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Here’s KDE Neon 5.13.5 : Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Uses KDE Plasma 5.13.5

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KDE Neon 5.13.5 is the latest stable release of KDE neon 5 based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver and powered by Linux Kernel 4.15 series. Features KDE Plasma 5.13.5 desktop environment, which brings numerous enhancements and new features.

As default desktop KDE neon 5.13.5, latest KDE plasma 5.13 offering new features called browser integration, which Firefox/Chrome/Chromium users can install the corresponding plugin from their browser app store to ensure that any downloads appear as a notification on the desktop. The Media Controls Plasmoid (widget) also allows user to mute and skip videos when playing in the browser, although this isn’t especially convenient compared to accessing the video controls in the browser itself.

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Krita, KDE Contributions, Debian Contributions and Debian Leftovers

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  • [Krita] Interview with João Garcia

    My name is João Garcia and I’m an illustrator hailing from Brazil, more specifically, from the city of Florianópolis in the southern part of the country. I graduated in Design in the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina with a focus on illustration and animation.

  • [Krita] Updated Vote Tally!

    This week, we also plan to bring out a preview release of Krita 4.2. We don’t have everything in that we want to yet — like the updated resource handling, but there’s already plenty to play with!

  • FOSS Contributions Log: August/September 2018

    This post will be related not only to the last month (September), but I have decided to include my experiences from August as well. In the last month, I was very occupied with some assignments from the university after the two week travel that I had in August for Akademy and ERBASE (which is a congress that I had presented a paper). I am in the end of this semester in the university, so I am anxious for my vacations to code more in the projects that I contribute to.

    Well, following this brief comment about Akademy, I will start talking about what I have done in KDE in the weeks of August/September. I am still working in that RAID patch on KDE Partition Manager, where I still got some problems with device mapping and udev. The RAID arrays are not been mapped as I expected. Also there are some bugs related to partition creation inside of RAID and another one related to udev, that is keeping the device busy, which will raise some errors when you try to do any disk operation.

  • My Open Source Contributions Week in Review, Debian sponsor needed!

    It has been a busy week!

    My significant accomplishment this week is the packaging of squashfuse for Debian.

    This is required for libappimage, which is next on my to-do list.

    I have uploaded it to mentors here:

    I do have a mentor/sponsor, but under the KDE umbrella ( Thank you lisandro! ),

    he is very busy and I would like to give him a break on this one.

    If anyone has some spare time to give this a look, thank you!

  • Paul Wise: FLOSS Activities September 2018
  • Chris Lamb: Free software activities in September 2018
  • Debian Developers Weighed The Idea Of Not Allowing Q&A Sessions At Their Conference

    Debian developers have been discussing what to many seems like a rather unorthodox idea of not allowing questions/answers following presentations at their annual DebConf conference. This idea of banning questions and answers follows a policy by a Python conference that forbids questions/answers following presentations and is meant to help ease newcomers.

    Debian developers have largely rejected this idea of not allowing Q&A periods following presentations at DebConf considering this annual gathering of developers/contributors is about collaboration and fostering new ideas for this leading Linux distribution. The idea though was brought up by Debian Project Leader Chris Lamb who initiated the discussion over this idea after seeing the PyCascades Python conference has explicitly banned question and answer sessions following presentations at their conference.

  • Calibre and rar support – again

    Rar support is necessary in the case that the eBook uses rar as compression, which happens quite often in comic books (cbr extension). Calibre 3 has split out rar support into a dynamically loaded module, so what needs to be done is packaging it. I have prepared a package for the Python library unrardll which allows Calibre to read rar-compressed ebooks, but it depends on the unrar shared library, which unfortunately is not built in Debian. I have sent a patch to fix this to the maintainer, see bug 720051, but without reaction from the maintainer.

    This has passed now the time-frame of a year, so I have decided to “salvage” unrar-nonfree. Package salvaging has been recently introduced into the Debian ecosystem to step in between leaving the package in dire state and the full MIA process...

KDE: Usability & Productivity and KDE Itinerary

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  • KDE Plasma 5.15 Likely To Improve The Login Screen

    The KDE developers remain very busy improving their desktop environment.

    KDE contributor Nate Graham continues doing a splendid job summarizing the weekly improvements heading into the KDE desktop stack.

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 38

    Get ready for your weekly load of Usability & Productivity! We’re all working to push Plasma 5.14 out the door, and have already starting work on 5.15. One thing I am personally looking into is improving the visuals of the login screen. As you may recall, for 5.13 we re-did the lock and login screens. The lock screen changes have been very well received, but feedback for got login screen has been more mixed, with many complaining about the (almost) permanently blurred background being a visual regression, since the background image is no longer as clear as it was before.

    We’ve heard the feedback and I’m working on the issue. I hope to have a tweaked version ready for Plasma 5.15 that addresses this complaint. You can follow the progress here.

  • August/September in KDE Itinerary

    Since KDE Itinerary was first presented to a wider audience at Akademy 2018 a lot has happened. Here are the most important changes from the past two month, in KDE Itinerary and the underlying frameworks.Since KDE Itinerary was first presented to a wider audience at Akademy 2018 a lot has happened. Here are the most important changes from the past two month, in KDE Itinerary and the underlying frameworks.

Netrunner Builds on KDE for a Unique Linux Spin

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Most every Linux distribution is based on another one. Many are based on Ubuntu or Debian, some are based on Fedora, while others are based on Arch Linux. And, even when a distribution offers different types of releases (stable vs. rolling, or various available desktops), they are generally based on the same base platform.

Netrunner, however, takes a slightly different approach. If that name sounds slightly familiar, you might remember the Collectable Card Game from the 1990s that pitted two players against each other -- one playing a corporation and one playing a hacker attempting to break into the corporation’s network. There is no indication that Blue Systems (the company supporting Netrunner) named the OS after the game, but it’s a great launching point for yet another Linux distribution.

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KDE: Monthly Munchen KDE Hackaton, Krita 4.1.3 Released, Nate Graham on Linux Unplugged

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  • Monthly Munchen KDE Hackaton

    The idea is not to hack in complex applications for now, but to integrate wannabe KDE hackers into actually being KDE hackers, so I’ll focus on small tasks at first untill we have a solid base here the same way I did when I joined KDE and had those sessions with Sandro Andrade at the Universities Ruy Barbosa. Also, my german language skills are really weak, I’m also trying to learn some german here and I belive this is a good way to meet people.

  • Krita 4.1.3 Released

    Today we’re releasing the latest version of Krita! In the middle of our 2018 fundraiser campaign, we’ve found the time to prepare Krita 4.1.3. There are about a hundred fixes, so it’s a pretty important release and we urge everyone to update! Please join the 2018 fundraiser as well, so we can continue to fix bugs!

  • Interview on Linux Unplugged podcast

    A few days ago Jupiter Broadcasting’s Chris Fisher approached me about doing an interview for his Linux Unplugged podcast, so I said sure! I talked about the Usability & Productivity initiative, Kubuntu and KDE Neon, my history at Apple, and sustainable funding models for open-source development.

  • Elementary, My Dear Plasma

    We chat with Nate Graham who’s pushing to make Plasma the best desktop on the planet. We discuss his contributions to this effort, and others.

A First Timer Review of KDE neon Operating System

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KDE neon is a stable OS that is pretty, useful, easy to learn and teach, integrated, but powerful when needed, with the latest KDE Software Compilation. Stable, as you can see it's the official OS of the modern KDE Slimbook Laptop and as one of the basis of Plasma Mobile OS; while at the same time based on a stable Ubuntu LTS version. It's also lightweight! Pretty, as you can see it uses Plasma desktop with all its benefits for you. Easy, as it's consistent and modular, easily used while unchanged and powerful if you want customization. Integrated, as it connects to your phone in both ways to easily transfer files and control each other. Plus, its desktop integration is fun either for searching or running programs thanks to KDE features.

It has a benefit Kubuntu doesn't have: latest KDE without waiting the next release! It also has benefit over other distros with perhaps rolling KDE version: it's based on Ubuntu, an easy OS you all are familiar with. What are you waiting for? If you love KDE or simply want to test it, KDE neon is the right OS for you. You can try it in LiveCD first or simply install once and use forever. Happy running!

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KDE: Bugs Site, KDE neon, Qt Quick

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    I’d like to share some welcome changes that we’ve recently made to, KDE’s venerable bug tracker. Improving our bug submission process was one of the ideas I submitted to KDE’s 2017 goal setting initiative, and while it wasn’t formally chosen the way the Usability & Productivity goal was, people seemed to think that it was worthwhile to do anyway. The overall task tracking this effort is

  • Cisco Confirms 88 Products Vulnerable to FragmentStack Bug, KDE neon Rebased on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, GNOME 3.30.1 Released, Rust Announces Version 1.29.1 and Mozilla Launches Firefox Monitor

    The KDE neon team announces the rebase of its packages onto Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" and encourages users to upgrade now. You also can download a clean installation from here.

  • Efficient custom shapes in Qt Quick

    QtQuick includes basic visual item to construct many common user-interface components, but people often ask how to create different visual appearances, beyond rectangles, round-rectangles and images. There’s various solutions to this problem, and with Qt 5.10, there’s the new Shapes module which makes it easy to define paths, ellipses and other standard SVG drawing elements.

  • KDE Bugsquad – Kickoff with Krita! – Part 2 on October 2nd, 2018

    Thank you everyone who participated in the first Bugsquad event! We saw the team page on Phabricator double in membership, and had seven people contribute triaging bugs. Thank you xyquadrat, emmet, spaliwal, eoinoneill, and jtamate! Many of them continued triaging past their assigned blocks, knocking out the majority of the bugs. Absolute rockstars!

KDE: Roman Gilg on Wayland, QtCon Brazil 2018 and KDE neon

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  • The State Of Wayland Support For KDE Plasma 5.14

    KDE developer Roman Gilg has shared the current state of Wayland support for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.14 release as well as an outlook to improvements on the horizon.

    The latest code in the works (awaiting review) has support for drag and drop between native Wayland clients and XWayland clients. Pointer locking and confinement has been merged for Plasma 5.14. There are also input handling improvements and other work.

  • Announcing QtCon Brazil 2018

    We are happy to announce that the 2nd edition of the first Qt conference in America Latina (QtCon Brazil 2018) is gonna happen from 8th to 11th November, in São Paulo. The first edition of QtCon Brazil happened last year, also in São Paulo, and brought together 180 participants from universities, government institutions, and companies acting in the fields of IT services, simulation, medicine and biology, physics, embedded systems, mobile systems, and web services, just to mention a few. It was very revealing to see how much work has been built on top of Qt lately in Brazil. As a indirect result, the "Qt Brasil" telegram group — created during QtCon Brasil 2017 — has currently 320 participants, engaged in a number of daily discussions about all things related to Qt.

  • KDE neon GNU/Linux Distribution Is Now Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)

    KDE neon project leader Jonathan Riddell announced today that the Linux-based operating system is now officially based on the latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series.

    Built on top of an Ubuntu base and using the latest KDE technologies, the KDE neon operating system offers Linux users quick and trustworthy access to the most recent KDE Plasma desktop environment releases on their personal computers while being powered by up-to-date packages from latest Ubuntu releases.

    Using modern DevOps techniques to automatically build, test, and deploy its packages, KDE neon follows a rolling release model where the user installs once and receives updates forever. However, from time to time, the KDE neon developers rebased the entire OS on newer Ubuntu LTS releases, and now they are proud to announce that the latest KDE neon images are based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

KDE Plasma 5.12.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with 65 Changes, Update Now

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The KDE Plasma 5.12.7 point release comes three months after the KDE Plasma 5.12.6 maintenance update to improve the stability and reliability of the KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment. Updated components include the Plasma Discover package manager, Plasma Desktop, Plasma Workspace, System Settings, KWin, KScreenlocker, KScreen, Plasma Addons, Info Center, and Breeze GTK theme.

Highlights include better support for LibreOffice's scrollbars in the Breeze GTK theme, update notification improvements in Plasma Discover, improved file indexer monitor in Info Center, support for scaling the appearance of the preview widget twice in KScreen, better keyboard navigation of Kicker search results, and the ability for KWin to avoid global static for effects.

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KDE neon Rebased on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver"

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KDE neon is a project to deliver KDE's wonderful suite of software quickly. We use modern DevOps techniques to automatically build, QA and deploy our packages. We work directly with the KDE community rather than staying far away in a separate project.

Our packages are built on the latest Ubuntu LTS edition and today we have moved to their new 18.04 release. This means our users can get newer drivers and third party packages. There is an upgrade process from the previous 16.04 LTS base which we have spent the last few months writing and running QA on to ensure it runs smoothly.

We have three editions for different use cases. A user edition for those wanting to use the latest released KDE software updated daily but only released when it passes QA tests. And two developer editions built from unstable and beta Git branches without QA checks for those wanting to test or develop our forthcoming software.

You can use our output via the .deb package archive, installable ISOs and Docker images. We also have work-in-progress Snap packages which we can put more development effort into now that we have rebased on 18.04.

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Also: KDE Neon Rebased To Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Now Official

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  • How an affordable open source eye tracker is helping thousands communicate
    In 2015, while sat in a meeting at his full-time job, Julius Sweetland posted to Reddit about a project he had quietly been working on for years, that would help people with motor neurone disease communicate using just their eyes and an application. He forgot about the post for a couple of hours before friends messaged him to say he'd made the front page. Now three years on Optikey, the open source eye-tracking communication tool, is being used by thousands of people, largely through word of mouth recommendations. Sweetland was speaking at GitHub Universe at the Palace of Fine Art in San Francisco, and he took some time to speak with Techworld about the project. [...] Originally, Sweetland's exposure to open source had largely been through the consumption of tools such as the GIMP. "I knew of the concept, I didn't really know how the nuts and bolts worked, I was always a little blase about how do you make money from something like that... but flipping it around again I'm still coming from the point of view that there's no money in my product, so I still don't understand how people make money in open source...
  • Fission open source serverless framework gets updated
    Platform9 just released updates to - the open source, Kubernetes-native Serverless framework, with new features enabling developers and IT Operations to improve the quality and reliability of serverless applications. Other new features include Automated Canary Deployments to reduce the risk of failed releases, Prometheus integration for automated monitoring and alerts, and fine-grained cost and performance optimization capabilities. With this latest release, Fission offers the most complete set of features to allow Dev and Ops teams to safely adopt Serverless and benefit from the speed, cost savings and scalability of this cloud native development pattern on any environment - either in the public cloud or on-premises.
  • Alphabet’s DeepMind open-sources key building blocks from its AI projects
  • United States: It's Ten O'Clock: Do You Know Where Your Software Developers Are? [Ed: Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP are liars. Dana Hustins says FSF "purport to convert others' proprietary software into open source software" in there. They paint GPL as a conspiracy of some kind to entrap proprietary s/w developers.]
  • Transatomic Power To Open Source IP Regarding Advanced Molten Salt Reactors [Ed: There's no such thing as "IP", Duane Morris LLP. There are copyrights, trademarks, patents etc. and Transatomic basically made code free.]
  • Code Review--an Excerpt from VM Brasseur's New Book Forge Your Future with Open Source
    Even new programmers can provide a lot of value with their code reviews. You don't have to be a Rockstar Ninja 10x Unicorn Diva programmer with years and years of experience to have valuable insights. In fact, you don't even have to be a programmer at all. You just have to be knowledgable enough to spot patterns. While you won't be able to do a complete review without programming knowledge, you may still spot things that could use some work or clarification. If you're not a Rockstar Ninja 10x Unicorn Diva programmer, not only is your code review feedback still valuable, but you can also learn a great deal in the process: Code layout, programming style, domain knowledge, best practices, neat little programming tricks you'd not have seen otherwise, and sometimes antipatterns (or "how not to do things"). So don't let the fact that you're unfamiliar with the code, the project, or the language hold you back from reviewing code contributions. Give it a go and see what there is to learn and discover.

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