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Exp-run for KDE4 on FreeBSD

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There’s an exp-run going on for KDE4 on FreeBSD right now. That means that the official package-building machines are grinding through the entire ports tree to see what happens. This is part of the regular procedure for big updates — and this is a big one.

While KDE4 as a desktop — with Plasma shell 4 and the old collection of KDE modules like PIM, etc. — is not getting a lot of upstream releases, it does get some updates, and some applications release new versions. This is one reason to continue to update the packages.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Kirigami (the plasma mobile components) on iOS March 6, 2016
  • Selecting text in the Calligra-powered Okular plugin for ODT, DOC, DOCX & WPD

    Traveling 8+ hours on the train all the way through Germany to Geneva in Switzerland, where CERN is located (its area spreading across the border to France actually), the place of the WikiToLearn-Plasma-VDG-TechbaseOverhaul meeting, was also a good chance to first spend some time again on a sprint-unrelated, but still KDE-related item, which is adding support for text selection to the Calligra-powered Okular plugin for text documents.

  • We are digging a hole

    Now, jokes apart, we really are digging a hole. In the academic system. In the spread of knowledge. We are working on a project which will change the academic career of a really high number of students, I’m sure of this. The guys are now at CERN, in Geneve, working hard on the this project. The sprint started this morning, and I am sad about my being at home for many reasons: they will work on topics we have talked on Telegram, they will visit the LHC, Large Hadron Collider, (and you can imagine what means, for a physics student, have the possibility to get there and visiting it) and I am at home. Obviously, I will partecipate at some debates thanks to internet, through livestreams which will be hosted the next days. I just want to whish the guys have good times there, work hard and improve this project.

  • TechBase Wiki Overhaul at CERN

    KDE’s techbase wiki, “the primary place for technical information about KDE targeted at developers, ISVs and sysadmins”, has been gone lost a little during the transition of KDE software to KF5 and Plasma5.

  • On my way to CERN for a KDE Sprint

    Time has been crazy lately for me. So crazy that, I haven’t even managed to blog about many things that I wish I’ve had. And because time is till crazy (haven’t finished packing and taking off in a few hours), I’m blogging about this trip in the last 100 meters.

  • First day @CERN
  • Touchdown on CERN: Planning to Plan

    Yesterday I landed in Geneva, ready to participate in the 2016 multipurpose Sprint at CERN.

Leftovers: KDE

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  • KDE has been selected as a Google Summer of Code 2016 mentor organization

    The KDE GSOC guide is a good place for students to start before beginning to create their proposals. The KDE community creates software in teams; students should find a team working on software they want to help with, get to know team members, familiarize themselves with the code-base, and start fixing bugs.

  • KDE Plasma 5.5.5 Desktop Environment Just Landed for Chakra GNU/Linux Users

    Neofytos Kolokotronis of the Chakra GNU/Linux operating system has just informed users on the project's official Twitter account that the recently released KDE Plasma 5.5.5 desktop environment arrived in the default software repositories.

  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Is Now Available To Fedora Users

    While Ubuntu-based distributions have Project Neon and OpenSUSE have launched their own initiative for providing a bleeding-edge KDE stack, Fedora users through the use of Copr repositories are able to access newer KDE software.

  • Plasma 5.6 beta available on Fedora

    Plasma 5.6 will be out in two weeks but the Plasma team has just released Plasma 5.6 beta which already features all the new yummy things and improvements as well as bunch of bug fixes that will be available in the 5.6 release.

KaOS Offers A Nice KDE Linux Experience

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One of the lesser known distributions requested for testing as part of our upcoming 10+ Linux distribution performance comparison was KaOS. KaOS is a Linux distribution built from scratch but does make use of Arch's Pacman.

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Plasma 5.5.5 now available

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The 5th and final update for KDE's Plasma 5.5.x series is now available to all Chakra users, in anticipation of 5.6 which is expected to be released in a couple of weeks.

Plasma 5.5.5 as usually includes a month's translations and bugfixes, with the authors highlighting the improvements for the lockscreen and user switching.

It should be safe to answer yes to any replacement question by Pacman. If in doubt or if you face another issue in relation to this update, please ask or report it on the related forum section.

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KDE Plasma 5.6 Beta Review: New Features and Improvements

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The beta version of KDE Plasma 5.6 was released on March 2, 2016 and contain many bug fixes, new features and reworked applications. The renew components – the activities, KRunner, task manager, Breeze theme and many others. Wayland support is also better with decoration and input fixes.

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Leftovers: KDE

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KDE Outreach Program

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  • KDE Launches A Distribution Outreach Program

    With the Plasma 5.6 beta out the door, the KDE development community has today announced the formation of a Distribution Outreach Program.

  • Announcing the KDE community's Distribution Outreach Program

    The people who package and distribute our software to the world are crucial to our user's experience. In keeping with our original KDE vision, we want to improve the working relationships between distributions and KDE developers. Not only do we want to foster professional friendship, but we also want to help our software shine in each distribution.

KDE Makes the Desktop Practical Again

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Before the KDE 4.1 release in 2008, Aaron Seigo announced the end of desktop icons. He was being provocative, because what he was really announcing was the end of being restricted to a single icon set. Instead, KDE Plasma began supporting multiple desktops, and with them several ways to swap sets of icons in and out. These changes have received little publicity, but they are ideal for quickly customizing a desktop for a specialized task.

You do not have to use these features. However, if you choose to explore them, you can apply them not only to the main desktop, but also to any activities, or even any virtual workspaces, so long as you first select from the main menu System Settings > Workspace Behavior > Virtual Desktop > Different Widgets for each desktop. It's all a matter of which combination of customizations you prefer: a default desktop, folder views, multiple desktop folders, or a single desktop folder with filters.

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  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Is Getting Ready With More Wayland Improvements

    KDE's Martin Gräßlin has provided a status update concerning KWin/Wayland support with the latest KDE stack.

    Martin Gräßlin has been spending most of his time recently focusing upon the KDE input support for Wayland and better supporting libinput. There's been a lot of code clean-ups and bug fixes as well as bringing input features closer to parity between X11 and Wayland.

  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Beta Released

    The KDE community has banded together to release the Plasma 5.6 beta today.

    KDE Plasma 5.6 is bringing improvements to the default Breeze theme as well as to the light and dark versions, task manager improvements, smoother widgets, a weather widget has finally returned to Plasma 5, and plenty of Wayland improvements. Plasma 5.6 has also been prepping Plymouth boot screen and GRUB boot-loader screens designed around the Breeze theme in aiming to complete the KDE computing experience.

  • Tumbleweed gets KDE app store

    Since the last update on openSUSE Tumbleweed, there have been five snapshots and some of those snapshots have brought some interesting new packages.

    The 20160225 snapshot allows Tumbleweed users to add a package called ‘discover‘, which is the KDE software installer, implemented as an app store like application.

Will the Addons Weather widget be revived for Plasma 5.6?

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If you are deep in coding mode and cannot afford to turn your head or even your eyes to look through the window at outside to check the current weather… or if you are deep down below ground plumbing at your black hole farming machine and now preparing your way home and are unsure whether to put on a rain jacket or the sunglasses… what is there to help you? A widget on your computer telling you about the weather, right.

Plasma5 so far was missing the port of the weather widgets which were part of the Plasma Addons package with the older Plasma. While there are nice Plasma5 weather widgets on kde-apps.org (1, 2) I wanted the weather widget back I was used to.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Why Open-Source Pros Are in Great Demand
    The majority of hiring managers predict that the demand for open-source IT professionals will rise more than other recruitment-based areas of interest over the next six months, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation and Dice. The resulting report, "Moving Toward Professionalization: Rising Need for Open-Source Skills in 2016," indicates that these managers struggle to fill open-source positions, especially when trying to find candidates with needed cloud, networking and/or security experience. Meanwhile, when considering an offer, open-source professionals said they're most interested in working on appealing projects with cutting-edge technology challenges. Money and perks are of secondary interest, even though, given the hot market, many open-source specialists are able to negotiate a great compensation package. According to the report, "In the last decade, open-source development has experienced a massive shift: Once a mostly community and volunteer-based concern, the model has since become a mainstay of the IT industry. Flexibility in accommodating new technologies and speed at adapting to a changing market have made open source vital to modern companies, which are now investing zealously in open source and open-source talent. More and better code is the way forward, and the skilled professionals who can make it happen are highly in demand." More than 400 hiring managers and 4,500 open-source professionals took part in the research.
  • Open Source Realm Mobile Database Hits Version 1.0
    Citing advantages over the SQLite and Core Data databases commonly used in iOS and Android apps, Realm today launched version 1.0 of its namesake "mobile-first database."
  • Realm has hit the version 1.0 milestone, and now reaches over 1 billion users
    As mobile databases go, Realm was already a fan favorite. Now we get an idea of just how popular it really is, as the company notes it now reaches one billion iOS and Android users via 100,000 active developers.
  • Rackspace Adopts OX's Dovecot Pro Open Source IMAP Email Platform
    Dovecot, the open source email platform from Open-Xchange, received a significant endorsement this week from Rackspace, which announced that it will use the company's Dovecot Pro product for email hosting.
  • An Apparent Exodus Continues At OwnCloud
    This week we've now seen the announcements by Jos Poortvliet, Lukas Reschke, Björn Schießle, and Arthur Schiwon are among those leaving ownCloud Inc. Each of their blog posts confirm they are leaving but don't shed much light on the underlying situation at the company.
  • Upcoming governance workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement
    On the 15th June, 2016, DG Connect and DG Growth wil be co-hosting an interactive workshop for the European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement. This catalogue of standards is being developed to assist public procurers implement interoperable ICT solutions across Member States, as well as reducing incidence of vender lock-in, and ultimately to assist in the continued development of the Digital Single Market.
  • American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong
    To truly impact an children’s cognitive development, and prepare them for future computing jobs that may not even exist yet, we must move beyond pop computing. I strongly believe that learning computing should become mandatory in all schools, and should be viewed in the same context as reading and writing. Students must be challenged and encouraged to think differently in each grade level, subject matter, and read/write various computing projects every day in their academic life. With this mindset and approach we’ll help this generation of students fill those one million jobs, all of which require so much more than dragging and clicking.
  • Google Inbox Notifications
    I made a Firefox addon that brings that functionality to Google Inbox. It gives you a notification when new mail arrives and updates the pages title with the unread mail count. You can get it here!
  • Upcoming Webinar on Getting Linux Certified - Tips, Tactics, and Practical Advice

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Paul Vixie on IPv6 NAT, IPv6 security and Internet of Things
    Internet pioneer Paul Vixie spoke with SearchSecurity about IPv6 NAT, IPv6 and the Internet of Things, and the long, thankless path to deploying IPv6.
  • PHP 7.0.7 Released Fixing 28 Bugs
    As is the case with a .xy update, this is mostly a bug fix update, with at least 28 different issues being fixed in an effort to make PHP 7.x more stable. Though the PHP project hasn't identified any specific security vulnerabilities that are fixed in the update, I see at least one with bug #72162.
  • Skimmers Found at Walmart: A Closer Look
    Recent local news stories about credit card skimmers found in self-checkout lanes at some Walmart locations reminds me of a criminal sales pitch I saw recently for overlay skimmers made specifically for the very same card terminals.

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Leftovers: BSD

  • Faces of FreeBSD 2016: Michael Lucas
    Back by popular demand, we’re again sharing a story from someone involved in FreeBSD with our Faces of FreeBSD series. It may be a story from someone who’s received funding from us to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, or advocate for FreeBSD. Or, it may be from someone who gives back to FreeBSD financially or in another way. Regardless, it is always from someone who is making a positive difference in the FreeBSD world.
  • pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD Firewall Update Patches Web GUI Security Issue, Seven Bugs
    Released a week ago as the first maintenance build in the 2.3 stable series, pfSense 2.3.1 received its first update, bringing a patch for a major security issue in the Web GUI, as well as seven other bug fixes. pfSense 2.3.1 was a major point release of the FreeBSD-based network firewall distribution that introduced over 100 changes, but pfSense 2.3 brought a new pkg system that lets the project's maintainers update only individual parts of the system.