Early KDE Plasma 2 Images Now Available

Project Neon, the daily builds of KDE Frameworks 5 and KDE Plasma 2 for Kubuntu, has started releasing ISO images for testing. These are very early previews of the next generation of KDE Software. It is strongly recommended not be installed on a produc…

KDE Commit-Digest for 17th November 2013

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
In KDE Frameworks 5, multiple modules and applications ported, including the Locale Systemsettings module
Plasma Calendar now uses lazy loading
Multiple improvements in Kate plugins, especially in the Python ones
Kooka…

KDE Ships Release Candidate of Applications and Platform 4.12

KDE has made available the Release Candidate of the new versions of KDE Applications and Development Platform.
In the past, major releases usually included all three elements of the complete software family produced by KDE. This release does not includ…

KDE Commit-Digest for 10th November 2013

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
In KDE Frameworks, new KColorSchemeManager supports changing color scheme in apps
Kate adds an option to flash matching brackets
Krita allows multibrush to use an angled axis and have an option to show the axis; new im…

KDE Ships Third Beta of Applications and Platform 4.12

KDE has released the third beta of the 4.12 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested.
In the past, major re…

conf.kde.in 2014

conf.kde.in 2014 is taking place February 21 – 24, 2014 in Gandhinagar, India. The conference is a vibrant occasion for sharing ideas, knowledge and, most importantly, support and enthusiasm for KDE and for open source. It is an event for both new and experienced technology enthusiasts. Collaboration and freedom are the main features.

Building on past successes

conf.kde.in was held for the first time in March 2011 at R.V. College of Engineering in Bangalore, India. It was the first large scale KDE event in India. The event introduced Qt & KDE technologies, and encouraged participants to contribute to free and open source software (FOSS) projects. The conference included talks, tutorials, interactive sessions and an extended code sprint. There were about 300 participants. It was a success in terms of the number of people who were introduced to FOSS and to KDE.

KDE Meetup was held in February 2012. Around 380 students from all parts of the country gathered for an inspiring two days of learning and contribution. There were sessions on the basics of Qt, Git and open source contribution. Attendees had access to insights and knowledge from experienced speakers as well. Pradeepto Bhattacharya, organizer of the the first conf.kde.in and current KDE e.V. Board member, said that it was an historical event for KDE.

Anticipating conf.kde.in 2014

The organizers of conf.kde.in 2014 plan to build on these successes by spreading the KDE vision to many more people. conf.kde.in 2014 will be held from 21st to 23rd of February, 2014 at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. DA-IICT is a leading Information and Communication Technology institution. It hosted KDE Meetup in 2012 and offers a pleasant and motivating environment for conf.kde.in 2014.


Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology

conf.kde.in 2014 aims to bring together like-minded, inspired people to facilitate interaction, development and implementation of ideas and plans related to free and open source software. The organizers want to expand the KDE community by inviting people from all over India (anyone in the world is welcome) and inspiring them to get involved. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of the KDE community, including code contribution, translation, documentation, artwork, promotion, management and more; there will be something for everyone. The event is intended to introduce people to the beauty of contributing to Free and Open Source Software, and to provide the necessary skills to do so. You can support these ambitious goals by attending conf.kde.in and helping to make it a huge success.

For more information, visit the conf.kde.in website or email the organizers.

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KDE Commit-Digest for 3rd November 2013

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
In KTouch there is an easy way to train on self-supplied texts, resolving a feature regression in a much improved way
Systemtray makes the grid view more dynamically sized, removes pulse animation when battery is low t…

Akademy-fr in Toulouse, 23 and 24 November 2013

Akademy-fr takes place in Toulouse next week. Akademy-fr is the meeting of KDE France.

We welcome contributors, users, people who want to become either of those, anyone interested in free and open source software, freedom and community. This is an op…

KDE Ships Second Beta of Applications and Platform 4.12

KDE has released the second beta of the new versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested.
This release does not…

KDE Edu 2013 sprint

From October 24 to October 30, the KDE Educational team (KDE Edu) gathered for its annual work sprint at the Computer Science faculty of Universidad de A Coruña, Spain. The sprint was a mixture of hacking, discussing, getting to know more about Spanish culture, socializing, and meeting new team mates. The hot topics were:

  • KDE Frameworks 5/Qt5 migration
  • the user experience in language learning applications
  • quality assurance for math applications
  • new applications in KDE Edu
  • and expansion into opportunities based on mobile.

KDE Edu Sprint Team
by Samikshan Bairagya (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Hacking

In the hacking sessions, KTouch (the typing trainer) received new custom lesson support that allows users to train using arbitrary texts. The QML graph plotting plugin was separated from KTouch into a new library libkqmlgraph (located in KDE-Playground). Artikulate (the pronunciation trainer) immediately adopted this library, and work was started to port training statistics to it. A major rewrite was started on Artikulate’s UI, including new support for user profiles. Several important bugs in Parley (the vocabulary trainer) were fixed and open bug reports were triaged. The new math application Khipu (for plotting 2- or 3-dimensional functions, not yet released) was reviewed by the team; most identified bugs and flaws were fixed during the sprint. Khipu will eventually replace KmPlot, which only supports 2-dimensional plots. The near-future plan is to concentrate on polishing Khipu, and to finish work on the few missing features currently only present in KmPlot.

KDE Frameworks 5

The migration to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5 (Qt5/KF5) will be one of the major undertakings during the next year. KAlgebra and Analitza are the first KDE Edu applications ported to KDE Frameworks 5 and can now be used on this new foundation. The decision about when to start porting to Qt5/KF5 is up to each maintainer. However we are encouraging people to start this process by early 2014. By spring we want to have Framework branches running for each Edu application.


Working Long Hours
by Samikshan Bairagya (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mobile

New opportunities in mobile are appearing. The KDE Edu team wants to be part of mobile, and will pursue the possibilities of running on different platforms, as well as with different form factors. Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 provide the flexibility to accomplish these goals.

Community Outreach

The KDE Edu team prepared to participate as part of the whole KDE community in this year’s Google Code-In, an outreach program for high-school students to get involved in open source projects.

Thank you

The meeting was sponsored by KDE e.V. and the local free software user group GPUL (Grupo de Programadores y Usuarios de Linux). For more information, please visit the KDE Edu website or email the team.

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KDE Commit-Digest for 27th October 2013

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
Big change in screen management: krandr is removed and replaced by kscreen
New backends in Cantor: Scilab backend returns with syntax highlighting, tab-completion and more; new Python2 backend is added
Kate adds advanc…

KDE Ships First Beta of Applications and Platform 4.12

KDE has released betas of the new versions of Applications and the KDE Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team’s focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing.
This release does not include Plasma Works…

KDE Commit-Digest for 20th October 2013

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KDE Commit-Digest for 13th October 2013

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Digia becomes Patron of KDE eV

We are happy to announce that Digia is joining KDE e.V. as a Patron.

KDE Accomplishments – Google Summer of Code 2013

Dot Categories: Community and EventsGoogle Summer of Code 2013 (GSoC) brought fifty budding new shoots and branches to the mighty KDE family tree, and the canopy of warmth and love offered by the community helped them blossom and bloom in the three mon…

KDE Commit-Digest for 6th October 2013

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5 Years of KDE Community Forums

Dot Categories: Community and EventsThe KDE Community makes software; most of the people in the Community are software developers. However, this large and extensive community includes more than just the people who write software. Among the many non-tec…

KDE Commit-Digest for 29th September 2013

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KDE Commit-Digest for 22nd September 2013

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