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KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 Officially Released with Lots of Fixes

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KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 has just been released by the KDE Community, and developers have made a large number of changes and improvements.

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Kartesio 1.0: free best fitting for science labs is now stable

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Debian
Ubuntu

Kartesio is not based on KDElibs anymore. I made this choice basically for two reasons: the main one is that I wanted Kartesio to run easily also on Windows, and KDElibs building is way too much complex for my taste. The second reason is that KDE developers seemed not particularly interested in Kartesio: maybe that's because this program is designed for science laboratories (in high schools and universities, for example) and this is a way too limited set of users for KDE Edu. Obiously, it's still a program meant to be used on KDE when possible (I'm using Oxigen icons to give that wonderful KDE feeling). But if you really want to use it without KDE, it's not a problem anymore.

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Leftovers: KDE/Qt

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KDE: SHOULD WE TARGET EGL AS THE DEFAULT?

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When we started the compositing work in KWin the only way to initialize an OpenGL context was by using GLX. In fact GLX is even part of the OpenGL library on Linux. Being an X11 window manager and an X11 compositor it was not a big problem.

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AppStream Support Moving Along For Kubuntu/Debian

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Debian

Work is underway on getting AppStream to work for Kubuntu and is stepping closer to having full AppStream support in Debian.

AppStream is the FreeDesktop.org specification for sharing of meta-data for application installers / packages between distributions. AppStream is handled well by GNOME / GNOME Software and is getting supported well by a number of different Linux distributions. Kubuntu support has been the latest focus as well as upstream Debian.

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Plasma 5.4 Beta Adds Shine

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This release of Plasma brings many nice touches for our users such as much improved high DPI support, KRunner auto-completion and many new beautiful Breeze icons. It also lays the ground for the future with a tech preview of Wayland session available. We're shipping a few new components such as an Audio Volume Plasma Widget, monitor calibration tool and the User Manager tool comes out beta.

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KDE and Akademy

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KDE Plasma 5.4 to Get a Massive Icon Boost to 3.000 Icons

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The KDE team is preparing to release the new Plasma 5.4 desktop and it's going to bring some pretty interesting improvements, including an enhanced Breeze icon set.

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Also: digiKam 4.12.0 Arrives with More than 140 Fixes

Plasma Mobile – A Mobile KDE Linux Project

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Linux

Google’s own Android is based off of a Linux kernel and while the base of Android is open source, Google still holds some things close to the vest. The developers over at KDE are looking to provide the entire operating system for free and other developers are welcome to assist in the development and share with the community. Overall Plasma Mobile isn’t as polished as Android, iOS or Windows Phone, but it is still in prototype stage and is undergoing testing. Let’s take a look at what Plasma Mobile offers.

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Leftovers: KDE and Mint

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  • Exciting Road Ahead, BlueSystems

    I am pleased to say that now I am sponsored by Blue systems GmBH to work on Plasma mobile and Plasma mobile applications full-time for next 4 months.

  • Mobile PIM at Randa

    I am sure you heard about Plasma Mobile by now. Plasma Active was the reason I joined KDE three years ago and I am happy that the journey to Free Software on multiple form factors and devices continues. Checking my mail is among the most common things I do on my phone. Plasma Mobile needs a kick ass mail application if it wants to be a viable alternative. I do mail stuff with QML. There was really only one conclusion. Smile

  • Linux Mint 17.2 KDE and XFCE editions released

    It’s now been just over a month since the flagship Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.2 were released, hot on the heels of these releases each cycle are the KDE and Xfce versions, they have just gone live for the 17.2 release. New in these releases are the Linux 3.16 kernel, Xfce 4.12 and KDE 4.14.2, respectively.

  • Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela XFCE And KDE Flavors Have Been Released
  • Why You Must Dump Microsoft NOW

    The version of Linux I like best is Linux Mint. With it, you can run OpenOffice (also called LibreOffice), which does everything essential that MS Office does. Then get Firefox for a browser and Thunderbird for email, and you’re in business.

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Linux Foundation LFCS and LFCE: Alberto Bullo

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How To Install Windows 10 In Virtualbox On Linux

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OSS Leftovers and Security

  • How to get all the benefits of open source software
    Open source software continues its meteoric rise, as more and more large enterprises weave open source code into various areas of their operations, increasingly shunning the big-name, proprietary software vendors. In fact, according to open source software development company, Sonatype, represented locally by 9TH BIT Consulting, 7,000 new open source software projects kick-off around the world every week, while 70,000 new open source components are released. Accessing this massive ‘hivemind’ of software development expertise is a highly attractive prospect for CIOs and business managers in all industries.
  • What is open source?
    What is open source software and how do vendors make their money? We answer your questions Open source is the foundation of modern technology. Even if you don't know what it is, chances are you've already used it at least once today. Open source technology helped build Android, Firefox, and even the Apache HTTP server, and without it, the internet as we know it would simply not exist. The central idea behind open source is a simple one: many hands make light work. In short, the more people you have working on something, the quicker and easier it is to do. As it applies to software development, this means opening projects up to the public to let people freely access, read and modify the source code.
  • Open Source Initiative Announces New Partnership With Adblock Plus
    Adblock Plus, the most popular Internet ad blocker today, joins The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) as corporate sponsors. Since its very first version, Adblock Plus has been an open source project that has developed into a successful business with over 100 million users worldwide. As such, the German company behind it, eyeo GmbH, has decided it is time to give back to the open source community. Founded in 1998, the OSI protects and promotes open source software, development and communities, championing software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure. Adblock Plus is an open source project that aims to rid the Internet of annoying and intrusive online advertising. Its free web browser extensions (add-ons) put users in control by letting them block or filter which ads they want to see.
  • What if Open-Source Software Can Replace Dozens of Multi-Billion Dollar Companies? That is Exactly What Origin Protocol Wants to do Using Blockchain
  • Bonitasoft gets cute on AWS for low-code BPM
    There has been an undeniable popularisation of so-called ‘low-code’ programming platforms. This is a strain of technology designed to provide automated blocks of functionality that can be brought together by non-technical staff to perform specific compute and analysis tasks to serve their own business objectives.
  • Red Hat Certification: for developers too!
    Red Hat’s certification program provides validation of IT professionals’ skills and knowledge using our subscription products. Red Hat’s certifications carry credibility in the market because they are all earned by taking one or more hands-on, practical exams that last multiple hours. Like most programs offered by technology vendors, our most familiar certifications are those for system administrators.
  • LXD Weekly Status #30
    The main highlight for this week was the inclusion of the new proxy device in LXD, thanks to the hard work of some University of Texas students! The rest of the time was spent fixing a number of bugs, working on various bits of kernel work, getting the upcoming clustering work to go through our CI process and preparing for a number of planning meetings that are going on this week.
  • GitHub Alternative SourceForge Vies for Comeback with Redesigned Site
    SourceForge wants to be more than just another GitHub alternative, but an additional repository for developers to utilize to help gain users.
  • The Clock Is Ticking for Chip Flaw Fixes to Start Working
    Cures for the pervasive Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws aren’t working, and hacks may soon be incoming.
  • Intel: No Financial Meltdown
    Yves here. It is telling that the very measured Bruegel website is pretty bothered that Intel looks likely to get away with relatively little in the way of financial consequences as a result of its Spectre and Meltdown security disasters. This is a marked contrast with Volkswagen, where the company paid huge fines and executives went to jail. However, it was the US that went after a foreign national champion. The US-dominated tech press is still frustratingly given the Intel train wrecks paltry coverage relative to their importance.
  • CIP related work during the second half of 2017
    As you probably know by now, I have been involved in the Civil Infrastructure Project (CIP), a Linux Foundation Initiative formed in 2016, representing Codethink, a founder Member and coordinating the engineering work in two areas within the project: