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KDE Ships Release Candidate of KDE Applications 15.12

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December 3, 2015. Today KDE released the release candidate of the new versions of KDE Applications. With dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing.

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A KDE loyalist tries Gnome

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I have been a Plasma user since 2011, when Ubuntu switched away from Gnome to Unity. Prior to that, since 2005, I had been a Gnome user. The transition from Gnome to Plasma was interesting because Gnome didn’t offer much customization and Plasma (it was called KDE back then) was all about customization.

Back in those days both Gnome and Unity were kind of half baked and KDE 4.x was fully mature. I loved it. I kept dipping my toes in the waters of Gnome and Unity while KDE moved from 4.x series to Plasma. Then with the recent openSUSE Tumbleweed, I decided to give Gnome 3.18 a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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KDE vs GNOME vs XFCE Desktop

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GNOME

Over many years, many people spent a long time with Linux desktop using either KDE or GNOME. These two environments have grown through the previous years and each of these desktops continued to expand their current user-base. For example, sleeper desktop environment has been XFCE as XFCE offers more robustness than LXDE that lacks much of XFCE’s polish in the default configuration. The XFCE provides all benefits which users enjoyed in the GNOME 2, but with some lightweight experiences which made it a hit on the older computers.

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qBittorrent 3.3 Open Source BitTorrent Client Released, Finally Switches to Qt 5

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OSS

The developers of the open-source and cross-platform qBittorrent torrent downloader software were extremely happy to announce the release of qBittorrent 3.3, the next major version of the project.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Br-Print3D inside KDE:FINALLY

    Well, after a few issues, i finally push the Br-Print3D code to the git on KDE Playground.

  • Kubuntu: Ubuntu: The vote for UCC is in. I won?!?!
  • Kubuntu: KDE: Munich Hackathon KDE CI work and Kubuntu workflow
  • Going Wild With Animation

    We knew the animation plugin was something artists all over the world were really waiting for… What we hadn’t expected was the flood of cool little animations that suddenly appeared everywhere! Let’s take a look at a selection of them! And in another way, the release also helped find some issues. First: if onion skinning doesn’t work for you, check that you’re not trying to onion skin a completely opaque layer. Yes — white is also opaque! The best setup: create a white background layer, but paint on a transparent layer above that. That’s Krita’s default setup in any case. For some people with some combinations of graphics cards and drivers, the Instant Preview doesn’t work. There’s not much we can do about that, but we do need your reports! And finally, a couple of real bugs surfaced, and we’ll look at that next.

  • KTorrent KF5 port
  • KTorrent Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

    It's been a year and a half since the original KDE Frameworks 5 release and more KDE applications continue to be ported over to this modern framework alongside Qt5. The latest to be ported over is KTorrent.

  • Qt Creator 3.6 Up to RC State, Brings Lots of Goodness for Qt Developers

    On Thanksgiving Day, Eike Ziller of Qt writes about the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Qt Creator open-source and cross-platform IDE (Integrated Development Environment) designed for the needs of Qt developers.

KDE Plasma Screen Configuration Is Working On Wayland

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Sebastian Kügler's latest KDE Wayland work has led him to discover that KScreen is now working on Wayland.

Using KScreen for screen/monitor configuration with KDE Plasma on Wayland-based environments should now "just work" and is a step towards having suitable KDE Wayland multi-screen support.

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KDE Plasma 5.5

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  • KDE Plasma 5.5 Windows 8 Metro-Inspired Theme Looks Interesting

    KDE developer Kai Uwe has just published a lengthy article where he talks about developing a Windows 8-inspired theme for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment.

  • KDE Developer Working On Windows 8 Inspired Look

    Kai Uwe has been working on some experimental hacks to resemble Windows 8, although Microsoft's default interface has changed with Windows 10. He's calling this work "U-Bahn" (the German equivalent of a Metro subsystem system) in reference to Microsoft at the time calling it Metro. This was just some brief hacking and he's not planning to see this U-Bahn project through to the end.

  • Pursuing Awesomeness

    While applets can be installed through “Get Hot New Stuff” and distribution repositories, there’s also the classic .plasmoid file. A feature suggested by one of my colleagues – fresh KDE Plasma user – was to drag .plasmoid files onto the desktop or panel and have them installed. After Marco Martin implemented the neccessary KPackage plumbing this is now possible.

Leftovers: KDE

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  • digiKam Recipes 4.9.7 Released

    A new release of digiKam Recipes is ready for your perusal. This version features the new Use Exposure Indicators recipe along with the updated Find the Shutter Count Value with digiKam recipe. Astute readers will also notice the new cover. That's all there is to it this time around.

  • Marble Maps forking for SailfishOS

    Marble, the swiss army knife for maps and globes, developed in the KDE community, this year has got an app variant added that is concentrating on maps and that is designed for today’s typical mobile devices with touch UI, called Marble Maps. It currently is in Beta state. Read “Announcing Marble Maps for Android Open Beta” for more info.

  • Plasma 5.5 Release Party in Heidelberg
  • A clockwork carrot

    This weekend I had the opportunity to travel to the yearly LiMux sprint to spend some time with my fellow kubuntu devs and talk about the potential issues we’re facing with the CI system and improving the Debian CI system to be more robust.

    [...]

    As usual, the LiMux folks are a great bunch to hang out with, and I happened to notice something on the wall of their office while lunching with them. It was a clock. Not just a regular clock though, a timey wimey clock. I’ll let a picture do more of the talking here :

  • Game Art Quest Kickstarter!
  • Krita 2.9 Animation Edition beta
  • Krita 2.9 Animation Edition Beta released!
  • Interview with Christopher Stewart

Krita 2.9

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Qt Creator 3.6 RC1 released

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We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 3.6 RC1.

Since the beta, we have fixed many bugs, including an ugly, evasive crash that could happen on code completion, depending on how you used the mouse while typing function arguments (QTCREATORBUG-15275).

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    Samuel Pitoiset has published a set of twelve patches for implementing compute shaders support within the Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D driver for the GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" graphics processors.
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    Alex Goins of NVIDIA has spent the past several months working on PRIME synchronization support to fix tearing when using this NVIDIA-popular multi-GPU method. The latest patches were published this week.
  • The Best Graphics Card Brands For NVIDIA/AMD GPUs As A Linux Consumer?
    One of the most frequent topics I'm emailed about is any brand recommendations among NVIDIA and AMD AIB partners for graphics cards. For Linux users, is there a particular brand preference for graphics cards? The short story is, no, there isn't one particular brand when selecting either a GeForce or Radeon graphics card that a Linux gamer/enthusiast should go with over another AIB partner. Over the past 12 years of running Phoronix, there has been no single AIB partner that superbly stands out compared to the rest when it comes to graphics card AIB partner brands like ASUS, Zotac, HIS, MSI, etc. They all work under Linux, rarely the AIB differences extend beyond the heatsink/cooler and any default clock speed differences, and I haven't seen one that's over-the-top crazy about Linux. I also haven't seen any major partner consistently put the Tux logo or other Linux markings on their product packaging, let alone incorporate any Linux drivers onto their CD/DVD driver media.