JUN
11
2014

Krita Kicks Off 2.9 Development Effort with a Kickstarter Campaign


Krita Fundraiser on Kickstarter

Five years ago, the Krita team decided raise funds to raise Krita to the level of a professional application. That fundraiser was successful beyond all expectations and enabled us to release Krita 2.4, the first version of Krita ready for professional artists!

Now, it’s time for another fundraiser, much, much more ambitious in scope! Dmitry Kazakov has worked full-time on Krita 2.8, and now we want him to work full-time on Krita 2.9, too. And it’s not just Dmitry: Sven, who has contributed to Krita for over ten years now, has recently finished university and is available as well.

JUN
10
2014

Plasma 5 Second Beta Needs Testing

The next generation desktop from KDE is taking shape and the second beta is out now for testing. The developers have settled on a name - Plasma 5, and there is only one month to go until the first release so please test packages from your distro or download the Neon 5 Live ISO to see what is working and what needs fixed.

The main layout of the desktop remains similar to previous versions, no massive new workflows here, but it has been entirely remade in Qt Quick to give it a smoother, more dynamic feel. The new Breeze artwork from the Visual Design Group is taking shape and various elements made more consistent so the widget explorer, window and activity switcher now share a common feel. As with any major release some features are yet to be ported and some new problems will have slipped in, do let use know how you find it.

JUN
10
2014

KDE Ships June Updates to Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces

Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the second in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.13 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.10. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

More than 40 recorded bugfixes include improvements to Personal Information Management suite Kontact, Umbrello UML Modeller, the Desktop search functionality, web browser Konqueror and the file manager Dolphin. A more complete list of changes can be found in KDE's issue tracker.

JUN
5
2014

KDE releases 3rd beta of Frameworks 5

Today KDE makes available the third beta of Frameworks 5. This beta release is part of a series of pre-releases leading up to the final version planned for July 2014.

JUN
5
2014

Kate and KDevelop sprint in January 2014

From January 18th to 25th, Kate, KDevelop and Skanlite developers met in Barcelona. The sprint was focused on the work of the upcoming few months, and covered a wide range of aspects of these projects.


left to right, back row: Kevin Funk, Gregor Mi, Dominik Haumann, Christoph Cullmann, Milian Wolff, Joseph Wenninger
front row: Sven Brauch, Aleix Pol, Heinz Wiesinger, Miquel Sabaté
JUN
4
2014

2014 Krita Sprint in Deventer, Netherlands

Though the Krita team was one of the first to start the tradition of having sprints, with the first Krita Sprint in Deventer, in 2005, Krita sprints are rather infrequent! But, of course, we also meet each other during the more regular Calligra sprints.

Anyhow... Krita developers and artists met again in Deventer in May 2014. It was the most awful weather you can imagine for a sprint—warm, sunny, bright, lovely to be outside! Long and lazy lunches, discussions out on the roof terrace until after midnight, walks through the park. Is it a wonder nothing much got done?

JUN
3
2014

Ian Wadham, Venerable KDE Programmer

The KDE Applications 4.13 announcement highlighted the delightful new capabilities of Palapeli, the KDE jigsaw puzzle application. What the announcement did not mention is that the Palapeli maintainer, Ian Wadham, is celebrating 50 years of software experience. He’s ready to hand off Palapeli and his other KDE software development responsibilities. Albert Astals Cid called attention to Ian’s achievements and suggested a Dot interview.


A Portrait of the Programmer as a Young Man
JUN
3
2014

KDE Commit-Digest for 20th April 2014

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest you can find an interview with Aaron Seigo about KF 5 and a look into KDE SC on devices. And of course, the overview of the development effort is there as every week and includes:

  • Ktexteditor adds keyword-based completion model
  • Smb4k changes the implementation of notifications correctly, as a side-effect the notifications can be edited via system settings
  • libtmdbqt adds basic tv show support.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

MAY
30
2014

KDE Commit-Digest for 13th April 2014

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:

  • Exponential zoom in/out feature in "Solar System Viewer" of KStars
  • Lessons pane gets expand / collapse all buttons in Parley
  • Fixes to placement of KRunner on multi-screen setups
  • More grid presets and shortcuts for toggle and snap, and improvements to the EXR file format converter in Calligra
  • Fixes to opening documents in new tabs in Okular
  • Speedups in item synchronization in Akonadi
  • Notification support removed from KGlobalAccel
  • Further progress in ktp-text-ui and libqgit2
  • Dolphin starts to support being compiled with KF5.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

MAY
27
2014

Randa: Moving KDE Forward


It's the time of the year again when the Randa Meetings plan starts to get quite concrete. After a break last year, the 5th edition of the Randa Meetings will happen in the middle of the Swiss Alps in August 2014. So once again more then 50 KDE contributors will meet in Randa to hack, discuss, decide and work for a full week.

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