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Kubuntu Artful Aardvark (17.10) Alpha 2

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Artful Aardvark (17.10) Alpha 2 images are now available for testing.

The Kubuntu team will be releasing 17.10 in October.

This is the first spin in preparation for the Alpha 2 pre-release. Kubuntu Alpha pre-releases are NOT recommended for:

Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
Anyone who needs a stable system
Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

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Also: Lubuntu Artful Aardvark Alpha 2 has been released!

Ubuntu Flavors Roll Out Their Artful 17.10 Alpha 2 Releases

Akademy and KDE Leftovers

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  • Akademy 2017 -- Day 2

    Sunday was busy day and the talks were as varied as the speakers.

    Antonio Larrosa kicked off the morning with his talk on The KDE Community and its Ecosystem. He expressed concern about what he perceived as an increase in the isolation of certain communities and laid out the advantages of working on intra-community relationships.

    Later on in the day, Kevin Ottens gave his audience a taste of what Qt's 3D API can do in his talk Advances in Qt 3D. There are more and more applications that rely on 3D everyday, especially with the increase in popularity of virtual reality. Ottens introduced the tools Qt developers looking to include 3D into their programs and even treated attendees to a preview of a feature that is still in the works and that helps manage shader code.

  • Tuesday Akademy Wrapup Session

    The second day of Akademy BoFs, group sessions and hacking has just finished. There is a wrapup session at the end so that what happened in the different rooms can be shared with everyone including those not present.

  • Wednesday Akademy BoF wrapup

    Wednesday is the third and for many people last day of BoFs, as people start to head off home. However hacking and some smaller meetings will happen tomorrow between those still here

  • KDE Developers Envision KDE Plasma as a Durable, Usable, and Elegant Desktop UI

    KDE developer Sebastian Kügler today shared the project's vision on the KDE Plasma desktop environment, and what they are aiming for in the coming months and years.

    We all know that KDE Plasma transformed lately into a powerful, modern, and not so resource hungry desktop environment, and it's currently being used by default in many popular GNU/Linux distributions, including openSUSE Leap, Chakra GNU/Linux, and KaOS.

KDE: Plasma, Qt, Akademy, KStars 2.8.0, KDevelop

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Plasma's Vision

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Over the past weeks, KDE’s Plasma team have distilled the reasons why they do what they do, and what they want to achieve into a vision statement.

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KDE/Qt: Akademy Awards, Plasma Mobile, KDE Slimbook, clazy 1.2 and WikiToLearn

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  • Akademy Awards 2017

    Every year at Akademy we celebrate some of our hardest working achievers in the community. The prizes are selected and awarded by the previous year's winners.

  • Plasma Mobile on Show at Akademy 2017

    Plasma Mobile, the convergent KDE smartphone OS, is on show at the annual Akademy summit for KDE developers and enthusiasts.

  • KDE Slimbook and FreeBSD

    Yesterday I picked up my new KDE Slimbook. It comes with KDE Neon pre-installed. Of course it also works well with openSUSE, and Manjaro, and Netrunner Linux (some things I’ve at least booted the Live CD for). But for me, “will it run FreeBSD” is actually the most important bit.

    Yes. Yes it does, and it does so beautifully.

  • clazy 1.2 released

    In the previous episode we presented how to uncover 32 Qt best practices at compile time with clazy. Today it’s time to show 5 more and other new goodies present in the freshly released clazy v1.2.

  • KDAB Releases Clazy 1.2 With Improvements For Qt Static Analysis

    With Akademy 2017 happening this week, Qt consulting firm KDAB has released version 1.2 of Clazy, its Clang-based static analyzer geared for showing Qt coding mistakes and inefficiencies.

    Clazy 1.2 picks up support for a number of new checks, clazy-standalone that works similarly to clang-tidy, support for the AST Matchers API, pre-built Windows binaries, and other improvements.

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 24-Badges and books)

    We never forget where we belong: that’s why we remind you that during this week Akademy2017 is taking place in Almeria! Akademy is the annual conference of the KDE community. WikiToLearn was born under the KDE umbrella and still today we fell part of the KDE family. This year WikiToLearn is represented at Akademy by Vasudha, a GSoC student of ours working on Ruqola. Today we remember Akademy with extreme pleasure: two years ago, during Akademy2015 our project was officially born!

GSoC/KDE Developments

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  • Fifth Blog Gsoc 2017

    The last month was not easy. Some things had to be re-written because they were not very well written. For example, I wrote a system of “sensors”, the logic of which was laid in the destructors of objects. This is a non-obvious logic of work, it had to be rewritten.

  • Polkit Support in KIO - Progess so far

    In this post I intend to report the whereabouts of my project. First of all me not posting any updates about my project was due to two problems that showed up when I was two weeks into the coding period. One, which I had anticipated, was to decide from where to show a warning dialog during the brief period of time when privileges are elevated. The problem was that showing the prompt from KIO::Slave resulted in repetition and to show it from KIO::JobUiDelegate permissions of destination folder was needed beforehand which required additional computation. So for this I decided to add a signal in KIO::Slave and all the necessary code for additional prompts in KIO::Job. This way the KIO slave emits the signal whenever it encounters ACCESS DENIED error and then job decides whether or not to show the prompt. The other problem was to figure out how to modify files created by a privileged process by an underprivileged one. By the way the latter was completely uncalled-for and it took me around two weeks to decide on a solution. To send data between processes I tried every possible IPC mechanism involving shared memory, pipes and sockets. At last I decided on sharing file descriptor between the privileged and under-privileged process and to accomplish that I used Unix local domain sockets.

  • Preview: Multi-Cursor support in the Kate Text Editor

    It allows you to have an arbitrary amount of cursors and selections in KTextEditor. They all mirror what you do with the primary one — text input, text removal, navigation, text selection, …

KDE's Plasma 5.10.4 in Chakra GNU/Linux

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KDE: KDE Slimbook, Akademy, and GSoC

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  • Yesterday I picked up my new KDE Slimbook from the Slimbook.es stand at Akademy.

    First thing I did, of course, was boot it with my FreeBSD 11.0 SD card, to see if it works with my favorite operating system (with Plasma 5 desktop, of course). Nope: 11.0 hangs after finding acpi_ec0, so I will write about that later this week.

    Second thing I did was boot KDE Neon (pre-installed) on it, to see how it works out-of-the-box. I collected a bunch of tiny-little-irritations, papercuts if you will, from the basic installation — which have disappeared after an update and reboot.

  • Akademy 2017 -- Day 1

    During the first day at the Akademy, everything went according to plan and nearly everything was on time. Kudos to the organisers.

    The weather was balmy at the beginning of the day and, although Aleix Pol said it was not hotter than a hot day in Barcelona, many of the Scandinavian and Scottish attendees were visibly wilting under the sun. Fortunately for them, the venue is equipped with air-conditioning.

    Little known fact about Almería: it is situated in the biggest desert in Europe, the Desert of Tabernas. A better known fact is that that same desert has been used as a location for many spaghetti westerns, including the seminal Sergio Leone movies "For A Fistful of Dollars" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". What is more interesting for some KDE members is that Tabernas has also been used in the filming of at least one Doctor Who episode ("A Town Called Mercy"). Unsurprisingly, the whovians amongst us quickly got busy and organised a trip to the place of the shoot for later in the week.

  • Akademy-es 2017 Fue Muy Bien

    On the 20th and 21st of July, KDE España held, with the invaluable help of UNIA, HackLab Almería and the University of Almería, and with the sponsorship of Opentia, its 12th annual gathering: Akademy-es 2017.

    As it always happens when Akademy takes place in Spain, Akademy-es 2017 became a prelude of the international event and many well-known KDE developers attended.

    Throughout two days, talks were offered covering many different topics, including Plasma, programming (C++, Qt, mobile), exciting projects like Kirigami, proposals for the future such as KDE on automobile, encouragement to use KDE software and contribute to KDE, and information about KDE España.

  • GSoC’17-Week #5

    In Krita, we cannot delete the bundle created just like that. The Bundles created are saved as the KisResource in a QList. We have to remove it from that list, then obviously, we have to remove it from the list widget where this bundle is shown. Then we have to BlackList the file. Then from there, we can remove the blacklisted bundles as we empty a recycle bin Wink.

KDE: Krita 3.2.0 Beta 2, Akademy 2017

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  • Krita 3.2.0: Second Beta Available

    We’re releasing the second beta for Krita 3.2.0 today! These beta builds contain the following fixes, compared to the first 3.2.0 beta release. Keep in mind that this is a beta: you’re supposed to help the development team out by testing it, and reporting issues on bugs.kde.org.

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  • KDE Arrives in Almería for Akademy 2017

    We have travelled from across the globe to meet for our annual gathering where we plan and discuss the next year's activities creating free software to share with the world. Almería is in the south east of Spain, a country which has long been a supporter of free software and collaboration with its creators. The sun here is hot but the water is also warm for those who make it to the beach to discuss their work with a pina colada and a swim. Over the last year KDE has run conferences in Brazil, India, Spain, Germany and sprints in Randa in Switzerland, Krita in the Netherlands, Marble in Germany, GSoC in the US, WikiToLearn in India, Plasma in Germany, Kontact in France, and sent representatives to OSCAL in Albania, FOSSASIA in Singapore, FUDCON in Cambodia, HKOSCon in Hong Kong and more.

  • Guest Post: Retired From KDE, by Paul Adams

    Long time no see, huh? Yes, I neglected my blog and as such didn't post anything since Akademy 2014... Interestingly this is the last one where my dear Paul Adams held a famous talk. 

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    During my PhD I was studying Free Software community productivity metrics. I was also working on research into software quality funded by the European Commission. KDE eV (the governance body1 for KDE) was also taking part in that project. At this time KDE was almost ready to release KDE 4. It was an exciting time to get involved.

KDE Applications 17.08 Software Suite Enters Beta, Will Launch on August 17

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One week passed since the dependency freeze stage took place for the upcoming KDE Applications 17.08 software suite, which means that today we can download and test drive the Beta milestone.

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I'm back to my usual Sunday release schedule, and rc2 is out there in all the normal places. This was a fairly usual rc2, with a very quiet beginning of the week, and then most changes came in on Friday afternoon and Saturday (with the last few ones showing up Sunday morning). Normally I tend to dislike how that pushes most of my work into the weekend, but this time I took advantage of it, spending the quiet part of last week diving instead. Anyway, the only unusual thing worth noting here is that the security subsystem pull request that came in during the merge window got rejected due to problems, and so rc2 ends up with most of that security pull having been merged in independent pieces instead. Read more Also: Linux 4.14-rc2 Kernel Released

Manjaro Linux Phasing out i686 (32bit) Support

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Korora 26 'Bloat' Fedora-based Linux distro available for download -- now 64-bit only

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BackSlash Linux Olaf

While using BackSlash, I had two serious concerns. The first was with desktop performance. The Plasma-based desktop was not as responsive as I'm used to, in either test environment. Often times disabling effects or file indexing will improve the situation, but the desktop still lagged a bit for me. My other issue was the program crashes I experienced. The Discover software manager crashed on me several times, WPS crashed on start-up the first time on both machines, I lost the settings panel once along with my changes in progress. These problems make me think BackSlash's design may be appealing to newcomers, but I have concerns with the environment's stability. Down the road, once the developers have a chance to iron out some issues and polish the interface, I think BackSlash might do well targeting former macOS users, much the same way Zorin OS tries to appeal to former Windows users. But first, I think the distribution needs to stabilize a bit and squash lingering stability bugs. Read more