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  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2019 Call for participation is now open (GNOME)
    GNOME.Asia Summit 2019 invites you to participate as a speaker at the conference on the 12th and 13th of October 2019 in Gresik, Indonesia. GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME conference in Asia. It focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the platform development tools. The summit brings together the […]
  • Akademy 2019: Talk Schedule is out! (KDE)


    I'm going to Akademy 2019

    The schedule for Akademy 2019 is out and it is full of interesting and intriguing talks, panels and keynotes.

    On day one (Saturday, September 7), the teams that have been working on the community goals over the last two years will discuss how things worked out and what has been achieved (spoiler: a lot). As many of the procedures and processes developed for the goals have now been worked into the everyday ways the KDE community operates and builds things, it is time to look for new goals. That is precisely what will be happening next, when the panel unveils what the community has decided to work on in the next two years.

    Apart from goals, there will also be time for the bleeding-edge tech KDE is so well-known for. You will find out from Aleix Pol how developers managed to make a complex graphical environment like the Plasma desktop start up faster, and Marco Martin and Bhushan Shah will show us how Plasma can work everywhere, including on embedded devices. Taking things a step further still, Aditya Mehra will demonstrate how the open source Mycroft AI assistant can be the next great thing to assist you while you drive your car.

    On Sunday, the schedule is equally full of challenging ideas and fun stuff. You will see what's new in KDE's effort to create a completely open, privacy-protecting travel assistant, courtesy of Volker Krause. In Akademy 2018 Volker introduced KItinerary and this year he will be talking about KPublicTransport. Having teamed up with the Open Transport community, KDE is now building a framework which will allow apps to give users a complete travel solution without having to depend on leaky proprietary services.

    As projects like Mycroft show, KDE is working on integrating AI into the desktop. Trung Thanh Dinh will be explaining how AI can also be used in the area of face recognition, and how that can be leveraged by KDE's applications. Another thing on the list of revolutionary technologies is that KDE is setting its sights on virtual reality. Cristoph Haag will explain how VR requires a completely different approach to user interfaces from what we are used to.

    Obviously, that is not all. It is but a small cross-section of what you will be able to see at Akademy 2019. Soon we will also unveil our two keynote speakers with interviews here, on the Dot. After the weekend of talks, panels and keynotes, the rest of the week will be dedicated to BoFs (Birds of a Feather sessions), where community members with similar interests get together and work on their projects, as well as coding sessions, meetings, and social activities.

    Do not miss Akademy 2019! Join us, register for the event now, book your accommodation soon (Milan gets busy!) and meet up with all your KDE friends.

    Besides. did we say it is in Milan? That means pasta, pizza, gelato and Gothic architecture. What's not to love?

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    About Akademy


    Akademy 2018, Vienna

    For most of the year, KDE - one of the largest free and open software communities in the world - works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities. For more information, please contact the Akademy Team.

  • Plasma + Usability & Productivity Sprint in Valencia, Spain (KDE)

    The KDE Plasma and Usability teams recently converged on the beautiful Spanish city of Valencia for a combined development sprint. The teams admired Valencia's medieval architecture and stayed up until midnight eating sumptuous Mediterranean food. But of course, the real purpose was work!

    We camped out in the offices of the Slimbook company, which were generously made available for the sprint. The aim was not only to hack on Plasma and the Usability & Productivity initiative, but also to benefit from the cross-pollination opportunities provided by hosting both sprints at the same time and place.

    The result was a huge amount of work done on Plasma, KWin, Dolphin, Spectacle, and many other bits of KDE software.

    Present for the Plasma sprint were Kai Uwe Broulik, David Edmundson, Nicolas Fella, Eike Hein, Roman Gilg, Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Marco Martin, and Bhushan Shah. They had quite a busy agenda:

    • Plasma 5.16's new notification system received a great deal of polish
    • Fixed a ton of bugs in the Plasma Browser Integration
    • Rewrote the widget positioning code for the desktop, making it much more robust, future-proof, and usable on touch:



    • Started work on making the Task Manager understand window stacking order, which will allow it to implement new interaction modes for grouped windows (e.g. bring forward the last-used window when clicked)
    • Worked on architecture improvements for the Task Manager to unify its different presentation modes and improve code robustness
    • Worked on a variety of architecture improvements for KWin to make it more future-proof, which, among other things, will improve multi-screen handling
    • Improved the user interface for the System Tray's settings window
    • Added calculator and unit conversion functionality to Kickoff and Application Dashboard

    Kickoff now integrates a calculator and a unit conversion utility.

    In addition to making technical progress, the Plasma and Usability teams got together to discuss a number of long-standing Plasma issues, and figure out how to resolve them:

    We wanted to make it easier to test a custom-compiled version of Plasma. To do so, we implemented changes that allow you to integrate your custom-compiled Plasma into SDDM by running a single command, after which you can log into it normally. For more information, see this article.

    We thought it would be a good idea to make more it obvious and discoverable that Plasma is made up of widgets, and show how they are configured. To do this, we decided to create a new "global edit mode" that's triggerable from within System Settings, as this is where new users generally expect everything to be configured. In this global edit mode, all widgets become visibly configurable, editable, removable, etc. We also want to make it easy to change the wallpaper in this mode. With all that done, we'll be able to remove the Desktop Toolbox as it currently exists.

    There was a need to unify the disparate scaling methods, so we decided to visually connect the scale factor chooser with the "Force Fonts DPI" setting, since the former actually affects the latter, but not the other way around. This should make it clear that the scaling slider is the primary way to scale the screen, and the "force fonts DPI" control is nothing more than a way to tweak things further.

    We needed Plasma to respect the system-wide scale factor on X11, so we came up with a path forward and a plan for getting it done!

    We planned out how to add power actions to the lock screen. We concluded that not only does this make sense, but it will be necessary for Plasma Mobile anyway. In a multi-user environment, the user will have to enter an admin password to shut down or restart the machine when other users are also logged in.


    Even during down time, KDE carries on coding!

    Over in the Usability & Productivity room we had Méven Car, Albert Astals Cid, Noah Davis, Filip Fila, Nate Graham, and David Redondo. The agenda was similarly jam-packed, and included the following:

    • We ported Spectacle to use KGlobalAccel and away from KHotKeys, made the quit-after-copy feature finally work, and added support for drawing annotations on newly-taken screenshots
    • We implemented user-configurable sort ordering for wallpaper slideshows
    • Dolphin received human-readable sort order text and an auto-play-on-hover feature for media files
    • We added inline name feedback when creating new files or folders
    • Users can optionally close windows in the Present Windows effect with a middle-click
    • Many user interface improvements have been made to the Purpose framework, which implements sharing support in many apps (Dolphin, Spectacle, Okular, Gwenview as of recently, and so on)
    • We started working on improving the default selection of pictures available for user account avatars
    • Initial work has been done on a new "Recently used" feature for Dolphin and the file dialogs that will pull its data from a single consistent location and actually notice everything

    We also came to some significant conclusions related to higher-level goals. For example, we plan to pay for professional user research to generate new "personas" and target user groups that represent the people using our software. We will use these personas as the basis for professional usability testing for Plasma, Dolphin, Gwenview, Okular, and other components of a basic desktop.

    Additionally, we discussed how we can add release notes data to our apps' AppStream data, so that it shows up in software center apps like Discover. The big blocker was getting the required translations added to the tarball. We've started a dialogue with AppStream maintainer Matthias Klumpp regarding a new feature to pull translations from a remote location, which would support our workflow. The conversation is proceeding nicely so far.

    Finally, VDG member Noah Davis dug deep into Breeze to work on visual consistency improvements related to selection highlights. Given his growing familiarity with the code, he's well on his way to becoming the next Breeze maintainer!

    All in all, it was a very productive week. KDE Plasma and apps are in a great place right now, and the team's effort to further improve things will reach you in upcoming versions, so stay tuned!

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  • Annual Report 2018 (GNOME)
    What a wonderful year 2018 was! We are very excited to share with you some of our best moments, achievements, and great conferences/events which happened throughout the year in our annual report. Worth mentioning: Two new releases, 3.28 and 3.30, with some great new features and support for Thunderbolt 3 connections with added security checks […]
  • GNOME Asia Summit 2019 to be held in Gresik, Indonesia (GNOME)
    The GNOME foundation is pleased to announce that GNOME Asia Summit 2019 will take place in Gresik, Indonesia between 11-13 October at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Gresik (UMG). This city has been known to the world since 11th century as a strategic trade center. It is located on the western side of Surabaya, the second largest […]
  • Plasma 5.16 by KDE is Now Available (KDE)

    Say hello to Plasma 5.16, a the newest iteration of KDE's desktop environment, chock-a-block with new features and improvements.

    For starters, check out the new notification system! Not only can you mute notifications altogether with the Do Not Disturb mode, but the system also groups notifications by app. Like this, when you run through the history of past notifications, you can see all the messages from KDE Connect in one category, the download information in another, email alerts in a third, and so on.

    Discover, Plasma's software manager, is also cleaner and clearer as it now has two distinct areas for downloading and installing software on the Update page. Besides, when updating, the completion bar now works correctly and the packages disappear from the list as the software manager completes their installation.

    With each new version, we make Plasma safer, and protect your data better. In 5.16 we have made using Vaults easier and more convenient. Vaults are a built-in utility to encrypt folders, installed by default on Plasma, and you can now open them directly from Dolphin.

    Protecting your privacy requires that we focus on the small details, too. When any application accesses the microphone, an icon will pop up in your system tray, showing that something is listening. It doesn't matter whether it is graphical application, a web app or a process started on the command line - the icon will show up alerting you to the fact. You can deactivate your mic by clicking the icon with the middle button on your mouse.

    Plasma 5.16 is also spectacular to look at, with our new wallpaper called Ice Cold. Designed by Santiago Cézar, it is the winner of a contest with more than 150 entries. Ice Cold will keep you cool and feeling fresh for the upcoming summer months. Again, giving you options is what Plasma is all about, so we have included a few other contest submissions for you to choose from.

    Talking of options, many of the pages in the System Settings have been redesigned, with clearer icons and friendlier layouts. Getting back to wallpapers: the Wallpaper Slideshow settings window displays the images in the folders you selected, and lets you select only the graphics you want to display in the slideshow. To improve visibility, window and menu shadow colors are pure black - something that works especially well when using dark themes.

    And if creating themes is your thing, many of the hard-coded look and feel options are gone know, allowing you full freedom to design widgets to your liking. You'll notice it in the small things, like the analog clock handles: Plasma themes now let you tweak their look by adjusting the offset and toggling the blur behind panels.

    For a more comprehensive overview of what to expect in Plasma 5.16, check out the official announcement or the changelog for the complete list of changes.

    Functional, feature-rich, privacy-protecting and beautiful... What else could you ask for? Look out for Plasma 5.16 in a distribution near you!

  • Announcing Our Google Summer of Code 2019 Students (KDE)

    The KDE Community welcomes our Google Summer of Code students for 2019!

    These students will be working with our development teams throughout the summer, and many of them will join us this September at Akademy, our annual community meeting.

    Krita will have four students this year: Alberto Flores will work with the SVG pipe/animated brush, Kuntal M. is porting the magnetic lasso, Sharaf Zaman will port Krita to Android, and Tusooa Windy will bring a better undo/redo for Krita.

    digiKam will mentor three students this year. Thanh Trung Dinh will bring AI Face Recognition with the OpenCV DNN module to digiKam, Igor Antropov will improve the Faces Management workflow, and Ahmed Fathy will make a zoomable and resizable brush for Healing Clone Tool.

    Labplot gets attention from two students in 2019. While Devanshu Agarwal will provide statistical analysis for Labplot, Ferencz Kovács will work on the support for importing educational data sets available on the Internet.

    Another two students - Piyush Aggarwal and Weixuan Xiazo - will work on KDE Connect. Their projects are quite exciting: Piyush will be porting KDE Connect to Windows, while Weixuan brings KDEconnect to MacOS.

    Akshay Kumar will bring Gcompris one step closer to version 1.0, and Akhil K Gangadharan will revamp the Titler tool for Kdenlive. Prasenjit Kumar Shaw will make data sync for Falkon a thing, and Rituka Patwal will bring Nextcloud integration to Plasma Mobile.

    João Netto will improve JavaScript support on Okular, and Karina Pereira Passos will improve Khipu and Analitza. Nikita Sirgienko will implement the import/export of Jupyter notebooks in Cantor.

    Atul Bisht will create a barcode scanning plugin in Purpose. Filip Fila will work on ensuring consistency between the SDDM login manager and the Plasma desktop, and SonGeon will focus on integrating kmarkdown-qtview with WYSIWYG markdown editor for KDE as a whole.

    KDE neon will get a KDE ISO image writer courtesy of Farid Boudedja, while Caio Tonetti will make an improved graph theory IDE for Rocs. Alexander Saoutkin will be polishing KIOFuse, and Shubham will port authentication to Polkit-qt for KDE Partition Manager.

    We look forward to our students' contributions, and we're excited to share their progress with the rest of the world. As Google Summer of Code moves forward, you'll be able to read detailed reports from our students, and find out how their work will impact your favorite KDE software. Stay tuned, and wish them luck!

  • Akademy 2019 registration now open (KDE)

    Akademy is free to attend, however you need to register to reserve your space.

    Once you have registered, take a look at our guide on how to travel to Milan and check out the accommodation we have arranged and recommend for attendees. We also have a guide on how to get from different locations within Milan to Akademy. This guide also includes information on how to move around the city in general -- useful for sightseeing!

    IMPORTANT: All attendees are expected to read and required to follow Akademy's Code of Conduct.

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    About Akademy


    Akademy 2018, Vienna

    For most of the year, KDE - one of the largest free and open software communities in the world - works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities. For more information, please contact the Akademy Team.

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  • KDE Privacy Sprint, 2019 Edition (KDE)

    From the 22nd to 26th of March, members of the KDE Privacy team met up in Leipzig, Germany, for our Spring 2019 sprint.

    During the sprint, we floated a lot of different ideas that sparked plenty of discussions. The notion of privacy encompasses a wide range of topics, technologies and methods, so it is often difficult to decide what to focus on. However, all the aspects we worked on are important. We ended up tackling a variety of issues, and we are confident that our contributions will improve data protection for all users of KDE software.

    Both Sandro Knauß and Volker Krause regularly work on KDE's Kontact suite (email, calendar, contacts, etc.), but this time they took on network-related issues. One of the problems is that there are still too many http links (instead of secure https links) within our codebase. This is a threat to users' communication, as http connections - and hence all the messages that travel over them - are unencrypted.

    To make it easier for all KDE developers, Sandro and Volker wrote an ECM-injected global unit test. The test gets added to every application and prints out warnings about http links used in your code. Another script tries to update all the links in your codebase to use https, but checks beforehand if the https links would work. For example, sourceforge.org subdomains don't provide a certificate, so the script would ignore those.

    Things are further complicated by http links that are used as identifiers in XML documents, and those links cannot be changed. All of the above exceptions and niche cases are the reason a simple search-and-replace would not work.

    When the script ran, many of the links it found were updates of user-facing links that a normal capable browser would "fix" on the fly. However, it also found privacy leaks, as some links were routed through URL shorteners and pastebin services, as well as to default download locations.

    Another thing we identified is that, unfortunately, the KDE mirror network is still using http and the underlying software is not ready to work with https. This means there is still some work we need to carry out to make mirrorbrain capable of using https. The website needs a valid certificate, too.

    Meanwhile, Ivan Čukić and David Edmundson worked on improving Plasma Vault, KDE's solution for encrypting folders. The aim was to fix the issues that arise when other KDE software components interact with vaults. They made several major improvements:

    • vaults can now be opened and closed directly from Dolphin;
    • offline vaults force the network to be disconnected as soon as the password entry dialogue is shown;
    • and thumbnails are not generated for files in FUSE-encrypted directories unless the thumbnail cache is located in the same encrypted mount.

    David and Ivan also spent some time on KWallet, KDE's password manager. In a breakout session, David investigated how to handle KWallet sandboxing, and Ivan explored the possibility of doing elliptic-curve encrypted inter-process communication, which could be useful for handling passwords with KWallet.

    Florian Müller looked into using the Tor Browser as the default browser in Plasma. He found that it is mostly blocked, as Tor Browser is started with --no-remote, which makes it impossible to trigger new tabs from the outside. To solve the problem, Florian filed a patch against torbrowser-launcher.

    The integration of Tor goes way beyond of just using the browser, though. In fact, the team wants all applications to be able to use Tor. To see if this was possible, we picked some applications and worked on configuring their proxy settings. During the testing, we used a .onion address to make sure that data was correctly sent via the Tor network.

    On Monday morning, Jos van den Oever presented a proof-of-concept privacy proxy. The proxy is run by the user, and it intercepts all web traffic, storing it in a local archive. This proxy makes it possible to revisit parts of the Web even without an Internet connection. Additionally, the proxy can block unwanted content by defining filters.

    The presentation was followed by a discussion on how to use such a proxy in KDE software in a user-friendly manner. Jos himself has been using his own proxy privately for a few years, but the code needs to be cleaned up and updated to the current version of Rust libraries before it can be released.

    Then again, working for the future is what the Privacy team does most of the time. Gradually, most or all these features (and quite a few more) will make their way into Plasma Desktop and Plasma Mobile, making your desktop and mobile devices a safe environment against data leaks and snooping without sacrificing functionality.

  • KDE Plasma 5.16 Beta: Your Three Week Notification for a More Tidy and Composed Desktop (KDE)



    Plasma 5.16

    KDE Plasma 5.16

    Thursday, 16 May 2019.

    Today KDE launches the beta release of Plasma 5.16.

    In this release, many aspects of Plasma have been polished and
    rewritten to provide high consistency and bring new features. There is a completely rewritten notification system supporting Do Not Disturb mode, more intelligent history with grouping, critical notifications in fullscreen apps, improved notifications for file transfer jobs, a much more usable System Settings page to configure everything, and many other things. The System and
    Widget Settings have been refined and worked on by porting code to
    newer Kirigami and Qt technologies and polishing the user interface.
    And of course the VDG and Plasma team effort towards Usability & Productivity
    goal
    continues, getting feedback on all the papercuts in our software that make your life less
    smooth and fixing them to ensure an intuitive and consistent workflow for your
    daily use.

    For the first time, the default wallpaper of Plasma 5.16 will
    be decided by a contest where everyone can participate and submit art. The
    winner will receive a Slimbook One v2 computer, an eco-friendly, compact
    machine, measuring only 12.4 x 12.8 x 3.7 cm. It comes with an i5 processor, 8
    GB of RAM, and is capable of outputting video in glorious 4K. Naturally, your
    One will come decked out with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop, your
    spectacular wallpaper, and a bunch of other great software made by KDE. You can find
    more information and submitted work on the competition wiki
    page
    , and you can submit your own wallpaper in the
    subforum
    .

    Desktop Management



    New Notifications

    New Notifications




    Theme Engine Fixes for Clock Hands!

    Theme Engine Fixes for Clock Hands!




    Panel Editing Offers Alternatives

    Panel Editing Offers Alternatives




    Login Screen Theme Improved

    Login Screen Theme Improved

    • Completely rewritten notification system supporting Do Not Disturb mode, more intelligent history with grouping, critical notifications in fullscreen apps, improved notifications for file transfer jobs, a much more usable System Settings page to configure everything, and more!
    • Plasma themes are now correctly applied to panels when selecting a new theme.
    • More options for Plasma themes: offset of analog clock hands and toggling blur behind.
    • All widget configuration settings have been modernized and now feature an improved UI. The Color Picker widget also improved, now allowing dragging colors from the plasmoid to text editors, palette of photo editors, etc.
    • The look and feel of lock, login and logout screen have been improved with new icons, labels, hover behavior, login button layout and more.
    • When an app is recording audio, a microphone icon will now appear in the System Tray which allows for changing and muting the volume using mouse middle click and wheel. The Show Desktop icon is now also present in the panel by default.
    • The Wallpaper Slideshow settings window now displays the images in the selected folders, and allows selecting and deselecting them.
    • The Task Manager features better organized context menus and can now be configured to move a window from a different virtual desktop to the current one on middle click.
    • The default Breeze window and menu shadow color are back to being pure black, which improves visibility of many things especially when using a dark color scheme.
    • The "Show Alternatives..." button is now visible in panel edit mode, use it to quickly change widgets to similar alternatives.
    • Plasma Vaults can now be locked and unlocked directly from Dolphin.


    Settings



    Color Scheme

    Color Scheme




    Application Style and Appearance Settings

    Application Style and Appearance Settings

    • There has been a general polish in all pages; the entire Appearance section has been refined, the Look and Feel page has moved to the top level, and improved icons have been added in many pages.
    • The Color Scheme and Window Decorations pages have been redesigned with a more consistent grid view. The Color Scheme page now supports filtering by light and dark themes, drag and drop to install themes, undo deletion and double click to apply.
    • The theme preview of the Login Screen page has been overhauled.
    • The Desktop Session page now features a "Reboot to UEFI Setup" option.
    • There is now full support for configuring touchpads using the Libinput driver on X11.


    Window Management



    Window Management

    Window Management

    • Initial support for using Wayland with proprietary Nvidia drivers has been added. When using Qt 5.13 with this driver, graphics are also no longer distorted after waking the computer from sleep.
    • Wayland now features drag and drop between XWayland and Wayland native windows.
    • Also on Wayland, the System Settings Libinput touchpad page now allows you to configure the click method, switching between "areas" or "clickfinger".
    • KWin's blur effect now looks more natural and correct to the human eye by not unnecessary darkening the area between blurred colors.
    • Two new default shortcuts have been added: Meta+L can now be used by default to lock the screen and Meta+D can be used to show and hide the desktop.
    • GTK windows now apply correct active and inactive colour scheme.


    Plasma Network Manager



    Plasma Network Manager with Wireguard

    Plasma Network Manager with Wireguard

    • The Networks widget is now faster to refresh Wi-Fi networks and more reliable at doing so. It also has a button to display a search field to help you find a particular network from among the available choices. Right-clicking on any network will expose a "Configure…" action.
    • WireGuard is now compatible with NetworkManager 1.16.
    • One Time Password (OTP) support in Openconnect VPN plugin has been added.


    Discover



    Updates in Discover

    Updates in Discover

    • In Discover's Update page, apps and packages now have distinct "downloading" and "installing" sections. When an item has finished installing, it disappears from the view.
    • Tasks completion indicator now looks better by using a real progress bar. Discover now also displays a busy indicator when checking for updates.
    • Improved support and reliability for AppImages and other apps that come from store.kde.org.
    • Discover now allows you to force quit when installation or update operations are proceeding.
    • The sources menu now shows the version number for each different source for that app.

    Read the full announcement

  • LAS 2019 Call for Locations (GNOME)
    The GNOME and KDE communities are excited in their joint interest in co-hosting the Linux App Summit (LAS) this year, and are currently looking for locations for an event that is hosted sometime in September – December 2019. The Linux App Summit is an evolution of the Libre Application Summit that was previously hosted by […]
  • Bring the Linux App Summit 2019 home (KDE)

    Photo by Paul Brown, distributed under CC By SA license.

    The GNOME and KDE communities are looking for locations for the Linux App Summit (LAS) 2019, an event that will be held sometime between September and December 2019.

    The Linux App Summit is an evolution of the Libre Application Summit and has a specific focus on the creation of applications that target Linux devices. By co-hosting the conference, KDE and GNOME want to create a space for a more widespread collaboration and work towards a common goal: make the Linux application ecosystem flourish.

    If you are interested in hosting LAS 2019 in your town, send us an e-mail to appsummit@lists.freedesktop.org by May 15th with your proposed location. This will allow the organizing committee to establish contact with you and give you assistance as you put together a bid later on.

    For more information on relevant deadlines, please check out the LAS website.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Announcing Akademy 2019 in Milan, Italy (September 7th - 13th) (KDE)

    Photo by Romain Pontida, distributed under CC By SA license. Original at https://www.flickr.com/photos/romainpontida/39707850020/

    Akademy 2019 will be held at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy, from Saturday the 7th to Friday the 13th of September.

    The conference is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from the global KDE community to discuss and plan the future of the community and its technology. Many participants from the broad Free and Open Source software community, local organizations and software companies will also attend.

    KDE e.V. is organizing Akademy 2019 with unixMiB — the Linux User Group of the University of Milano-Bicocca. unixMiB aims to spread Open Source philosophy among students.

    Akademy 2019 Program

    Akademy 2019 will start with 2 days of talks on Saturday and Sunday (7th and 8th of September), followed by 5 days of workshops, Birds of a Feather (BoF), training and coding sessions.

    Call for Papers

    The goal of the conference section of Akademy is to learn and teach new skills, and share our passion around what we're doing together at KDE.

    For the sharing of ideas, experiences and state of things, we will have short Fast Track sessions in a single-track section of Akademy. Teaching and sharing technical details is done through longer sessions in the multi-track section of Akademy.

    If you have an idea or a story that you would like to present, please tell us about it. If you know of someone else who should present, please encourage them to get in touch. For more details, see the proposal guidelines and the Call for Papers.

    The submission deadline is 31st May, 23:59:59 CEST.

    About Milan

    With a population of over 1.5 million inhabitants, Milan has a rich history that stretches back to 600 BC. The city boasts interesting museums, fascinating archaeological sites and breathtaking architecture and monuments. It is also renowned for its excellent food and wine.

    Milan is considered a global city, with strengths in the field of the arts, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, services, research, and tourism. It is the third-largest economy among European cities after Paris and London, but the fastest in growth among the three. It is also the wealthiest among European non-capital cities.

    Apart from being recognized as the world's fashion and design capital, Milan has a strong IT-based sector and is home to powerhouses such as Disney and SUSE. The adjacent towns are home to IBM Italia, Samsung and the CILEA supercomputing center, one of the most advanced HPC centers in Europe.

    About the University of Milano-Bicocca

    Akademy will be held in the halls of the University of Milano-Bicocca. Milano-Bicocca is a public university that provides undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education in a wide range of disciplinary fields including Economics, Informatics, Statistics, Law, Education, Sociology, Medicine and Surgery, Maths, Natural Sciences, Physics and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Biotechnology, and Psychology.

    The university is located to the north and east of the center of Milan and can easily be reached by bus and metro/underground.

    About Akademy


    Akademy 2018, Vienna

    For most of the year, KDE - one of the largest free and open software communities in the world - works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities. For more information, please contact the Akademy Team.

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  • KDE Applications 19.04 Released (KDE)

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    The first new applications bundle release of the year adds stability, coherence and new features that help users become more comfortable and more productive using KDE software.

    KDE's file manager, Dolphin, can now show previews of more types of files, including Microsoft Office files, Blender 3D scenes, and EPUB eBooks. Continuing in the same department, previews of text files containing code or markup will now show syntax highlighting. All of the above will help users identify the contents of a file even before opening it. Other usability improvements include the option to choose which split to close when clicking the Close Split button, smarter tab placement, and a more practical way of tagging files.

    Okular, KDE's document viewer, now lets users verify PDFs that have been digitally signed. Digital signatures are used in official documents to confirm that the document comes from the right source, and that it has not been tampered with. Okular also lets you edit LaTeX documents directly in the viewer and has improved touchscreen compatibility, making it much easier to use it in presentation mode.

    Kontact has also improved, with KMail receiving most of the changes. Starting with this release, KMail can correct your grammar in the texts of your messages. A new thing you will find in this version of Kontact is KItinerary, a travel assistant developed by Volker Krausse that advises you on how to best get to your destination using meta-data from your e-mails.

    Many other apps have been improved: Konsole has made using tabs easier, Spectacle gives you more options when taking and saving screenshots, and Kdenlive has overhauled the timeline, making editing video easier and more fun, just to mention a few changes.

    As always, you can read more about KDE Applications 19.04 in the official announcement. Many distributions are currently packaging Applications 19.04 ready for update and install. For the first time, you can install many of the apps on any distro directly from the Snap Store.

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  • GUADEC 2019 Call for Papers (GNOME)
    GUADEC, the GNOME User and Developer European Conference, is GNOME’s main annual conference. This year it is being held in Thessaloniki, Greece from 23rd to 28th of August This is a great opportunity to share your ideas with the GNOME project, as well as the wider open source community. You don’t have to be an […]
  • Meet GNOME at FOSS-North (GNOME)
    Foss-North is a free / open source conference covering both software and hardware from the technical perspective. Hosted in Gothenburg, this event takes place during April 7-10 at Chalmers Conference Centre.FOSS-North provides a meeting place for the Nordic FOSS communities and will bring together great speakers with a great audience. On 7th of April there […]
  • GNOME presence in LibrePlanet 2019 (GNOME)
    This year GNOME will attend LibrePlanet, which is a conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation LibrePlanet brings together software developers, law and policy experts, activists, students, and computer users to learn skills, celebrate free software accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom. This conference will take place on March 23rd-24th in Stata Center, Massachusetts […]
  • GNOME 3.32 Released (GNOME)
    The latest version of GNOME 3 has been released today. Version 3.32 contains six months of work by the GNOME community and includes many improvements, performance improvements and new features. This release features a refreshed visual style ranging from an entirely new set of app icons to improvements to the user interface style. Many of […]
  • Visit our Booth at OpenExpo Europe (KDE)

    OpenExpo 2018

    On the 20th of June, KDE will be attending OpenExpo Europe 2019.

    The event is held in Madrid, Spain, and the organisers have kindly given us a space on the exhibition floor. We will be showcasing the best of what KDE has to offer in the business world. This will include devices that will show off the versatility and potential of Plasma and Plasma Mobile on everything - from mobiles, embedded devices, SBCs and low-powered devices (like the Pinebook), to its capability for adapting to vehicle infotainment systems and high-end ultrabooks, like the KDE Slimbook.

    We will also be running videos and slide shows demonstrating the flexibility of Plasma, Plasma Mobile and all our applications on all platforms, and informing attendees how KDE Frameworks, such as Kirigami, can be useful for fast and flexible multiplatform development.

    This is an event aimed mainly at businesses that want to work with other businesses, so if you or your company would like to get in touch with other IT companies, especially Spanish ones (which is what we want to do), this may be a good chance to broaden your market.

    For those looking to share their knowledge, the OpenExpo Europe CfP (Call for Participation) is also still open and they are looking for speakers.

    Mark your calendars, come and visit our stand, and keep up to date with all the new stuff KDE is working on!

  • Google Summer of Code 2019 (KDE)

    GSoC

    The KDE Community is happy to announce that we have been selected to participate in Google Summer of Code. This will be our our 14th year of mentoring students.

    Attention students: If you are a student who would like to work with KDE this summer you can apply to SoC, find more info on the KDE GSoC wiki page. Please note that your project proposal will need to link to some commits to the KDE codebase, so get started now fixing some bugs! If you are wondering what you can work on, also check out our ideas page.

    Come and talk to the team on Matrix at kde-soc:kde.org, on IRC in the #kde-soc channel or join the student mailing list.

  • KDE is adding Matrix to its instant messaging infrastructure (KDE)

    KDE is adopting non-proprietary and decentralized instant messaging services and is now running its own community-managed instance of Matrix.

    Matrix works fine on mobile as well.

    KDE has been looking for a better way of chatting and live-sharing information for several years now. IRC has been a good solution for a long time, but our channels are currently on servers KDE cannot control. It also lacks features users have come to expect from more modern IM services. Other alternatives, such as Telegram, Slack and Discord, although feature-rich, are centralized and built around closed-source technologies and offer even less control than IRC. This flies in the face of KDE's principles that require we use and support technologies based on Free software.

    However, our search for a better solution has finally come to an end: as of today we are officially using Matrix for collaboration within KDE! Matrix is an open protocol and network for decentralised communication, backed by an open standard and open source reference implementations for servers, clients, client SDKs, bridges, bots and more. It provides all the features you’d expect from a modern chat system: infinite scrollback, file transfer, typing notifications, read receipts, presence, search, push notifications, stickers, VoIP calling and conferencing, etc. It even provides end-to-end encryption (based on Signal’s double ratchet algorithm) for when you want some privacy.

    All the existing rooms on Matrix (and their counterparts on IRC, Telegram and elsewhere) continue to exist. The new service provides a dedicated server for KDE users to access them using names like #kde:kde.org.

    For more information go visit our wiki page which contains details and instructions on how to get started.

    You can also try KDE's Matrix service right now by checking in to KDE's webchat or by installing a Matrix client like Riot and connecting to the kde.modular.im server!

  • GNOME presence in SCALE 17x (GNOME)
    SCaLE 17x – is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America – which will take place on March. 7-10, 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center.  This event expects to host 150 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials and special events. Photo byAgentUhOh7 CC BY-NC 4.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pasadena_Civic_Auditorium_Oct_2016.jpg We are […]
  • KDE releases a new version of the Plasma desktop environment (KDE)

    Say hello to Plasma 5.15, the newest version of KDE's acclaimed desktop environment.

    This February release of KDE Plasma comes with a wide range of new features and improvements. The main focus of developers has been stamping out all minor problems and papercuts of the desktop, aiming to make Plasma smoother and easier to use.

    Plasma's configuration interfaces have been redesigned, expanded and clarified to cover more user cases and make it simpler to adapt Plasma to everybody's needs. Plasma has also improved the integration of non-native applications, so Firefox, for example, can now optionally use native KDE open/save dialogs. Likewise, GTK and GNOME apps now respect the global scale factor used by high-DPI screens.

    Updating your system is now easier and more reliable with the new and improved Discover.

    Developers have also been hard at work on Discover, Plasma's built-in software manager. Options for upgrading your distribution are now included in Discover's Update Notifier widget, which will also display a "Restart" button if a restart is recommended when updating is done. Talking of updates, it is now possible to uncheck and re-check all available updates to make it easier to pick and choose the ones you want to apply. Another improvement is that repository management in Discover is now more practical and usable, especially for Ubuntu-based distros.

    We have also solved problems with text readability and icon clarity. KDE designers have improved a variety of Breeze device and preference icons, including the multimedia icons and all icons that depict a stylized version of a Plasma wallpaper. The Places, Vault and Python bytecode files all have redesigned icons to make them easier to identify.

    There are literally hundreds more improvements and tweaks included in this release, all implemented to make your life as a Plasma user much more enjoyable. Read the official announcement and check out the Plasma 5.15 changelog for more details on this new version of the Plasma desktop.

  • GNOME to be present at FOSDEM 2019 (GNOME)
    GNOME will be present at FOSDEM 2019 which is taking place this weekend in Brussels, Belgium, February 2 – 3. FOSDEM which is one of the largest gatherings for Free Software contributors. GNOME will be hosting a booth where attendees can test the latest version of GNOME, talk to contributors and more. On Saturday 2th […]
  • Come Home to KDE at FOSDEM 2019 (KDE)

    Despite the rain and the cold, there is always a place that is warm and welcoming in Brussels in February - the KDE booth at FOSDEM 2019.

    Live Krita demo at FOSDEM 2018.

    This year we are jam-packing it with interesting stuff. The first thing you'll see as you arrive is Krita's demo. Wolthera van Hövell, a talented artist that regularly contributes to Krita, will be painting live at the booth, demonstrating all the new features on a large screen for everybody to enjoy. Then on Sunday, Camille Moulin will be demonstrating how to edit video using Kdenlive.

    Plasma Mobile devices you can play with!

    We will also have a wide variety of hardware devices you will be able to play with. We will be showing off how Plasma works on everything: from high-end laptops like the KDE Slimbook, to underpowered and very affordable notebooks, such as the Pinebook. A variety of SBCs (single-board computers) will also be on show, ranging from Raspberry Pis to Pine64s. Of course, we will show the progress we are making on Plasma Mobile, so the KDE booth will be well-equipped with phones you can test on-site, and exotic new hardware, like a RISC-V board.

    Besides demos and devices, the booth staff will be made up by some of KDE's most notorious members. Aleix Pol of KAlgebra and Discover fame; Jonathan Riddell, creator of the KDE neon system; Bhushan Shah, the main developer of Plasma Mobile; Adriaan de Groot, the main developer of the Calamares operating system installer; and Boudewijn Rempt from Krita will all be on hand to answer your questions, field suggestions or just chat.

    In the merch department, you will be able to get your hands on our brand new Katie and Konqi stickers, especially designed to celebrate Plasma Mobile, along with a variety of other kute designs. You will also be able to purchase KDE gear, such as T-shirts, sweaters and hoodies. This is a great opportunity to not only spruce up your wardrobe, but also to contribute to KDE with a donation to our community - truly a win-win situation!

    In the midst of the Belgium winter, what better place to feel fuzzy, warm and welcome than at our booth? Come feel at home and visit us on the bottom floor of building K(DE) at the ULB Solbosch Campus in Brussels.

  • Call for Proposals to Host GNOME.Asia Summit 2019 (GNOME)
    The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia Summit during the second half of 2019. GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide […]
  • Plasma 5.15 Beta (KDE)



    Plasma 5.15 Beta

    KDE Plasma 5.15 Beta

    Today KDE launches the beta release of Plasma 5.15.

    For the first release of 2019, the Plasma team has embraced KDE's Usability & Productivity goal. We have teamed up with the VDG (Visual Design Group) contributors to get feedback on all the papercuts in our software that make your life less smooth, and fixed them to ensure an intuitive and consistent workflow for your daily use.

    Plasma 5.15 brings a number of changes to our configuration interfaces, including more options for complex network configurations. Many icons have been added or redesigned. Our integration with third-party technologies like GTK and Firefox has been made even more complete. Discover, our software and add-on installer, has received a metric tonne of improvements to help you stay up-to-date and find the tools you need to get your tasks done.

    Please test this beta release and send us bug reports and feedback. The final release will be available in three weeks' time.

    Browse the full Plasma 5.15 Beta changelog to learn more about other tweaks and bug fixes included in this release:


    New in Plasma 5.15 Beta

    Plasma Widgets



      Bluetooth Battery Status

      Bluetooth Battery Status

    • Bluetooth devices now show their battery status in the power widget. Note that this cutting-edge feature requires the latest versions of the upower and bluez packages.
    • It’s now possible to download and install new wallpaper plugins straight from the wallpaper configuration dialog.
    • Filenames on desktop icons now have enough horizontal space to be legible even when their icons are very tiny, and are easier to read when the wallpaper is very light-colored or visually busy.
    • Visually impaired users can now read the icons on the desktop thanks to the newly-implemented screen reader support for desktop icons.
    • The Notes widget now has a 'Transparent with light text' theme.
    • It's now possible to configure whether scrolling over the virtual desktop Pager widget will “wrap around” when reaching the end of the virtual desktop list.
    • The padding and appearance of notification pop-ups have been improved.
    • KRunner has received several usability improvements. It now handles duplicates much better, no longer showing duplicate bookmarks from Firefox or duplicate entries when the same file is available in multiple categories. Additionally, the layout of the standalone search widget now matches KRunner's appearance.
    • The Devices Notifier is now much smarter. When it's configured to display all disks instead of just removable ones, it will recognize when you try to unmount the root partition and prevent you from doing so.


    Settings



      Redesigned Virtual Desktop Settings

      Redesigned Virtual Desktop Settings

    • System Settings Virtual Desktops page has been redesigned and rewritten for support on Wayland, and now sports greater usability and visual consistency.
    • The user interface and layout for the Digital Clock and Folder View settings pages have been improved to better match the common style.
    • Many System Settings pages have been tweaked with the goal of standardizing the icons, wording, and placement of the bottom buttons, most notably the “Get New [thing]…” buttons.
    • New desktop effects freshly installed from store.kde.org now appear in the list on the System Settings Desktop Effects page.
    • The native display resolution is now indicated with a star icon in the System Settings Displays page.
    • The System Settings Login Screen page received plenty of visual improvements. The image preview of the default Breeze theme now reflects its current appearance, the background color of the preview matches the active color scheme, and the sizes and margins were adjusted to ensure that everything fits without being cut off.
    • The System Settings Desktop Effects page has been ported to QtQuickControls 2. This fixes a number of issues such as bad fractional scaling appearance, ugly dropdown menu checkboxes, and the window size being too small when opened as a standalone app.


    Cross-Platform Integration



      Firefox with native KDE open/save dialogs

      Firefox with native KDE open/save dialogs

    • Firefox 64 can now optionally use native KDE open/save dialogs. This is an optional, bleeding-edge functionality that is not yet included in any distribution. However, it can be enabled by installing the xdg-desktop-portal and xdg-desktop-portal-kde packages and setting GTK_USE_PORTAL=1 in Firefox's .desktop file.
    • Integration modules xdg-desktop-portal-kde and plasma-integration now support the Settings portal. This allows sandboxed Flatpak and Snap applications to respect your Plasma configuration - including fonts, icons, widget themes, and color schemes - without requiring read permissions to the kdeglobals configuration file.
    • The global scale factor used by high-DPI screens is now respected by GTK and GNOME apps when it’s an integer.
    • A wide variety of issues with the Breeze-GTK theme have been resolved, including the inconsistencies between the light and dark variants. We have also made the theme more maintainable, so future improvements will be much easier.


    Discover



      Distro Release Upgrade Notification

      Distro Release Upgrade Notification

    • Options for upgrading your distribution are now included in Discover’s Update Notifier widget. The widget will also display a “Restart” button if a restart is recommended after applying all updates, but the user hasn’t actually restarted yet.
    • On Discover’s Updates page, it’s now possible to uncheck and re-check all available updates to make it easier to pick and choose the ones you want to apply.
    • Discover’s Settings page has been renamed to “Sources” and now has pushbuttons instead of hamburger menus.
    • Distribution repository management in Discover is now more practical and usable, especially when it comes to Ubuntu-based distros.
    • Discover now supports app extensions offered with Flatpak packages, and lets you choose which ones to install.
    • Handling for local packages has been improved, so Discover can now indicate the dependencies and will show a 'Launch' button after installation.
    • When performing a search from the Featured page, Discover now only returns apps in the search results. Add-ons will appear in search results only when a search is initiated from an add-on category.
    • Discover’s search on the Installed Apps page now works properly when the Snap backend is installed.
    • Handling and presentation of errors arising from misconfigured add-on repos has also been improved.
    • Discover now respects your locale preferences when displaying dates and times.
    • The “What’s New” section is no longer displayed on app pages when it doesn't contain any relevant information.
    • App and Plasma add-ons are now listed in a separate category on Discover’s Updates page.


    Window Management

    • The Alt+Tab window switcher now supports screen readers for improved accessibility, and allows you to use the keyboard to switch between items.
    • The KWin window manager no longer crashes when a window is minimized via a script.
    • Window closing effects are now applied to dialog boxes with a parent window (e.g. an app’s Settings window, or an open/save dialog).
    • Plasma configuration windows now raise themselves to the front when they get focus.

    • Wayland

      • More work has been done on the foundations - the protocols XdgStable, XdgPopups and XdgDecoration are now fully implemented.
      • Wayland now supports virtual desktops, and they work in a more fine-grained way than on X11. Users can place a window on any subset of virtual desktops, rather than just on one or all of them.
      • Touch drag-and-drop is now supported in Wayland.

      • Network Management



          WireGuard VPN Tunnels

          WireGuard VPN Tunnels

        • Plasma now offers support for WireGuard VPN tunnels when the appropriate Network Manager plugin is installed.
        • It’s now possible to mark a network connection as “metered”.


        Breeze icons

        Breeze Icons are released with KDE Frameworks but are extensively used throughout Plasma, so here's a highlight of some of the improvements made over the last three months.



          Icon Emblems in Breeze

          Icon Emblems in Breeze

        • A variety of Breeze device and preference icons have been improved, including the multimedia icons and all icons that depict a stylized version of a Plasma wallpaper.
        • The Breeze emblem and package icons have been entirely redesigned, resulting in a better and more consistent visual style, plus better contrast against the icon they’re drawn on top of.
        • In new installs, the Places panel now displays a better icon for the Network place.
        • The Plasma Vault icon now looks much better when using the Breeze Dark theme.
        • Python bytecode files now get their own icons.


        Other



          KSysGuard’s optional menu bar

          KSysGuard’s optional menu bar

        • It’s now possible to hide KSysGuard’s menu bar — and it reminds you how to get it back, just like Kate and Gwenview do.
        • The plasma-workspace-wallpapers package now includes some of the best recent Plasma wallpapers.



        Live Images

        The easiest way to try out Plasma 5.15 beta is with a live image booted off a USB disk. Docker images also provide a quick and easy way to test Plasma.

        Download live images with Plasma 5
        Download Docker images with Plasma 5

        Package Downloads

        Distributions have created, or are in the process of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.

        Package download wiki page

        Source Downloads

        You can install Plasma 5 directly from source.

        Community instructions to compile it
        Source Info Page

        Feedback

        Discuss Plasma 5 on the KDE Forums Plasma 5 board.

        You can provide feedback direct to the developers via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

        Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

  • KDE Students Excel during Google Code-in 2018 (KDE)

    After many years of successful Google Code-in participation, this year we did it again! KDE attracted a number of students with exciting tasks for their eager young minds.

    Google Code-in is a program for pre-university students aged from 13 to 17 and sponsored by Google Open Source. KDE has always worked to get new people involved in Free and open source (FOSS) projects with the aim of making the world a better place.

    This year was no different. Our students worked very hard, and some of them already have their contributions committed to the KDE codebase!

    We designed tasks in a way that made them exciting for all students. Students who were not skilled in programming took on tasks of writing blogs or documentation. To help students who had no experience with FOSS or with the community, we set up introductory tasks for IRC and mailing lists, both of which are essential in FOSS as communication channels.

    The students who had some prior programming experience received tutorial tasks to get a better understanding of how KDE software works. Those types of tasks also helped them become familiar with the Qt framework on which all KDE software is based. Finally, students good at programming were put to work contributing to on-going KDE projects. They created new features or solved known bugs and wrote unit tests.

    We’re happy that some really enthusiastic and persistent students joined us this year. Thanks to their passion for programming, they completed many tasks and delivered quality code we merged into our project repositories.

    It wasn’t easy for the mentors to select winners, as every student had accomplished great things. Still, we finally settled on pranav and triplequantum (their GCI names). Finalists were TURX, TUX, UA and waleko.

    KDE would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists, and we warm-heartedly welcome all our new contributors!

    Author: Pranam Lashkari

  • 2018 Year End Summary (GNOME)
    With 2018 having ended, the GNOME project now enters another exciting year full of software releases, events, and computing excellence. Looking back at the past year, 2018 brought us two large GNOME releases, versions 3.28 and 3.30, which delivered improvements across the board, particularly with performance, usability, and overall polish. Continuing its long held tradition, […]
  • KDE Applications 18.12 Are Waiting for You (KDE)

    It's that time of the year again. Everyone is in a festive mood and excited about all the new things they're going to get. It's only natural, since it's the season of the last KDE Applications release for this year!

    With more than 140 issues resolved and dozens of feature improvements, KDE Applications 18.12 are now on its way to your operating system of choice. We've highlighted some changes you can look forward to.

    Practical File Management with Dolphin

    File management encompasses a lot of activities. There's renaming, copying, and moving files around. Perhaps you want to quickly preview a file to make sure it's the right one. You're in luck, because the thumbnail preview experience has been greatly improved in the new version of Dolphin. LibreOffice documents and AppImage applications can now be previewed as thumbnails, and icon thumbnails look much cleaner. If folder thumbnails are enabled, video files larger than 5 MB will be visible in them.

    Of course, there is more to Dolphin than just thumbnails. The "Control" menu makes it easier to show hidden places and create new files and folders. After unmounting a storage volume in the Places panel, it can now be remounted. Those who still own audio CDs and use Dolphin to open them will be glad to hear it can now change the CBR bitrate for MP3 files and fix timestamps for FLAC files.

    Some security measures have been implemented in Dolphin to prevent users from accidentally losing their data. It no longer allows attempts to unmount the active home directory and the disk where the active OS is installed. When renaming files, Dolphin will warn you if there's an extra dot in front of the filename, which would make the file hidden. Pretty neat, right?

    Okular: Annotate ALL the Things

    Okular with the new Typewriter tool

    Okular has steadily grown from a document viewer into an indispensable assistant in activities such as studying, doing research, or collaborating on text in read-only file formats like PDF and EPUB. Its annotation capabilities were already powerful, but the new version introduces a new tool called Typewriter. With this annotation tool, you'll be able to write text literally anywhere in your files. Whether it's commenting on an image or highlighting a spelling mistake, your hands are now untied, and you can freely express yourself in Okular.

    Other improvements in this release include better options to expand and collapse entries in the Table of Contents sidebar. If a file contains links, hovering over them will always display the full URL in a tooltip, regardless of the currently selected Okular mode.

    Konsole, Now with More Emotion

    Spending hours or even days working in the terminal can get monotonous. Cheer up - the new version of Konsole has full support for emoji! Add a cheeky smiling cat to your commit messages, or insert a facepalm emoji into your shell scripts.

    If you're into more serious things, Konsole now makes it easier to reset the font size back to the default. When a bell is triggered in an inactive tab, the tab icon will be highlighted to visually alert you of the activity. Last but not least, if your mouse has back and forward buttons, Konsole is now able to recognize them, and you can use them to switch between tabs.

    Usability Improvements for Everyone

    If you have been keeping up with KDE-related news, you're probably aware of our community-wide Usability Improvement goal. After all, it's hard to miss the weekly updates from our awesome developers who are dedicated to making the KDE software more accessible and friendlier to everyone.

    The KDE Applications 18.12 release integrates all those fruits of labor, and the result is a much more pleasant user experience across the board. KMail now supports a unified inbox display, and emails should now be readable regardless of your color scheme. A small improvement with a big impact is the ability to repeat the last calculation in KCalc multiple times.

    Kate comes with new defaults that are meant to help you work more productively right from the start. Specifically, line numbers and the Text Filter plugin will be enabled by default. You can now change the focus of the embedded terminal in Kate by pressing the F4 key, and it will automatically synchronize the location in the terminal with the location of the currently active document.

    in 18.12 Kate comes with better defaults

    If you are using Gwenview to fix the wretched red-eye effect in your photos, it will now be even easier thanks to the improved Reduce Red Eye tool. When taking screenshots with Spectacle, their filenames will be sequentially numbered by default. You will also notice that saving options in Spectacle are now easier to access from the Save page.

    New Spectacle makes it easier to save screenshots

    Ark has received support for tar.zst archives, and it's now much smarter when it comes to file previews. Instead of previewing document files as archives, Ark will now launch the appropriate application for the selected file format.

    Apart from improving the standard set of applications, we have also made some of our specialized tools more usable. Lokalize, the translation and localization tool, now has a better search functionality that can recognize plural forms of words. If you keep a lot of tabs open in Lokalize, you will be able to navigate between them much faster.

    Cantor, the advanced mathematical tool, now offers better visualizations and highlighting of command entries. You can also open multiple files in one Cantor shell. For users who need to draw mathematical functions, we have made Kmplot more stable and improved the SVG export functionality.


    As always, check out the full list of changes in KDE Applications 18.12 to find out more.

    Our work on KDE Applications continues, and we can't wait to show you what we've created in 2019. Until then, enjoy the Applications 18.12., and let us know which changes made you the happiest!

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