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Leftovers: KDE

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  • My personal difficulties finding students (or: Why my colleagues have no open culture)

    Hello guys. I have never written on the planet what I was thinking but today I finally found the courage. Not because I didn't feel like, but because I have always considered this place as a kind of showcase of everything we do. Lately I was a bit busy, I have so many things on my mind and I can concentrate on my passions (free) a little less than I would like. KDE project and the OCS-server unfortunately are among these.

  • Your input, please: naming of action icons (tables, vectorpaths, animation, text, …)

    Developing an application where you use or need icons for actions around tables, vectorpaths, animations, text formatting? Looking forward to use Breeze-styled icons, shared with other applications? Then please read on, this is especially for you:

  • KDE Applications 15.12 Now In Beta
  • KDE Applications 15.12 Is Now in Beta, Final Release Lands on December 16

    Today, November 20, KDE has had the pleasure of informing users about the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta release of the upcoming KDE Applications 15.12 software suite for the KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment.

  • Efficiency Matters!

    We don’t want to reinvent all Qt’s display machinery, so unless we can convince Qt to compress textures, any possible savings would be academically nice, but practically impossible. Fortunately, through the QOpenGLTexture class (a KDAB contribution, btw), QQ2, provides all the necessary APIs to let us change the underlying behavior to use compressed textures without mucking around in the internals.

KDE Ships Beta of KDE Applications 15.12

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November 20, 2015. Today KDE released the beta of the new versions of KDE Applications. With dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing.

With the various applications being based on KDE Frameworks 5, the KDE Applications 15.12 releases need a thorough testing in order to maintain and improve the quality and user experience. Actual users are critical to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers simply cannot test every possible configuration. We're counting on you to help find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please consider joining the team by installing the beta and reporting any bugs.

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How to customize your Linux desktop: KDE

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HowTos

There are at least eight other options for presentation style -- take a look and try them out for yourself. While you are in the Desktop Setting utility (also known as System Settings), look at some of the other appearance and behavior options there. This is where you can really get into some low-level details of customization and configuration.

I apologize for this going on so long, and I promise to try to make the next post, about Gnome 3, somewhat shorter. But I might fail.

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Keeping the peace: KDE board chair's recipe

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Interviews

Over the years, one thing that has been always guaranteed about the free software and open source software community is that periodically there will be some unholy row or the other, mostly over issues allegedly to do with sexism and inequality.

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KDE Plasma 5.5 Beta Has Too Many New Features to Count and Over 1000 Fixes

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The KDE Community just announced the release of KDE Plasma 5.5 Beta, which brings a ton of new features and significant changes.

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Kubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf - Pretty useless

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Reviews
Ubuntu

I heard there's been a change of management with the Kubuntu community or some sort like that. Well, perhaps it's for the greater good. I am quite close to abandoning Kubuntu forever. Much like PCLinuxOS, it's slowly creeping toward irrelevance, offering none of the love and fire that you'd want and expect. It's exhausted, it's defeated. It just doesn't try to win you in any way. It's there because it exists. Nothing more.

Moreover, there's the matter of inconsistency. I mentioned this before, and I will mention it again. I absolutely loathe when things break in between releases. Small, simple things. Like Samba or printing or codecs. Why? WHY? WHY! How difficult is it to try to offer a sane, steady user experience? Why do I have to dread every single update? You can never really know. One version, things work, and then they don't. Samba sharing. Year 2015. How difficult can it be to copy files from one frigging computer to another without problems? It's not like sending probes to Mars. Just a bloody copy operation, source destination. Simple.

On top of that, Kubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf literally fails in every aspect. It's totally useless, it's buggy, it's crashy, and it offers nothing that would make it even remotely interesting. Nothing useful or practical about it really. Nothing. I'm sad. And angry. Avoid at all costs. 0/10. Bye bye now.

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KDE Plasma 5.5 on Wayland to Feature a Beautiful and Secure Lockscreen Integration

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KDE developer Bhushan Shah writes on his blog about the latest work done by him for the KDE Plasma desktop environment, especially related to the porting to the next-gen Wayland display server.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • Screenlocker integration in KWin Wayland

    Since last few weeks I was working on the Lockscreen integration with KWin Wayland session, this is most important bit of the Plasma on Wayland session. Currently in X11 lockscreen is managed by ksmserver (KDE’s session manager). It suffers from various security problems which are mentioned on blog post by Martin Gräßlin. This blog post also mentions that in Wayland lockscreen functionality should be moved in kwin_wayland, so that compositor is aware that screen is locked, what windows are owned by greeter, and what should get input events.

  • New C++/Qt code checks in clazy static analyzer

    About two months ago I blogged about clazy, a Qt oriented static analyser.

    Since then it has moved to an official KDE repo http://anongit.kde.org/clazy, got an IRC channel (#kde-clazy @ freenode) and also many fun new checks.

  • Plasma 5.4.3, Applications 15.08.3 and Frameworks 5.16.0 by KDE now available

    It's only been a couple of days since our 2015.11-Fermi ISO release, but it is already time for new updates!

    KDE's Plasma 5.4.3, Applications 15.08.3 and Frameworks 5.16.0 are now available in Chakra. These releases contain mostly bugfixes and translation updates, so they should be safe to update for everyone.

KDE Plasma 5.4.3, KDE Apps 15.08.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.16.0 Are Now in Chakra GNU/Linux

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Neofytos Kolokotronis of the Chakra GNU/Linux project has had the pleasure of announcing earlier today, November 15, the immediate availability of the latest KDE technologies in the default software repositories of Chakra GNU/Linux.

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KDE Frameworks 5.16.0 Arrives with Lots of Plasma Framework Improvements, More

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KDE announced the monthly release of the KDE Frameworks project, a set of add-on libraries for the Qt5 GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit, which is now at version 5.16.0.

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Also: KDE Frameworks 5.16 Released

Release of KDE Frameworks 5.16.0

Wallpaper Contribution for Plasma 5.5

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Security: VPNFilter, Encryption in GNU/Linux, Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints

  • [Crackers] infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

    VPNFilter—as the modular, multi-stage malware has been dubbed—works on consumer-grade routers made by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and on network-attached storage devices from QNAP, Cisco researchers said in an advisory. It’s one of the few pieces of Internet-of-things malware that can survive a reboot. Infections in at least 54 countries have been slowly building since at least 2016, and Cisco researchers have been monitoring them for several months. The attacks drastically ramped up during the past three weeks, including two major assaults on devices located in Ukraine. The spike, combined with the advanced capabilities of the malware, prompted Cisco to release Wednesday’s report before the research is completed.

  • Do Not Use sha256crypt / sha512crypt - They're Dangerous

    I'd like to demonstrate why I think using sha256crypt or sha512crypt on current GNU/Linux operating systems is dangerous, and why I think the developers of GLIBC should move to scrypt or Argon2, or at least bcrypt or PBKDF2.

  • Intel CPU Bug Affecting rr Watchpoints
    I investigated an rr bug report and discovered an annoying Intel CPU bug that affects rr replay using data watchpoints. It doesn't seem to be hit very often in practice, which is good because I don't know any way to work around it. It turns out that the bug is probably covered by an existing Intel erratum for Skylake and Kaby Lake (and probably later generations, but I'm not sure), which I even blogged about previously! However, the erratum does not mention watchpoints and the bug I've found definitely depends on data watchpoints being set. I was able to write a stand-alone testcase to characterize the bug. The issue seems to be that if a rep stos (and probably rep movs) instruction writes between 1 and 64 bytes (inclusive), and you have a read or write watchpoint in the range [64, 128) bytes from the start of the writes (i.e., not triggered by the instruction), then one spurious retired conditional branch is (usually) counted. The alignment of the writes does not matter, and it's not related to speculative execution.

In Memoriam: Robin "Roblimo" Miller, a Videographer and Free Software Champion

Videographer Robin Roblimo Miller

Robin "Roblimo" Miller was a clever, friendly, and very amicable individual who everyone I know has plenty of positive things to say about. I had the pleasure of speaking to him for several hours about anything from personal life and professional views. Miller was a very knowledgeable person whose trade as a journalist and video producer I often envied. I have seen him facing his critics in his capacity as a journalist over a decade ago when he arranged a debate about OOXML (on live radio). Miller, to me, will always be remembered as a strong-minded and investigative journalist who "did the right thing" as the cliché goes, irrespective of financial gain -- something which can sometimes be detrimental to one's longterm health. Miller sacrificed many of his later years to a cause worth fighting for. This is what we ought to remember him for. Miller was - and always will be - a FOSS hero.

May everything you fought for be fulfilled, Mr. Miller. I already miss you.

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