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  • KDE Talks at FOSDEM (KDE)

    KDE had 4 talks at this year's FOSDEM conference. Here's the recordings.

    From Gtk to Qt: A Strange Journey, part 2

    The continuation of the original talk from Dirk Hohndel and Linus Torvalds about the port of Subsurface from Gtk to Qt, now with mobile in mind.

    Kube

    The next generation communication and collaboration client

    Bundling KDE

    Where does KDE land in the Snap and Flatpak world?

    KDE SlimBook Q&A

  • How to Create a Look and Feel Theme (KDE)
  • Interview: Thomas Weissel Installing Plasma in Austrian Schools (KDE)


    A lab running Thomas' current rollout of Plasma 4 With Plasma 5 having reached maturity for widespread use we are starting to see rollouts of it in large environments. Dot News interviewed the admin behind one such rollout in Austrian schools.

    Please introduce yourself and your work

    Hi, my name is Thomas Weissel. Among many other things I'm a free open source software enthusiast, teacher, web developer and father - not necessarily in that particular order. I studied computer science in Vienna/Austria at the TU Wien and I teach computer science, philosophy and psychology for living. Currently i am working on a secure exam environment for Austrian schools based on Linux and KDE Plasma.

    You say you will roll out Plasma into your school. Which users will get it?

    About 34 classrooms, 2 consulting rooms, the room for teachers and one computer lab just got upgraded to a custom "distribution" based on Kubuntu and KDE neon. At least 75 teachers are going to work with the system. Most of the 700+ students are not going to touch these computers (because they are locked away) but in their 5th grade every one of them gets a live USB flash-drive in order to work with the very same system in the computer lab. The system has been extended by a lot of custom applications to allow students for example to copy their bootable USB flash-drives with a mouse click or to reset the configuration to the defaults. Next week I'm going to make the basic system "life" bundled with the secure exam environment "life-exam" available online and I hope many other people (schools) are going to use the system in the future.

    What hardware do you use?

    In most classrooms we still have aged Asus eee PCs. We switched to more powerful Acer laptops with 4-8 GB of memory for new acquisitions. One of our computer labs just got an upgrade to new HP desktop PCs with big Samsung screens. On these computers everything works like charm.

    What distro will you use?

    KDE neon !

    What problems do you anticipate as part of installing Plasma?

    We had a slight problem "mirroring" the displays to the projector without losing the configured widgets but this bug is fixed now in plasma 5.9.2 thanks to Marco Martin. Other than that getting rid of problems was the reason why i migrated to Linux in the first place. For one and a half years now we are working with Linux and Plasma 4 in the classrooms and from a system-administrator's point of view the migration was a huge success. Three to five support calls every week because of weird system problems with Windows 7 suddenly were reduced to one or two per week but not a single one was due to a problem with the system itself. We used live USB flash drives in the classrooms and the teachers unplugged them all the time despite a big sticker with a "do not remove" warning. That was the source for those support calls. We fixed that by installing the system to the hard drive last week :-) The only problem i anticipate now is not with Plasma but with the office suite. We had a lot of conversion (layout) problems with docx, pptx, and xlsx. One source of the problem is the extensive use of proprietary fonts like "Calibri". Automatically replacing "Calibri" with "Carlito" (metric-compatible) is a good start but a lot of the problems remain. I installed Word Online and Excel Online as Chrome-Apps to work around this problem. Most Teachers just installed LibreOffice to make sure everything works well but PowerPoint is still a better program than Impress in my opinion. WPS Office Presentation is very good alternative for pptx files (but not free as in free speech).

    How did you pick Plasma rather than any other desktop or operating system?

    As well as all the small problems with our Windows installations, hours lost in updating Java, Flash, Quicktime, Silverlight and so on, Microsoft turned off the KMS server in Vienna and this introduced new problems with the key management service. Let's make it short -- I wanted to get rid of Windows in the classroom and enforce free and open standards. I have this weird belief that proprietary pseudo-standards like OOXML Transitional and expensive software like Photoshop, MS Office and so on have no reason for existence in public schools. Therefore Gimp, Calligra Suite and LibreOffice took over and the world keeps spinning. I bet on Plasma because I can easily make it work and look like Windows 7 and this was very important for the acceptance of the teachers. I also chose Plasma because I wanted to present the best possible and most customizable desktop to the students. I wanted them to like working with the system and Plasma made that easy. The first hour working with students is all about 3D effects, custom fonts, widgets and custom themes. After half an hour every single student desktop looks completely different and the students start to see it as "their own" system. In the classrooms this is different of course. It is absolutely necessary that everyone leaves the computer in a usable state for the next teacher. That's yet another reason why i picked Plasmashell: The KIOSK system. I reported a lot of issues with the KIOSK system and Plasma developers did an amazing job finding and fixing all the bugs i've found for 5.8. We now have a desktop that is completely locked to make sure nobody accidentally removes or reconfigures important parts of the user interface.

    What applications will you run with it?

    The whole list is too long for this interview. In the classrooms LibreOffice and Firefox are probably the most used applications. In the computer lab we start programming in Scratch (Byob) - later we code in Kate, edit photos in Gimp, animate in Synfig Studio. The school's OwnCloud server is widely used to sync and access private files.

    What has the reaction been from your users so far?

    Most students just don't care - some are completely hooked because of the endless possibilities you have with Plasma and Linux - others just install Steam and Minecraft on their flash drives and are satisfied. The teachers don't care either. I think most of them didn't even realize that i switched the operating system underneath the user software. The only thing they want is their documents to be rendered correctly. As a person who observes this "format war" for many years now i can tell that this problem is not going away. The only "real" solution to this is to stop using those formats and completely switch to the "open document format". Shouldn't be a problem in a public school but the individual vendor lock-in of the teachers is not to be underestimated. Installing Microsoft fonts and the newest version of LibreOffice and teaching the teachers how to export to PDF helped a lot. The idea is that students and teachers are empowered to use the same software they use in school at home without the need to invest a lot of money in order to do so.

    What is the attitude to Free and Open Source Software in Austria generally?

    The education authority in Lower Austria recommended a Linux based live USB system as well as the Microsoft solution for secure exam environments. There was the LinuxAdvanced project that provided the idea for LIFE and there is the desktop4education project that aims to replace any complex Windows infrastructure and as far as i know the Free Software Foundation is very active in Vienna. Other than that I'd say that the situation in Austria is not really good. Wienux (a selfmade Linux Distribution) that should replace Windows XP in Vienna's administrations was killed before it even started. Schools get Microsoft licenses for Office and Windows whether they want them or not. There are contracts in place that run for 3 years and usually get extended for additional 3 years and so on. There even is a EU directive to use free and open standards wherever possible in public institutions but no one seems to even know (or care) about this.

    How can communities like KDE bridge the gap from the enthusiast world to the mass market?

    Plasma 5.9 is a wonderful piece of software. KDE Connect is a feature that wows everybody and even NetworkManager is nowadays a tool Windows-admins look at with envy. With Google searching for a way without Linux for their future OS, Apple that is never going to think different and Microsoft going into the cloud with Windows I don't see a world where everybody is using KDE and Linux. But the mass market suitability is already here. In my opinion the way to get to a wider userbase is through public services and schools. There is absolutely no need to use any other software in schools than free open source software. If our schoolchildren realize that they can do everything with free software they will consider using it later in life when they start their own company. IMHO that's the way to go therefore I'm working on it :-)

    Discussion about this and similar projects takes place on the KDE Enterprise mailing list.

  • Stay with Free Software, City of Munich! (KDE)

    The city of Munich is currently considering a move away from Free Software back to Microsoft products. We consider this to be a mistake and urge the decision makers to reconsider.

    For many years now the City of Munich has been using a mix of software by KDE, LibreOffice and Ubuntu, among others. Mayor Dieter Reiter (a self-proclaimed Microsoft-fan who helped Microsoft move offices to Munich) asked Accenture (a Microsoft partner) to produce a report about the situation of the City of Munich's IT infrastructure. That resulted in a 450-page document. This report is now being misused to push for a move away from Free Software. However the main issues listed in the report were identified to be organizational ones and not related to Free Software operating systems and applications.

    The City of Munich is of course free to decide on their IT infrastructure. Nonetheless we believe the move away from Free Software would be a big mistake and feel compelled to speak up. Specifically the move away from Free Software will

    • not actually fix the issues identified in the report by Accenture
    • remove vendor-independence which was one of the core arguments for moving to Free Software in the first place
    • incur estimated costs of €90 Million to be paid by tax-payer money. Another €15 Million are expected to be spent on replacing or upgrading hardware that cannot cope with the requirements of Windows 10 but runs fine with Linux.

    The City of Munich has always been a poster child of Free Software in public administrations. It is a showcase of what can be done with Free Software in this setting. The step back by the City of Munich from Free Software would therefore not just be a blow for this particular deployment but also have more far-reaching effects into other similar deployments.

    That said, we take this opportunity to invite all other administrations to leverage the work done by the City of Munich over the last years and are willing to help resolve remaining issues in the City of Munich related to our software.

    Lydia Pintscher
    President, KDE e.V.

    Please also read the statement by The Document Foundation.

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  • Beautiful New Design on kde.org (KDE)

    KDE's main website www.kde.org has gained a beautiful new design.

    While in KDE we pride ourselves on making beautiful software our website has lagged behind modern requirements and trends. Visual Design Group member Ken Vermette has quietly worked away with key stakeholders to create a design and update the content. The new site uses correct HTML5 and is responsive to working on mobiles and tablets. It includes an introduction to our products, community and how you can get involved.

    The scope of KDE projects continues to grow as we evolve from the original desktop environment to become an umbrella organisation hosting projects as diverse as WikiToLearn academic textbook collaboration or KDE Store content distribution site. The new website reflects this change in direction while still focusing on our flagship Plasma desktop.

    This change is only to the front pages and many more pages on kde.org still use the old theme but these will be transitioned over in the weeks to come. Many other websites under kde.org are expected and encouraged to adopt the new theme.

    If you find problems please check for them and report them on our bug tracker or discuss on kde-www mailing list.

  • Beautiful New Design on kde.org (KDE)

    KDE's main website www.kde.org has gained a beautiful new design.

    While in KDE we pride ourselves on making beautiful software our website has lagged behind modern requirements and trends. Visual Design Group member Ken Vermette has quietly worked away with key stakeholders to create a design and update the content. The new site uses correct HTML5 and is responsive to working on mobiles and tablets. It includes an introduction to our products, community and how you can get involved.

    The scope of KDE projects continues to grow as we evolve from the original desktop environment to become an umbrella organisation hosting projects as diverse as WikiToLearn academic textbook collaboration or KDE Store content distribution site. The new website reflects this change in direction while still focusing on our flagship Plasma desktop.

    This change is only to the front pages and many more pages on kde.org still use the old theme but these will be transitioned over in the weeks to come. Many other websites under kde.org are expected and encouraged to adopt the new theme.

    If you find problems please check for them and report them on our bug tracker or discuss on kde-www mailing list.

  • Neil McGovern Named New Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation (GNOME)
    ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil McGovern as its new Executive Director. McGovern officially starts work for the GNOME Foundation on February 15, 2017 and will operate from the United Kingdom. McGovern is an experienced leader in Free Software projects and is best known for his role as […]
  • Neil McGovern Named New GNOME Foundation Executive Director (GNOME)
    The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil McGovern as its new Executive Director. McGovern officially starts work for the GNOME Foundation on February 15, 2017 and will operate from the United Kingdom. McGovern is an experienced leader in Free Software projects and is best known for his role as Debian Project […]
  • Plasma 5.9 Kicks off 2017 in Style (KDE)



     



    KDE Plasma 5.9

    KDE Plasma 5.9

    Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Today KDE releases this year’s first Plasma feature update, Plasma 5.9. While this release brings many exciting new features to your desktop, we'll continue to provide bugfixes to Plasma 5.8 LTS.


    Be even more productive



    Spectacle screenshot notifications can now be dragged into e-mail composers (including web mail)

    Spectacle screenshot notifications can now be dragged into e-mail composers (including web mail)

    In our ongoing effort to make you more productive with Plasma we added interactive previews to our notifications. This is most noticeable when you take a screenshot using Spectacle's global keyboard shortcuts (Shift+Print Scr): you can drag the resulting file from the notification popup directly into a chat window, an email composer or a web browser form, without ever having to leave the application you're currently working with. Drag and drop was improved throughout the desktop, with new drag and drop functionality to add widgets directly to the system tray. Widgets can also be added directly from the full screen Application Dashboard launcher.





    Icon Widget Properties

    Icon Widget Properties

    The icon widget that is created for you when you drag an application or document onto your desktop or a panel sees the return of a settings dialog: you can now change the icon, label text, working directory, and other properties. Its context menu now also sports an 'Open with' section as well as a link to open the folder the file it points to is located in.





    Muting from Panel Task Manager

    Muting from Panel Task Manager

    Due to popular demand we implemented switching between windows in Task Manager using Meta + number shortcuts for heavy multi-tasking. Also new in Task Manager is the ability to pin different applications in each of your activities. And should you rather want to focus on one particular task, applications currently playing audio are marked in Task Manager similar to how it’s done in modern web browsers. Together with a button to mute the offending application, this can help you stay focused.





    Search Actions

    Search Actions

    The Quick Launch applet now supports jump list actions, bringing it to feature parity with the other launchers in Plasma. KRunner actions, such as “Run in Terminal” and “Open containing folder” are now also shown for the KRunner-powered search results in the application launchers.

    A new applet was added restoring an earlier KDE 4 feature of being able to group multiple widgets together in a single widget operated by a tabbed interface. This allows you to quickly access multiple arrangements and setups at your fingertips.


    More streamlined visuals





    New Breeze Scrollbar Design

    Improvements have been made to the look and feel of the Plasma Desktop and its applications. Scroll bars in the Breeze style, for instance, have transitioned to a more compact and beautiful design, giving our applications a sleek and modern look.


    Global Menus



    Global Menus in a Plasma Widget

    Global Menus in a Plasma Widget


    Global Menus in the Window Bar

    Global Menus in the Window Bar

    Global Menus have returned. KDE's pioneering feature to separate the menu bar from the application window allows for new user interface paradigm with either a Plasma Widget showing the menu or neatly tucked away in the window bar.





    Neater Task Manager Tooltips

    Neat Task Manager Tooltips

    Task Manager tooltips have been redesigned to provide more information while being significantly more compact. Folder View is now able to display file emblems which are used, for example, to indicate symlinks. Overall user experience when navigating and renaming files has been greatly improved.


    More powerful Look and Feel import & export

    Look and Feel Themes

    The global Look and Feel desktop themes now support changing the window decoration as well – the 'lookandfeelexplorer' theme creation utility will export your current window decoration to the theme you create.

    If you install, from the KDE store, themes that depend on other artwork packs also present on the KDE store (such as Plasma themes and Icon themes) they will be automatically downloaded, in order to give you the full experience intended by the theme creator.

    New network configuration module





    Network Connections Configuration

    Network Connections Configuration

    A new configuration module for network connections has been added to System Settings, using QML and bringing a new fresh look. Design of the module is inspired by our network applet, while the configuration functionality itself is based on the previous Connection Editor. This means that although it features a new design, functionality remains using the proven codebase.


    Wayland

    Pointer Gesture Support


    Touchpad Configuration

    Wayland Touchpad Configuration

    Wayland has been an ongoing transitional task, getting closer to feature completion with every release. This release makes it even more accessible for enthusiastic followers to try Wayland and start reporting any bugs they might find. Notable improvements in this release include:

    An ability to take screenshots or use a color picker. Fullscreen users will be pleased at borderless maximized windows.

    Pointers can now be confined by applications, gestures are supported (see video right) and relative motions used by games were added. Input devices were made more configurable and now save between sessions. There is also a new settings tool for touchpads.

    Using the Breeze style you can now drag applications by clicking on an empty area of the UI just like in X. When running X applications the window icon will show up properly on the panel. Panels can now auto-hide. Custom color schemes can be set for windows, useful for accessibility.

    Full Plasma 5.9.0 changelog

  • KDE and Slimbook Release a Laptop for KDE Fans (KDE)

    Today KDE is proud to announce the immediate availability of the KDE Slimbook, a KDE-branded laptop that comes pre-installed with Plasma and KDE Applications (running on Linux) and is assured to work with our software as smoothly as possible.

    The KDE Slimbook allows KDE to offer our users a laptop which has been tested directly by KDE developers, on the exact same hardware and software configuration that the users get, and where any potential hardware-related issues have already been ironed out before a new version of our software is shipped to them. This gives our users the best possible way to experience our software, as well as increasing our reach: The easier it is to get our software into users' hands, the more it will be used.

    Furthermore, the KDE Slimbook, together with KDE neon, offers us a unique opportunity to isolate and fix issues that users have with our software. When something in Plasma, a KDE Application or some software using a KDE Framework does not work as intended for a user, there are at least three layers that can cause the problem:

    • The KDE software itself
    • The operating system
    • The hardware or its drivers

    Of course KDE always tries to reduce bugs in our software as much as possible. Problems can occur in any of the aforementioned layers, however, and often times it is difficult for us to pin-point exactly where things are going wrong. Last year, KDE neon joined the KDE community with the promise to give us control over the operating system layer. This does not mean we won't make our software available on other distributions or operating systems, of course, but it allows us to eliminate that layer as a possible source of a problem.

    This left us still with one layer we had zero control over, though: The hardware layer.

    Fast-forward to late last year, when the Spanish laptop retailer Slimbook approached KDE with the idea to offer KDE-branded laptops that come pre-installed with Plasma and KDE Applications. We were excited about the idea, and put our designers and developers to the task of creating a branding for such a device and making sure that KDE neon runs without any hardware-related issues on it.


    For now, the KDE Slimbook will always come pre-installed with KDE neon, but we are open to offering other distributions that come pre-installed with Plasma for customers to choose from.

    The KDE Slimbook is for people who love KDE software, regardless of whether or not they are active contributors to KDE.

    For more information, visit the KDE Slimbook website.

  • Meet KDE at FOSDEM Next Month (KDE)

    Next month is FOSDEM, the largest gathering of free software developers anywhere in Europe. FOSDEM 2017 is being held at the ULB Campus Solbosch on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February. Thousands of coders, designers, maintainers and managers from projects as popular as Linux and as obscure as Tcl/Tk will descend on the European capital Brussels to talk, present, show off and drink beer.


    You won't believe what the KDE community's next weird collaboration is about. Find out at FOSDEM.

    KDE will have a stall in building K where we will demonstrate our latest software including KDE neon running on Docker, the newest build of Plasma Mobile using Android Open Source Project, and a very exciting mystery announcement.

    Our Saturday parties have become legendary and this year's party has a new location at Le Magic Rubens in the city centre. Sign up on the wiki page if you'd like to come.

    We will be taking part in the Desktop devroom on Sunday where several presenters will give talks about KDE.

    Bundling KDE - Where does KDE land in the Snap and Flatpak world? by Aleix Pol Gonzalez (apol)

    How we are integrating the Snap and Flatpak packaging systems into Plasma and what steps we've had to take to get KDE applications packaged and working on Flatpak and Snap.

    KDE is present on different platforms, but most notably on GNU/Linux and it's here where we're seeing the most changes lately. In this presentation I'll explain how we are integrating the Snap and Flatpak packaging systems into Plasma and then what steps we've had to take to get KDE applications packaged and working on Flatpak and Snap.

    From Gtk to Qt: An Strange Journey, part 2 - The continuation of the original talk from Dirk Hohndel and Linus Torvalds about the port of Subsurface from Gtk to Qt, now with mobile in mind.

    by Tomaz Canabrava

    As subsurface evolved from a Gtk Application to a Qt one, cutting a quarter of the codebase while still gaining new functionalities, a new question arose: "How do we get this desktop based application and run it on mobile, on a unified codebase?"

    How do we take a kernel developer application writen in kernel-style code for the desktop and make it universal, able to run in any operating system be it mobile or desktop?

    In this talk I'll present you piece-by-piece history on what we had when Subsurface started, the challenges that kernel hackers faced when creating a desktop application and why the choice was made to port away from Gtk into Qt - even though the main developer of subsurface back then loathed C++.

    After the initial port to desktop a new era began, the era of mobile applications, and Qt had launched it's new QML language that promised good integration on mobile and even desktop with minimal effort. We wanted to give it a try. At the same time the KDE hackers launched a new project "Kirigami", a library build on QML to simplify development of QML based software. Since we were already on the bleeding edge of things, why not give it a try?

    This is the tale of Subsurface, From Gtk to Qt to Mobile, from one of it's main hackers.


    Last year's KDE @ FOSDEM party to launch KDE neon, what will this year's party
    launch?

    Kube - The next generation communication and collaboration client by Christian Mollekopf

    Kube is a beautiful, modern communication in a reliable, high-performance native groupware application for your desktop, laptop and mobile devices.

    Kube is a next-gen communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todos and more.

    With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use.

    While the initial focus is on the Linux desktop, the platform is built to run on all desktop systems as well as on mobile devices.

    This talk is giving an overview of what Kube is and strives to be, along with some history why this effort has been started in the first place. The talk will go into some technical detail, but is suitable for anyone interested in an alternative to the currently existing groupware clients.

    With over 8000 hackers attending to particulate in hundreds of lectures FOSDEM is one of the premier conferences to collaborate with other developers and be informed about the latest developments in the free software community. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • KDE releases Kirigami UI 2.0 (KDE)

    Today, KDE announces the public release of Kirigami UI 2.0 !

    All issues that were identified during the ten days of beta testing have been fixed, and Kirigami 2.0 is deemed ready for general use.

    Soon after the initial release of Kirigami UI, KDE's framework for convergent (mobile and desktop) user interfaces, its main developer Marco Martin started porting it from Qt Quick Controls 1 to Qt Quick Controls 2, the next generation of Qt's ready-made standard controls for Qt Quick-based user interfaces. Since QQC 2 offers a much more extended range of controls than QQC 1, the port allowed the reduction of Kirigami's own code, while improving stability and performance. Kirigami 2 is kept as close to QQC 2's API as possible in order to extend it seamlessly.

    Beyond the improvements that the port to QQC2 brings, further work went into Kirigami 2's performance and efficiency, and it also offers significantly improved keyboard navigation for desktop applications. On Android, Kirigami 2 integrates better visually with Material Design.

    Of course there are also smaller improvements in various places, such as better handling of edge swipes in the SwipeListItem or more reliable activation of the Overscroll / Reachability mode (which pulls down the top of the page to the center of the screen where it can be reached with the thumb).

    Discover (Plasma's software center), a quite complex application, has already been ported successfully to Kirigami 2 without much hassle, so we are confident that most applications can be ported easily from Kirigami 1 to Kirigami 2. Since Kirigami 2 requires Qt 5.7, which is not available on all Linux distributions yet, Kirigami 1 is still maintained (receiving fixes for critical bugs) for the time being, but won't receive any new features or improvements.

    You can get Kirigami 2.0 via its wiki page, or from your distribution's repository as soon as it is packaged there.
    If you want to try it out on Android, the Kirigami Gallery demo app is available on Google Play.

  • KDE Plasma 5.9 Beta Kicks off 2017 in Style (KDE)



    KDE Plasma 5.9 Beta

    KDE Plasma 5.9 Beta

    Thursday, 12 January 2017. Today KDE releases the beta of this year’s first Plasma feature update, Plasma 5.9. While this release brings many exciting new features to your desktop, we'll continue to provide bugfixes to Plasma 5.8 LTS.


    Be even more productive



    Spectacle screenshot notifications can now be dragged into e-mail composers (including web mail)

    Spectacle screenshot notifications can now be dragged into e-mail composers (including web mail)

    In our ongoing effort to make you more productive with Plasma we added interactive previews to our notifications. This is most noticeable when you take a screenshot using Spectacle's global keyboard shortcuts (Shift+Print Scr): you can drag the resulting file from the notification popup directly into a chat window, an email composer or a web browser form, without ever having to leave the application you're currently working with. Drag and drop was improved throughout the desktop, with new drag and drop functionality to add widgets directly to the system tray. Widgets can also be added directly from the full screen Application Dashboard launcher.





    Icon Widget Properties

    Icon Widget Properties

    The icon widget that is created for you when you drag an application or document onto your desktop or a panel sees the return of a settings dialog: you can now change the icon, label text, working directory, and other properties. Its context menu now also sports an 'Open with' section as well as a link to open the folder the file it points to is located in.





    Muting from Panel Task Manager

    Muting from Panel Task Manager

    Due to popular demand we implemented switching between windows in Task Manager using Meta + number shortcuts for heavy multi-tasking. Also new in Task Manager is the ability to pin different applications in each of your activities. And should you rather want to focus on one particular task, applications currently playing audio are marked in Task Manager similar to how it’s done in modern web browsers. Together with a button to mute the offending application, this can help you stay focused.





    Search Actions

    Search Actions

    The Quick Launch applet now supports jump list actions, bringing it to feature parity with the other launchers in Plasma. KRunner actions, such as “Run in Terminal” and “Open containing folder” are now also shown for the KRunner-powered search results in the application launchers.

    A new applet was added restoring an earlier KDE 4 feature of being able to group multiple widgets together in a single widget operated by a tabbed interface. This allows you to quickly access multiple arrangements and setups at your fingertips.


    More streamlined visuals





    New Breeze Scrollbar Design

    Improvements have been made to the look and feel of the Plasma Desktop and its applications. Scroll bars in the Breeze style, for instance, have transitioned to a more compact and beautiful design, giving our applications a sleek and modern look.


    Global Menus



    Global Menus in a Plasma Widget

    Global Menus in a Plasma Widget


    Global Menus in the Window Bar

    Global Menus in the Window Bar

    Global Menus have returned. KDE's pioneering feature to separate the menu bar from the application window allows for new user interface paradigm with either a Plasma Widget showing the menu or neatly tucked away in the window bar.





    Neater Task Manager Tooltips

    Neat Task Manager Tooltips

    Task Manager tooltips have been redesigned to provide more information while being significantly more compact. Folder View is now able to display file emblems which are used, for example, to indicate symlinks. Overall user experience when navigating and renaming files has been greatly improved.


    More powerful Look and Feel import & export

    Look and Feel Themes

    The global Look and Feel desktop themes now support changing the window decoration as well – the 'lookandfeelexplorer' theme creation utility will export your current window decoration to the theme you create.

    If you install, from the KDE store, themes that depend on other artwork packs also present on the KDE store (such as Plasma themes and Icon themes) they will be automatically downloaded, in order to give you the full experience intended by the theme creator.

    New network configuration module





    Network Connections Configuration

    Network Connections Configuration

    A new configuration module for network connections has been added to System Settings, using QML and bringing a new fresh look. Design of the module is inspired by our network applet, while the configuration functionality itself is based on the previous Connection Editor. This means that although it features a new design, functionality remains using the proven codebase.


    Wayland

    Pointer Gesture Support


    Touchpad Configuration

    Wayland Touchpad Configuration

    Wayland has been an ongoing transitional task, getting closer to feature completion with every release. This release makes it even more accessible for enthusiastic followers to try Wayland and start reporting any bugs they might find. Notable improvements in this release include:

    An ability to take screenshots or use a color picker. Fullscreen users will be pleased at borderless maximized windows.

    Pointers can now be confined by applications, gestures are supported (see video right) and relative motions used by games were added. Input devices were made more configurable and now save between sessions. There is also a new settings tool for touchpads.

    Using the Breeze style you can now drag applications by clicking on an empty area of the UI just like in X. When running X applications the window icon will show up properly on the panel. Panels can now auto-hide. Custom color schemes can be set for windows, useful for accessibility.


    Full Plasma 5.8.95 changelog

    Live Images

    The easiest way to try it out is with a live image booted off a USB disk. You can find a list of Live Images with Plasma 5 on the KDE Community Wiki.

    Docker images also provide a quick and easy way to test Plasma.

    Package Downloads

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

    Source Downloads

    You can install Plasma 5 directly from source. KDE's community wiki has instructions to compile it. Note that Plasma 5 does not co-install with Plasma 4, you will need to uninstall older versions or install into a separate prefix.

    Feedback

    You can give us feedback and get updates on Facebook or Twitter or Google+.

    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.

  • Conf.kde.in 2017 (KDE)

    Carrying on the successful tradition of conf.kde.in since 2011, we are moving to the north-east region of India for this year's conf.kde.in. Join us for conf.kde.in 2017 on 10, 11, and 12 March at Guwahati in Assam, India. conf.kde.in 2017 will focus on the promoting Free and Open source including but not limited to Qt and KDE software.

    The Venue

    Event will be held at IIT Guwahati, Assam. IIT Guwahati is the sixth Indian Institute of Technology established in the India by the Government of India. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati's campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 20 km from the heart of the city. With the majestic Brahmaputra on one side, and with hills and vast open spaces on the other, the campus provides an ideal setting for learning.

    IIT Guwahati

    About conf.kde.in

    conf.kde.in started in 2011 at RVCE in Bangalore as a 5 day event with 300 participants, initiating a series of such KDE events in India. There was a KDE Meetup in 2013 and conf.kde.in 2014 at DA-IICT, in 2015 at Amrita university, Kerala, in 2016 at LNMIIT Jaipur, which brought in members of the KDE Community from all over the world to attend the event, give talks, and share the spirit of KDE. The 2017 conference will cater to new members of KDE as well as seasoned developers, providing updates about what is going on in the KDE Community and teaching newcomers how to start making meaningful contributions. These events have been successful in attracting a lot of Indian students to mentoring programs such as Google Summer of Code (GSoC), Season of KDE and Google Code-In.

    This year, the conf.kde.in 2017 organizers intend to generate even more interest and participation by creating a fertile environment for people to get started with KDE, Qt and FOSS through numerous talks, hands-on sessions and demonstrations.

    Call For Papers

    If the event seems exciting and valuable, this is an opportunity to join in.

    Submit a paper explaining the content for a presentation of not more than 30 minutes on any aspect of KDE, Qt or other FOSS topic that you want to cover. Please include pertinent information about your background, other talks you've made (if any), and anything else that gives a sense of what attendees can expect from your presentation. The organizers await your innovative proposals, and are looking forward to an abundant gathering of the KDE Community.

    If you want to talk at conf.kde.in please head to call for papers page

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  • KDE releases beta of Kirigami UI 2.0 (KDE)

    Today, KDE announces the beta release of Kirigami UI 2.0.

    Soon after the initial release of Kirigami UI, KDE's framework for convergent (mobile and desktop) user interfaces, its main developer Marco Martin started porting it from Qt Quick Controls 1 to Qt Quick Controls 2, the next generation of Qt's ready-made standard controls for Qt Quick-based user interfaces. Since QQC 2 offers a much more extended range of controls than QQC 1, the port allowed the reduction of Kirigami's own code, while improving stability and performance. Kirigami 2 is kept as close to QQC 2's API as possible in order to extend it seamlessly.

    Beyond the improvements that the port to QQC2 brings, further work went into Kirigami 2's performance and efficiency, and it also offers significantly improved keyboard navigation for desktop applications. On Android, Kirigami 2 integrates better visually with Material Design.

    Of course there are also smaller improvements in various places, such as better handling of edge swipes in the SwipeListItem or more reliable activation of the Overscroll / Reachability mode (which pulls down the top of the page to the center of the screen where it can be reached with the thumb).

    Discover (Plasma's software center), a quite complex application, has already been ported successfully to Kirigami 2 without much hassle, so we are confident that most applications can be ported easily from Kirigami 1 to Kirigami 2. Since Kirigami 2 requires Qt 5.7, which is not available on all Linux distributions yet, Kirigami 1 is still maintained (receiving fixes for critical bugs) for the time being, but won't receive any new features or improvements.

    Although Kirigami 2 has of course been tested internally, this beta release allows us to make sure that the final release contains no bugs which only surface under circumstances we haven't thought of. Therefore we're happy for developers who would like to try out Kirigami 2 beta in their application and report issues they might encounter through one of our various communication channels. You can find those channels, as well as the link to the source tarball, on Kirigami's Techbase page.

  • Randa Meetings Team Announces Community Partnership with KDE e.V. (KDE)

    The team behind The Randa Meetings is pleased to announce a community partnership with the KDE e.V. The Randa Meetings is the largest sprint organized by KDE, where roughly fifty KDE contributors meet yearly in the Swiss Alps to enjoy seven days of intense team work, pushing KDE technologies forward.

    For the past years the sprints were organized by a core Swiss team and supported by the KDE community. Organizing sprints was challenging, but the result always justified the efforts. To keep the yearly sprints going and make easier the work for the Swiss core team, the Randa Meetings have now become an official KDE e.V. community partner.

    This decision allows the Randa Meeting to simplify their workflows like organizing fundraising and traveling reimbursements. It removes pressure from the organizers and allows them to spend more time on the sprint and their own personal affairs like family or the building of a new house.

    The Randa Meetings will continue with a yearly meeting. For 2017, the date is already set to 10 September to 16 September. This year the meetings will be focused on accessibility and personal information management (PIM). We want to make our software accessible for people with visual disabilities and also to make our software accessible from different operating systems, different devices and with different user interfaces, such as graphical with keyboard and mouse, or touch or speech and other senses.

    We look forward to greeting you in 2017 and wish you all a good new year!

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  • Plasma Meets Nextcloud (KDE)


    Participants Frank, Thomas, Kai Uwe and Martin

    At a meeting back in July in Stuttgart, KDE and Nextcloud developers discussed deeper integration between the respective communities. We'd like to share some of those ideas and, as always, invite anyone interested in participating to help make it happen!

    Deeper Plasma integration

    A feature that has been discussed is synchronization of settings, password and file metadata over cloud servers.

    The fork of Nextcloud from ownCloud has brought about new questions regarding this topic: Will the Plasma team have to support two different systems? It would obviously be vastly preferable if both cloud implementations could be supported with one client, which would require collaboration between ownCloud and Nextcloud. The Plasma team has communicated this requirement for both parties. From an implementation point of view, at least Nextcloud features a key-value store which could be used to store client settings.

    Another area with room for improvement is syncing tags, ratings and comments. Nextcloud offers these and would be able to sync them.

    Implementation

    The most important part would be to write an Online Accounts module so you can setup Nextcloud to begin with.
    It needs to be evaluated how setting up Nextcloud in there could affect KDE-PIM (ie. automatically set up Nextcloud calendar in Akonadi etc or vice-versa, if it's already setup in KDE-PIM migrate that to Online Accounts) and to automatically set up the calendar in Plasma.

    What's next is, of course, to get to work. If you're interested in getting involved, let us know!

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  • KDE e.V. Community Report - 2nd Half of 2015 (KDE)

    The KDE e.V. community report for the second half of 2015 is now available. It presents a survey of all the activities and events carried out, supported, and funded by KDE e.V. in that period, as well as the reporting of major conferences that KDE has been involved in.

    Featured Article – The KDE Incubator

    The KDE Incubator is how KDE currently approaches new projects joining our "umbrella". This program aims to help projects with similar ideals to our existing projects join us with all that that implies. The incubator couples a sponsor from the KDE community with a plan to move/migrate a project into the systems KDE provides as a community, including mailing lists, websites, code repositories, etc. In this featured article, Jeremy Whiting tells us how The KDE Incubator works and provides an overview about the projects that have been incubated in 2015.

    Other Activities

    The report also provides a synopsis of member activities during the second half of 2015. The WikiToLearn Sprint, in Bormio, focused mostly on preparing the new project website. Randa Meetings 2015 was a big success and people from many KDE projects worked on many interesting advances regarding the Randa Meetings 2015's motto: "Bring Touch to KDE". During the Kate/KDevelop Sprint in Berlin, a lot of Kate bugs have been fixed and all remaining things for the KDevelop 5.0 release were put in place. The report also provides an overview of Akademy 2015 and a summary of the KDE participation in the 16th International Free Software Forum (FISL 2015).

    Results

    The report concludes with a summary of activities undertaken by the Sysadmin Working Group, the financial report, and the contributors who joined KDE e.V. during the period. We invite you to read the entire report!

  • Akademy 2017 ‒ Call for Hosts (KDE)

    Akademy, KDE's annual conference, requires a place and team for the year 2017. That's why we are looking for a vibrant, enthusiatic spot in Europe that can host us!

    A bit about Akademy

    Akademy is KDE's annual get-together where our creativity, productivity and love are at their peak. Developers, users, translators, students, artists, writers - pretty much anyone who has been involved with KDE will join Akademy to participate and learn. Contents will range from keynote speeches and a two-day dual track session of talks by the FOSS community, to workshops and Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions where we plot the future of the project.

    Friday is scheduled for the KDE e.V. General Assembly and a pre-Akademy party/welcoming event. Saturday and Sunday covers the keynotes, talks and lightning talks. The remaining four days are used for BoFs, intensive coding sessions and workshops for smaller groups of 10 to 30 people out of which one day is reserved for a Day Trip of the attendees around the local touristic sights.

    Hosting Akademy is a great way to contribute to a movement of global collaboration. You get a chance to host one of the largest FOSS community in the world with contributors from over the world and be a witness to a wonderful inter-cultural fusion of attendees in your home town. You'll also get great exposure to Free Software. It is a great opportunity for the local university students, professors, technology enthusiasts and professionals to try their hand at something new.

    What You Need to Do

    Akademy requires a location in Europe, with a nice conference venue, that is easy to reach, preferably close to an international airport.

    Organizing Akademy is a demanding and a resource intensive task but you’ll be guided along the entire process by people who’ve been doing this since years. Nevertheless, the local team should be prepared to spare a considerable amount of time for this.

    For detailed information, please see the Call for Hosts. Questions and applications should be addressed to the Board of KDE e.V. or the Akademy Team. Please indicate your interest in hosting Akademy to the Board of KDE e.V. by December 15th. Full applications will be accepted until 15th January. We look forward to your enthusiasm in being the next host for Akademy 2017!

  • KDE End of Year Fundraising (KDE)

    KDE Fundraising

    Have you ever felt that you wanted to give back to the KDE project? As the season of giving draws near there's never been a better time to support KDE and help the project continue to bring free software to millions of lives worldwide.

    By participating in the end of year fundraiser, you can help us in our mission. Your donations are used to pay for transport and accomodation for developers to attend sprints as well as to support the server infrastructure required to keep the project running.

    Donations over 30€ are eligible to recieve a cute postcard designed by KDE artists to the address of the donors choice. For more information, including more details on donation rewards, please visit the KDE End of Year 2016 Fundraising page.

  • Google Code-in begins soon; KDE mentors welcome students (KDE)

    Google Code-In

    The KDE community will once more be participating in Google Code-in, which pairs KDE mentors with students beween the ages of 13 and 18 to work on tasks which both help the KDE community and teach the students how to contribute to free and open source projects. Not only coding, but also documentation and training, outreach and research, quality assurance and user interface tasks will be offered.

    Students who are interested in contributing, see https://codein.withgoogle.com for more information.

    Mentors, please subscribe to the KDE-Soc-Mentor mail list, and write to kde-soc-management@kde.org if you have not yet been invited to the GCi webapp. Now is the time to login and begin adding your tasks. Former Google Summer of Code students are especially welcome to mentor. 

     

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  • WikiToLearn Reaches 1.0 (KDE)

    WikiToLearn is KDE's project to create textbooks for university and school students. It provides free, collaborative and accessible text books. Academics worldwide contribute in sharing knowledge by creating high quality content.

    One year after founding WikiToLearn, the love for sharing knowledge helped our community to grow stronger. During this year a lot of great things happened, but we also had to face some technical and organizational problems.

    The effort and work of our community during the last months helped us to achieve great results developing new features and improving our platform, concentrating on the editing experience. As a result of this, we are very proud to announce the release of WikiToLearn 1.0!

    Here are some new features:

    • New skin: we rebuilt the whole skin for a better user experience. Users will now be able to take and review notes, create books and share knowledge more easily.
    • Course editor: this tool allows users to create and manage courses in a guided and very effortless way
    • Visual editor: together with Course editor this tool will help users to contribute easily; editing and reviewing has become more intuitive and it’s not necessary anymore to be a “wikitext expert” to work on our platform

    Having reached the goal of a more comfortable user interface, to make it more easy for you to contribute, our next objective is to expand the content on all of our pages. Since we already have some content on our Italian and English pages, we would also very much appreciate if you would help us to develop the pages in other languages.

    Get started now, visit WikiToLearn.org right away and get in touch with our new features!

  • Leslie Zhai Talks 20 Years of KDE in China (KDE)

    Amongst the 20 year of KDE parties around the world one of the busiest was held in Beijing. Dot News interviewed the organiser Leslie Zhai about KDE in China.


    KDE China's 20th Anniversary Group Photo

    Leslie Zhai

    Where are you from and what do you do for a living?

    I am from Wuhan, a very beautiful city in China. And I am working as a Linux developer at iSOFT in Beijing.

    How did you first start to use KDE software?

    In 2002, as a computer science major university student, I went to a Legal Authoried software store in Wuhan, Guangputun, and bought Redhat7 including four install CDs, three src.rpm CDs and a very exquisite user manual for only RMB 50, because other software for Windows 98 was too expensive to a univerty student! It was my first time to use KDE 3. Yes I chose KDE as my default desktop enviroment, but I tried GNOME of course. ;-) Then I tried to migrate my university's course assignment developed in Turbo C to compile with GCC. I used Konsole and VIM to edit my source code, I tried Emacs but I did not know how to make coffee with it, so I switched to VIM ;-) and my teachers switched to use Redhat8 instead of Windows 98 when teaching operating system courses.

    What are your activities contributing to KDE?

    As a KDE developer I fix bugs, I push to repositories after code is reviewed by other KDE developers, and I am maintaining K3b right now. My sincere thanks go to David Faure; he helped me when I broke the dependency freeze of libkcddb regarding the Applications/16.08 release. I migrated all projects using KF5Cddb, and right now libkcddb is KF5 ready! Also thanks go to Thomas Schmitt, one of the libburnia authors, he taught me a lot about ISO 9660 & MMC patiently and carefully!


    Talks at the Party

    Looks like you had a successful 20th anniversary party. Who was there and what did you all do?

    Yes! We had more people than we expected. We estimated there were only about 20 KDE users, but that day 65 KDE plus GNOME and other desktop enviroments users came! iSOFT KDE helped us so much to make the anniversary party happen. My old friend Conner Mo (the co-founder of linuxfans.org and magiclinux.org) came from Shanghai specially. We took a group photo wearing KDE 20 years T-shirts. The opening was by Cjacker Huang, the deputation of iSOFT sponsored this party, who is also a KDE developer since 2003! Happy birthday for KDE 20 years celebrated by Xiangkai Li, manager of iSOFT. Opening was by Lei Zhang. The deputation of LinuxCN sponsored this party, also shared updates with us. "Timeline.kde.org and Chinese KDE developers" shared by myself. Yunhe Guo (KDE-China l10n zh_CN translator) and csslayer (Fcitx and KDE developer) recorded video for the celebration. "GNOME Desktop and Foundation say happy birthday to KDE" was shared by Tong Hui. A delicious KDE 20 years cake. GNOME Foundation member was cutting cake and laughing happily. Announced kde-china.org. Enjoy KDE 20 years cake. So I changed my raffle script MAX to 65 on site. Raffle prizes were CHEERY keyboards, iSOFTLinux V4.0 USB sticks, KDE 20years T-shirts and more.


    iSOFT KDE

    What is China KUG and what does it plan to do?

    kde-china.org is the China KDE User Group for contributing to KDE:

    • Fixing bugs and code review
    • Translating l10n zh_CN
    • Akadamy-China ;-)

    How popular is Free and Open Source software in China?

    Very popular! A lot of internet companies use Open Source software such as Linux kernel, GNU toolchain, Nginx, MySQL, Memcached, Squid, DNF, Apt, Python, Django, reviewboard, PHP, Drupal, phpBB, flyspary, jQuery, Node.js, etc. in China.

    How popular is KDE software in China?

    Very popular! a lot of ArchLinux and Fedora fans use KDE! iSOFTLinux, MagicLinux, Kubuntu, openSUSE and RedflagLinux distributions choose KDE as their default desktop enviroment in China.

    The article on linux.cn mentions iSOFT has its own operating system using KDE software, can you tell us how this is made and what it's used for?

    iSOFTLinux V4.0 x86-64 is Cjacker Core base, default desktop enviroment is KDE (GNOME optional), easy-to-use Linux Desktop for end-users.

    How good is KDE software's support for CJK writing systems?

    Thanks for Fcitx maintained and developed by csslayer, also his kimpanel work, it all works very good for KDE!


    Cutting the Cake

    Why do we not hear more from Chinese people on KDE mailing lists, forums and chat channels?

    First, language issues. For example I often wrote email in Chinglish just like my answers to this interview ;-) but KDE developers are very clever in understanding what I tried to express. Second, the timezone issue. I would update my patch in the morning, then wait for review, perhaps the next morning I could receive the reply. You can see the waiting time, so it is difficult to chat with each other in IRC. So we prefer to use reviewboard and Bugzilla to communicate with other KDE developers.

    Anything else you'd like to say?

    I hope more and more Chinese internet companies join the Open Source game, they are using a lot of open source utilities and libraries, but many core and important applicationa are not available for Linux desktop users. Even binary-only just like Skype is OK!

    Thanks for your answers!

  • How KDE Celebrates 20 Years (KDE)

    KDE is 20 years old, a community working on beautiful software to free the world and spread privacy, all while having a lot of fun which we do it.

    In cities across the world there are parties being held this weekend to celebrate. As we write the KDE Korea party in Seoul is setting up for some talks and drinks.
     

    Some 20 year parties have already been held such as at FISL in Brazil last month.

    Showing the strength of the KDE development community, our flagship product Plasma released its first Long Term Support edition. The Linux Action Show, never ones to shy away from critisism, give it a thorough review and decided it was "light years ahead" and had "more compelling features" than the competition.

    And if being 20 years old makes you feel old you can look back at the latest release, KDE 1. Helio has brought the classic version back to life. There are even Docker images you can install yourself from KDE neon.

    If you haven't read them already take a look at the 20 Years of KDE timeline and download or buy the 20 Years of KDE book.

    Brazilian IT website Vida de Suporte did a special comic for KDE:

    Support: Hey, look, KDE is 20 years old!
    Intern: Oh, damn it, I tougth it was a pokemon.

    Let us know how you celebrate this anniversary how what you think KDE can do in the next 20 years to spread freedom, privacy and community.

    Comments welcome here or on Reddit thread.

  • Happy 20th Birthday, KDE (KDE)

    20 years ago today Matthias Ettrich sent an email that would mark the start of KDE as we know it today - a world-wide community of amazing people creating Free Software for you. In his email he announced the new Kool Desktop Environment and said “Programmers wanted!” In the 20 years since then so much has happened. We released great software, fought for software freedom and empowered people all over the world to take charge of their digital life. In many ways we have achieved what we set out to do 20 years ago - “a consistant, nice looking free desktop-environment” and more. Millions of people use KDE’s software every single day to do their work, have fun and connect to the most important people in their life. And yet we still have a long way ahead of us. Our job is far from done.

    Today Free Software and KDE matters more than ever before. Only through Free Software can people truly break out of the walled gardens technology is so often building these days and stand up to surveillance. But Free Software communities like KDE also matter because they bring the world closer together. Our community is a truly global one. It is one that strives on mentoring people and letting them reach their true potential - be it as a programmer, artist, translator, community organizer, system administrator, tester or any of the hundreds of roles that make a community like KDE work.

    No matter if you’ve been around KDE since the very beginning or if you just joined us for a short while: Thank you for being a part of our journey so far. And if you’ve not contributed yet, today is the best day to start.

    I am looking forward to many more years in this great community building Free Software for and with you.

    Here’s to many more years of KDE! Come celebrate with us.

  • KDE Student Programs announces Season of KDE 2016-2017 (KDE)

    KDE Student Programs announces the 2016-2017 Season of KDE for those who want to participate in mentored projects which enhance KDE in some way. Projects from past Seasons of KDE include new application features, the KDE Continuous Integration system, new reporting for developers, as well as a web framework, porting and a plethora of other work.

    Successful mentees earn a certificate of completion along with  a very cool t-shirt and other goodies. Any person who wants to complete a project is eligible to enter.

    Those who want to mentor are asked to add ideas here: https://community.kde.org/SoK/Ideas/2016.

    Students are asked to begin discussion about their ideas or those on the various KDE mail lists and IRC channels even before applications open.

    The schedule this year will be:

    • 7 October to 31 October: Student and mentor applications
    • 1 November: Official coding period begins. Students can start work once mentor and student agree on the project and the timeline
    • 28 February : End of coding period

    To apply as a mentor or student, please visit https://season.kde.org

  • KDE Student Programs announces Season of KDE 2016-1017 (KDE)

    KDE Student Programs announces the 2016-2017 Season of KDE for those who want to participate in mentored projects which enhance KDE in some way. Projects from past Seasons of KDE include new application features, the KDE Continuous Integration system, new reporting for developers, as well as a web framework, porting and a plethora of other work.

    Successful mentees earn a certificate of completion along with  a very cool t-shirt and other goodies. Any person who wants to complete a project is eligible to enter.

    Those who want to mentor are asked to add ideas here: https://community.kde.org/SoK/Ideas/2016.

    Students are asked to begin discussion about their ideas or those on the various KDE mail lists and IRC channels even before applications open.

    The schedule this year will be:

    • 7 October to 31 October: Student and mentor applications
    • 1 November: Official coding period begins. Students can start work once mentor and student agree on the project and the timeline
    • 28 February : End of coding period

    To apply as a mentor or student, please visit https://season.kde.org

  • KDE at 20: Plasma 5.8 LTS Out Now with Comprehensive Features (KDE)




    KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS

    KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS

    Tuesday, 4 October 2016. Today KDE releases its first Long Term Support edition of its flagship desktop software, Plasma. This marks the point where the developers and designers are happy to recommend Plasma for the widest possible audience be they enterprise or non-techy home users. If you tried a KDE desktop previously and have moved away, now is the time to re-assess, Plasma is simple by default, powerful when needed.


    Plasma's Comprehensive Features

    Take a look at what Plasma offers, a comprehensive selection of features unparalleled in any desktop software.

    Desktop Widgets



    Desktop Widgets

    Desktop Widgets

    Cover your desktop in useful widgets to keep you up to date with weather, amused with comics or helping with calculations.


    Get Hot New Stuff



    Get Hot New Stuff

    Get Hot New Stuff

    Download wallpapers, window style, widgets, desktop effects and dozens of other resources straight to your desktop. We work with the new KDE Store to bring you a wide selection of addons for you to install.


    Desktop Search



    Desktop Search

    Desktop Search

    Plasma will let you easily search your desktop for applications, folders, music, video, files... everything you have.


    Unified Look



    Unified Look

    Unified Look

    Plasma's default Breeze theme has a unified look across all the common programmer toolkits - Qt 4 & 5, GTK 2 & 3, even LibreOffice.


    Phone Integration



    Phone Integration

    Phone Integration

    Using KDE Connect you'll be notified on your desktop of text message, can easily transfer files, have your music silenced during calls and even use your phone as a remote control.


    Infinitely Customisable



    Infinitely Customisable

    Infinitely Customisable

    Plasma is simple by default but you can customise it however you like with new widgets, panels, screens and styles.


    New in Plasma 5.8

    Unified Boot to Shutdown Artwork



    Unified Boot to Shutdown Artwork

    Unified Boot to Shutdown Artwork

    This release brings an all-new login screen design giving you a complete Breeze startup to shutdown experience. The layout has been tidied up and is more suitable for workstations that are part of a domain or company network. While it is much more streamlined, it also allows for greater customizability: for instance, all Plasma wallpaper plugins, such as slideshows and animated wallpapers, can now be used on the lock screen.


    Right-to-Left Language Support



    Right-to-Left Language Support

    Right-to-Left Language Support

    Support for Semitic right-to-left written languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic, has been greatly improved. Contents of panels, the desktop, and configuration dialogs are mirrored in this configuration. Plasma’s sidebars, such as widget explorer, window switcher, activity manager, show up on the right side of the screen.


    Improved Applets



    Context Menu Media Controls

    Context Menu Media Controls

    The virtual desktop switcher (“Pager”) and window list applets have been rewritten, using the new task manager back-end we introduced in Plasma 5.7. This allows them to use the same dataset as the task manager and improves their performance while reducing memory consumption. The virtual desktop switcher also acquired an option to show only the current screen in multi-screen setups and now shares most of its code with the activity switcher applet.

    Task manager gained further productivity features in this release. Media controls that were previously available in task manager tooltips only are now accessible in the context menus as well. In addition to bringing windows to the front during a drag and drop operation, dropping files onto task manager entries themselves will now open them in the associated application. Lastly, the popup for grouped windows can now be navigated using the keyboard and text rendering of its labels has been improved.


    Simplified Global Shortcuts



    Global Shortcuts Setup

    Global Shortcuts Setup

    Global shortcuts configuration has been simplified to focus on the most common task, that is launching applications. Building upon the jump list functionality added in previous releases, global shortcuts can now be configured to jump to specific tasks within an application.

    Thanks to our Wayland effort, we can finally offer so-called “modifier-only shortcuts”, enabling you to open the application menu by just pressing the Meta key. Due to popular demand, this feature also got backported to the X11 session.

    Other improvements



    Plasma Discover's new UI

    Plasma Discover's new UI

    This release sees many bugfixes in multi-screen support and, together with Qt 5.6.1, should significantly improve your experience with docking stations and projectors.

    KWin, Plasma’s window manager, now allows compositing through llvmpipe, easing the deployment on exotic hardware and embedded devices. Now that there is a standardized and widely-used interface for applications to request turning off compositing, the “Unredirect Fullscreen” option has been removed. It often lead to stability issues and because of that was already disabled for many drivers.

    Now that Kirigami, our set of versatile cross-platform UI components, has been released, we’re pleased to bring you a revamped version of Plasma Discover based on Kirigami.

    We have new default fonts, the Noto font from Google covers all scripts available in the Unicode standard while our new monospace font Hack is perfect for coders and terminal users.


    We’re in Wayland!



    Plasma on Wayland Now with GTK+ support

    Plasma on Wayland Now with GTK+ support

    Plasma on Wayland has come a long way in the past months. While our long term support promise does not apply to the fast-evolving Wayland stack, we think it is ready to be tested by a broader audience. There will still be minor glitches and missing features, but we are now at a point where we can ask you to give it a try and report bugs. Notable improvements in this release include:

    • Support for xdg-shell, i.e. GTK+ applications are now supported
    • Much improved touch screen support
    • Support for touchpad gestures – the infrastructure is there, there aren't any gestures by default yet
    • The “Sliding Popups” effect is now supported
    • Clipboard contents are synced between X11 and Wayland applications

    Full Plasma 5.8.0 LTS changelog

    Live Images

    The easiest way to try it out is with a live image booted off a USB disk. You can find a list of Live Images with Plasma 5 on the KDE Community Wiki.

    Package Downloads

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

    Source Downloads

    You can install Plasma 5 directly from source. KDE's community wiki has instructions to compile it. Note that Plasma 5 does not co-install with Plasma 4, you will need to uninstall older versions or install into a separate prefix.

    Feedback

    You can give us feedback and get updates on Facebook or Twitter or Google+.

    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.

  • Announcing the KDE Advisory Board (KDE)
    Illustration of a meeting

    With KDE having grown to a large and central Free Software community over the last 20 years, our interactions with other organizations have become increasingly important for us. KDE software is available on several platforms, is shipped by numerous distributions large and small, and KDE has become the go-to Free Software community when it comes to Qt. In addition to those who cooperate with KDE on a technical level, organizations which fight for the same vision as ours are our natural allies as well.

    To put these alliances on a more formal level, the KDE e.V. hereby introduces the KDE e.V. Advisory Board as a means to offer a space for communication between organizations which are allied with KDE, from both the corporate and the non-profit worlds.

    One of the core goals of the Advisory Board is to provide KDE with insights into the needs of the various organizations that surround us. We are very aware that we need the ability to combine our efforts for greater impact and the only way we can do that is by adopting a more diverse view from outside of our organization on topics that are relevant to us. This will allow all of us to benefit from one another's experience.

    "KDE's vision of a world in which everyone has control over their digital life and enjoys freedom and privacy cannot be realized by KDE alone. We need strong allies. I am therefore excited that we are formalizing our relationship with a number of these strong allies with the Advisory Board and what that will bring for them, for KDE, our users and Free Software as a whole." says Lydia Pintscher, President of KDE e.V.

    We are proud to already announce the first members of the Advisory Board:

    • From its very beginning Canonical has been a major investor in the Free Software desktop. They work with PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo to ship the best Free Software to millions of desktop users worldwide.

      Canonical will be working with the KDE community to keep making the latest KDE technology available to Ubuntu and Kubuntu users, and expanding that into making Snap packages of KDE frameworks and applications that are easily installable by users of any Linux desktop.

    • SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem provide the basis for SUSE Linux Enterprise products as well as supporting the openSUSE community which produces the Tumbleweed and Leap community-driven distributions.
      It was natural for SUSE & openSUSE, being long standing joint KDE patrons, to join the KDE Advisory Board. This new channel will foster the already good communications between the KDE community and SUSE/openSUSE, which will bring mutual benefits for all.

    • Following its motto "Liberating Technology", Blue Systems not only produces the two Linux distributions Maui and Netrunner, but also invests directly in several KDE projects, such as Plasma (Desktop and Mobile) or KDE neon. Being part of the Advisory Board further enhances the collaboration between Blue Systems and KDE on all levels

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    • Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

      Free and Open Source software projects are developed by diverse and dynamic groups that not only share common goals in the development of technologies, but share common values in the creation of communities. The OSI is joining KDE's advisory board to fulfill their mission of building bridges among different constituencies in the open source community, a critical factor to ensure the ongoing success of both Free and Open Source projects and contributors that support them.

    • FOSS Nigeria is a non-profit organization with the aim of educating Nigerians on KDE and other FOSS applications.

      The first contact between FOSS Nigeria was In 2009 when Adrian de Groot and Jonathan Riddell had a talk about KDE and Qt projects before more than 300 participants during the first Nigerian international conference on free and open source software, and Frederik Gladhorn joined Adrian de Groot in the following year's conference.

      KDE e.V helped in making FOSSng and the KDE Nigeria user group what it is today. Participation of people like Adrian de Groot, Jonathan Riddell and Fredrick Gladhorn plays a vital role for the major breakthrough behind the spread of KDE in Nigeria from 2009 to date.

      Every two months the KDE Nigeria user group meets and discusses the future of KDE in Nigeria. The organisers of FOSS Nigeria 2017 are proposing that 55% of the conference papers will focus on KDE and Qt.

    • The Free Software Foundation Europe's aim is to help people control technology instead of the other way around. KDE is an associated organisation of the FSFE since 2006.

      Since 2009, KDE and the FSFE share rooms for their offices in Berlin, and regularly exchange ideas how to improve the work for software freedom. "It just felt natural and the right thing to do for the FSFE to join the advisory board after we have been asked if we would be interested.", says Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE.

    • April is the main French advocacy association which has been promoting and defending Free Software in France and Europe since 1996. April brings together several thousand individual members and a few hundred organisations (businesses, nonprofits, local governments, educational institutions).

      Through the work of its volunteers and permanent staff, April is able to carry out a number of different campaigns to defend the freedoms of computer users. You can join April, or support it, by making a donation.

    • The Document Foundation is the home of LibreOffice, the world's most widely-used free office suite, and the Document Liberation Project, a community of developers focused on providing powerful tools for the conversion of proprietary documents into ODF files. It was created in the belief that the culture born of an independent foundation brings out the best in contributors and will deliver the best software for users.

      "We share with KDE the same commitment to Free Software and open standards, and we have both invested a significant amount of time for the development and the growth of the Open Document Format", says Thorsten Behrens, Director at The Document Foundation. "By joining KDE Advisory Board, we want to underline potential synergies between large free software projects, to grow the ecosystem and improve the quality of end user solutions".

    • In 2003 the city administration of Munich, one of the largest cities in Germany, evaluated the migration to Open-Source desktop software. Within the LiMux project from 2005 until 2013 around 18,000 desktop computers were migrated from Microsoft Windows to a Linux-based desktop with KDE and OpenOffice.org. Remaining Windows-based desktop computers for special use cases and applications are equipped as much as possible with Open-Source applications like Firefox and Thunderbird. In the beginning of the project, KDE 3.x was chosen as the desktop environment for the LiMux client to ensure a smooth transition in handling of graphical user interfaces for the users who were used to the, at that time, established Windows 2000 desktop. Current LiMux client versions ship with KDE Plasma 4.x desktop.

      The desktop environment and its applications play a major role in the user experience of the desktop system. Many of the around 44,000 employees of the city administration use KDE applications for their work on a daily basis. Some of them are more and some are less computer-oriented and therefore the preconfiguration of the desktop is rather conservative and geared towards continuity.

      The city of Munich has often the need to customize the system-wide standard configuration of the desktop environment and its applications. In order to communicate and discuss such issues and with the KDE community and to find solutions, developers from Munich regularly attend Akademy. Our goal is to make, together with the KDE community, the Plasma Desktop suitable for a large enterprise environment.

    • The Free Software Foundation is a 30-year-old nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. They defend the rights of all software users. KDE has an important part to play in achieving that mission, because of its excellent work creating a free and user-friendly application environment. KDE's free, powerful, and exceptionally usable software both demonstrates that a future world of everyday computer users using entirely free software is entirely possible, and helps us get there. We're looking forward to closer collaboration and are honored to be part of the advisory board.

    If you would like an organization you're with to be part of the KDE e.V. Advisory Board, you can read more about the program here:
    https://ev.kde.org/advisoryboard.php

    For more information, don't hesitate to send an e-mail to kde-ev-board@kde.org

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