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Chakra 2017.03 "Goedel" released

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We are excited to announce the first Chakra release of 2017, codenamed Goedel, to honor the logician, mathematician and philosopher Kurt Goedel.

The 2017.03 release introduces two noteworthy changes:
- The installer, Calamares, has been updated to version 3.0.1.91. As a result, users are now able to install Chakra on btrfs and LUKS encrypted partitions. Calamares has received lots of partitioning enhancements and bug fixes since our previous ISO release and the installation process should be smoother than ever.

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Leftovers: Software

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GNOME
  • Rambox – A Messaging and Emailing App That Combines 73 Apps Into One

    Rambox is a free messaging and emailing app created using Electron which is composed of various popular web applications to provide users with the ability to add as many web services as are supported in the same place and to use multiple accounts by way of duplicate apps.

  • digiKam 5.5.0 is released

    Following the 5th release 5.4.0 published in January 2017, the digiKam team is proud to announce the new release 5.5.0 of digiKam Software Collection. As 5.4.0, this version introduces again several improvements in database interface.

    This time, Mario Frank has significantly improved the threads management done in background to prevent an overload of the computer under intensive workload by batch processing of items. The maintenance now does not generate massive amounts of threads anymore. Instead, we use a queue based approach to level the load on the CPUs more appropriately. This should improve the re-activeness during maintenance.

  • KDE digiKam 5.5.0 Released

    Open-source photographers can now enjoy digiKam 5.5 as the latest version of this high-quality free software photo manager application.

  • Flatpak 0.8.4 Continues Backporting of Features to Make OpenGL Support Work Well

    Alex Larsson from the Flatpak project, an open-source initiative to offer a universal binary format for all GNU/Linux distributions, announced the availability of Flatpak 0.8.4.

    Coming about three weeks after the release of Flatpak 0.8.4, this update includes fixes for various crashes reported by users since Flatpak 0.8.3 or a previous version, as well as documentation improvements. It also addresses the xauth propagation, which some users reported broken.

  • GNOME Wayland Gets Last Minute Drag-n-Drop Improvements

    GNOME's Mutter is getting ready for next week's planned GNOME 3.24.0 debut by overnight releasing Mutter 3.23.92.

KDE Frameworks 5.32.0 Released with Syntax Highlighting Improvements, More

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The KDE project announced this past weekend the availability of the KDE Frameworks 5.32.0 monthly maintenance update for users of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Okular table selection mode is amazing

    Okular has a amazing table select mode where you select an area and Okular will auto detect rows and columns on it (you can fine-tune it afterwards) and then you can directly copy&paste to a spreadsheet Smile

  • Meteo Qt Is A Nice Qt5 Weather Tray Application

    The application is based on Python 3 and Qt 5, and while it is aimed at Qt-based desktops (like KDE Plasma or LXQt), it works pretty well on GTK-based desktops as well (either as a tray or as an AppIndicator).

  • Season of KDE, 2017

    Finally I am writing about my experience in Season of KDE, 2017 which came to an end a few days ago. A winter learning new things, learning what really matters is not just writing code but writing good code. I would like to thank GCompris and KDE for giving me such an opportunity to be a part of the community and to try to bring happiness to people and kids using it around the world.

  • Vault - for the privacy of your data

    While the recent revelations are not all that surprising, they did stir the pot a bit and made people at least a tad more aware of the problems of personal privacy in the modern age.

  • Virtual Keyboard on Lock Screen

    As part of our efforts to improve out of box experience for touch screens I’m pleased to announce that Plasma 5.10 will provide integration for virtual keyboard.

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 22-Throw back time)
  • Provisioning OpenStreetMap providers in QtLocation

    This post is to provide some clarification on a behavioral change we had to introduce with Qt 5.6.2 to the QtLocation‘s OpenStreetMap plug-in. The related change seems to have generated some confusion, so here’s the full story.

  • Kdenlive 16.12.3 Out, Promises to Crash Less Often

    A new bug fix release of the open-source, non-linear video editor Kdenlive is now available to download. Kdenlive 16.12.3 is the last release in the 16.12.x series. It brings a handful of important improvements to the table. Numerous causes of crashes have been fixed, as has the ‘overnight render bug‘ that affected rendering jobs that eked past midnight.

  • Does Anyone Else Remember the KDE Bouncy Ball?

    That little red ball was a KDE widget that could be added to the desktop. A quick flick of the moue is all it took to send the ball ricochetting off the bounds of your desktop workspace, boinging and banging, from top to bottom, side to side, over and over, until it slowly expended all its energy and jogged to a slow halt.

    [...]

    At the time this widget was around desktop widgets were the “in thing”.

    Every one seemed to be offering them: Google Desktop; Yahoo Widgets, Windows Gadgets, Apple’s Dashboard and gDesk lets, aDesklets, Screenlets and KDE Plasma widgets on Linux.

  • Fear not, OMG! Ubuntu! You will bounce again!

    Intrepid journalist Joey Sneddon over at OMG! Ubuntu! recently pointed out to us that Plasma 5 is currently not doing so well when it comes to serving an important user demographic - bored cats!

KDE Plasma 5.10 Desktop Environment to Ship with Virtual Keyboard on Lock Screen

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KDE developer Martin Gräßlin published an interesting article on his personal blog to inform the Linux and KDE community about some of the exciting new features coming to the KDE Plasma 5.10 desktop environment later this spring.

The development of KDE Plasma 5.10 is ongoing, and it looks like a Beta release is scheduled for the beginning of the second week of May, on the 11th, when early adopters will be able to get a taste of its upcoming features, including the Folder View mode, which we detailed a couple of weeks ago right here on Softpedia Linux.

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Also: KDE Ships KDE Applications 16.12.3

KDE Applications 16.12.3 Is the Last in the Series, 17.04 Launches on April 20

Kdenlive 16.12.3 is out

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The last release of the 16.12 branch brings a few, but important improvements, like fixing a couple of crashes and avoiding a possible corruption as well as a overnight render bug along with other minor stability improvements. All in all 16.12 was a great release and the best is still to come.

We continue our focused effort in the timeline refactoring which will bring professional grade tools, stay tuned for more info on that soon!

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Chakra's Heritage theme gets a refreshing facelift

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We are excited to introduce a refreshed version of our homegrown Heritage theme which will ship with the upcoming ISO release! In this update we have included subtle changes that we hope will improve the overall desktop experience for Chakra users.

As always, current Chakra users simply need to update their existing installations to receive the latest changes, there is no need to reinstall with the new ISO which will be released very soon. Just wait until your mirror has synchronized so you can upgrade to chakra-heritage-themes 2016.12.

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Kubuntu 17.04, KDE Plasma 5.9 and KDE Plasma 5.10

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  • Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Is Shipping with KDE Plasma 5.9 and Folder View Mode

    Clive Johnston from the Kubuntu team announced recently that the latest KDE Plasma 5.9.3 desktop environment landed in the software repositories of the upcoming Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.

    Until a few days ago, the KDE Plasma 5.9.3 packages were lying in the "proposed" repos of Kubuntu 17.04, but they were finally pushed to the main channel for early adopters to be able to update their installations. KDE Plasma 5.9.3 is the third maintenance update to the short-lived KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment.

  • What’s up for 5.10?

    A feature I teasered in my last blog post is media controls on the lock screen. The patch has now landed and will be part of the next Plasma release, 5.10, to be released end of May.

  • Some Of The Changes Coming To KDE Plasma 5.10

    KDE developer Kai Uwe has provided a look at some of the new features coming for Plasma 5.10, including some screenshots.

    Some of the changes coming to KDE Plasma 5.10 include media controls being added to the lock screen, PowerDevil power management can now pause media players automatically before sleeping a computer, file manager jump list actions have been improved, the folder view will be the default desktop containment, improvements to the folder view, interactive notification previews, context menu enhancements, and more.

Interviewing Thomas Pfeiffer, member of the Board of Directors of KDE e.V.

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Interviews

We asked Thomas Pfeiffer (member of the Board of Directors of KDE e.V.) some questions about the KDE Community ongoing projects and future plans.

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Also: KDevelop 5.0.4 Open-Source IDE Released with over 60 Improvements and Bug Fixes

Maui 17.03 "Cuba Libre" Linux OS Has KDE Plasma 5.9.3, Qt 5.7.1 & Calamares 3.1

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Linux

The Ubuntu-based Maui operating system has been updated this weekend to the 17.03 version, a major release that appears to add many of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source applications.

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Android Leftovers

Server: Data Centres, Google, SDN, Amazon, and Microsoft

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  • Google's AlphaGo AI is about to face off against the world's best Go player

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