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INTRODUCING KWAYLAND

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Today we released Plasma 5.1 which features a new library called KWayland. KWayland originates from KWin and got split out to allow code-reuse especially in KDE components which use LGPL instead of GPL.

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Is Plasma 5 Ready For "Normal Users"?

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There is no such thing as a "normal" user. Everyone is different and what is rock solid 100% stable to one person may be very problematic for another. This makes it very hard to give a single answer.

A good example of this was translations. Due to some changes in frameworks when we released Plasma 5.0, we made a very poor job of translation loading and a sizeable amount didn't work properly. Most developers tend to run things in English even when they're across the world and it simply fell through the cracks till it was too late (fixed for 5.1).

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Plasma 5.1 Brings Back Many Popular Features

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Today, KDE releases Plasma 5.1, the first release containing new features since the release of Plasma 5.0 this summer. Plasma 5.1 sports a wide variety of improvements, leading to greater stability, better performance and new and improved features. Thanks to the feedback of the community, KDE developers were able to package a large number of fixes and enhancements into this release, among which more complete and higher quality artwork following the new-in-5.0 Breeze style, re-addition of popular features such as the Icon Tasks taskswitcher and improved stability and performance.

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More of KDE:

  • KDE update: 4.14.2. No KDE5 updates yet – devs need to get their act together

    Remember when everybody was so excited that the KDE developers abandoned their “monolithic” release schedule where all the software was stamped with the same version number and released as a “Software Compilation”…

  • KDE Applications and Development Platform 4.14.2

    Packages for the release of KDE SC 4.14.2 are available for Kubuntu 14.04LTS and our development release. You can get them from the Kubuntu Backports PPA, and the Kubuntu Utopic Updates PPA

  • Kubuntu: KDE 4.14.2 Release ready in PPA
  • KDE Plasma used to produce The Desolation of Smaug movie

    In today's open source roundup: Animators used KDE Plasma in the production of last year's hobbit movie. Plus: Testing rolling-release distributions for reliability, and a review of Cylon Linux 12.04.1

  • Ubuntu's Linux Scheduler or Why Baloo Might be Slowing Your System in 14.04

    Last month I posted about packaging and why it takes time. I commented that the Stable Release Update process could not be rushed because a regression is worse than a known bug. Then last week I was pointed to a problem where Baloo was causing a user's system to run slow. Baloo is the new indexer from KDE and will store all your files in a way you can easily search for them and was a faster replacement for Nepomuk. Baloo has been written to be as lightweight as these things can be using IONice, a feature of Linux which allows processes to say "this isn't very important let everyone else go first".

KDE Plasma 5 Now Available for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

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A lot of users are anxious to use the latest Plasma desktop because it's quite different from the old one. We can call it "the old one" even if the latest branch, 4.14.x, is still maintained until November.

The KDE developers split the project into three major components: Plasma, Frameworks, and Applications. Plasma is actually the desktop and everything that goes with it, Frameworks is made up of all the libraries and other components, and Applications gathers all the regular apps that are usually KDE-specific.

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LXQT 0.8.0 RELEASED WITH FULL QT5 SUPPORT, VARIOUS IMPROVEMENTS

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LXQt 0.8.0 ships with full Qt5 support (and the Lubuntu daily PPA already provides packages built with Qt5) however, Qt4 is still supported. For the next release though, Qt4 will be "dropped entirely", mentions the release announcement.

With this LXQt release, PCManFM (Qt), which was the first LXDE component to use Qt, has received support for single-click to active items, drag & drop support on the desktop, Ark archive manager integration as well as improved readability in icon view. Here's a screenshot with the latest PCManFM (Qt) 0.8.0:

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KMyMoney 4.7.0 has been released

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KDE

It’s been over 3 years since the last feature release is out on the
street. During that time, many new features were added and many bugs were fixed.
The team has decided it’s time to get on the
path to another stable release.
KMyMoney 4.7.0 is now available for download. It is KMyMoney 4.8 Beta
1, only suitable for advanced users willing to help us stabilize and
iron out the upcoming stable version.

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KRunner and Plasma 5

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During the KDE 4 series, KRunner was an important part of the KDE Workspace, and it was tied very closely to Plasma. The KRunner library was in fact a part of the Plasma library.

The entire UI was based on QGraphicsScene. Considering that we were moving to QML for Plasma 5, the UI needed a complete rewrite.

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XDC 2014

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KDE

KWin/Wayland 5.1 gained support for the fullscreen shell interface. My idea when adding this was to not have to implement DRM support in KWin, but (for the time being) leverage Weston. This simplifies development and allows us to move forward on a higher speed. Jason Ekstrand’s talk showed that the fullscreen shell provides more interesting aspects than our use case. The shell can also be used for use cases such as screen sharing: a compositor renders in addition to a fullscreen shell provided by a different compositor which can use it to e.g. capture a video stream or forward an rdp session. Very interesting and quite useful that we already support it and won’t have to add additional support for rdp into each compositor.

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Also: FreeRDS Talked Up For X & Wayland

Recapping All The Interesting Talks Of XDC2014

Kate’s Mascot: Kate the Woodpecker

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KDE
Software

After the first KF 5 release, I contacted the creator of the Krita mascot Kiki and the KF 5 dragons artwork, Tyson Tan, if he would be interested in design a Kate mascot, too. He immediately agreed to help out and after some months of roundtrips, here we go!

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ROSA Desktop Fresh R4 KDE review

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Reviews

ROSA Desktop Fresh R4 is the latest edition of the bleeding-edge edition of ROSA Desktop, a Linux desktop distribution from ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia.

For new users, it is one of the better designed KDE desktop distributions, with a few features you won’t find on mainstream KDE desktops. However, my experience with this latest release has put a damper on that “better designed” label.

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  • 5 ways to expand your project's contributor base
    So many free and open source software projects were started to solve a problem, and people began to contribute to them because they too wanted a fix to what they encountered. End users of the project find it useful for their needs, and the project grows. And that shared purpose and focus attracts people to a project's community.
  • Weblate 2.10.1
    This is first security bugfix release for Weblate. This has to come at some point, fortunately the issue is not really severe. But Weblate got it's first CVE ID today, so it's time to address it in a bugfix release.

Intel Kabylake: Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL Performance

For those curious about the current Kabylake graphics performance between Windows 10 and Linux, here are some OpenGL benchmark results under each operating system. Windows 10 Pro x64 was tested and the Linux distributions for comparison were Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux, Antergos, Fedora 25 Xfce, and openSUSE Tumbleweed. Read more

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