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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE 4.12.4 y KDE Workspace 4.11.8 disponibles

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 04/03/2014 - 06:10

Ya tenemos KDE 4.12.4 y KDE Workspace 4.11.8 disponibles para su actualización. Como cada nuevo mes y, fiel a su cita, el equipo de desarrollo de KDE nos ofrece una nueva versión de su escritorio. Y en esta ocasión, por partida doble. Y no será la última. KDE 4.12.4 y KDE Workspace 4.11.8 coordinados Para no [&hellip

KDE Releases Alpha Version of Next-gen Plasma Workspace

KDE News - Mié, 04/02/2014 - 09:00

Plasma Next: familiar yet polished

KDE today releases the first Alpha version of the next-generation Plasma workspace. This kicks off the public testing phase for the next iteration of the popular Free software workspace, code-named "Plasma Next" (referring to the 'next' Plasma release-see below "A note on versioning and naming"). Plasma Next is built using QML and runs on top of a fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack using Qt 5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma Next provides a core desktop experience that will be easy and familiar for current users of KDE workspaces or alternative Free Software or proprietary offerings. Plasma Next is planned to be released as 2014.6 on the 17th of June.

The converged workspace

Modern day computing device abilities are starting to blend with each other. Tablets can be used with a keyboard, phones can stream their screen contents to a television, laptops have gotten flip and touch screens. To deal with this, Plasma Next has been designed as a converged workspace shell. It will be able to switch on demand between workspaces optimized for these different form factors, like a tablet user interface turning into a traditional desktop workspace when paired with a keyboard and a mouse. Plasma will be easily extensible as new form factors emerge.

Smoother Kickoff menu

The mechanism to adapt to different form factors is fully implemented and functional, but, as there is only one workspace available right now, it is not useful at this point. In the months to come, the Plasma team plans to make available additional workspaces, such as the tablet-oriented Plasma Active user experience, and the media-consumption-targeted Plasma Mediacenter.

A note on versioning and naming: The code name "Plasma Next" always points to the upcoming release of Plasma, KDE's end user workspace. The current Alpha will become 2014.6, to be released in June of this year. If the team opts for a 6 month release cycle (still to be determined), Plasma Next will refer to the 2014.12 release once 2014.6 is out.

Ready for testing, not production

The workspace demonstrated in this pre-release is Plasma Desktop. It represents an evolution of known desktop and laptop paradigms. Plasma Next keeps existing workflows intact, while providing incremental visual and interactive improvements. Many of those can be observed in this technology preview, others are still being worked on. Workspaces optimized for other devices will be made available in future releases.

As an Alpha release, this pre-release is not suitable for production use. It is meant as a base for testing and gathering feedback, so that the initial stable release of Plasma Next in June will be a smooth ride for everybody involved and lay a stable foundation for future versions. Plasma Next is intended for end users, but will not provide feature parity with the latest 4.x release (although this is expected to be accomplished in a follow-up release). The team is concentrating on the core desktop features first, instead of trying to transplant every single feature into the new workspaces. The feature set presented in Plasma Next will suffice for most users, though some might miss a knob here and there. This is not because the Plasma team wants to remove features, but simply that not everything has been done yet. Of course, everybody is encouraged to help bringing Plasma back to its original feature set and beyond.

left-to-right, top-to-bottom: Wallpaper dialog, panel toolbox, notifications and network manager in the system tray For developers

Plasma Next builds on top of Qt 5. With this transition, all QML-based UIs—which Plasma is built exclusively with—will make use of a new scenegraph and scripting engine, resulting in huge performance wins as well as architectural benefits, such as being able to render using available graphics hardware.

Plasma Next is the first complex codebase to transition to KDE Frameworks 5, which is a modular evolution of the KDE development platform into leaner, less interdependent libraries.

For users

Users testing this Plasma pre-release are greeted with a more refined visual appearance. The new Breeze Plasma theme debuts in this pre-release with a flatter, cleaner look. Less visual clutter and improved contrast make Plasma Next a noticeable improvement over the current stable Plasma workspaces. There has been some polish to much of Plasma's default functionality, such as the system tray area, the notifications, the settings for the compositor and window manager, and many more. While it will feel familiar, users will notice a more modern workspace.

New Activities chooser Installing and providing feedback

You can install Plasma Next directly from source. KDE's community wiki has instructions. Some distributions have created packages; for an overview of Alpha 1 packages, see this page. You can provide feedback either via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. Plasma Next is also discussed on the KDE Forums. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Conociendo el cortafuegos de KDE

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 04/02/2014 - 06:01

Una parte fundamental de la seguridad de nuestro sistema recae en el cortafuegos. Si bien hay gente que confía los accesos a su PC a la gestión del cortafuegos de su router, yo soy de los que opinan que en este caso “mejor que zozobre”. En este artículo empezaremos aprendiendo las bases del sistema de [&hellip

KDE Ships First Beta of Frameworks 5

KDE News - Mar, 04/01/2014 - 15:00

Today KDE makes available the first beta of Frameworks 5. This release is part of a series of releases leading up to the final version planned for June 2014 following the second alpha last month. This release marks the freeze of source incompatible changes and the introduction of the Frameworks 5 Porting Aids.

Frameworks 5 Porting Aids

To ease the porting of KDE Platform 4 based applications, the Frameworks team has brought the 'Porting Aids' group into existence. These Frameworks contain kdelibs4 modules and API's that are being deprecated in KF5 and are provided only to assist applications in porting to KF5. As such these Frameworks will only have a limited support period, currently planned to be three release cycles. Application developers are strongly encouraged to port away from these Frameworks during this support period to prevent dependency on obsolete and unsupported code. Once support is ended, some unofficial development may continue on some modules, but they will not be part of the officially supported Frameworks release.

Currently, the following Frameworks belong to this group:

  • khtml
  • kjs
  • kjsembed
  • krunner
  • kmediaplayer
  • kdelibs4support*

* kdelibs4support contains deprecated API's from modules which no longer exist or deprecated classes from existing modules.

See the announcement on for more information and links to downloads. For information about Frameworks 5, see this earlier article on the dot.

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KDE Ships April Updates to Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces

KDE News - Mar, 04/01/2014 - 07:06

Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the fourth in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.12 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.8. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

More than 20 recorded bugfixes include improvements to Personal Information Management suite Kontact, Umbrello UML Modeller, touch typing application KTouch, web browser Konqueror, file manager Dolphin and others. A more complete list of changes can be found in KDE's issue tracker.

To find out more about the 4.12 versions of KDE Applications and Development Platform, please refer to the 4.12 release notes.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Mecaduino en las II Jornadas Libres

Planet KDE Español - Mar, 04/01/2014 - 06:10

Hoy me complace presentar una charla que no estaba prevista en el listado de las II Jornadas Libres del 2013-14, un proyecto muy interesante, ambicioso y nuevo: Mecaduino. Las II Jornadas Libres del 2013-14 fueron presentadas el 7 de octubre en un acto sencillo en la UNED de Vila-real. Hemos visto Arduino, GNU/Linux, impresoras 3D, [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Cómo sincronizar contactos y calendarios entre KDE y Android

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 03/31/2014 - 06:10

Si bien hay que reconocer que el funcionamiento de las aplicaciones nativas de Android es realmente bueno a nivel técnico, plantea problemas con la libertad del software y la privacidad, pues deben hacerse a través de las cuentas de Google. Vamos a ver en este artículo cómo sincronizar nuestros contactos y calendarios  entre KDE y [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Disponible Calligra 2.8.1 para su actualización

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 03/30/2014 - 06:10

Ya tenemos entre nosotros la premera reversión de la serie de Calligra 2.8.x, es decir, tenemos  disponible Calligra 2.8.1 para su actualización. Esto  lo cual significa que sigue la evolución de la suite ofimática del futuro de KDE, la cual ya ha pasado de ser una simple esperanza a una realidad ya palpable. ¿Qué es [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE Visual Design Group, octava semana

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 03/29/2014 - 06:10

El camino hacia Plasma Next parece estar bastante adelantado en lo que refiere a motor, pero cualquier máquina perfecta necesita una cara bonita. Ese es el cometido de KDE Visual Design Group, el equipo de diseño del próximo Plasma Next, el cual realiza un informe semanal de sus progresos, éste es el de la octava [&hellip

KDE to Attend Freedesktop Summit 2014

KDE News - Vie, 03/28/2014 - 14:01

Next week, from Monday the 31st of March to the 4th of April (Friday), developers from the major Linux desktops (GNOME, KDE, Unity and RazorQt) will meet in Nuremberg for the second Freedesktop Summit.

The summit is a joint technical meeting of developers working on 'desktop infrastructure' on the major Free Desktop projects. The event aims to support collaboration between projects by discussing specifications and the sharing of platform-level components. David Faure will be KDE's primary representative at this year's summit.

Last year's event led to agreements related to D-Bus and management of trash folders. It also mapped the way forward for joint development and management of specifications that are important to multiple providers of desktop software.

Like last year, the event is supported by SUSE.

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KDE Ships Release Candidate of Applications and Platform 4.13

KDE News - Vie, 03/28/2014 - 07:37

KDE has announced the Release Candidate of the 4.13 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. We kindly request your assistance with finding and fixing issues.

A partial list of improvements can be found in the 4.13 Feature Plan. A more complete list of the improvements and changes will be available for the final release in the middle of April.

This release candidate release needs a thorough testing in order to improve quality and user experience. A variety of actual users is essential to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers cannot possibly test every configuration. User assistance helps find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please join the 4.13 team's release effort by installing the release candidate and reporting any bugs. Read this article to find out how you can help testing.

The official announcement has information about how to install the RCs.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Cómo conectar Raspberry Pi con Dolphin

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 03/28/2014 - 06:10

Seguimos con los artículos explicativos sobre conectividad KDE. Hemos visto la configuración para los servicios NFS, un poco de FTP y hoy toca SSH. Para ello vamos a explicar cómo conectar Raspberry Pi con Dolphin.   ¿Qué es un Raspberry Pi? Para quienes no lo conozcan Raspberry Pi es un ordenador de placa reducida o [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Disponible KDE Telepathy 0.8, la suite de comunicación KDE

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 03/27/2014 - 06:10

Ya tenemos disponible KDE Telepathy 0.8, es decir, un conjunto de aplicaciones y plasmoides que te permiten chatear, enviar ficheros, realizar video llamadas (donde esté disponible), etc. Todo ello sobre los mas populares servicios de mensajería: Facebook, Google Talk, Jabber, SIP, y muchos más. Y todo ello, integrado en tu escritorio. La evolución de KDE [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Flamini, un pack de iconos redondeado

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 03/26/2014 - 06:10

Las grandes posibilidades de personalizar nuestro KDE es una de las bazas con las que contamos a la hora de defender nuestro escritorio libre favorito. En KDE todo es fácilmente personalizable, desde el fondo de escritorio hasta los colores de las ventanas pasando por el puntero del ratón. Los iconos del sistema no son una [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Cómo conectar Android con Dolphin

Planet KDE Español - Mar, 03/25/2014 - 06:10

Seguimos con los artículos explicativos sobre conectividad KDE. Hemos visto la configuración para los servicios NFS, un poco de FTP,  otro poco de SSH y hoy volvemos con FTP. Para ello vamos a explicar cómo conectar  Android con Dolphin.   Cómo conectar Android con Dolphin Aunque con KDE Connect podemos tener tener nuestro Android bastante [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE Blog cumple 6 años

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 03/24/2014 - 06:10

Parece mentira cómo pasan los años. Fue el 24 de marzo de 2008 cuando salió el primer artículo de este blog a la web, una simple declaración de intenciones y la promesa de ofrecer una entrada diaria sobre KDE y el Software Libre. Hoy, 24 de marzo de 2014, KDE Blog cumple 6 años en [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Noticias openSUSE 05: Guía de 13.1 y primeros pasos de 13.2

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 03/23/2014 - 06:10

Noticias openSUSE es una nueva sección que sigue la estela de Noticias Krita, Noticias Kubuntu o Noticias Kaos, es decir, un recopilatorio específico de noticias de la distribución del camaleón que vale la pena conocer. Bienvenidos a la quinta edición, lo que significa la consolidación de la sección. Hace mucho tiempo que no aparecía openSUSE [&hellip

KDE Commit-Digest for 16th February 2014

KDE News - Sáb, 03/22/2014 - 07:45

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:

  • Amarok merges advanced track statistics importers (a GSoC project)
  • KDevelop allows language plugins to provide styles to formatters
  • Konsole stores terminal size in the profile, each profile can now set desired column and row size; allows users to specify css file for tab bar style (this can be used to set minimum width of the tabs, distinguish active tab, etc)
  • Kwallet replaces SHA with PBKDF2-SHA512+Salt
  • Porting to Qt5 and Frameworks 5 continues, we have initial ports of kfind and konq.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Akademy-es 2014 Málaga busca patrocinadores

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 03/22/2014 - 06:10

Todo evento supone siempre unos gastos: alquiler de materiales, algunos refrigerios para los asistentes, financiación de viajes de los ponentes, etc. Por este motivo, Akademy-es 2014 (#akademyes) Málaga busca patrocinadores con los que cubrir esos mínimo dispendios.   ¿Por qué patrocinar la Akademy-es 2014? Se esperan cerca de 80 asistentes al evento, incluyendo desarrolladores de [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Akademy-es 2014 Málaga ya tiene logo

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 03/21/2014 - 06:10

Una de las primeras cosas que se busca al organizar un evento es su logo, esa imagen que acompañará de una forma u otra todas las noticias del evento. Es por ello que me complace anunciar que  Akademy-es 2014 Málaga ya tiene logo. ¿Qué es una Akademy-es? Una Akademy-es es un excelente lugar donde recargar [&hellip

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