The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.5

Berlin, December 18, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.5, the fifth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, which is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, targeted to individual and enterprise users. LibreOffice 4.3.5 contains over 70 bug fixes. The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice 4.3.5 in […]

GNOME: GNOME.Asia Join Kaiyuanshe – Open Source Alliance in China

We are thrilled to report that GNOME.Asia is a founding member of KAIYUANSHE(开源社) launched Oct 16, 2014. KAIYUANSHE roughly translated as “open source alliance,” is a group of enterprises, communities, and individuals in China supporting and promoting free and open source software (FOSS).

KAIYUANSHE will support the growing needs of China’s growing software industry by providing developers with the necessary education, tools and services to foster a healthy and robust free software ecosystem. Additionally providing education on FOSS standards, licensing and verification, development tools, FOSS project assessment and other necessary support and services to organizations, developers and academic institutions.

The GNOME community, represented by GNOME Asia Summit members will actively contribute in the early phases of KAIYUANSHE to many areas including documentation ,media and by participating in the KAIYUANSHE China Campus Tour.

“It’s fantastic that GNOME.Asia is joining KAIYUANSHE as a founding member”, said Karen Sandler, the Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy and currently serving on the GNOME Foundation’s Board of Directors, “I have always been incredibly impressed by the GNOME.Asia team and the great work they have done in spreading free software in Asia. I’m not surprised that KAIYUANSHE is already successful, and I can’t wait to see more of what this initiative accomplishes.”

Get A Global Menu In MATE 1.8 With TopMenu (PPA For Ubuntu And Linux Mint)

One of the most requested MATE features is the addition of a global menu applet. However, such an applet (called TopMenu) already exists, though it’s not available in any PPA and that prevents many Ubuntu / Linux Mint users from installing it.To make it easier to install, I’ve packed TopMenu in a PPA for Ubuntu […]

Paper: New Material Design Inspired GTK Theme

Paper is a new material design inspired GTK theme, which is currently in beta. “Its design is mostly flat with a minimal use of shadows for depth”, mentions its website, and it was developed primarily for the GNOME (Shell) desktop.Ideally, you’ll need a complete GNOME 3.14 / 3.12 desktop to see what Paper is all […]

WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate 3

The next release candidate for WordPress 4.1 is now available for testing. Seventy changes have gone in since the first release candidate. With no known issues left, we plan to release 4.1 tomorrow, December 18. To test, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about […]

KDE Applications 14.12 – New Features, Frameworks Ports

Today KDE released KDE Applications 14.12, delivering new features and bug fixes to more than a hundred applications. Most of these applications are based on KDE Development Platform 4 but the first applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks is a set of modularized libraries providing additional functionality for Qt5, the latest version of the popular Qt cross-platform application framework.

KDE app dragons

This release marks the beginning of a new style of releases replacing the threesome of KDE Workspaces, Platform and Applications in the 4 series which ended with the latest KDE Applications update last month.

  • The Platform has now morphed into KDE Frameworks 5, releasing new features and bugfixes monthly.
  • The Workspaces have become Plasma 5, delivering feature releases every 3 months and monthly bug fixes in between.
  • The remaining applications and supporting libraries make up KDE Applications with feature releases expected every 4 months and monthly bugfix releases in between. We expect the porting of applications to Qt 5 and Frameworks 5 to happen over the next year or two.
  • The KDE software on independent release cycles will remain as is, with porting to Frameworks 5 and Qt5 coming at various points in time. Examples include many well known open source applications like Kdenlive, Calligra, Amarok, Kile, Tellico and some new projects like GCompris and Rkward.

The release includes the first KDE Frameworks 5-based versions of Kate and KWrite, Konsole, Gwenview, KAlgebra, Kanagram, KHangman, Kig, Parley, KApptemplate and Okteta. Some libraries are also ready for KDE Frameworks 5 use: analitza and libkeduvocdocument.

Libkface is new in this release; it is a library to enable face detection and face recognition in photographs.

The Kontact Suite is now in Long Term Support in the 4.14 version while developers are focusing on a port to KDE Frameworks 5 with renewed energy.

Some of the new features in this release include:

See the full list of changes in KDE Applications 14.12.

The April release of KDE Applications 15.04 will include more new features, as well as more applications ported to the modular KDE Frameworks 5.

Spread the Word

Non-technical contributors are an important part of KDE’s success. While proprietary software companies have huge advertising budgets, KDE depends on people like you talking with other people! Even for those who are not software developers, there are many ways to support our community and our product. Report bugs. Encourage others to join the KDE Community. Or support the nonprofit organization behind the KDE community.

Please spread the word on the Social Web. Submit stories to news sites, use channels like delicious, digg, reddit, and twitter. Upload screenshots of your new set-up to services like Facebook, Flickr, ipernity and Picasa, and post them to appropriate groups. Create screencasts and upload them to YouTube, Blip.tv, and Vimeo. Please tag posts and uploaded materials with “KDE”. This makes them easy to find, and gives the KDE Promo Team a way to analyze coverage for the 14.12 KDE Applications release.
Follow what is happening on the social web at the KDE live feed, buzz.kde.org. This site aggregates real-time activity from Twitter, YouTube, flickr, PicasaWeb, blogs, and other social networking sites.

Learning more and getting started

Find more details and download links in the announcement on the KDE website.

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Joomla Community Magazine | December 2014

JCM December 2014

The December issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Our stories this month:

Editors Introduction

Focusing on Joomla!

Feature Stories

Joomla! Selling the Solution, NOT the CMS!
A Fond Farewell to Joomla! 2.5
Let the World Hear Your Voice!
What do Italy and Mexico Have in Common?
Joomlers on the New Joomla! Volunteers Portal
Interview with Michael Babker

Administrators

How to Install an SMTP Server in Joomla!
Why Migrate? And Then…How?

Events

One Joomler’s World Conference 2014 Experience
Happy As a Joomler, On a Beautiful Trip…
Upcoming Joomla! Events – December 2014
Latin Power in Joomla! World Conference 2014
CMS-Garden 2014 – It’s growing!
Joomla Day Brasília: Rocking the Capital of Brazil!

Project News

Leadership Highlights December 2014
Taking over the Joomla! Bug Squad Lead

Developers

Adding Fields to com_content The Smart Way

International Stories

Français

Un chaleureux adieu à Joomla! 2.5
Pourquoi migrer ? Et… comment ?
Un frenchie au Mexique
Comment renforcer le mot de passe d’administrateur de votre site…
Heureux qui, comme un Joomler, fait un beau voyage…
Comment Penguin 3.0 affecte vos sites Joomla!

Portuguese (Brazil)

Joomla Day Brasília: Rocking the Capital of Brazil!
Joomla Day Brasília movimenta a universidade

Russian

Зачем мигрировать? А затем … как?
Как укрепить пароль супер администратора Вашего веб-сайта…
Применение основанного на ролях ACL…
Докaзательство основанного на ролях ACL…
Инвестирование в HTTPS важно для чистоты Вашего веб-сайта

Spanish

Checklist antes de entregar tu sitio
Nuevo Virtuemart para Joomla! 3
Joomla! y Multisitios
Fuerza Latina durante la JWC14
Creando una plantilla frontend desde cero
Uso de imágenes para mantener el formato blog en Joomla! 3

In our next issue

We want to publish your Joomla! story in the next JCM issue! So take a look at our Author Resources content to get a better idea of what we are looking for, and then register to become a JCM author and submit your Joomla! story!

Top 10 Ecommerce Newsletters of 2014 from PrestaShop merchants

It seems like just yesterday we were making summer plans, but with a blink of an eye, the year has passed and we’re almost into 2015. Throughout this year, we’ve seen some great newsletters from PrestaShop merchants. Although it was … Read more

Plasma 5.1.2 Bugfix Release

Plasma 5.1.2 is the December output from our desktop team. It’s a bugfix release which adds several dozen fixes and the latest translations.
Some highlights include:
The Breeze icons licence has been clarified as LGPL 3+.
The remaining battery time in …

GNOME: GNOME Asia Summit 2015 to be hosted in Depok Indonesia

The GNOME Asia Committee is pleased to announce that the upcoming GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 will be hosted in Depok  Indonesia May 7-9 2015. It will be a great place to celebrate and explore the many new features and enhancements to GNOME 3.

The GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 will be hosted at the Universitas Indonesia, which has a high number of students and people interested in Free/Open Source software. Consequently, there is a very committed local team which already has significant experience in organizing successful events. The venue is located in Depok City, a gateway city of the West Java Province, 30 km from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Hosting Asia Summit 2015 in Depok will bring the spotlight on GNOME and make an impact locally, regionally, and internationally.

“We are looking forward to welcome the GNOME community to Indonesia, a country that has a large Free and Open source community, we are excited that they will gather for GNOME Asia Summit 2015″ said Estu Fardani, a member of the local organizing team.

The GNOME Asia Committee want thank everyone who participated in the GNOME Asia Summit 2015 bidding process.

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The 14 Most Popular Articles of 2014

The end of the year is coming up. It’s time to take stock of the past year and also give thanks! We’d like to thank you, our readers, who’ve been with us for all of our posts and made valuable … Read more

Drupal.org Maintenance: Dec 15th 17:00 PST (01:00 UTC, 1 day after)

Drupal.org will be affected by maintenance Monday, December 15th 17:00 PST, 01:00 UTC (1 day after).
New database servers are being deployed for Drupal.org. This hardware refresh should greatly improve database query performance on Drupal.org. The depl…

Release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0

KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0.
KDE Frameworks are 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an …

Wine 1.7.33 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.33 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Support for copy/paste commands in MSHTML.
Some more font support in DirectWrite.
Better handling for loss of foc…

WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate

The release candidate for WordPress 4.1 is now available. We’ve made a lot of refinements over the last few weeks. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.1 on Tuesday, December 16, but we need your […]

GCompris Joins the KDE incubator and Launches a Fundraiser

GCompris, the high quality educational software suite comprising numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10 well known by parents and teachers all over the world, joined the KDE incubator.

GCompris was started in 2000 by Bruno Coudoin as a Free Software. Originally written in GTK+ the project decided in early 2014 to make a radical change and rewrite it in Qt Quick. The main motivation is the ability of the Qt platform to address the desktop and the tablet market from a single code base.

In order to get the great level of support from a strong developer community, GCompris joined the KDE incubator.

The rewrite is going on smoothly, 86 educational activities of the 140 have been ported to Qt Quick. A release on Android is planned for December 2014 with the help of the KDE translation teams to make sure it is properly localized. Other platforms will follow.

Currently the graphics are one of the weakest part of GCompris, as they were mostly done by the developers, using free graphics assets and sparse graphic artist contributions.

To address this problem, Timothée Giet, a talented graphics artist proposed himself to work on a complete graphics redesign. He is a long standing Free Software contributor, active member of the Krita team and so part of the KDE community. Making new graphics for more than 100 activities is a big work, so a fundraiser has been set up.

The project is not only about creating new background images but consists in a whole graphical rework. At first a graphics charter will be defined as none exists for now in GCompris. This will drive the project towards a unified style that it lacks today. An emphasis will be done on usability, making sure the children find their way easily in each activity.

If you want to help, please consider making a donation.

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Joomla! 2.5.28 Released

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The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.28. This is a maintenance release for the 2.5 series of Joomla! and is the final scheduled release of the series. Support for Joomla! 2.5 is sch…

Audacious Switches Back To GTK2, Adds New Qt-Based User Interface [Audacious 3.6 Alpha 1]

Audacious is a fast audio player that focuses on high audio quality and low resource usage, which comes with a pretty large plugin list and until now, it shipped with two interfaces: a GTK+ interface and a Winamp 2.x like interface (and so, it supports Winamp 2.x skins). As we pointed out a while back, […]

Canonical Announces Snappy Ubuntu Core, A Transactionally Updated Flavor For The Cloud

Canonical announced “snappy” Ubuntu Core yesterday, a new cloud-optimized Ubuntu edition that uses transactional updates.Below you can watch the snappy Ubuntu Core introductory video in which Ubuntu and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth explains how snappy Ubuntu Core works:(direct video link)But what exactly is snappy Ubuntu Core? This new Ubuntu cloud flavor uses Ubuntu Core (a […]

The Complete Guide to Create CMS Pages for your Online Store

Have you ever thought about the purpose of the links on the footer of every website? How about the static pages those links take you, such as the “About Us”, “Delivery”, “Legal Notice” or “Terms and Conditions”? Even if tiny … Read more