OCT
27
2014

Season of KDE 2014

Season of KDE is a community outreach program, much like Google Summer of Code that has been hosted by the KDE community for six years straight.

It is meant for people who could not get into Google Summer of Code for various reasons, or people who simply prefer a differently structured, somewhat less constrained program. Season of KDE is managed by the same team of admins and mentors that takes care of Google Summer of Code and Google Code-in matters for KDE, with the same level of quality and care.

Season of KDE 2014 is now open for applications. To apply head to season.kde.org register as a student and click "Submit a proposal".

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OCT
16
2014

Make the World a Better Place! - KDE End of Year 2014 Fundraising

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As we approach the end of the year we begin the season of giving. What would suit the holiday better than giving to the entire world through the KDE Year End 2014 fundraiser?

Here is a unique way to give back to KDE allowing us to keep giving free software to humankind.

By participating in this fundraiser, you'll be part of the improvements we'll put into our educational software, so kids can have better tools for school; our office suite, so we have the best tools for the workplace; and our desktop so we can all experience a fun and productive experience when interacting with our computers.

Donating to KDE is not for you, it is for the entire world.

As a way to say thank you, starting with €30 we will send a KDE themed postcard to any given address. You will get an extra card for every additional €10 donation. Get cards for yourself and for your family and friends to show them you care for freedom. It's the perfect way to spread the festive cheer and donate to your favorite project at the same time.

OCT
15
2014

Plasma 5.1 Brings Back Many Popular Features



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Today, KDE releases Plasma 5.1, the first release containing new features since the release of Plasma 5.0 this summer. Plasma 5.1 sports a wide variety of improvements, leading to greater stability, better performance and new and improved features. Thanks to the feedback of the community, KDE developers were able to package a large number of fixes and enhancements into this release, among which more complete and higher quality artwork following the new-in-5.0 Breeze style, re-addition of popular features such as the Icon Tasks taskswitcher and improved stability and performance.

Those travelling regularly will enjoy better support for time zones in the panel's clock, while those staying at home a revamped clipboard manager, allowing you to easily get at your past clipboard's content. The Breeze widget style is now also available for Qt4-based applications, leading to greater consistency across applications. The work to support Wayland as display server for Plasma is still ongoing, with improved, but not complete support in 5.1. Changes throughout many default components improve accessibility for visually impaired users by adding support for screenreaders and improved keyboard navigation.

Aside from the visual improvements and the work on features, the focus of this release lies also on stability and performance improvements, with over 180 bugs resolved since 5.0 in the shell alone. Plasma 5.1 requires KDE Frameworks 5.3, which brings in another great amount of fixes and performance improvements on top of the large number of fixes that have gone into Plasma 5.1. If you want to help to make more of this happen, consider a donation to KDE, so we can support more developers getting together to make great software.

OCT
7
2014

Third Release of KDE Frameworks Brings a Multitude of Fixes

Releases of KDE Frameworks are now a monthly feature. The release of KDE Frameworks 5.3 brings many small, but important fixes including:

  • KWindowSystem has added features needed for future versions of KWin,
  • KTextEditor used in Kate fixes memory leaks,
  • Frameworkintegration was fixed for Qt 5.4, and
  • KActivities can load plugins at runtime.

A detailed listing of all Frameworks and other third party Qt libraries is at inqlude.org, the curated archive of Qt libraries. A complete list with API documentation is on api.kde.org.

OCT
3
2014

KDE will be at Qt Developer Days in Force

Qt Developer Days Europe is next Monday to Wednesday in Berlin. It features tutorials and talks on making the most of the Qt toolkit most KDE Software is based upon. Since Qt opened up its development process a large part of KDE Frameworks development has been to ensure close cooperation between the two projects. This has succeeded spectaularly well and at this Qt Dev Days an incredible over 50% of the speakers are active or past developers with KDE.

Some highlights include The Designer's Cookbook by VDG master Jens Reuterberg, Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen talking about Calligra Gemini in 2-in-1 Office Suite, David Faure will talk about inqlude.org and the KDE Frameworks and David Edmundson will talk on Plasma - A flexible workspace shell. Look at the schedule to see many more.

As usual slides from the talks should be up on the website after the event for those who can not be there. KDE e.V. is a partner organisation of Qt Dev Days with vice-president Aleix Pol representing our community to anyone who wants to find out more.

SEP
30
2014

Time to Test Plasma 5's Second Release

Put your testing hats on, Plasma 5 has a beta release. The second version of Plasma 5 is due out in under two weeks and now is your chance to test it for bugs which have crept in. It features a bunch of missing features which have been added back such as the much requested icon only task bar.

SEP
25
2014

Akademy 2014 Talk Videos Available

Videos of all of the Akademy Talks are now available online to watch in your own time.

You can access them from the Akademy schedule. Follow the schedule to the talks for the links to the videos and the slides.

A small note, due to technical issues with equipment at the venue, some of the audio isn't great - we can only apologise about this.

SEP
17
2014

LaKademy 2014

From August 27th to 30th, 2014, nearly sixteen KDE lovers met in the 2nd LaKademy - The KDE Latin America Summit. The sprint took place in the Free Software Competence Center (CCSL) at University of São Paulo (USP) in southeast Brazil.

SEP
11
2014

Akademy Wednesday and Thursday Wrapup

Akademy continues with hacking and BoF meetings. This wrapup meeting video covers sessions from Wednesday and Thursday including accessibility, release team, user information reporting, KDE applications websites, KDevelop and share-like-connect.

SEP
10
2014

Akademy Tuesday Wrapup

Akademy is in full swing here in Brno in the Czech Republic. The days are now filled with BoF sessions to discuss given topics and make decisions in person much faster than would be possible online. Here is the wrapup session from Tuesday which covered the outcomes from sessions on Solid, Plasma Media Centre, Inqlude, UI design, Frameworks and more.

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