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 […]
Berlin, August 27, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) releases LibreOffice 5.0.1, the first minor release of the LibreOffice 5.0 family, with a number of fixes over the major release announced on August 5. So far, LibreOffice 5.0 is the most popular LibreOffice ever, based on the feedback from the marketplace. LibreOffice 5.0.1 is targeted […]
Fedora developer Christian Schaller recently posted an update on the state of Wayland in Fedora Workstation, and it is looking promising. One of the newest features outlined by Christian that is in Fedora 23 is the ability to properly use… Continue Reading →
On August 25, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing all Ubuntu Phone owners about the progress made on the soon-to-be-released OTA-6 software update for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.
Boston Summit is GNOME’s annual event in North America. It is held every year on the Columbus Day weekend, and is an informal opportunity for contributors, enthusiasts and newcomers to get together. Previous summits have included planning meetings, tutorials for newcomers, hacking sessions, hardware testing, and more. There is also typically a social event in the evening.
More details about the event programme will be posted in the future. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the wiki. We hope to see you there!
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Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new, special edition of Quirky Linux. The new release, Quirky Linux 7.1 "Appril", is designed with Android app developers in mind. "This is the latest release of Quirky Linux. The Appril series, that started at version 7.0, is built entirely….
Tuesday, 25 August 2015. Today KDE releases a feature release of the new version of Plasma 5.
This release of Plasma brings many nice touches for our users such as much improved high DPI support, KRunner auto-completion and many new beautiful Breeze icons. It also lays the ground for the future with a tech preview of Wayland session available. We’re shipping a few new components such as an Audio Volume Plasma Widget, monitor calibration tool and the User Manager tool comes out beta.
New Audio Volume Applet
Our new Audio Volume applet works directly with PulseAudio, the popular sound server for Linux, to give you full control over volume and output settings in a beautifully designed simple interface.
Application Dashboard alternative launcher
Plasma 5.4 brings an entirely new fullscreen launcher Application Dashboard in kdeplasma-addons: Featuring all features of Application Menu it includes sophisticated scaling to screen size and full spatial keyboard navigation.
The new launcher allows you to easily and quickly find applications, as well as recently used or favorited documents and contacts based on your previous activity.
Plasma 5.4 brings over 1400 new icons covering not only all the KDE applications, but also providing Breeze themed artwork to apps such as Inkscape, Firefox and Libreoffice providing a more integrated, native feel.
KRunner now remembers your previous searches and automatically completes from the history as you type.
Useful graphs in Networks applet
The Networks applet is now able to display network traffic graphs. It also supports two new VPN plugins for connecting over SSH or SSTP.
Wayland Technology Preview
With Plasma 5.4 the first technology preview of a Wayland session is released. On systems with free graphics drivers it is possible to run Plasma using KWin, Plasma’s Wayland compositor and X11 window manager, through kernel mode settings. The currently supported feature set is driven by the needs for the Plasma Mobile projectand more desktop oriented features are not yet fully implemented. The current state does not yet allow to use it as a replacement for Xorg based desktop, but allows to easily test it, contribute and watch tear free videos. Instructions on how to start Plasma on Wayland can be found in the KWin wiki pages. Wayland support will improve in future releases with the aim to get to a stable release soon.
Other changes and additions
The months between April and the first half of August have been rather busy, as I have been working – together with the other members of TDF staff and several volunteers – at different projects: the first TDF Annual Report, the final development stage of LibreOffice 5.0, including two bug hunting sessions, the announcement of the publication […]
On August 24, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak has sent in his daily report informing us all about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in prepration for the major OTA-6 software update for the mobile operating system.
Therefore, the biggest news we want to share with you today is that Wednesday, August 25, will see the release of the Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 images for Nexus 4, Nexus 7,…
The Golden Gnome Awards return for RuneFest 2015, celebrating the talent of the RuneScape community!
Our biweekly catchup of all things happening in the land of Juju. Here’s our summary of today’s session, first off, all the URLs we discuss during the list, followed by some handy shortcuts if you want to skip around this episode. https://github.com/juju/charmstore/blob/v5-unstable/docs/bundles.md https://jujucharms.com/docs/devel/wip-systems https://jujucharms.com/docs/devel/wip-users https://github.com/juju/juju/tree/feature-proc-mgmt https://jujucharms.com/u/bigdata-dev/realtime-syslog-analytics https://jujucharms.com/q/db-admin https://github.com/juju/charmstore/blob/v5-unstable/docs/API.md#search https://insights.ubuntu.com/event/juju-charmer-summit-2015/ Rick Harding takes us through the […]
Berlin, August 24, 2015 – LibreOffice Conference 2015 will open in a month from now, on September 23, at the Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark. The Dokk1 is the brand new Mediaspace of the city, featuring the Main Library and Citizens’ Services LibreOffice Conference 2015 will be hosted in the Auditorium and in the Meeting Area […]
Open Source Matters, Inc. invites interested and suitably experienced Training Companies to submit proposals for the purpose of creating the first Joomla.org training center.
The Request for Proposals document can be viewed here.
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