The developers of Netrunner, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu packages and featuring the KDE desktop, have released an update to the project’s long-term supported 14.x series. The new release, Netrunner 14.2, features and updated kernel and desktop applications. "The Netrunner team is proud to announce the release….
Things are moving fast for royalty-free video codecs. A month ago, the IETF NETVC Working Group had its first meeting and two weeks ago Cisco announced Thor. Today, we’re taking the next big step in this industry-wide effort with the … Continue reading
After the remarkable success of the recent OpenStack days in Taiwan, Seattle and Silicon Valley (Benelux is next, September 17th), and as we head towards the next OpenStack Design Summit in Tokyo, I feel it is a great time to give you the following piece of advice: You should learn OpenStack. The sooner, the better. Let me give you 5 reasons: […]
The Document Foundation hereby extends the TDF Freelance Job Opening (#201507-01) – Development Mentoring Lead The new deadline for applications is September 24, midnight UTC. TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including curriculum vitae, your financial expectations, and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at email@example.com. You can […]
The Manjaro development team announced on the last day of August that the eleventh maintenance update for the stable Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 operating system series is now available to users worldwide.
Prominent features of Manjaro Update 2015-08-31 (stable) for Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 include the addition of the recently announced KDE Plasma 5.4 desktop environment and KDE App…
The latest Android-x86 Project release takes us one step closer to using the Android OS on a desktop or laptop computer — but the project suffers from stability and reliability issues. If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices, Android-x86 could become a viable alternative. The major advantage would be keeping all of your settings, apps and Google services on an equal footing.
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Arne Exton, the creator of numerous GNU/Linux and Android-x86-based distributions, was more than happy to inform us earlier today about the immediate availability for download of a new build for its DebEX KDE edition distro.
Powered by Arne Exton’s special 4.1.0-3-exton kernel, which is based on Linux kernel 4.1.3 LTS, as well as on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 (Jessie) operating system, DebEX KDE Edition Build 150830 includes all the latest updates and security patches …
Valve released a new update for SteamOS Brewmaster branch of the operating system, bringing the version number up to 2.32. It’s an important release since it brings all the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia.
The new SteamOS Brewmaster branch of the operating system is based on Debian 8, and it’s still under development. Regular user won’t see any differences and the current version of SteamOS looks and feels pretty much the same. It’s all the changes made under the hood and…
Edward Snyder has announced the availability of the second alpha release of Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0, a distribution with a "hybrid" desktop experience that combines the Window Maker window manger with elements of the Xfce desktop. Unlike the first alpha build which was based on Linux Mint, this….
The following tutorial will teach new and existing owners of an Ubuntu phone how to install applications that are distributed in the .click file format, as well as to transfer them to the device prior to installation.
The present article represents my frustration with the lack of explicit details on the steps one needs to take to copy/transfer a .click file to a smartphone powered by Canonical’s mobile operating system and install the respective .click app.
You can also …
The development team of the Lubuntu Linux operating system were among the last to announce the release of the first Beta build as part of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) release for opt-in flavors.
Powered by Ubuntu 15.10’s Linux kernel 4.1 LTS, Lubuntu 15.10 Beta 1 is still built around the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) graphical desktop interface for GNU/Linux distributions. Of course, this means that we won’t be able to try the next-generation LXQt desktop …
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As part of a new strategic collaboration, Intel will lead a $100 million funding round in Mirantis, the companies announced earlier this week. Intel is a long-time investor in Mirantis. This round includes existing investors August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures and WestSummit Capital, as well as new investor Goldman Sachs.
Mozilla just released a new update to Firefox — the default web browser in Fedora — that resolves a pair of high priority security issues. These updates are now available in the Fedora 21, Fedora 22 and prerelease Fedora 23… Continue Reading →
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We are raising money to support KDE sprints. People have asked legitimate questions about those funds—who gets the money? Who benefits?
To start with, KDE sprints are intensive sessions centered around coding. They take place in person over several days, during which time skillful developers eat, drink and sleep code. There are breaks to refresh and gain perspective, but mostly sprints involve hard, focused work. All of this developer time and effort is unpaid. However travel expenses for some developers are covered by KDE. KDE is a frugal organization with comparatively low administrative costs, and only one paid person who works part time. So the money donated for sprints goes to cover actual expenses. Who gets the money? Almost all of it goes to transportation companies.
Who benefits from contributions to KDE sprints?
That’s more interesting.
Certainly KDE software is improved during KDE sprints, and innovations are planned and implemented. Developers are able to realize more of what they want their applications to be and do. They get to experiment. They get to have fun (if working on code many hours a day qualifies as “fun”). People who use KDE technology get the benefit of this effort and innovation. Some users claim that KDE does things well. Clearly sprint benefits go mostly to users, the millions of people all over the world who are using KDE technology.
However, that is not nearly the whole story.
Earlier this week on August 24th, Webkit had its 14th birthday. Although the Webkit name is trademarked by Apple, most of the original code came from KDE (in the form of the KHTML and KJS libraries). Apple developers had high praise for the work done by KDE developers. KDE’s Free and Open Source software is available to anyone. The results of KDE sprints can benefit anyone. This shouldn’t be taken lightly; KDE developers are some of the best in the world, and they work on important, current technology.
Qt is another example of the largesse of the KDE Community. Ironically, KDE’s choice of the Qt application framework helped to launch GNOME. The licensing controversies of those early days were resolved when the KDE Free Qt Foundation was established, providing strong foundations for both Qt and KDE Free and Open Source software, and demonstrating the ability of the KDE Community to adapt.
KDE and Qt continue to have a mutually beneficial relationship. KDE developers represent the most number of Qt contributors outside of Digia, which licenses Qt commercially. So the code and innovation that KDE developers add to the Qt codebase benefit Digia, Digia’s commercial customers and the thousands of developers using Qt to develop opensource and proprietary applications. Improvements to Qt have a direct benefit for the development of KDE applications.
At a sprint in 2011, KDE developers took the first steps to modularize the extensive KDE development platform into frameworks. In July 2014, it was announced that many KDE libraries were available for use by any Qt developer. Quoting from the announcement:
Since then, more such Qt capabilities have been added, and there’s an online archive of Qt resources provided by the KDE Community.
KDE sprints provide value widely and freely to anyone who wants the results. If you are a computer user, you have probably already enjoyed benefits provided by KDE.
You Can Make a Difference
KDE is one of the leading Free Software projects in the world, thanks in large part to skilled, committed developers such as those at the Randa Meetings in September. You can make a big difference by contributing financially. Please donate if you can. Share the responsibility, and the satisfaction of giving.
Martin Wimpress has announced the availability of a new set of testing images for version 15.10 Beta 1 of the various Ubuntu community distributions. These new beta images provide previews of new technologies present in the community distributions and…
Public and private enterprises across the world have been using Microsoft Windows for years, but it calls into question whether this is in fact the best choice or simply force of habit? With recent security and performance issues coming to the fore, an increasing number of companies are exploring the benefits of using alternative Operating […]