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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.

KDE Neon Developer Unstable Edition and Older KDE News

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Release of KDE Frameworks 5.35.0

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KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

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Also: KDE Frameworks 5.35 Adds VLC Tray Icon Support in Plasma Framework, 55 Changes

KDE Frameworks 5.35 Released

Qt 5.9 Packages in Neon and Older KDE News

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KDE Applications 17.04.2 Is Out for KDE Plasma 5 Users, over 15 Bugs Were Fixed

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The KDE Project announced the immediate availability of the second maintenance update to the KDE Applications 17.04 stable series of the software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments.

Coming almost a month after the release of the first point release in the series, KDE Applications 17.04.2 is here today to fix more than 15 bugs that have been reported by users or discovered by the development team in various of the included apps and components, such as Kdenlive, Dolphin, Gwenview, Ark, and KDE PIM.

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Also: KDE Ships KDE Applications 17.04.2

KDE Plasma 5.12 and GNOME’s Adwaita Theme

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  • KDE Plasma 5.12 Will Be An LTS Release In January 2018

    Jonathan Riddell has shared some early planning details for the current KDE Plasma 5.11 cycle as well as early details for Plasma 5.12.

    First up, Plasma 5.12 is slated to be a Long-Term Support (LTS) release when it debuts in January 2018. Plasma 5.12 will be supported for at least two years. It's expected that Plasma 5.12 will require Qt 5.9.

  • KDE Plasma 5.12 Desktop Environment Lands January 2018 as the Next LTS Release

    KDE developer and KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is today announcing that the next LTS (Long Term Support) series of the KDE Plasma desktop environment will be version 5.12, due for release in January 2018.

    A meeting was held recently by the KDE Plasma development team to decide what version of the desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions will become LTS to replace the current long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 series, which should reach end of life on April 10, 2018, with the KDE Plasma 5.9.8 LTS release.

  • ‘Adwaita Tweaks’ Is a Slimmer, Transparent Version of GNOME’s Adwaita Theme

    Love the look of GNOME's Adwaita theme but don't like its excessive padding? Adwaita Tweaks is a modified version of Adwaita that solves this.

KDE Plasma 5.10.1 Desktop Environment Is Now Available for Kubuntu 17.04 Users

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Kubuntu users would be pleased to hear that the first point release of the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment series is now available in the Kubuntu Backports PPA of the Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.

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GNU/Linux Laptops for Developers

  • 5 New & Powerful Dell Linux Machines You Can Buy Right Now
    The land of powerful PCs and workstations isn’t barren anymore when we talk about Linux-powered machines; even all of the world’s top 500 supercomputers now run Linux. Dell has joined hands with Canonical Inc. to give Linux-powered machines a push in the market. They have launched five new Canonical-certified workstations running Ubuntu Linux out-of-the-box as a part of the Dell Precision series. An advantage of buying these canonical-certified machines is that the users won’t have to worry about incompatibility with Linux.
  • How to set up a Pixelbook for programming
    The beauty of Chrome OS is that most of the "state" of your system is in the cloud, attached to your Google Account, but if you have any local documents those will be gone. This is because Developer Mode basically destroys the physically secure design of Chrome OS. Now you're in Linux land, and local security is your job, not Google's. Every time you boot up now, you'll have the option to press Space bar and wipe the system again and return to the safety of vanilla Chrome OS. Press Ctrl-D to continue into the unknown.

today's leftovers

Graphics: Intel, Mesa, Wayland and Bosch

  • Intel's Mesa GLSL Shader Cache Is Speeding Up Game Load Times
    At the start of the month the Intel i965 Mesa driver finally landed its on-disk shader cache, months after the GLSL on-disk shader cache originally landed in core Mesa and wired up for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver. While you can't play too many shader-heavy games with current Intel integrated graphics, this GLSL shader cache within Mesa 17.4-dev Git is working well for speeding up load times and does provide some frame-rate benefits in games dynamically loading shaders.
  • Bosch Has Been Developing A 3D Window Manager Using Wayland
    In what appears to be research for potential use within in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, Bosch in conjunction with other organizations has been developing a 3D window manager that's built atop Wayland/Weston. Wayland is already used within automobiles for IVI purposes, etc, but this is the first we're seeing at least publicly of creating a 3D window manager around it. Harsha Manjula Mallikarjun of Bosch has talked about their work in developing a middleware framework for a 3D window manager that is making use of Wayland's Weston library, libweston. The window manager maps client buffers to 3D shapes like cubes and cylinders.
  • MESA_program_binary_formats Added To The OpenGL Registry
    Intel developers have seen their MESA_program_binary_formats extension added to the official OpenGL registry. The extension is really quite simple and just documents the unique format designator to be used by Mesa for ARB_get_program_binary/OES_get_program_binary extensions. Overnight it was merged into the OpenGL Registry.

Software: Nuclide, QEMU, Mailspring, GNOME Calendar and To Do, LibreOffice

  • Nuclide – An Open IDE for Mobile and Web Development
    It wasn’t too long ago that we wrote about an IDE that was developed by adding support for advanced debugging and development functions to Atom text editor to create Atom-IDE. We’ve got another such application for you today and it goes by the name of Nuclide. Nuclide is a free Electron-based IDE created by combining a collection of Atom’s features to provide IDE-like functions for several programming languages and technologies.
  • “Improving the performance of the qcow2 format” at KVM Forum 2017
    I was in Prague last month for the 2017 edition of the KVM Forum. There I gave a talk about some of the work that I’ve been doing this year to improve the qcow2 file format used by QEMU for storing disk images. The focus of my work is to make qcow2 faster and to reduce its memory requirements.
  • QEMU and function keys (follow-up)
    Since I posted my suggestion for QEMU a few weeks ago, I've learned a few things about QEMU. Thanks so much to the folks who contacted me via email to help me out. A brief review of my issue: I like to run FreeDOS in QEMU, on my Linux laptop. QEMU makes it really easy to boot FreeDOS or to test new installations. During our run up to the FreeDOS 1.2 release, I tested every pre-release version by installing under QEMU.
  • Mailspring Email Client is now available as a Snap app
    The Mailspring email client is now available as a Snap application on Ubuntu and other Linux distros. The part-Electron, part C++ mail app works with most major email providers, lets you add multiple accounts, has fast mail searching, and offers some advanced features, like read receipts and quick reply templates.
  • The Road to 3.28: Calendar and To Do
    It’s been a long time with no news. I guess work and masters are really getting in the way… good news is that I’ll finish masters in 2 months, and will have some free time to devote to this beloved project. “Bad” news is that, after almost 6 years, I’ll finally take some time to have a real vacation. I’ll stay 3 weeks out of the loop in February, a time where I’ll be traveling to the other side of the world, watching the sunset at the beach with my wife. Without a computer. While it’s unfortunate to the community, I think this time is necessary for my mental health – I’ve gone way too many times through the almost-burned-out state recently.
    As you’ve no doubt seen, over the last few months we’ve been looking for a LibreOffice mascot. This is just something fun for our community to use, for instance on T-shirts at events, so it doesn’t have to be ultra slick and professional – it isn’t a replacement for the official branding and logos that we use in the software, website and marketing materials. At the start, we asked for your submissions and received over 300 of them – thank you so much to everyone who contributed! Many of them were excellent, but we had to remove quite a few from the following voting round for various reasons (such as potential copyright issues, conflicts with other FOSS projects, and use of the official LibreOffice document logo). If your submission didn’t make it to the voting round, we still really appreciate your input, and we apologies if we didn’t make it clearer why some didn’t get through!