We have 2015 and Android is a very important platform for (mobile) applications and developers. — This somehow could also have been written a year ago, and actually it was stated then by several people. Those people also started porting some first applications from the KDE/Linux world to the Android platform. Yet, when looking at what happened the last year, as of now, we only have KAlgebra, GCompris and (since recent) Marble Maps that are available on Android.
We arrived here on wednesday, and started discussions about our plans in the train. Here is a short resume of what happened during these first days:
We decided to work on bug tracking during the first day, since the Kdenlive 15.08.1 release was imminent. We fixed quite a few bugs that will improve stability of the 15.08 branch.
With the upcoming 5.14 release of the KDE Frameworks, KPasswordDialog gets the ability to change the visibility of the password being typed by the user. This is a common and useful feature, especially when the password is hard to type and error prone. Screenshots follow:
The Randa Meetings are happening now in the Swiss Alps. More than 50 people are giving their time to improve KDE software and innovate new value for users. The theme of this sixth edition of the Randa Meetings is Bring Touch to KDE, and the KDE Visual Design Group (VDG) is making their contributions to the look and feel of KDE technology. Visual appearance has been a primary consideration for KDE from the beginning—"users [should be able to] expect things to look, feel, and work consistently".
KDE developers part of the Visual Design Group (VDG) who are meeting in Randa, Switzerland right now have made more progress on beautifying the KDE desktop.
The KDE VDG members at Randa have now made all Oxygen icons available in the Breeze theme in time for Plasma 5.4.2, a Human Interface Guideline for KDE mobile applications will be available soon for Plasma Mobile, the KCM for desktop search was reworked, and there are now fixes for all icon-related bugs. Plasma 5.4.2 should be a good monthly point release from the icon perspective.
Today, the application switcher is a small bar with thumbnails of the application along with the application icon and the title with ellipsis in the middle. The bar disappears when the user realeases the keys and offers no further functionality. On the other hand, the plasmoid sidebar is sticky until the user closes it or changes the focus to another app. The bar contains of a search function, has functions to add more items (GHNS), and a different kind of preview. And in case of the activities switcher the preview provides additional interactions, such as clone or close, that are shown on hover.
This week two years ago, we released the first version of KDE Connect. Since then, more than 50.000 people have installed the Android app, more than 60 people have contributed code patches (even high school students), and it has been translated to 26 languages!
Cutelyst, a Qt web framework just got a new release, this version took a little longer but now I think it has evolved enough for a new version.
KDE sprint in Randa boosts productivity since VDG members and developers talk directly to each other. In this blog post we present an alternative for the configuration of Baloo file search that meets the guidelines for KCMs.
A couple of weeks ago, we took our first steps towards the Qt 5.6 release.
One of the most important achievements was to put our new CI (continuous integration) system into use. This system has been developed from the ground up over the last 8 months as a replacement for the older, Jenkins-based CI system that we have been using so far. The old system was suffering from a lot of problems, leading to very long turn-around times to get individual patches integrated into Qt. The new system is both more stable and significantly faster. It also simplifies adding new repositories to the CI system, and is a lot more flexible in handling multiple branches. This will help both our development work as well as our release process.
Tuesday, 08 September 2015. Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.4.1. Plasma 5.4 was released in August with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.
This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:
Fixes for compilation with GCC 5
Autostart desktop files no longer saved to the wrong location
On Muon Make sure the install button has a size.
The digiKam Team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.13.0. This release is the result of another huge bugs triage on KDE bugzilla where more than 30 files have been closed. Thanks to Maik Qualmann who maintain KDE4 version while KF5 port and GSoC 2015 projects are in progress. Both are planed to be completed while sprint 2016.