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Qt 5.5 Is Packing On New Features, Going Into Feature Freeze Soon

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Qt 5.5 is less than one month away from entering its feature freeze. This half-year update to the open-source Qt tool-kit will bring several new features when its scheduled to be officially released in April.

Heikkinen Jani of Digia / The Qt Company sent out a reminder today that Qt 5.5 feature freeze is coming up. Qt 5.5 is set to go into feature freeze on 9 February and at which point Qt 5.5 will be branched from the Git dev branch. Following the freeze and branching, the Qt 5.5 Alpha is expected on 17 February, Qt 5.5 Beta on 12 March, Qt 5.5 RC1 on 14 April, and if all goes well the final release on 28 April. Given that Qt5 delays have commonly happened in the past, it's possible the Qt 5.5 release could slip into May.

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KDE Frameworks 5.1 & Plasma 2.1 – First Impressions

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Reviews

Today I took the plunge into the next-generation KDE desktop, performing a dirty upgrade from Kubuntu 14.04 to 14.10 before installing the plasma-5-desktop package; and this is my first impression of KF5.x and Plasma 5. This is also a bit of a primer, because when Plasma 5.2 enters the stage I’m interested to see the comparison and do a second write-up, using my experience in both 5.1 and 4.x as points-of-reference.

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[KDE] Curses! … I mean, Cursors!

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In the upcoming release of Plasma we’ve done some work on the humble cursor; we’ve added a few missing states, and there will also be a brand new “snow” version, along with minor tweaks to the existing Breeze cursors. But me being lazy and the merge window having closed, there are a great many more cursors which haven’t made it into this release, so I’m putting them here for everyone to use and redistribute.

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Firefox KDE Wallet for KF5

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Moz/FF

I have a good news for Firefox and Plasma 5 users: I ported KDE Wallet password integration extension to KDE Frameworks 5!

It seems to me that this plugin is unmaintained because both the released version and the SVN one do not support Firefox 33 or newer. So, as first step I took Guillermo's code and bumped the Firefox version.

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Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" KDE Release and Screenshots

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Linux

KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 Officially Released

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KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 has been announced by the KDE Community, and as usual, it lands with a ton of improvements that should make this a very interesting release.

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ROSA Desktop Fresh R5 KDE Offers a Different and Cool KDE Experience

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The ROSA OS doesn't have too many releases in a year, but this is the second major version in the space of just a few months. The developers have been making a lot of changes and improvements to it, and they've done a number of refinements to the KDE desktop that really sets it apart from everything else.

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Thinking about working on KDE 5 again (frameworks, plasma, applications)

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In my “preview” of KDE 5, I was able to offer the KDE 5 packages as co-installable to KDE 4 because it was not yet more than Frameworks and Plasma packages – it needed the presence of KDE 4.x in order to provide a meaningfull Plasma 5 workspace. That meant, you could install KDE 5, play around with it for a bit, and then un-install the packages if you had seen enough, without this process touching or destroying the configuration of your KDE 4 environment. That was a good thing, because Plasma 5 was quite unstable at that time, and the whole exercise was not meant to probide an actual day-to-day work environment.

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KDE Plasma 5.2 Beta Is Being Tagged This Week

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The beta for the upcoming Plasma 5.2 desktop shell is being tagged on Thursday.

Plasma 5.2 Beta is being tagged on Thursday so this is the last chance for merging any features or artwork ahead of this quarterly update to Plasma 5. As long as the tagging is done on Thursday, KDE Plasma 5.2 Beta (v5.195) should be officially released on 13 January. The plan is to then tag the official 5.2.0 release on 22 January and to officially release Plasma 5.2 on 27 January, per the Plasma 5 schedule.

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Chrome OS may soon be able to run Linux applications in a container

Even though Chrome OS is based on Linux (Gentoo Linux, to be exact), you can't run traditional desktop Linux applications. One solution to this problem is Crouton, a script that sets up a chroot of Ubuntu or Debian Linux on top of Chrome OS. While this does allow many people to use Chrome OS who otherwise couldn't, it's a hacky solution and requires enabling Developer Mode (which turns off most of Chrome OS' security features). A new commit on the Chromium Gerrit has come to light, with the name "New device policy to allow Linux VMs on Chrome OS." The specific code adds a 'Better Together' menu in the Chrome OS settings, and allows IT administrators to turn the feature on or off. Of course, the big news is that Chrome OS will almost certainly support running Linux applications at some point. That opens up a huge range of software, from open-source favorites like GIMP and LibreOffice, to Linux-compatible Steam games like Civilization V and Rocket League. Potentially, users could even install Wine to run some Windows programs. Read more

Android Leftovers

GNOME Shell vs. KDE Plasma Graphics Tests On Wayland vs. X.Org Server

A premium member this week had requested some benchmarks of openSUSE Tumbleweed when looking at the performance of KDE Plasma vs. GNOME Shell in some open-source graphics/gaming tests while also looking at the Wayland vs. X.Org Server performance. With KDE Plasma 5.12 that openSUSE Tumbleweed has picked up, there is much better Wayland session support compared to previous releases. While KDE developers aren't yet ready to declare their Wayland session the default, in my experience so far it's been working out very well but still routinely will find application crashes in Kate and the like when testing under the KWin's Wayland compositor. Read more

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