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Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE – BETA Release

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Linux Mint 18 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.

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KDE Leftovers

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  • Krita 3.0.1 Alpha Builds

    Last week the merge window closed and Krita entered a four week stabilization phase. Several very interesting branches were merged, with features ranging from a new head-up-display for quickly changing brush settings, a wavelet filter, a threshold filter, to a an upgrade for all number entry boxes: those support maths now! Sadly, we haven’t managed to dot all the i’s on the video-export branch for saving animated gifs and videos, so that’s not in.

  • Queueing up for Plasma 5.8

    It’s been too long since I’ve posted on Planet… I missed you! But despite my slothish activity there are rituals to be followed, and so comes a wallpaper for Plasma 5.8;

    Probably the first thing I’ll mention is that the Plasma 5.8 wallpaper will be shipping with a 4K UHD version. The last wallpaper was meant to have a 4K version, but it simply didn’t happen. Seemingly everyone is beginning to enjoy screens with high pixel densities, so it’s about time we shipped wallpapers to match, and it’s a fun bullet-point for an LTS release.

  • Space Left at the (Non)Party Flat at Akademy/QtCon
  • Conferences I will attend in the next two months
  • Akademy is this year at QtCon along with FSF-E, Qt, VLC and others.

  • Akademy and QtCon -- and the future of QFuture
  • LabPlot is comfortable with FITS

    So we are here, GSoC 2016 is officially over, it's time for the final evaluations, so this will be a closing post for this GSoC. I've learned many things while I was working on my project and I'm really thankful to my mentors, Stefan and Alexander (not officially my mentor, but we talked many times and he helped me many times too). I'll be happy to help in integration of this project in the next release of LabPlot Smile

  • Peruse 1.1 "The Cuppa Release"

    Slightly later than the 21st of June this year, the inaugural release of the Peruse comic book reader was made, and received with while not wide spread excitement, then certainly with mostly positive comments (and some very good suggestions). If you are a software developer yourself, you will know exactly how much this means to me. If you are not: This is what sustains us, what encourages us to continue working on the things we do. Thank you all very much!

  • Riding the memory lane…
  • The Editor Improved!!
  • GSoC'16 Update! Offline Extension of WikiEditor for WikiToLearn!
  • Google Summer of Code'16 Summary
  • QtWebKit Technology Preview 3
  • New QtWebKit Preview Adds NPAPI & Qt Plugin Support

    While upstream Qt developers continue focused on supporting Qt WebEngine as their Chromium-based browser engine environment, others meanwhile have been working on reviving Qt WebKit.

    Some developers have been working to revive QtWebKit and began releasing technology previews of the revised module.

  • Modifier only shortcuts available in Plasma 5.8
  • GSoC 2016 – Final post: TuxPaint, a QML Canvas 2d creation
  • KStars on Windows – Beta version

    Here we are! Google Summer of Code is over and KStars on Windows project is done. It was truly an incredible summer and I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to work on such a great project and learn so much from my mentor, Jasem Mutlaq.

  • Gsoc 2016: Sum up

    Actually Gsoc didnt take me a lot of time but sometimes I still feel burnt out for some reasons. I read a blog post of another Kde – Gsoc student and she also mentioned about the stressful and depression. I think it is shadow part of the IT industry. And we student havent learnt how to deal with it (stress) yet when it comes to real (paid) projects.

  • Isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning – Google Summer of Code 2016

    Tomaz hassled me into submitting a project to Google Summer of Code, a project that until then I had never heard of in my life. KDE was chosen to be one of the communities to be able to host students and projects for KDE entire environment be improved.

KDE and GNOME

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  • Taming KDEwallet

    On opensuse forums, I often see complaints about KDEwallet (or “kwallet” for short). It can be annoying at times. In this post, I’ll indicate ways of keeping it under control.

    While this is oriented toward opensuse, it should also apply to other distros with one caveat. In opensuse, some of the applications have their settings and configuration under the directory “$HOME/.kde4”. For other distros, it is more typical to use “$HOME/.kde” (without that final “4”). So just adjust my suggestions accordingly.

  • KDE Applications 16.08 Released, Canonical Becomes A Patron

    KDE Applications 16.08 was released today as the newest bundle of KDE applications built atop KDE Frameworks 5.

    KDE Applications 16.08 features the KF5 ports of Kolourpaint, Cervisia, and KDiskFree. KDE's Kontact suite has also been improved upon, Marble 2.0 was added, Ark archiving support can now handle ApplImage and more, the Konsole terminal has been improved, and much more.

  • Emoji Toolbar Control
  • Contributors to Nautilus

    At GUADEC Andre Klaper made a report of top most contributors to GNOME in the last year, and to my surprise I saw my name in the top 5 of patch reviewers. Did I really review so many patches?

  • Mutter Now Supports Virtual Input Devices, GNOME Shell Improved Wayland Keyboard

    The GNOME 3.21.90 packages were released this week in preparation for next month's GNOME 3.22 desktop release.

    GNOME Shell 3.21.90 features an improved on-screen keyboard for Wayland. Also various bugs were fixed as part of this update.

kdenlive 16.08.0 released

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Kdenlive 16.08.0 marks a milestone in the project’s history bringing it a step closer to becoming a full-fledged professional tool. The highlights of this release are:

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Canonical Becomes a Patron of KDE e.V.

    KDE and Canonical's Ubuntu have collaborated for years. Today we celebrate the extension of this collaboration with the addition of Canonical to the KDE Patrons family, as part of the corporate membership program.

  • Canonical Is Now a Patron of KDE, as Part of the Corporate Membership Program

    Immediately after releasing KDE Applications 16.08, KDE was proud to announce that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, one of the world's most popular GNU/Linux distributions, has become a patron of KDE e.V..

    KDE e.V. is the non-profit organization that represents the KDE Community and produces the modern and widely-used KDE Plasma desktop environment, along with the KDE Applications and KDE Frameworks suits of KDE software and libraries. KDE is known to have worked with Canonical's Ubuntu for many years, and they're happy that Canonical decided to extend this collaboration and join the KDE Patrons family, as part of the corporate membership program.

  • Plasma 5 is coming

    The KDE edition of Linux Mint 18 just passed QA and should be available as BETA this weekend.

  • Plasma Release Schedule Updated

KDE Applications 16.08 Officially Released for the KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop

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Today, August 18, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of the final release of KDE Applications 16.08, the latest stable and most advanced software suite for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment.

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Also: KDE Applications 16.08 Released, Canonical Becomes A Patron

openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux OS Gets Latest KDE Plasma 5.7.3, Mozilla Firefox 48.0

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Moz/FF

Today, August 17, 2016, openSUSE Project's Douglas DeMaio informed the community about the latest software updates pushed to the Tumbleweed repos during the last few days.

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Netrunner Linux Becomes Maui, Now Based on KDE Neon and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

The Netrunner development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability for download of the first stable release of the Maui, their new GNU/Linux distribution based on the KDE Neon project.

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KDE Frameworks Now Requires Qt 5.5 or Later, Build 5.25.0 Updates Breeze Icons

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The KDE project announced this past weekend the release of KDE Frameworks 5.25.0, another monthly update to the collection of over 70 add-ons for the Qt5 GUI toolkit and the latest KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

KDE Frameworks 5.25.0 comes in time for the recently released KDE Plasma 5.7.3 maintenance update of the modern and widely used Linux desktop, promising to update many of the core components, including but not limited to Attica, which now follows HTTP redirects, the Breeze icon set with lots of additions, extra CMake modules, KDE Doxygen tools, KXMLGUI, KWindowSystem, and KWidgetsAddons.

KDE apps like KTextEditor, KArchive, and Sonnet received bugfixes and other improvements in the KDE Frameworks 5.25.0. The release also comes with many other updated components, among which Plasma Framework, NetworkManagerQt, KXMLGUI, KCoreAddons, KService, Kross, Solid, Package Framework, KNotification, KItemModels, KIO, KInit, KIconThemes, KHTML, KGlobalAccel, KFileMetaData, and KDeclarative.

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Also: Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.7.3, Mozilla Firefox 48.0 & Wine 1.9.16

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Goes Stable with KDE Plasma 5.6.5 and Linux Kernel 4.6.5

KDE Leftovers

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  • Plasma 5.7.3 and other important package updates available in Chakra

    Plasma 5.7.3 includes a month's worth of bugfixes and new translations, with the changes found mostly in plasma desktop and workspace, kwin and the networkmanager.

  • Neon News: Frameworks 5.25, Kontact in Dev Editions, Maui bases on Neon

    Today KDE Frameworks 5.25 was added to Neon User edition. KDE’s selection of Qt addon libraries gets released every month and this update comes with a bunch of fixes.

  • #31: GSoC with KDE Now – 9
  • Interview with Shane Semler

    I’ve known about it for a long time but only recently did I consider it seriously as a replacement for GIMP or Photoshop. Adobe keeps raising the price of their subscription and I simply couldn’t afford it any longer. I tried switching to GIMP but its performance at high resolutions (each page of the comic is 6000 x 10,000 pixels) was dismal. I looked at a few commercial options but was unhappy with either the price, performance or brush engine. I finally broke down and gave Krita a try. The last time I had given it a look it seemed like a QT GIMP with less features. Granted, this was many years ago so my memory is a bit hazy. The point is, I didn’t have a good impression of it. Anyway, I tried 2.8x and liked it and the price can’t be beat.

  • QtCon
  • The Qt Quick Graphics Stack in Qt 5.8

    When Qt Quick 2 was made available with the release of Qt 5.0, it came with the limitation that support for OpenGL (ES) 2.0 or higher was required. The assumption was that moving forward OpenGL would continue its trajectory to be the hardware acceleration API of choice for both desktop, mobile and embedded development. Fast forward a couple years down the road to today, and the graphics acceleration story has gotten more complicated. One assumption we made was that the price of embedded hardware with OpenGL GPUs would continue to drop and they would be ubiquitous. This is true, but at the same time there are still embedded devices available without OpenGL-capable GPUs where customers continue to wish to deploy Qt Quick applications. To remedy this we released the Qt Quick 2D Renderer as separate plugin for Qt Quick in Qt 5.4.

  • Qt Quick 2's Graphics State For Qt 5.8

    Qt developers Laszlo Agocs and Andy Nchols have written a summary on The Qt Blog about the state of the Qt Quick 2 graphics stack for the upcoming Qt 5.8 release.

    While Qt Quick 2 was introduced in Qt 5.0 with a requirement on OpenGL/OpenGLES 2.0+, the developers realized that was ultimately not enough and they have been working to make OpenGL-free back-end options to fit more of their user/customer needs.

  • OpenGL changes in KWin compositing

    In Plasma 5.8 we will see a few changes in the OpenGL compositor which are worth a blog post.

  • KDE Plasma 5.8 To Finally Allow LLVMpipe, Drops EGL On X11 Option

    There are several changes to KWin's OpenGL compositor support with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 release.

  • LVM support in KDE Partition Manager (feedback needed)
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Leftovers: Software

  • Linux Command Line Browser To Surf Internet
    Links is an open source text and graphical web browser with a pull-down menu system. It renders complex pages, has partial HTML 4.0 support (including tables and frames and support for multiple characters sets such as UTF-8), supports color and monochrome terminals and allows horizontal scrolling. It’s very useful for low resources computers because day by day the web pages are bigger and heavier. If your computer doesn’t have a suitable performance you’ll have some mistakes while you’re surfing. So, Links is much faster than any common web browser (with GUI) because it doesn’t load all the content of a website, for example, videos, flash, etc.
  • Stacer – The Linux System Optimizer You’ve Been Waiting For
    System optimizer apps are quite the thing on platforms such as Windows and Android. Their usefulness, however, is debatable considering how notorious they are when it comes to using system resources. On the Linux platform, however, we can almost always find the applications, a developer puts their time in developing to be mostly useful. Stacer is one such app created to better optimized your Linux PC in the sense that it packs quite the list of features you’d normally expect from an optimizer and more to give your system a refresh whenever you feel the need.
  • Ulauncher – A Lightweight Application Launcher for Linux
    Each Desktop environment has the own launcher and doing their job nicely but it take a while to launch the application whenever we are searching. Ulauncher is a lightweight application launcher that loads instant search results, usese low resources, and remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you. It’s written in Python and uses GTK as a GUI toolkit. When you are typing wrong application name, after few words or spelling, it will figure out what you meant. Use Ulauncher to open your files and directories faster with fuzzy search. Type ~ or / to start browsing. Press Alt+Enter to access the alt menu.

Linux Kernel and Graphics

Security News

  • Windows 10 least secure of Windows versions: study
    Windows 10 was the least secure of of current Windows versions in 2016, with 46% more vulnerabilities than either Windows 8 or 8.1, according to an analysis of Microsoft's own security bulletins in 2016. Security firm Avecto said its research, titled "2016 Microsoft Vulnerabilities Study: Mitigating risk by removing user privileges", had also found that a vast majority of vulnerabilities found in Microsoft products could be mitigated by removing admin rights. The research found that, despite its claims to being the "most secure" of Microsoft's operating systems, Windows 10 had 395 vulnerabilities in 2016, while Windows 8 and 8.1 each had 265. The research also found that while 530 Microsoft vulnerabilities were reported — marginally up from the 524 reported in 2015 — and 189 given a critical rating, 94% could be mitigated by removing admin rights. This was up from 85% in 2015.
  • Windows 10 Creators Update can block Win32 apps if they’re not from the Store [Ed: By Microsoft Peter. People who put Vista 10 on a PC totally lose control of that PC; remember, the OS itself is malware, as per textbook definitions. With DRM and other antifeatures expect copyright enforcement on the desktop soon.]
    The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build doesn't add much in the way of features—it's mostly just bug fixes—but one small new feature has been spotted, and it could be contentious. Vitor Mikaelson noticed that the latest build lets you restrict the installation of applications built using the Win32 API.
  • Router assimilated into the Borg, sends 3TB in 24 hours
    "Well, f**k." Harsh language was appropriate under the circumstances. My router had just been hacked. Setting up a reliable home network has always been a challenge for me. I live in a cramped three-story house, and I don't like running cables. So my router's position is determined by the fiber modem in a corner on the bottom floor. Not long after we moved in, I realized that our old Airport Extreme was not delivering much signal to the attic, where two game-obsessed occupants fought for bandwidth. I tried all sorts of things. I extended the network. I used Ethernet-over-powerline connectors to deliver network access. I made a mystic circle and danced naked under the full moon. We lost neighbors, but we didn't gain a signal.
  • Purism's Librem 13 Coreboot Port Now "100%" Complete
    According to Purism's Youness Alaoui, their Coreboot port to the Librem 13 v1 laptop is now considered complete. The Librem 13 was long talked about having Coreboot over a proprietary BIOS while the initial models still had shipped with the conventional BIOS. Finally in 2017, they have now Coreboot at what they consider to be 100% complete for this Linux-friendly laptop.
  • The Librem 13 v1 coreboot port is now complete
    Here are the news you’ve been waiting for: the coreboot port for the Librem 13 v1 is 100% done! I fixed all of the remaining issues, it is now fully working and is stable, ready for others to enjoy. I fixed the instability problem with the M.2 SATA port, finished running all the tests to ensure coreboot is working correctly, fixed the headphone jack that was not working, made the boot prettier, and started investigating the Intel Management Engine issue.
  • Linux Update Fixes 11-Year-Old Flaw
    Andrey Konovalov, a security researcher at Google, found a use-after-free hole within Linux, CSO Online reported. This particular flaw is of interest because it appears to be situational. It only showed up in kernels built with a certain configuration option — CONFIG_IP_DCCP — enabled.

Kerala saves Rs 300 cr as schools switch to open software

The Kerala government has made a saving of Rs 300 crore through introduction and adoption of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) in the school education sector, said a state government official on Sunday. IT became a compulsory subject in Kerala schools from 2003, but it was in 2005 only that FOSS was introduced in a phased manner and started to replace proprietary software. The decision made by the curriculum committee to implement it in the higher secondary sector has also been completed now. Read more