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Two printers with one Rpi?

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Last time I tried printing with the raspberry pi I had only one machine to try with now I have two. Lets see if the Pi can handle two instances of AtCore and control two 3d printers at the same time. This is a follow up to AtCore takes to the pi. So please read that for more about the RPi setup. This post is in video form, please enjoy.


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 10.12.2018 | Прочитано: 0 | Комментарии

Plasma 5.14.4, Applications 18.08.3 and Frameworks 5.52.0 by KDE now available to all Chakra users

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@tetris4 wrote:

Hi everyone!

On your next system upgrade you will receive the latest versions of KDE’s Plasma, Applications and Frameworks, together with the regular package updates.

For more details and the full changelogs on KDE’s software releases, you can read the official announcements:

Other noteworthy package updates include:

[core]

  • ffmpeg 4.0.3
  • curl 7.62.0
  • openssl 1.0.2.q
  • apache 2.4.37
  • nginx 1.14.1
  • rust 1.30.1

[lib32]

  • steam 1.0.0.56
  • wine 3.21

[gtk]

  • filezilla 3.38.1

It should be safe to answer yes to any replacement question by the package manager application. If in doubt or if you face another issue in relation to this update, please ask or report it below.

Most of our mirrors take 12-24 hours to synchronize with the central repositories on the origin server. Use the ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 04.12.2018 | Прочитано: 7 | Комментарии

This week in Usability & Productivity, part 47

System & Utilities

This week in Usability & Productivity we did a lot of work on our Plasma 5.12 long-term support release and performance improvements for KIO and Baloo (many of which are not individually significant enough to be mentioned here, but will add up to some great improvements over time). Lots of nice bugfixes and new features snuck in, too.

New Features

Bugfixes & Performance Improvements


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 02.12.2018 | Прочитано: 8 | Комментарии

KDAB Talks at Qt World Summit Berlin

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KDAB is presenting two great talks at Qt World Summit. At 13:30, you can get an in-depth look at a new concept for designers and developers with James Turner.

At 14:30, Milian Wolff will be presenting some of KDAB’s renowned opensource tools, some of which, like Hotspot, he created himself.

Streamlined integration of 3D content straight from 3DS Max and Blender into Qt3D

with James Turner

Qt 3D is now established as the ideal 3D rendering engine for cross platform applications needing to integrate 3D content with 2D interfaces in a seamless way. The scene graph lets developers import and control geometry and materials, while the frame graph can be used to build advanced rendering  effects with ease.

 However, just as in the case of 2D content, best results are achieved when designers and developer share a common experience and toolset. Yet the tools used to author 3D scenes, the geometry, the materials, the lighting, the animations, are all very different from what most developers are ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 26.11.2018 | Прочитано: 16 | Комментарии

Getting Started With Qt for WebAssembly

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We’ve previously blogged about some of the features of Qt for WebAssembly. In this blog post we’ll take a look at how to get started: building Qt, building your application, and finally deploying the application.

If you would like to know more about this topic, then please join me for the Qt for WebAssembly webinar on November 27th.

Emscripten

The first step is installing emscripten. Please refer to the emscripten documentation for how to do so, and also note that Qt requires a unix host system: GNU/linux, macOS, or Windows subsystem for Linux. When done you should have a working em++ compiler in the path:

$ em++ --version
emcc (Emscripten gcc/clang-like replacement) 1.38.16 (commit 7a0e27441eda6cb0e3f1210e6837cae4b080ab4c)

Qt for WebAssembly applications are also Emscripten-based applications. Qt makes use of many of its features and so can application code.

Qt

Next, install the Qt 5.12 sources, for example using the online installer:

qtmaintenancetoolsources ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 19.11.2018 | Прочитано: 32 | Комментарии

Accessibility update – Kickoff, Kicker and KWin improvements

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Chrys took up the role of coordinator, fixer and new master of KDE accessibility, which I think is just fantastic. We have been working on what he decided to be most important, mostly chrys fixing issues to make things work with Plasma and screen readers. After getting Orca to read desktop icons he spent quite some time to improve the various start menus.

With so much fresh energy around I started poking at KWin, which was a bit scary, to be honest. It was fun to read code I hadn’t looked at before. In the end, after I spent a while working on a huge work-around, it turned out that we could enable the task switcher to work with relatively little code added. The main issue was that KWin does really not want to give focus to the task switcher. My first attempt was to write sub-classes of QAccessibleInterface for everything in KWin. That started to work, but during some debugging I realized that KWin was actually creating the regular representations for its UI, it was just not properly ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 06.11.2018 | Прочитано: 43 | Комментарии

Qt applications with Cargo

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This blog shows how Qt applications can be built with Cargo. The goal is to make compiling them as simple as installing Qt and running

Rust Qt Binding Generator (Logo by Alessandro Longo)Rust Qt Binding Generator (Logo by Alessandro Longo)

The crates qrep and mailmodel are examples. You can try qrep with

qrep is a minimal GUI for ripgrep.

qrepqrep

You can get started quickly with your own Rust Qt application by copying the folder templates/qt_quick_cargo from the Rust Qt Binding Generator repository.

Why Cargo?

In previous blogs we built applications with CMake. CMake is probably the most widely used tool to compile Qt software. CMake uses Cargo to build the Rust parts.

CMake is a familiar tool for Qt developers, but not for Rust developers. For them, CMake is a unneeded hurdle. Rust Qt Binding Generator can be used with only Cargo. To do so you ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 30.10.2018 | Прочитано: 46 | Комментарии

Interview with Autumn Lansing

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Could you tell us something about yourself?

I’m a comics artist and web developer from Oklahoma City. I’ve been creating comics and artwork for most of my life, though I didn’t seriously start making comics until several years ago. I’ve also worked variously as a writer, editor, layout artist, concert promoter, and art gallery director, among other things.

Do you paint professionally, as a hobby artist, or both?

At this point in time it’s mostly something I do for enjoyment, though I occasionally create artwork for someone else. I’d love to make comics my career, but so far that possibility hasn’t presented itself.

What genre(s) do you work in?

I mostly create comic art in the science fiction and/or horror genres, often with a lot of humor in it. My style ranges a bit. While I sometimes enjoy working in a colorful painterly manner, lately I’ve been happier working in grayscale with mostly flat colors. I find it less distracting. It allows ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 29.10.2018 | Прочитано: 70 | Комментарии

Celebrating KDE’s 22 years and embracing new contributors at LaKademy 2018

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Almost two weeks ago we had the seventh edition of the LaKademy, an event that has been held in Brazil since 2012. As you may know LaKademy’s main goal is to get together the Latin American contributors of KDE community and to attract new ones. We don’t have talks like in Akademy because the event’s idea is to be a space for sprints. So people work in small groups doing specific tasks like fixing bugs, developing new features or translating software and documentation.

davLaKademy banner.

LaKademy 2018 was the biggest one so far. This year we had 23 participants of which 12 were newcomers. This is an impressive number of new people attending the event, the biggest number in all these years. We were very happy to have them all working with KDE projects in Florianópolis, an amazing island located in the South of Brazil.

DSC04821LaKademy 2018 group photo.

Among these new people we had a group ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 23.10.2018 | Прочитано: 49 | Комментарии

Sizeable donation from Handshake Foundation

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We’re glad to announce that we received donation of 100,000 USD, which is part of 300,000 USD offered to our KDE organization. Quite appropriate for a birthday present, as the KDE project just turned 22 this last weekend! It’s true recognition for KDE as one of the world’s largest open source project.

More information: KDE e.V. receives a sizeable donation from Handshake Foundation.

Handshake


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 16.10.2018 | Прочитано: 67 | Комментарии

QML Weather

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I recently took some time to develop a photo frame style home automation control panel. The idea is to control some common tasks of my home assistant setup from a panel instead of having to rely on the phone. To hide the panel, it currently act as a photo frame until touched.

The build is based on a Raspberry Pi 2 with the official touch screen attached and a USB wifi dongle. Nothing fancy, but still good enough.

One of the features that I wanted was a weather forecast, so I decided to use Yr’s xml weather as a base for this. The result is the YrWeatherModel QML item.

The weather forecast overlay.

The presentation side of things is the fairly straight forward piece of QML shown below, resulting in the overlay shown above.

Row {
anchors.bottom: dateText.bottom
anchors.right: parent.right
anchors.rightMargin: 40

spacing: 20
Repeater {
delegate: Column {
spacing: 2
Text {
anchors.horizontalCenter: parent.horizontalCenter
color: \"white\"
font.pixelSize: 16
font.bold: true
text: {
switch (period) {
case 0:
\"00 - 06\"
break;
...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 08.10.2018 | Прочитано: 64 | Комментарии

KDevelop 5.3 beta 1 released

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KDevelop 5.3 beta 1 released

We are happy to announce the release of KDevelop 5.3 Beta, almost exactly twenty years after KDevelop's first official release! Here's a brief summary of what's new in this version:

Analyzers

With 5.1, KDevelop got a new menu entry Analyzer which features a set of actions to work with analyzer-like plugins. For 5.2 the runtime analyzer Heaptrack and the static analyzer cppcheck have been added. During the last 5.3 development phase, we added another analyzer plugin which now is shipped to you out of the box:

Clazy

Clazy is a clang analyzer plugin specialized on Qt-using code, and can now also be run from within KDevelop by default, showing issues inline.

Screenshot of KDevelop with dialog for project-specific Clazy settings, with clazy running in the background

The KDevelop plugin for Clang-Tidy support for now is developed and released independently. It is scheduled to be merged into KDevelop for 5.4.

Internal changes

With all the Analyzers integration available, KDevelop's own codebase has been subject for their application as ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 02.10.2018 | Прочитано: 63 | Комментарии

Libre Application Summit 2018

System & Utilities

Earlier this month i attended Libre Application Summit 2018 in Denver.



Libre Application Summit wants to be a place for all people involved in doing Free Software applications to meet and share ideas, though being almost organized by GNOME it had a some skew towards GNOME/flatpak. There was a good presence of KDE, but personally I felt that we would have needed more people at least from LibreOffice, Firefox and someone from the Ubuntu/Canonical/Snap field (don't get annoyed at you if I failed to mention your group).

The Summit was kicked off by a motivational talk on how to make sure we're ride the wave of "Open Source as won but people don't know it". I felt the content of the talk was nice but the speaker was hit by some issues (not being able to have the laptop in ...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 24.09.2018 | Прочитано: 75 | Комментарии

Paris Art School Looking for Krita Teacher

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An art school in Paris, France, is looking for a Krita teacher! This is pretty cool, isn’t it? If you’re interested, please mail foundation@krita.org and we’ll forward your mail to the school!


A freelance Krita teacher to teach basics to art school students, Paris 11e. November 2018.

The course has to be mainly in french (could be half in english).
That’s full-days session with differents students group (28 students x 5 classes).

  • The teacher has to have an “statut autoentrepreneur” (french freelance).
  • Price is around 50 euros per hour (6 hours days)
  •  The courses will be on : 5th, 8th, 9th,12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th november 2018
  • It’s mainly about general tools of the software, and how to draw and paint with Krita
    using tablets
  • There are possibilities to work more than this first schedule, later in 2019

Profile: Game artist, Concept artist, digital painter, illustrator… please send your website if interested!


Cherche formateur auto-entrepreneur pour cours de Krita à des étudiants en Ecole d’Art, Paris 11. Novembre 2018.

Le cours doit ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 17.09.2018 | Прочитано: 77 | Комментарии

Nextcloud 14 and Video Verification

System & Utilities

Today the Nextcloud community released Nextcloud 14. This release comes with a ton of improvements in the areas of User Experience, Accessibility, Speed, GDPR compliance, 2 Factor Authentication, Collaboration, Security and many other things. You can find an overview here

But there is one feature I want to highlight because I find it especially noteworthy and interesting. Some people ask us why we are doing more than the classic file sync and share. Why do we care about Calendar, Contacts, Email, Notes, RSS Reader, Deck, Chat, Video and audio calls and so on.

It all fits together

The reason is that I believe that a lot if these features belong together. There is a huge benefit in an integrated solution. This doesn’t mean that everyone needs and wants all features. This is why we make it possible to switch all of them off so that you and your users have only the functionality available that you really want. But there are huge advantages to have deep integration. This is very similar to the way KDE and GNOME integrate all ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 11.09.2018 | Прочитано: 93 | Комментарии

Come meet KDE in Denver - September 6-9

System & Utilities

This week, Aleix (KDE eV Vice Predisdent), Albert Vaca (KDE Connect maintainer) and me will be in Denver to attend the Libre Application Summit 2018.

Libre Application Summit is unfortunately not free to attend so even if i'd urge you to come and see the amazing talks we're going to give I can see why not everyone would want to come.

So I'm going to say that if you're in the Denver area and are a KDE fan, write a comment here and maybe we can meet for drinks or something :)


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 04.09.2018 | Прочитано: 89 | Комментарии

AtCore/Atelier update August ’18

System & Utilities

It has been sometime since I’ve written about our progress with AtCore and now that I find myself with a bit of down time Its time to give you all an update. Since the end of May we have landed 32 commits from 4 contributors. I would like to first thank our newest contributor Leandro Santiago for taking time to contribute to AtCore.

Our changes include:

  • C++ modernization to use more C++11 standards
  • Making sure that all AtCore strings are translatable.
  • Fixing our method to find plugins (a few times..)
  • Adding a new emit to forward lower level messages.
  • GRBL translate for some basic CNC use with this plugin
  • Not checking for new devices if AtCore is connected
  • Improve the PlotWidget:
    • Doesn’t have a memory leak
    • Let the client add and remove plots on the fly
  • Improve the LogWidget:
    • Reduce disk I/O
    • Add info pane with basic info about the log.
  • Much better regex for temperature reading.
  • Clean ups for safer all around use.
  • Support for most Sd card operations and a new Sd ...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 27.08.2018 | Прочитано: 145 | Комментарии

Notes on the Akademy 2018

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This year I attended to my fourth Akademy, the annual KDE summit.  The conference is always a good place to meet old and new KDE people. This year we had a lot of new faces showing up there, which is very good because new people might mean new ideas coming, more hands to work on KDE projects, and more mouths to spread our message �� From Brazil we had three new contributors attending for the first time, Lays, Caio and Eliakin, from a total of eight Brazilians who participated this year. I think we can count with Tomaz and Helio although they are living in Germany ��

DSC01881.JPGBrazilian group at Akademy 2018.

As part of the conference program we had some good talks and the usual BoF’s (Birds of a Feather) sessions. This year, as part of our effort to get more people from Latin America to participate to LaKademy, the Latin ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 20.08.2018 | Прочитано: 103 | Комментарии

The Joy of GSoC :)

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Wooo... this is the last day of coding phase of GSoC. I am writing this blog to share my experience and work done in the coding phase. I want to specially thank my mentor David Rosca for his help, suggestions and reviews. This was my first exposure to the KDE community and I am proud that it was great. I really enjoyed the whole program from proposal submission - intermediate evals - then now this final evaluation. Also, I had learned a lot working on my project. Frankly speaking, I didn't knew about i18n and l10n much but with the help of my mentor now I have a quite good understanding of how these works and are implemented. I can truly say this was one of my best summer vacations.

The code will soon be merged with the master branch of falkon. You can see my status report page for more details about the work done during GSoC. Also in the last weeks I have implemented an extensions page for falkon similar to about:addons in firefox. Below is the ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 14.08.2018 | Прочитано: 110 | Комментарии

Musing About Communities Size and Activity: A Follow-up

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In my previous post I played with the team size and activity metrics on several communities and see what would come out of it. Interestingly, to me this wasn't necessarily the most interesting of what I posted (it's rather basic in what it presents) but somehow it's the one which triggered the most comments, especially in the KDE community. Looks like I struck a nerve. :-)

Anyway, it got quite a lot of good comments, so I thought it deserved a follow-up post with a different tone. For the record, I generally try to avoid putting too much of my own personal opinion in posts where I present metrics. I think it's sane to try to shield facts on the data from my biased position. It's obviously super hard, if not impossible. Indeed, at a minimum I'm forced to mention potential events in the time frame considered (if I know them)... it's risky, but still I do it because otherwise things would be just very dry and super annoying to read! And I think that's why the previous post ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 07.08.2018 | Прочитано: 153 | Комментарии

Krita in the Windows Store: an update

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We’ve published Krita in the Windows store for quite some time now. Not quite a year, but we’ve updated our Store listing almost twenty times. By far the majority of users get Krita from this website: about 30,000 downloads a week. Store downloads are only about 125 a week. Still, the income generated makes it possible for the Krita maintainer to work on Krita full-time, which would not have been possible otherwise.

That’s good, because combining a day job and working on Krita is a sure recipe for a burn-out. (Donations fund Dmitry’s work, but there aren’t enough donations to fund two people at the same time: we have about 2000 euros per month in donations.)

What’s not so good is that having an app in a Store basically means you’re a sharecropper. You do the work, and the Store allows you whatever it wants to allow you. You’re absolutely powerless. All the rules are made by the Store. And if there’s one particular rule that gets interpreted by the Store curators in a way that’s incompatible with the ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 30.07.2018 | Прочитано: 109 | Комментарии

Interview with Takiro Ryo

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Could you tell us something about yourself?

Well, I’m not really sure what to tell about myself. My name is Takiro, I’m from Germany and I’ve liked drawing since I was a little kid although it wasn’t very easy because I never had decent paper and pens. Art wasn’t seen as an actual thing in my family, I guess. I started to take art more serious as a teenager, when I was 14 or 15, with traditional art. Everyone was into Mangas and Anime back then and so was I. I started out with poorly drawn fanarts of my favorite anthropomorphic characters before doing my own thing, and my style was typical Manga style until just a few years ago, when I transitioned to a more painterly style, trying to emulate the look of traditional paintings. I still do fanarts sometimes but nowadays I mostly paint anthropomorphic and feral animals often in magical fantasy settings inspired by video games and books.

Do you paint professionally, as a hobby artist, or both?

...read more...

  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 23.07.2018 | Прочитано: 117 | Комментарии

KDE Applications 18.08 branches created

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Make sure you commit anything you want to end up in the KDE Applications 18.08 release to them :)

We're already past the dependency freeze.

The Freeze and Beta is this Thursday 19 of July.

More interesting dates
August 2: KDE Applications 18.08 RC (18.07.90) Tagging and Release
August 9: KDE Applications 18.08 Tagging
August 16: KDE Applications 18.08 Release

https://community.kde.org/Schedules/Applications/18.08_Release_Schedule


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 17.07.2018 | Прочитано: 111 | Комментарии

Video game emulators for Linux

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What started as an effort to package Ishiiruka-Dolphin for Linux has grown into a broader project. It grew in silence but I thought it’s time I formally announce it.

My Open Build Service repository ships release versions of:

And it ships regular Git snapshots (for very active projects almost daily) of:

Everything in this repo is 100% legal. Games, firmware, or BIOS dumps are NOT included and will never be (unless someone makes a legal reimplementation of those). Some emulators are still highly experimental (such as Decaf) and don’t even work for anything but simple homebrew stuff.

It’s not always possible but I try to target the current and the last Fedora releases, the ...read more...


  
Подробнее | Разместил: Planet KDE | Дата: 09.07.2018 | Прочитано: 117 | Комментарии

80bit x87 FPU

System & Utilities

Once again, I got surprised by the 80 bit x87 FPU stuff.

First time was around a decade ago. Back then, it was something along the lines of a sort function like:

struct ValueSorter()
{
bool operator (const Value& first, const Value& second) const
{
double valueFirst = first.amount() * first.value();
double valueSecond = second.amount() * second.value();
return valueFirst < valueSecond;
}
}

With some values, first and would be smaller than second, and second smaller than first. All depending on which one got truncated to 64 bit, and which one came directly from the 80bit fpu.

This time, the 80 bit version when cast to integers was 1 smaller than the 64 bit version.

Oh. The joys of x86 CPU’s.


  
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Working at Nextcloud

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I've been around in communities like KDE, openSUSE, Mandrake/Mandriva and others... and various open source and closed companies. Seen some do a good job. Seen others be mismanaged. This one: the most fun. Serious.

Working at Nextcloud is special. For one, we're a distributed company. Is it hard? Well, yes and no. Working from home is great with such a motivated team with very little management overhead and good communication. Our company is entirely built on it, that is why it works.

As an example, while our head of sales lives in Hannover, the rest of the sales people is spread over Berlin, Switzerland, Stuttgart... Engineers can be found in Germany, Netherlands, Spain, even Croatia and as far as Cape Verde. I'm sure I forgot some countries. Our biggest office in Stuttgart has less people than we have in Berlin!

But we connect in person: roughly every second month, at a company-wide meeting in a ...read more...

  
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Cracking the HDD

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I’ve learned that IBM Travelstar 40GB drives use glass platters. I learned this the fun way, by bending one in a vice, with a big set of pliers. It went snap, tinkle — a different sound from other drives. And after that the bendy drive was usable as a maraca!

So why was I bending drives in the first place?

Well, I volunteer some of my time at a local second-hand place called Stichting Overal. It is an “idealistic” organisation that uses the revenue from second-hand sales to support various projects (generally small-scale development, like funding the construction of sanitation in schools). Like most second-hand stores, there’s clothes and ancient kitchen appliances and books and used bicycles .. and also an IT corner.

I help out Tom, a local school kid who has run the IT corner for some time. From time to time a PC or monitors or random IT crap is dropped off for re-use, and we apply triage. Yes, that is a lovely 486DX2, but it is still going into the bin. For various reasons, ...read more...


  
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A Better Menu Experience in Plasma (PROPOSAL)

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Launchers in an OS have become the central point of access and interaction with system content. It is the main way that most people will interact with applications and files. In recent years, other OSs have become increasingly interested in beefing up their application menus. Plasma currently has 3 launchers integrated. Users are asked to select one or the other by right-clicking in the “start” menu button and switch a different launcher. The interaction is somewhat quirky but it is effective.

I wanted to contrast our iteration with something that might be more interactive, more straightforward and help users find the desired content faster. Here is an idea about that.

Please note that these mockups are just images. The layout, color and interaction is what I am trying to discuss. Is there merit to this con

vergence idea? Does it solve any issues?

Launchers

Plasma currently has 3 launcher styles added. I believe all of them can be converged or made to look similar. However, given user requests, we have to keep 3 of them and they currently don’t ...read more...


  
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VDG does not exist

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tl; dr: VDG is not a single entity with “official” decisions or something different from what KDE is: everyone is responsible for his/her actions and words. Recent Martin Flöser criticism about small changes with less global vision is true.


VDG (originally Visual Design Group, now just V Design Group) was created by Jens Reuterberg during the KDE4-Plasma5 transition, it included experts from different areas and they did a great work, with a solid and coherent vision about UI/UX. Since KDE4 times, developers did an awesome work both implementing visual and usability changes and improving Plasma’s performance and stability.

Since then VDG changed a lot, losing contributors and acquiring others and because of the great work done with Plasma, developers of other KDE software started to ask for VDG’s input. We didn’t have good organizational skills, and I know we lost a great contributor just because following VDG’s discussions became impossible. More people joined discussions on Telegram groups and the small-fixes phase began.

Since the beginning sentences like “VDG said…” made little sense, but considering what VDG is ...read more...


  
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VDG does not exist

System & Utilities

tl; dr: VDG is not a single entity with “official” decisions or something different from what KDE is: everyone is responsible for his/her actions and words. Recent Martin Flöser criticism about small changes with less global vision is true.


VDG (originally Visual Design Group, now just V Design Group) was created by Jens Reuterberg during the KDE4-Plasma5 transition, it included experts from different areas and they did a great work, with a solid and coherent vision about UI/UX. Since KDE4 times, developers did an awesome work both implementing visual and usability changes and improving Plasma’s performance and stability.

Since then VDG changed a lot, losing contributors and acquiring others and because of the great work done with Plasma, developers of other KDE software started to ask for VDG’s input. We didn’t have good organizational skills, and I know we lost a great contributor just because following VDG’s discussions became impossible. More people joined discussions on Telegram groups and the small-fixes phase began.

Since the beginning sentences like “VDG said…” made little sense, but considering what VDG is ...read more...


  
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