 17.04 stable series is nearing its end of life as the KDE Project plans to release the last scheduled maintenance update next month on July 13, 2017, so now they need to prepare for the next major series.

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KDE Neon and Wayland

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  • Wayland Option Now in Neon Dev Unstable ISO by Default

    Back in the day I started making a Plasma Wayland ISO to help people try out Plasma on Wayland. Then we started Neon and the obvious way to create the ISOs became through the Neon infrastructure. With Wayland becoming closer to be ready to use every day I’ve decided it’s time to scrap the dedicated Wayland ISOs and just install the Wayland session by default on the Dev Unstable ISOs. It’s not yet the default so to give it a try you need to log out, select Wayland session and log in again. Or install the ISO and select it at login (you’ll need to switch back to X to install, Calamares doesn’t run in Wayland because it wants to run as root which is verboten).

  • KDE Neon Makes It Easier To Now Try Plasma On Wayland

    The Ubuntu-based KDE Neon distribution for its "dev unstable" image now comes pre-installed with the Wayland session option.

    Neon Dev Unstable isn't yet defaulting to the Wayland session, but with it now being included by default on the ISO, it's as easy as logging out of the X.Org session, opting for the Wayland session, and relogging into the desktop rather than needing to install any extra packages.

  • Wayland Session Now Installed by Default in Latest KDE Neon Dev Unstable ISOs

    Wayland, the next-generation display server for Linux-based operating systems is on its way to becoming ready for everyday use, and the KDE Neon development team took a step further with their KDE Plasma Wayland implementation.

    Instead of providing those Plasma Wayland ISO images for those who wanted to test drive Wayland on the latest KDE Neon builds, they installed the Wayland session by default on the KDE Neon Developer Unstable ISOs, though, to try it, you'll have to log out, select the Wayland session from the login screen, and log back in.

KDE: Simple Menu, Kdenlive 17.04.2, and Krita 4.0 Pre-Alpha

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  • Meet Simple Menu, an Alternative Application Launcher for KDE Plasma 5 Desktops

    The KDE community showcased today on their social media channels a new, alternative application launcher for KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments, Simple Menu.

    Simple Menu hit the KDE Store recently, and it would appear to be an intuitive and minimal application launcher widget that can easily replace the default one of your KDE Plasma 5 desktops. It's interface resemblance the look and feel of the fullscreen Application Dashboard, giving users easier access to their favorite apps.

  • Kdenlive 17.04.2 released

    A minor release is out fixing a couple crashes in the titler and Affine transition as well as improving a Windows rendering issue. Note that all focus and energy are still on the timeline refactoring due for 17.08. Soon we will provide an AppImage version for testing, stay tuned.

  • Krita 4.0 Drawing Program In Development, Pre-Alpha Builds Now Available

    While it feels just like yesterday when the big Krita 3.0 drawing program update was released with its port to Qt5, Krita 4.0 is already under development.

  • First Development Builds for Krita 4.0!

    It’s still early days, and we have to say this up-front: these builds are not ready for daily work. We mean it, you might luck out, but you might also seriously lose work. Please test, and please report issues on! (But check whether your issue has already been reported…) That said…

Older Qt and KDE News, Development Updates

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KDE Plasma 5.10.2 Desktop Environment Brings Many Plasma Discover Improvements

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The KDE Project is pleased to announce the general availability of the second point release to the latest KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment for select GNU/Linux operating systems.

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Mixed KDE Applications on FreeBSD

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The KDE Frameworks have been available in FreeBSD for a while now, but we haven’t seen much movement on the desktop environment or the applications front. KDE4 is still the latest you can get from ports. The plasma5/ branch in the KDE FreeBSD ports repository contains all the applications, and KDE Plasma 5 Desktop, and is very up-to-date with KDE releases — but it’s not in official ports, and that makes it a little more difficult than it needs to be to install the latest KDE Software on FreeBSD.

The KDE-FreeBSD team is starting to migrate individual applications to recently-released KF5 versions. That sometimes means letting go of some features: Plasma 5 integration isn’t going to happen until we have Plasma 5 in the official ports tree. But KDevelop 5.1 is a valuable upgrade over 4.7, and the IDE suffers very little (except if you wanted the embedded konsole part).

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Ubuntu, GNOME, Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE, and KDE News

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  • Patching u-boot for use in an Ubuntu Core gadget snap

    This is the second post in the series about building u-boot based gadget snaps, following Building u-boot gadget snap packages from source.

    If you have read the last post in this series, you have likely noticed that there is a uboot.patch file being applied to the board config before building the u-boot binaries. This post will take a closer look at this patch.

  • Smarter Window Snapping is Coming to GNOME Shell

    GNOME 3.26 is shaping up to be one heck of a release, as a recent update from GNOME developer Georges Stavracas shows.

  • GNOME 3.26 Getting Better Half-Tiling Support
  • Ubuntu Reveal Results of GNOME Desktop Survey

    The Ubuntu desktop team has finally revealed the results of the recent GNOME desktop user survey. But if you were hoping to find some definitive decisions taken as a result of the results you’re in for disappointment.

  • Ubuntu OpenStack Dev Summary – 12th June 2017

    This summary is intended to be a regular communication of activities and plans happening in and around Ubuntu OpenStack, covering but not limited to the distribution and deployment of OpenStack on Ubuntu.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 510
  • Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE – BETA Release

    Linux Mint 18.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

  • Qt 5.9.1 soft branching started

    We have today started soft branching from '5.9' to '5.9.1'. That way we should be able to release Qt 5.9.1 still during June. So please use '5.9.1' for new changes targeted to Qt 5.9.1 release. We will do final downmerge from '5.9' to '5.9.1' this Friday (16.6) and after that '5.9' will be for Qt 5.9.2.

  • Qt 5.9.1 Should Be Out This Month

    While there didn't end up being any point/patch releases to Qt 5.8, The Qt Company is making good on their word for improving the release flow with Qt 5.9 and maintaining it as an LTS release.

  • A KDE Connect Bluetooth Backend Is In Development

    Regular readers of this site will know that we lurrve KDE Connect (and for some very good reasons)! But one thing we’ve heard a number of you ask each time we write about is whether KDE Connect works over Bluetooth. Right now, it doesn’t — but that’s about to change.

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today's leftovers

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    For today’s system administrators, the future holds tremendous promise. In this ebook, we have covered many technical skills that can be big differentiators for sysadmins looking to advance their careers. But, increasingly, open source skillsets can also open new doors. A decade ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst predicted that open source tools and platforms would become pervasive in IT. Today, that prediction has come true, with profound implications for the employment market. Participating in open source projects -- through developing code, submitting a bug report, or contributing to documentation -- is an important way to demonstrate open source skills to hiring managers.
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    Luminance HDR is an graphical user interface that is used for manipulation and creation of High Dynamic Range(HDR) images. It is based on Qt5 toolkit, it is cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac, and released under the GNU GPL license. It provides a complete workflow for High Dynamic Range(HDR) as well as Low Dynamic Range (LDR) file formats. Prerequisite of HDR photography are several narrow-range digital images with different exposures. Luminance HDR combines these images and calculates a high-contrast image. In order to view this image on a regular computer monitor, Luminance HDR can convert it into a displayable LDR image format using a variety of methods, such as tone mapping.
  • Opera Web Browser Now Has Built-in WhatsApp and FB Messenger, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint
  • Enterprise open source comes of age
    In the age of digitalisation and data centre modernisation, open source has come of age. This is demonstrated by the growth that enterprise open source software provider SUSE has enjoyed over the last months. “SUSE is in good shape,” says Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. “In the last year, revenue grew at 21%, and it was profitable growth.” Business is positive going forward, he adds, with SUSE now part of the larger mothership Micro Focus group following the completion this month of the HPE Software spin merger. “Micro focus is now the seventh-largest pure-play software vendor in the world, with revenues approaching $4,5-billion,” Brauckmann points out.
  • Red Hat, Microsoft Extend Alliance to SQL Server
  • UbuCon Europe 2017
    I’ve been to many Ubuntu related events before, but what surprises me every time about UbuCons is the outstanding work by the community organising these events. Earlier this month, I was in Paris for UbuCon Europe 2017. I had quite high expectations about the event/location and the talks, especially because the French Ubuntu community is known for hosting awesome events several times a year like Ubuntu Party and Ubuntu install parties.

today's howtos

Korora 26

  • Korora 26 is Here!
  • Linux Releases: “Lightweight” Tiny Core 8.2 And “Heavyweight” Korora 26 Distros Are Here
    Korora Linux distro is a derivative of popular Fedora operating system. It ships with lots of additional packages that are provided by Fedora community and helps the users to get a complete out-of-the-box experience. The developers of Korora Linux distro have just shipped Korora 26 “Bloat.” Bloat codename has been derived from the characters of the movie “Finding Nemo.”
  • Based on Fedora 26, Korora 26 Linux Debuts with GNOME 3.24, Drops 32-Bit Support
    Korora developer Jim Dean announced the release and general availability of the Korora Linux 26 operating system for personal computers, a release based on the latest Fedora Linux version and packed full of goodies. Dubbed "Bloat," Korora Linux 26 comes more than nine months after the release of Korora 25, it's based on Red Hat's Fedora 26 Linux operating system and ships with the latest versions of popular desktop environments, including GNOME 3.24. Also included are the KDE Plasma 5.10, Xfce 4.12, Cinnamon 3.4, and MATE 1.18 desktop environments, all of them shipping pre-loaded with a brand-new backup tool designed to keep your most important files safe and secure from hackers or government agencies.