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[News] K Desktop Environment Reviews and New Programs

  • Subject: [News] K Desktop Environment Reviews and New Programs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:00:30 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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KDE SC 4.4.1 Review

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| KDE developers have always put big efforts 
| on this department, and this version 
| continues to deliver. This is obviously 
| very subjective, but I am liking what I am 
| seeing. I have to admit I was hoping for a 
| bigger step forward, but it is a nice 
| progression over KDE 4.3.x. Some new menus 
| have been added, some features have been 
| rearranged and a few seem to have been 
| removed.


Interview with Aleix Pol of KDE Edu and KDevelop

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| Hello again to all the KDE people. We are 
| here with a third interview. Last time we 
| had Tobias KÃnig, a KDE PIM developer. 
| Today itâs the turn of Aleix Pol, a 
| contributor to KDE EDU and KDevelop. As 
| usual, there is also the original interview 
| in Italian if you prefer to read that.


Clementine-player - A cross-platform music player based on Amarok 1.4

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| Clementine is a modern music player and 
| library organiser. Clementine is a port of 
| Amarok 1.4, with some features rewritten to 
| take advantage of Qt4.


Get Organized With BasKet

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| Looking for an Evernote replacement on 
| Linux? Take a look at BasKet! The BasKet 
| Note Pads project is moving full steam 
| ahead once again. The project has just 
| released the first beta for BasKet 2.0, 
| which is the long-awaited port to the KDE 4 
| platform using Qt4 and KDE 4 platform 
| technologies like Akonadi and Nepomuk.


Yet another *full blown* database [1]

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| Last weeks I've been looking (again) 
| whether or not it was possible to create a 
| working sqlite back end for Akonadi. The 
| last time I tried was around august last 
| year and by then sqlite just wasn't able to 
| meet the multi-threading requirements that 
| Akonadi has for its database back ends. A 
| couple of sqlite releases later things seem 
| to have changed. I managed to clean up some 
| problematic code paths in Akonadi server 
| and voila, we've a sqlite back end that is 
| on par (unit test wise) with the mysql back 
| end.


Marble, an Atlas for your Desktop

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| While looking for some applications similar 
| to Google Earth I bumped into this KDE 
| educational project Marble. Its a 3D Atlas 
| and Virtual Globe application that aims to 
| help students, teachers or anyone, in 
| learing more about Earth, Mars, Moon and 
| Venus. It provides a whole lot of features 
| other than just the Atlas, with an 
| interface similar to Google Earth.


digiKam Film Grain tool re-written...

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| Finally, this new version of Film Grain 
| tool will be available for digiKam 1.2.0, 
| which will be released in few days. I hope 
| that you will enjoy this tool...


[Review] Clementine 0.2 Music Player in Ubuntu

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| Clementine is basically a port of Amarok 
| 1.4 to Qt4. Techie Buzz author, Sathya 
| Bhat, has already covered Clementine when 
| it was at a very early stage of 
| development. 


Very rough plans for K3b 2.1

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| MichaÅ (the lead K3b developer) is busy 
| preparing K3b 2.0 for release. However we 
| have some rough plans how to proceed after 
| that release. Iâd like to share them with 
| you.


Plasma Javascript Jam: Open For Submissions! 

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| We're cool with people re-submitting their 
| Plasmoid if they make some improvements or 
| catch some odd bug after sending it in and 
| we will be testing Plasmoids against the 
| latest ScriptEngine in the 4.4 branch, 
| though if your Plasmoid requires (for 
| whatever reason) the ScriptEngine from 
| trunk we can probably accomodate that in 
| the judging.


krunner, QDBusServiceWatcher


KDE at Solutions Linux 2010

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| This week was the week of Solutions Linux 
| 2010. A 3-day exhibition held in Paris, 
| gathering companies, LUG and other 
| associations. As always, KDE France was 
| here.


KOffice 2.2 Beta 1

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| The KOffice team is happy to announce the 
| first beta of the upcoming 2.2 release of 
| KOffice. This release brings back Kexi, the 
| data management application similar to MS 
| Access. The new beta also offers many new 
| features and improvements, bug fixes, and 
| improved support for Microsoft file 
| formats.


KOffice 2.2 Beta 1 Released

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| The KOffice team is happy to announce the 
| first beta of the upcoming 2.2 release of 
| KOffice. This release brings back Kexi, the 
| data management application similar to MS 
| Access. The new beta also offers many new 
| features and improvements, for example 
| improved support for Microsoft file formats 
| with the addition of import filters for MS 
| OOXML, and bug fixes.


KDE 4.3.4 is lighter than Gnome: Linux2u

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| Strange na but its reality KDE 4.3.4 is 
| lighter than Gnome 2.28.I am going to prove 
| it.On my machine Linux Mint 8 KDE 4.3.4 use 
| only 135 to 160MB Ram while Windows XP 
| 240MB and Gnome take around 210MB. While 
| windows fastest edition Windows 7 uses more 
| than 450MB RAM.Don't believe that KDE 4.3.4 
| uses 145MB Ram,Lets have a look below.


Lancleot Part applet is deadâ

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| There were two main problems with the 
| Lancelot Part applet.
| The first was the name. The name, although 
| it does represent what the applet is 
| technically, it doesnât really say what the 
| applet is meant for and what it does.


New brush in Krita: Softbrush

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| I stared to change the function that 
| produce the brush mask and affects itâs 
| softness. I selected Gaussian as it is nice 
| function and I experiment with this 
| function, but I found it complicated to 
| control it (you setup sigma, uh what is 
| sigma, you artist ask?). So letâs add some 
| different function to the brush mask code. 
| Oh, letâs put this decision to the artists 
| hands, letâs give him some curve he can 
| model as he want. We already has nice 
| widget for that in Krita, so use it. So you 
| can setup the brush mask by curve!


muscle memory 

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| A friend was showing me his Hackint0sh 
| today, and while it was interesting to see 
| that fine OS on an non-approved platform, 
| it confirmed a few things to me, such as 
| the idea that regardless of where it was 
| installed or how hacked it is, I still 
| wouldnât use it. This I knew already, but 
| it was nice to come back to it after a year 
| of not really having touched it and 
| confirming what I already knew.
| [...]
| For years, before I knew how to create my 
| own keyboard shortcuts really effectively 
| in KDE, I would subconciously hit unique-
| to-App1e keyboard shortcuts (like command-
| shift-3 or command-shift-n) and expect them 
| to work on KDE. Iâd do a double take when 
| they didnât work, then my brain would kick 
| in and override the muscle memory and Iâd 
| do whatever the correct procedure was.


KDE in the Google Summer of Code 2010

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| This summer the KDE project will once again 
| participate in Google Summer of Code! 
| Summer of Code will allow KDE to grow and 
| bring in new developers to the community.


The Tokamak4 Files: Solid

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| This is the first article in a series of 
| articles that wrap up achievements, work in 
| progress and some background of what 
| happened during Tokamak4, the Oxygen, KWin 
| and Plasma sprint. Tokamak4 took place from 
| 19th to 26th February 2010 in NÃrnberg, 
| Germany in the openSUSE premises and was 
| kindly made possible by Novell and KDE e.V. 
| During the sprint, 26 hackers gathered to 
| work on various aspects of the KDE user 
| experience. The combined sprint of the 
| workspace and window manager teams and the 
| Oxygen artwork team made cross-
| collaboration possible across these KDE 
| software components.
| In this article, we actually start off with 
| a side-track of Tokamak4 which was hardware 
| integration. It turned out that many people 
| working on this were actually participating 
| in Tokamak4, so the team took the 
| opportunity to sit together and hack some 
| on different aspects of hardware 
| integration in KDE SC and specifically 
| Plasma.


KDE Partying Around the World for New Release

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| KDE's Plasma Team took the opportunity of 
| their Tokamak 4 get-together to also 
| celebrate the release of KDE SC 4.4. The 
| team went out for dinner and then headed 
| straight into a Karaoke bar, where various 
| performers brought real culture to this 
| part of Frankonia. One highlight was Chani 
| performing the German 80s anthem "99 
| Luftballons" and making everybody in the 
| audience be in awe of her mad language 
| skills. Previously, Sebas had taken the 
| stage to present a KDE version of The Man 
| in Black (Johnny Cash) performing Ring of 
| Fire. After a good couple of hours of 
| Karaoke, the team decided to move on and 
| conquer a 70s-style bar in the heart of 
| Nuremberg to lift the glasses on a great 
| KDE SC 4.4 and a successful Tokamak 4.


semi-random thoughts for the day 

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| We also need to learn how to define 
| ourselves by our successes and see our 
| failures as interesting, expected and 
| required by-products of the road to those 
| successes. There are people in the 
| community who look at our success in 
| countries around the world and discount it 
| all as being "not relevant" because it 
| isn't in the country they live in, and 
| therefore conclude Free software has failed 
| generally. Similarly when we talk about 
| using KDE (or other F/OSS) software in 
| production usage, instead of defining our 
| successes and positioning ourselves in line 
| with them we too often discount all 
| possible usage of that software because of 
| failures that affect only a portion of the 
| market. This leads to us eliminating 
| ourselves from entire market segments that 
| we are perfect for just because we aren't 
| (yet? :) universally perfect.



KDE Software Compilation 4.4.1 Out Now

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| KDE has released an update to the 4.4
| series of our Software Compilation. Among
| other improvements, this update includes a
| fix for KMail hanging when sending emails
| that just missed the deadline for 4.4.0 and
| a number of fixes in many gearheads'
| favorite terminal emulator, Konsole.


KDE Software Compilation 4.4.1 Release Announcement

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| KDE Community Ships First Translation and
| Service Release of the 4.4 Free Desktop,
| Containing Numerous Bugfixes, Performance
| Improvements and Translation Updates


The difficult choice of removing features

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| Where does that leave photography ? Well
| clearly, it is out. And honestly, between
| Gimp (especially with their work on 2.8)
| and Digikam, there is not really much room
| for an other linux photography application
| to prosper. Since Krita was always more
| oriented toward drawing and painting, and
| photographic features were available mostly
| because âwe canâ, and there is no high-end
| application for drawing and painting on
| linux, the logical conclusion, for us, was
| to focus on where we can be the best, and
| the most useful.


KDESC 4.3+: Video, Music, Image and Document Preview in Dolphin

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| The left circle shows the Preview Mode
| Button. We will expand on this option
| below.
| On the right is the Information Panel,
| which in addition to showing info about
| the file (type, size, modified etc.),
| will allow you to preview the majority of
| files (Text, Image, PDF, Open Document).
| This happens after you select a file or
| hover your mouse over it.


KDE 4.4: Does It Work Yet?

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| If youâre a KDE fan, itâs time to jump in
| at version 4.4.0. It does work. I
| appreciate what the KDE developers have
| accomplished with this new version and am
| anxiously awaiting a look at KDE 5.0.


Using Tabs in the Taskbar: Improving Desktop-Application Integration, Visual Hierarchy, and Usability in KDE

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| These ideas are also very preliminary and
| would require further thought,
| consideration of edge cases, prototyping,
| and testing. Mostly, this is just thinking
| aloud to see what others think about this
| idea.


KDE SC 4.4 Release Party â Copenhagen

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| Last night we had the Copenhagen release party
| for KDE Software Compilation 4.4, concurrently
| with the weekly SSLUG meeting.

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