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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 […]
  • GNOME 3.28 Released (GNOME)
    The latest version of GNOME 3 has been released today. Version 3.28 contains six months of work and new features by the GNOME community and comes with many improvements and new features. One major new feature for this release is automatic downloading of operating systems in Boxes, which takes the work out of creating and […]
  • Plasma: A Safe Haven for Windows 7 Refugees (KDE)

    A fully functional Plasma desktop with a Windows 7 theme.

    Microsoft will stop providing updates for Windows 7 on January 14 2020.

    There won't be any more patches that correct bugs or even dangerous vulnerabilities. This will leave Windows 7 users exposed to all sorts of bad stuff. But that is not a huge concern for Microsoft. With this move, Redmond hopes to encourage users to upgrade to Windows 10.

    But why should we care? Maybe because Windows currently holds 77% of the global desktop market share (all Linux desktops combined hold less than 2%). Of that 77%, nearly 30% belongs to Windows 7. That is nearly a billion people still holding on to Windows 7 because they are resisting the move to Windows 10. Apart from the natural human resistance to change, Windows 10 has earned a bad rap as an operating system that will gladly leak your data back to Microsoft and lace your desktop with intrusive advertisements as a matter of course.

    Helping people regain control over their systems and protecting their data is precisely what Free Software communities do best, making this the perfect opportunity to help Windows 7 users upgrade to something much better: To the Plasma desktop!

    How you can help

    We need you to help convince Windows 7 users to move to the Plasma desktop. We have set up a task where we are brainstorming ideas, advice and resources. You can contribute your thoughts too. Get your KDE Identity today and join the conversation.

    You can also join the Promo team live on Matrix and help us run this campaign.

    Or fly solo! Talk to your friends, family, classmates and colleagues. Even if you convince just one person to make the transition to any Linux-based system, you will have done something valuable and helped the FLOSS movement.


    The Windows 7-like theme shown above was put together (from many parts created by many generous contributors) by Dominic Hayes, creator of Feren OS, a cool-looking Ubuntu-based Linux distro aimed squarely at end users. Check it out!

    Dominic used the following elements to re-create the look and feel of the desktop:

    Plasma Theme: Seven Black
    Window Decorations: Seven Black
    Application Style: gtk2
    GTK Theme: Windows Se7en by Elbullazul
    Icons: Darkine
    Colours: Breeze Light
    Cursors: DMZ White
    Splash Screen: Feren OS
    Panel: 38 height
    Widgets: Default Apps Menu, I-O Task Manager, Stock System Tray, Feren Calendar or Event Calendar, Win7 Show Desktop

  • 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.

  • 2017 year in review (GNOME)
    With the start of the new year let’s take a moment and remember 2017. 2017 represented a strong year for the project, with another two releases with large technical advances. We have seen growing numbers of partners, new advisory board members and a wider adoption of GNOME on several distributions. During the year, The GNOME Foundation […]
  • GNOME Board of Directors Announced for 2017-2018 (GNOME)
    ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation welcomes its new Board of Directors for the 2017 – 2018 term: Alexandre Franke Allan Day Carlos Soriano Cosimo Cecchi Meg Ford Nuritzi Sanchez Zeeshan Ali Congratulations! This year we had 225 registered voters, 110 of which sent in valid ballots. Elections ran during the months of May and June, and […]
  • Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2018 Host Proposals (GNOME)
    The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting GNOME.Asia Summit during the second half of 2018. 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 […]
  • GUADEC 2017 Call for Papers (GNOME)
    GUADEC is GNOME’s main annual conference. This year it is being held in Manchester, UK, from 28 July to 2nd August, and the call for papers is open until April 23rd. 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 […]
  • GUADEC 2019 about to start in Thessaloniki (GNOME)
    GNOME’s main conference, GUADEC, will run from tomorrow, Friday, August 24th to Tuesday, August 28th in Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city located in the North of the country. GUADEC 2019 will feature 3 days of presentations, and afterwards there are 2 days reserved for BOFs or Birds of a feather sessions and workshops. […]
  • Thanks, Gothenburg! (GNOME)
    GUADEC is the GNOME project’s primary annual event, held every year in a different European city. This year, it was the turn of Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference brought together contributors, enthusiasts and partners from around the world for three days of talks, followed by three days of workshops (called “Birds of a Feather” sessions). It […]
  • West Coast Hackfest 2019 Summary (GNOME)
    The West Coast 2019 Hackfest which took place in Portland, Oregon, US between July 18-21 gathered members from several teams including coders, members of the documentation team, and the engagement team. Behdad Esfahbod and Matthias Clasen worked on improving Pango, GNOME’s text rendering library. Improvements was also made to GtkTextView, an important a Gtk widget with […]
  • 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 […]
  • GUADEC 2016 to take place in Karlsruhe, Germany (GNOME)
    It is with pleasure that the GNOME Foundation is announcing that Karlsruhe, Germany, will host GUADEC in the summer of 2016. Karlsruhe is situated in the Southern part of Germany and is Germany’s sunniest city. It is easy to get to as it is a short trip from both Frankfurt international airport and Stuttgart airport. Karlsruhe combines a strong […]
  • GUADEC 2017 Registration is Open! (GNOME)
    This year, the GNOME project’s annual European conference will be taking place in Manchester, UK. Happening between 28th July and 2nd August, it will be the biggest and most important GNOME event of 2017. The conference will provide an opportunity to find out about the latest technical developments, learn new skills and tools, attend talks […]
  • GNOME opens recruitment to support Coding Education Challenge (GNOME)
    Orinda, CA. Today, October 18th 2019, the GNOME Foundation has announced two positions it is recruiting for to help drive the GNOME project and Free Software on the desktop. As previously announced, this is in support of our Coding Education Challenge, as well as the project more generally. The Foundation is currently recruiting for two […]
  • Call for GNOME.Asia 2020 Summit proposals (GNOME)
    The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia Summit during the second half of 2020. 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 […]
  • GNOME files defense against patent troll (GNOME)
    Orinda, CA – 2019/10/21 A month ago, GNOME was hit by a patent troll for developing the Shotwell image management application. It’s the first time a free software project has been targeted in this way, but we worry it won’t be the last. Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC offered to let us settle for a high five figure amount, for which they would drop […]
  • GNOME moves to Gitlab (GNOME)
    The GNOME Foundation is proud to announce that it has completed its move to GitLab. This is a huge milestone for the GNOME Project as it continues to improve its workflows and tools in order to support its growth and collaborate more with other free software communities. After the evaluation of many tools, the GNOME […]
  • Akademy 2019 Talks Videos (KDE)

    We now have the Akademy 2019 videos ready for you to enjoy, see the previous summary of talks on the dot for some inspiration on what to watch. The talk schedule has the full list

    We had keynotes on Developers Italia and the New Guidelines: Let the Open Source Revolution Start! by Leonardo Favario and Towards Qt 6 by Lars Knoll

    We also got updates on KDE Community's goals

    Another thing to check out are the previously announced BoF wrapups letting you know what went on during the week following the talks

    Recommendations

    Here are some talks recommended by attendees:



    What we do in the Promos
    Piyush: i attended Paul's talk. It was really nice to have an insight on promo's day to day tasks and challenges!



    Strengthen Code Review Culture: rm -rf ‘Toxic Behaviors’
    Philip: I liked the code review one
    Valorie: and I agree, Aniketh's Code Review talk was excellent




    Software Distribution: lightning talks & discussion
    Jon: Software Distribution talk! (although I prefer my original name for it of Getting KDE Software to Users)



    Taking KDE to the skies: Making the drone ground control Kirogi
    Ivana: I nominate Eike's talk about Kirogi. It was such a cool talk that told the story of developing an app in a way that even non-devs could understand, and I think it really showcased how KDE is still going strong and taking the lead in the innovation game
    Hannah: The talk was horrible.... It made me want to buy a drone



    Mycroft on Plasma Automobile Demo
    Bhushan: Automative demo one



    About Akademy


    Akademy 2019, Milan

    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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  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2018 to be held in Taipei, Taiwan (GNOME)
    The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that the upcoming GNOME.Asia Summit 2018 will be hosted in Taipei, Taiwan between Aug 11 – Aug 12, followed by a local tour on Aug 13. The 2018 edition of the summit will take place at the National University of Science and Technology of Taiwan (commonly known as […]
  • KDE is All About the Apps: October Update (KDE)

    KDE is all about the Apps!

    We are a community of thousands of contributors who make hundreds of Apps using collaborative open source methods. Our apps run on Linux with Plasma, of course, but also fit in well with GNOME, Enlightenment, XFCE, or any other desktop you happen to be using. Many of our apps run on Windows, Android and macOS.

    A new goal for the KDE community is to push how we are All About the Apps. We will be highlighting our best software and promoting it to increase its adoption outside the circle of current KDE fans (who we still love very much!). This is a monthly update of what's new in our apps. If you'd like to help out with this community goal, take a look at the All About the Apps workboard, and join us in our Matrix chat channel.

    App Updates

    The elite painting app Krita received a monthly bugfix release, 4.2.7. The developers have improved the layout and functionality of the color selection dialog, and made it possible to save group layers to file layers even if they are empty. The sort order of images imported as frames was fixed, a bunch of crashes removed, and dozens of other bugs tidied up.

    To celebrate, the Krita team also made a video with artist Ramon Miranda that offers some advice for improving your sketches. Krita is available in your favorite Linux distribution, for Windows, macOS, as a Linux AppImage, on Flathub, and in the Snap store.

    KMyMoney, the app for managing your finances, also got a new release - 5.0.7. This release introduces updates required for the new regulations of the Payment Services Directive, which affects the online capabilities for German bank users.

    To make KMyMoney compatible with those regulations (especially the strong customer authentication part), developers had to adapt it to updated APIs of the Gwenhywfar and AqBanking libraries which provide the banking protocol implementations.

    Coming from KDE and used by many of us, the distributed compiler cluster Icecream and Icecream Monitor have been updated. The new release improves Objective C and C++ support, removes hardcoded compiler paths, and fixes job preloading to again allow sending one extra job to a fully busy node. In the monitor app several new ice cream flavors have also been added, we're not quite sure what this means but it sounds delicious.

    In the last month, Latte Dock (panel for the Plasma desktop) had two new releases, making improvements to its new Win Indicator look.

    KDevelop, the discerning coder's IDE, published a bugfix release - 5.4.2. You can get it from your Linux distribution or as an AppImage, and you can also compile versions for Windows and macOS.

    RSIBreak, the app that helps you prevent damage to your wrists got a new release versioned 0.12.11.

    Photo management and editing app digiKam released the version 6.3. The highlight of the new release is the G'Mic plugin.
    G'Mic is the image processing library with over 950 different filters, so you can make all your photos truly beautiful. digiKam can be installed from your Linux distro, AppImage bundles, macOS package, and Windows 32/64-bit installers.

    Telescope and astronomy app KStars also had a new release, versioned 3.3.6. The KStars Live Video window can now show debayer frames in real-time, making it possible to create color video streams.

    The weather data can be directly displayed in the Observatory Module, and the user interface has been improved in a number of ways. As one of the most feature-rich free astronomy apps, KStars caters to a wide variety of use cases, so you will surely find tools that are useful to you regardless of your level of experience. KStars is available pretty much everywhere - as a Windows installer, macOS installer, Android app, Snap package, and in your Linux distribution.

    Bug Fixes

    We are continually improving our apps, so plenty of bug fixes have been made. Here are some highlights.

    • Our document viewer Okular gained support for HighDPI screens. This one-line fix to add automatic scaling based on the pixel density of the monitor will make viewing documents on fancy monitors so much better.
    • The advanced text editor Kate was similarly updated to work with HiDPI screens throughout.
    • The chess game Knights had a one-line fix in version 19.08.2. Thanks to the fix, you can now start a game when the second player is a computer engine again.
    • Video editor Kdenlive fixed screengrabs in Linux to eliminate crashes, and in Windows to correctly grab the audio.
    • CD burner app K3b fixed a crash where it couldn't find the supporting command-line tool mkisofs.

    Supporting Bits

    Libraries and artwork support our apps to make our software work beautifully.

    The Breeze icon theme got new icons for activities, trash, batteries, QR codes, and more. Libical, which is used by Kontact to talk to iCalendar protocols and data formats, had a bugfix release (3.0.6).

    Snorenotify is a notification framework supporting Linux, Windows and macOS. Snoretoast is a command-line application used within Snorenotify for Windows Toast notifications. It is also used in Quassel and Tomahawk, and the good news is that it got a new release this month (0.7.0).

    New in App Stores

    Our software is increasingly available directly through app stores. To celebrate and highlight this (and to help you find them more easily!), this month we added Windows Store links to the KDE Applications web page.

    More KDE applications found their way to the Windows Store:

    Welcoming New Projects

    New projects are started in the KDE community all the time. When those projects are ready for wider use, they go through a process called "KDE review", where other KDE contributors will check them for code quality, features, licensing, and how well they work on different platforms. Last but not least, we decide whether we are happy to give it the KDE stamp of approval.

    In KDE review this month is Ruqola, a chat app which talks on the Rocket Chat network and uses the Kirigami UI framework. For the more technically-inclined, Elf-Inspector is an app providing tools for inspecting, analyzing, and optimizing ELF files (the executable file format used on Linux).

    Saying Goodbye

    Sometimes, apps are left behind when their code does not keep up with the rest of the world.

    This month, a new version of our multimedia library Phonon was released. In this version, we removed Qt4 support - sensible enough, as Qt4 hasn't been supported since 2015. As a result, the music player app Amarok has become deprecated (at least for now). Don't lose hope, though: the Qt5 port is progressing, but it's not there yet.

    The web browser Rekonq was marked as unmaintained, meaning it's unlikely to ever come back. However, the work carries on in Falkon, so make sure to check out and support the project if you are interested in lightweight web browsers. Also considered unmaintained is the bootup configuration tool systemd-kcm.


    Enjoy your apps from KDE, and stay tuned for more updates!

  • Locations for GUADEC 2020 and 2021 announced! (GNOME)
    The GNOME Foundation is excited to announce that GUADEC, the annual GNOME conference, will be held in Zacatecas, Mexico in 2020, and in Riga, Latvia in 2021. GUADEC brings together hundreds of users and developers every year to further the GNOME Project, and it is one of our longest-standing and most noteworthy events. For the […]
  • 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

  • Linux App Summit 2019 to be held in Barcelona, Spain! (GNOME)
    The GNOME Foundation, in collaboration with KDE e.V., is pleased to announce the 2019 Linux App Summit, also known as LAS 2019. This year, LAS will be held in Barcelona, Spain from November 12th to 15th. Our Call for Participation (CfP) opens on July 31st, and will run until August 31st. The Linux App Summit, formerly called […]
  • GNOME Asia Summit 2019 to take place this weekend in Gresik, Indonesia (GNOME)
    GNOME Asia Summit 2019 will take place this weekend in Gresik, Indonesia. The main focus is primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also applications and platform development tools are covered. The summit brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present […]
  • Host Akademy 2020 in your City! (KDE)

    By Aleix Pol

    Hosting an event is a big and significant way of contributing to Free Software. One of the biggest challenges in international distributed teams like KDE is communicating effectively with one another. Akademy, the yearly global conference of the KDE community, solves that by bringing the community together in one place, allowing us to share what we have been up to and have it reach its potential.

    By organising Akademy we are then turning one of our weak points into a strength. We get to work together like a local team does, while remaining flexible and geographically distributed for most of the rest of the year. It becomes therefore one of the best ways for Free Software to thrive in your area.

    What is Akademy

    While Akademy has evolved over the years, its main structure remains similar: We have two conference days, the KDE e.V. Annual General Meeting and few days with smaller meetings and trainings. Akademy is open for everyone to join and participate, regardless of their background, studies or origin.

    We would like you to consider hosting Akademy. We could look into doing it in 2020, although if you think this is too short-notice, 2021 could also be discussed.

    You can find the full description of what's necessary in this simple-to -follow brochure. Reach out to the KDE e.V. Board and the Akademy team and put your thoughts in action.

  • GNOME in 2019 (GNOME)
    2019 represented an exciting year for GNOME with many things happening. GUADEC, GNOME’s biggest annual conference took in 2019 place in Thessaloniki, Greece while GNOME.Asia Summit (GNOME’s second major conference) was organized in Gresik, Indonesia. Both events were considered successful. In addition to the conferences, the community organized several Hackfests in different locations each gathering contributors […]
  • GNOME to be present at FOSDEM 2018 (GNOME)
    GNOME will be present at FOSDEM, one of the largest gatherings for Free Software contributors and enthusiasts taking place in Brussels, Belgium January 3 & 4 February. GNOME is hosting a booth where attendees can test the latest GNOME version, get promotion material, talk to contributors and learn about how to get involved in the […]
  • GNOME acknowledge AWS Sponsorship (GNOME)
    The GNOME Foundation wants to recognize AWS for donating credits that have allowed us (GNOME) to taking advantage of the multitude of services Amazon provides. In particular, the GNOME Infrastructure utilizes AWS S3 service as a file store for the multitude of Docker images that are generated or updated daily. GNOME uses GitLab as its […]
  • KDE Software Store (KDE)

    KDE Store

    At this year's Akademy, KDE announced The KDE Store. The new store replaces the services provided by openDesktop.org with a Free-as-in-Freedom software sharing platform.

    A Bit of History

    OpenDesktop, founded in 2001 was one of the first of its kind, very innovative and perhaps even a bit ahead of its time. OpenDesktop served addons such as themes, wallpapers and other non-compiled assets for applications or the desktop. It never established itself as a platform for distribution of applications, or even binary packages. Nevertheless, openDesktop offered users of KDE software (and other desktops as well) a way to extend their apps, and creators a way to share their work with users.

    In recent years, openDesktop hasn't seen much love other than keeping it running, there weren't any new features and no solution for offering binary packages. Compared to modern software stores, it fell short.

    A New Beginning

    In January 2016, Blue Systems acquired hive01 from Frank Karlitschek and restarted work on openDesktop. Since then, content has been cleaned up, the server backend has been replaced by a more modern and scalable solution, and some future plans have been made. Today, KDE announced that the source code for this new service has been released as Free software under the AGPL, fixing a long standing bug in KDE software: reliance on a proprietary web service. The source code for this new web service has been incubated into KDE and is now actively developed under the KDE umbrella. The new store allows users to easily donate to the creator, so artists, developers and contributors now have a clear revenue model when they upload their content.

    Sustainability Guaranteed

    KDE e.V. has entered a contract with PLING, a sister company of Blue Systems who run the KDE Store service on behalf of KDE. This agreement guarantees KDE the availability of the source code and data, KDE will receive regular data dumps from PLING, so KDE e.V. can, if that situation should arise, take over operation of the KDE Store. The reliance on a third party has also been reduced. The license of the software, the open development process and the availability of the data put KDE (and its users) in a much better place with respect to the sustainability of this service.

    Containerized Apps

    Freeing and migrating the openDesktop services is just the first step. KDE is already looking into also offering applications in containerized form in the software store. This may lead to a much more direct way of distributing software. It will allow users get their software from the developer, thereby cutting out the middle man and reducing the time it takes for an update to reach the users. KDE is currently experimenting with different containerized app technologies, such as Flatpak, Snappy and AppImage. The jury is still out there on which of these will be the most useful formats, as the technologies are very much work in progress, a progress KDE is happy to be at the centre of.

    Upwards and Onwards

    The new KDE store offers users and developers more freedom, it gives creators a revenue model and users a way to thank them, and if offers interesting perspectives on software distribution for the future.
    Perhaps most importantly, it puts all those things in the hands of the community.