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Packages for Builder — a GNOME IDE — now available for Fedora 21

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Builder is an in-development IDE that we reported on a few months ago as part of our GUADEC coverage. Builder aims to be an IDE that will focus purely on GNOME applications, with a goal of making it “Dead Simple”. The lead Builder developer Christian Hergert recently reported on his blog that there are now Fedora 21 COPR builds of the Builder master available for use and testing.

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APIcon UK: Open Source Fuels the API Economy

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Industry leaders say open source is the backbone of the software infrastructure required to fuel the API economy. At APIcon UK, Simon Phipps, president of the Open Source Initiative, explained why open source licensing will enable the API and Internet of Things economies to grow.

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Why Python 4.0 won't be like Python 3.0

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Newcomers to python-ideas occasionally make reference to the idea of "Python 4000" when proposing backwards incompatible changes that don't offer a clear migration path from currently legal Python 3 code. After all, we allowed that kind of change for Python 3.0, so why wouldn't we allow it for Python 4.0?

I've heard that question enough times now (including the more concerned phrasing "You made a big backwards compatibility break once, how do I know you won't do it again?"), that I figured I'd record my answer here, so I'd be able to refer people back to it in the future.

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Qt 5.4 Will Support Applications Under A Wayland Compositor

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KDE

The QtWayland support for Qt 5.4 is considered a technical preview with support of QWidget-based apps being less than ideal, the QtCompositor API in QtWayland not seeing a release for Qt 5.4, and other work still needs to be pursued. The QtCompositor API for the QtWayland module is what's needed for those out there wishing to write their own Wayland compositors using Qt. Qt's support for XDG-Shell is also less than complete and there's also not any official sub-surface protocol support for QtWayland.

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REPRISE OF AKADEMY 2014: ARTIKULATE

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Even when it sounds like KDE Akademy is a just big party, we have been very productive as well. During the birds-of-a-feather (BoF) session on user experience, we discussed usability and visual design for some projects.
Here we want to report about the first one: Artikulate.

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PyPy 2.4 - Snow White

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PyPy is a very compliant Python interpreter, almost a drop-in replacement for CPython 2.7. It’s fast (pypy 2.4 and cpython 2.7.x performance comparison) due to its integrated tracing JIT compiler.

This release supports x86 machines on most common operating systems (Linux 32/64, Mac OS X 64, Windows, and OpenBSD), as well as newer ARM hardware (ARMv6 or ARMv7, with VFPv3) running Linux.

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Tizen Development Units now available!

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The Linux Foundation have today announced the next round of the Tizen development unit program is now available, with the Intel NUC and Samsung RD-PQ hardware devices being available. The Idea behind this program is to put the required hardware in developers hands so they can develop and test their applications on real hardware. It has to be noted that the Samsung RD-PQ device does not have GSM connectivity, and therefore can not be used as a real world device, which is a pity as developers do need real devices so late in the game.

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Recent developments in Dolphin: Improvements in Dolphin 4.14, and change of maintainership

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Recently, Dolphin 4.14 has been released, and in this post, I will tell you about the improvements that are included in this release. This is my last “recent developments in Dolphin” post – I have stepped down as maintainer recently.

Maintaining Dolphin has been a very pleasant and rewarding experience. It went a lot better than I had expected when I took over from Peter a bit more than 2 years ago: Dolphin has been improved in many ways, and I am grateful to everyone who helped to make this possible.

I cannot continue to spend as much time on Dolphin as I did during the past two years, so I have asked Emmanuel Pescosta if he is willing to take over. I am very happy that he accepted because he has made an impressive number of contributions to Dolphin, and I am sure that he will keep Dolphin in good shape and improve it further.

This is not a “good bye” post though – I am still planning to contribute to KDE in general and Dolphin in particular in the future.

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Digia spins off Qt as subsidiary

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Digia has spun off a subsidiary called “The Qt Company” to unify Qt’s commercial and open source efforts, and debuted a low-cost plan for mobile developers.

The Linux-oriented Qt cross-platform development framework has had a tumultuous career, having been passed around Scandinavia over the yearsfrom Trolltech to Nokia and then from Nokia to Digia. Yet, Qt keeps rolling along in both commercial and open source community versions, continually adding support for new platforms and technologies, and gaining extensive support from mobile developers.

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Qt Creator 3.2.1 released

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We are happy to announce Qt Creator 3.2.1. This release contains a range of bugfixes, including fixes for:

a freeze when using the current project or the all projects locator filters via keyboard shortcut
a deployment error in the OS X packages which led to the Clang code model plugin not loading
a crash when opening the context menu on C++ macro parameters
For a full list of fixes, please see our change log.

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