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Manjaro 0.8.9 Gets New Update Pack with KDE Frameworks Beta and Plasma Next Support

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Manjaro 0.8.9, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has received its seventh pack in the series and the developers are working to release the next stable version the series, 0.8.10.

The Manjaro developers have already released quite a few update packs for this version of the operating system and they managed to extend the life of the distribution considerably. This seventh update in the series is a special one and comes with a very important set of packages that allows its users to test the next KDE Framework that is still under development.

“Our last stable update was a little bumpy. We hope we get this one better. New would be the addition of KDE5s first beta. You can install it side by side to KDE4 or as a single desktop. Please use: pacman -S kf5 kf5-aids To enjoy Plasma-Next packages you have to add Archs kde-unstable repository to your pacman.conf file. Use any Arch-Mirror for that repository,” said the developers in the official announcement...

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My first patch

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I continued to work on KOrganizer and was blown away by the community. The people were helpful, passionate, and excellent in what they were doing. It felt like meeting old friends, although we didn't really know each other, and mostly only communicated via the Internet. Personal meetings came later, and the feeling of meeting friends has never gone away. It's part of the magic of free software.

Over the years I wrote a lot of code, maintained frameworks and applications. I learned a lot. I grew into the board of KDE e.V. and am serving as its president now. I met a lot of people in KDE and in many other communities. I got a job working on and with free software, and I'm still doing it. It has been an incredible ride.

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Qt Embedded GUI moves to Qt 5.3

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Digia has upgraded its bootable, Linux and Android ready Qt Enterprise Embedded GUI with Qt 5.3, Qt Cloud support, Qt WebEngine, and Qt Quick Compiler.

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Updated Fedora 20 KDE Stack: Something's Funky

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Red Hat

One month ago we looked at the latest performance of Fedora 20, but with its more liberal update strategy -- especially with the long release time until Fedora 21 -- we're back with some more tests today as since last month the Linux 3.14 kernel has been added and other changes. This article has benchmarks of the Fedora 20 KDE spin out-of-the-box and then with all available updates as of this week to see how the performance has evolved in the half-year since the F20 release.

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Chakra Linux 2014.05 Distro Shows That KDE Can Be Fun

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Linux

Chakra Linux 2014.05 is the first one in a new series called “Descartes” that will be following the KDE 4.13 releases, although the team will not settle for just a simple implementation of this desktop environment.

Unlike other developers who are using KDE as their desktop solution, the guys from Chakra didn't want a run-of-the-mill experience for users. They tried to give it a unique feel so that users know two things right from the start: they are using Chakra and a KDE variation.

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Here is the first preview of KDE’s Plasma Next

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The KDE community is working hard on the next major release of KDE software, most notably Framework 5 and Plasma Next. While Arch users can already play with KDE Framework 5 packages via extra repository and also run some components of Plasma Next via kde-unstable repo (which already has KWin), rest of those who can’t get Arch to work (though we have a very user-friendly tutorial), they can get a preview of Plasma Next using the live image of Fedora.

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KDE's Risky Gamble on New Interface

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The last time KDE released a major revision of its interface, users protested bitterly, and the project took several years to live down the reaction.

Next time, you would expect that KDE would play it safer. And, at times, the newly released beta of the latest Plasma interface does just that. In many respects, it is more a matter of re-alignment and positioning than of overthrowing paradigms.

Yet, at the same time, some of the choices seem as likely to bewilder as assist users, at least in their present form. They make me wonder whether KDE might meet yet another round of hostile user reaction in what will eventually become either the latest round of releases in the fourth series, or else the first in the fifth release series.

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KDBUS Is Still Outstanding, Not Part Of The Mainline Kernel

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Well, KDBUS landing didn't happen for the Linux 3.15 kernel. The merge window for the Linux 3.16 kernel will be open in June, but there's been no uptick in Linux kernel mailing list discussions about reviewing KDBUS or getting anything queued up for mainline nor is there any code for this kernel implementation of D-Bus living within linux-next. Greg's KDBUS repository also hasn't been touched in nearly one month. As soon as we learn anything more about KDBUS on approach for landing within the Linux kernel, you can expect to read about it on Phoronix.

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Akregator - Get your daily Linux fix using the premier KDE RSS Feed Reader

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To some people an operating system is an operating system. It is a means to an end. Many Windows users definitely look on life in this way.

A lot of Windows user buy a computer and that computer happens to have Windows on it. Windows lets them connect to the internet via a browser and they can read their email, watch videos, check their mail and perform office type tasks.

The fact that the computer is running Windows is irrelevant to them. They certainly wouldn't spend time discussing their operating system or reading articles about it.

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KDE Frameworks 5 Will Come To Fedora 21

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For Fedora 21 there is the KDE Frameworks 5 feature with the goal of shipping all of the KF5 library components that can live side-by-side with KDE4. Some of the packages have already landed into Fedora Rawhide while the rest are expected in the weeks ahead. However, Fedora 21 isn't being released until late in 2014... For Fedora KDE users right now running Fedora 20, fortunately there is a solution.

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  • JavaScript keeps its spot atop programming language rankings
    U.K.-based technology analyst firm RedMonk just released the latest version of its biannual rankings of programming languages, and once again JavaScript tops the list, followed by Java and PHP. Those are same three languages that topped RedMonk’s list in January. In fact, the entire top 10 remains the same as it was it was six months ago. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Redmonk’s list—compiling the “performance of programming languages relative to one another on GitHub and Stack Overflow”—is that there are so few surprises, at least in the top 10.
  • Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest
    It's no surprise that C and Java share the top two spots in the IEEE Spectrum's latest Interactive Top Programming Languages survey, but R at number five? That's a surprise. This month's raking from TIOBE put Java at number one and C at number two, while the IEEE reverses those two, and the IEEE doesn't rank assembly as a top-ten language like TIOBE does. It's worth noting however that the IEEE's sources are extremely diverse: the index comprises search results from Google, Twitter, GitHub, StackOverflow, Reddit, Hacker News, CareerBuilder, Dice, and the institute's own eXplore Digital Library. Even then, there are some oddities in the 48 programming environments assessed: several commenters to the index have already remarked that “Arduino” shouldn't be considered a language, because code for the teeny breadboard is written in C or C++.