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The Kool Desktop Environment (KDE) Turns 19, Happy Birthday!

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Believe it or not, the KDE desktop environment turned 19 years old on October 14, 2015. Yes, it has been 19 long years since Matthias Ettrich announced his new project, the Kool Desktop Environment (KDE).

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Krita 2.9.8

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The eighth bug-fix release of Krita 2.9! We’re still fixing bugs and adding improvements, but a lot of work has gone into the kickstarter goals and the Krita 3.0 porting work, too. Ubuntu Linux users can use the ” krita-lod-unstable” packages from the Krita Lime repository to test-drive the first version of the animation support and the “LOD” performance improvements. Check the LOD option in the View menu, and many brushes and other features will be perform much better on large images!

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KDE Applications 15.08.2 Officially Released with Over 30 Fixes

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The KDE Community has just announced that KDE Applications 15.08.2 has been released and is now available for download and testing.

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KDevelop 4.7.2 Released

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Hey all,

I'm happy to announce the availability of KDevelop 4.7.2. This is a bug fix
release increasing the stability of our KDE 4 based branch. Please update to
this version if you are currently using 4.7.1 or older.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • KDE PIM Sprint in Toulouse

    The KDE PIM spring sprint was held in Toulouse, France in March this year in Makina Corpus offices.

    The sprint was very important, because the team needed to decide how to continue from the current situation. At the previous sprint in Munich in November when Christian and Aaron introduced their new concept for next version of Akonadi it was decided to refocus all our efforts on working on that, which meant switching to maintenance mode of KDE PIM for a very long time and then coming back with a big boom. In Toulouse we re-evaluated this plan and decided that it is not working for us and that it will be much better for the project as well as the users if we continue active development of KDE PIM instead of focusing exclusively on the “next big thing” and take the one-step-at-the-time approach.

  • Interview with Pierre Geier

    If I remember correctly I’ve known about Krita since 2005, I guess, when I used KDE and there was this office stuff and a drawing program, which I never used. Until early 2015 I used only MyPaint and GIMP. And now I’ve been using Krita since April 2015.

  • Some Of The Features Coming To KDE Plasma 5.5

    While KDE developers are increasingly working on their Plasma mobile plans, there still are new changes coming to the KDE desktop. For the upcoming Plasma 5.5 release, there is going to be improvements to the user-switcher including a new prompt and new plasmoid, the KDE Color Picker plasmoid has returned, the Solid Device Auto Mounter has also been restored, and there are other plasmoid improvements and smaller changes throughout.

KDE Frameworks 5.15.0 Has Just Landed in Kubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

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The Kubuntu developers, through Marco Parillo, announced this past weekend that the they updated the KDE Frameworks package in the development version of Kubuntu 15.10 to version 5.15.0, which was released on October 10, 2015.

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KDE Plasma 5.5 Promises a Lot of Cool New Features

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The KDE developers are already considering what they need to do to improve the Plasma desktop after the 5.4.2 launch, and they've shared some of the features that are going to be made available.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Krita Is No Longer Part of the Calligra Source Code, Krita 3.0 Coming Along Nicely

    While waiting for the release notes of the Krita 2.9.8 to be published, so we can tell you what new features it brings, the developers of the best free, cross-platform and open-source digital painting software published news about the future of the project.

  • Calligra Stage 3 Alpha: next pure Qt5/KF5 one

    As with Words and the other Calligra apps, Stage of course has seen a few regressions due to the porting, which will be need to be ironed out in the next phase, together with the existing old bugs. Where you are invited to join our efforts!

  • Polish, Polish, Polish, 5.5 Edition

    With Plasma 5.4.2 out the door, it’s time to look ahead at what Plasma 5.5 will bring to a Desktop near you. Even though we’ve gone mobile, we won’t neglect traditional Desktops. In the upcoming release, I took care of the little things, as well as bringing back specialized tools that haven’t been a priority for the initial releases.

  • Cool features in Kexi 2.9.8

    This week database apps builder Kexi that competes with MS Access and Filemaker has been released with cool new features.

  • Mesa 11.0.3 Fixes the KDE/Weston Regression, Includes a Healthy Amount of Bugfixes

    A few minutes ago, Emil Velikov had the great pleasure of informing us of the release and immediate availability for download of the third maintenance version of the open-source Mesa 11.0 3D Graphics Library.

  • Kate/KDevelop 2015

    From the 7th to the 11th of October Kate and KDevelop contricutors once again met to work on both Kate and KDevelop.

  • kate / KDevelop sprint in Berlin
  • Kate/KDevelop Sprint 2015 – Summary for Kate
  • KDE on Android: Cross-Compiling Docker Image

    For people never worked with Docker, I probably have to add slightly more information: Frankly, the Dockerfile is a recipe how Docker generates a system image that can be run as a virtual machine (for details, please use your favorite search machine). The virtual machine built by our Docker script provides a pre-configured cross-building environment for Qt applications on Android. Especially, our setup is very well suited to compile CMake-based Android projects, which use the cross-building toolchain from Extra-CMake-Modules. Using only 3 commands (see documentation at community.kde.org/Android), the virtual machine gets set up and one can directly start working.

  • Mesa 11.0.3 Fixes A KDE/Weston Regression, Many RadeonSI Fixes

    While all of the major feature work is building up in Mesa Git for the next release, Mesa 11.0.3 still has a healthy smothering of fixes and improvements across the board. First up, Mesa 11.0.3 fixes a KDE/Weston regression that was introduced in the previous point release.

Leftovers: KDE

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  • Baloo 5.15

    We have a new release of Baloo. For those of you who don't know about it - It's a file indexing and searching solution for Linux. It's quite fast, and shipped by default in KDE Plasma.

  • October Development News: krita moves to a new repository

    Lots of things are happening! Let’s start with the most important part: Krita is no longer part of the Calligra source code. Krita 2.9 will still be developed inside Calligra, and we expect to do several more releases of Krita 2.9 with bug fixes and performance improvements. In fact, we expect to be releasing Krita 2.9 regularly until Krita 3.0 is done.

  • The Kubuntu Podcast Team Debunks some Myths

    Aaron Honeycutt, Ovidiu-Florin BOGDAN, and Rick Timmis debunk the myths surrounding the future of Kubuntu and interview Eike Hein (KDE Developer).

  • KDE Frameworks 5.15 have landed in Kubuntu Wily

    KDE Frameworks 5.15 have landed in Kubuntu Wily (to become 15.10).

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