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[News] A Look at K Desktop Environment in 2010

  • Subject: [News] A Look at K Desktop Environment in 2010
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 15:10:43 +0000
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key quests for kde in 2010?

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| In my last blog entry about 2009 
| achievements and events I said that I had 
| a "looking forward" entry to come this 
| week. This is the start of that entry, or 
| rather, entries. As I was working on it, 
| it became apparent that it was a big big 
| for one entry. Yes, even too long for me. 
| ;) I also realized that having a list of 
| topics in one blog entry was probably 
| going to lead to chaos in the comments 
| section. The solution seemed evident: 
| address each topic up in it's own small 
| blog entry and publish them in sequence 
| over the course of several days. So that 
| is what I am going to do.


KDE Licensing Policy

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| I have been invoked by John Layt to 
| explain some bits of the KDE licensing 
| policy. Itâs related to my recent writing 
| on copyright assignment in the sense that 
| it discusses reasons for picking 
| particular licenses and how licenses 
| interact. The back story is the KDE 
| Licensing Policy, which lays down which 
| licenses are acceptable in the various 
| parts of the KDE platform technologies and 
| applications. Roughly, the libraries need 
| to be liberally licensed (which means they 
| can be taken proprietary or shipped with 
| otherwise closed devices â a common choice 
| of GUI libraries nowadays). More 
| concretely: (LGPL 2.1+) or (LGPL 2.1 or 
| LGPL 3 or later approved) or BSD or MIT or 
| X11. The idea is that you can either go 
| for any version of LGPL from 2.1 onwards, 
| or only selected versions of the LGPL 
| which have been approved by the membership 
| of KDE e.V. (if you donât want to give a 
| blanket permission to the FSF to update 
| the license terms) or something very 
| liberal.



KDE 4.4 Window Style Oxygen meets Nitrogen


NVIDIA Anti-Aliasing, Linux & Lenvik


KDE SC 4.4 Preview (Part II)


ArchLinux + modular KDE 4 + Tools = Chakra (Alpha 4)

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| I had heard abÎut ArchLinux back from the early
| days that I started experimenting with
| GNU/Linux distributions. It caught my attention
| for two main reasons:
|    1. The mentality of Keep It Simple Stupid
|    (KISS) and lightweight.
|    2. Itâs a rolling distro, which means you
|    donât need to upgrade every now and then to
|    newer versions to keep up to date. Just
|    update your way into everything new out
|    there.
| To be honest, I had attempted installing
| ArchLinux on an old  laptop back then, but I
| failed miserably in completing the task. Same
| disappointing results on Virtualbox on my
| desktop PC. Although Arch has extremely
| thorough documentation available, I was stuck
| somewhere between manually setting up the
| system files and installing and configuring a
| working desktop environment. As an newbie I
| couldnât handle the pressure, so I gave up. But
| not for long.
| To my great pleasure, I recently stumbled upon
| the Chakra Project. Chakra is as the title
| suggests, a brand new distribution which  is
| based on Arch Linux and KDE 4, but it comes
| extra with its own tweaked package set of KDE
| called KDEmod and some very handy tools.
| I was extremely happy to see that it features a
| graphical installer, and the fact that it
| supports automatic hardware configuration made
| it irresistible. I just had to download and see
| with my one eyes. It was about time I get rid
| of that Windows XP dual boot  with Ubuntu after
| all.

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