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Christian Díez (Malcer): La suite artística Caledonia se prepara para Plasma Next

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 06/26/2014 - 22:08

Trabajo muy tedioso este de hacer y mantener artwork para un entorno de escritorio, todo sea dicho (a pesar de todas las satisfacciones y el hecho de que en este caso lo hago principalmente para consumo propio, a la par que aprovecho para difundirlo). Pero hay que evolucionar y adaptarse. Caledonia (no solo el tema plasma, sino toda la suite) se prepara para recibir a Plasma Next, y con motivo de todo esto se espera algo más grande de lo habitual.

El tema plasma, pieza clave de la suite, seguirá prácticamente como siempre a pesar de su compatibilidad con Workspaces 5 (su estilo lo merece, es lo suficientemente perfecto en general, sólo se retocarán detalles, iconos y colores), pero habrá algunos cambios en el KDM, el KSplash, la colección de wallpapers y la web del proyecto, todo ello para dar la bienvenida a una nueva época. La tendencia general de todo ello es a algo más colorista, complementando aún más al frío gris, blanco y negro que predominaba en toda la colección. La clave de todo ello es generar aún más contraste y por supuesto darle algo de color y alegría gracias a los detalles. Empecé con colores pastel, desaturados y oscuros, y últimamente en todo el artwork que estoy haciendo he experimentando con mucho color buscando un estilo propio, y por supuesto quiero reflejarlo, ampliando así la paleta de colores de la colección. Haciendo esto hago que Caledonia se refresque dentro de su línea, y ayuda a que no me aburra con todo esto. Creo que será una mezcla realmente genial e interesante si tenemos en cuenta la base e inspiración industrial y todo el diseño alemán que ha portado hasta ahora.

La web será mucho más sencilla, ligera y directa (le hace muchísima falta), además de que debería tener soporte para dispositivos móviles como smartphones y tablets (bastante fundamental hoy en día, aunque la suite esté enfocada al escritorio). El tema KDM debería ser el último si Plasma Next y el próximo KDE instaura definitivamente SDDM como login manager, y hablando de éste, tengo que hacer un tema SDDM para Caledonia si ocurre.

La colección de wallpapers sufrirá otra renovación: el plan es dejar de lado todos los fondos de pantalla con estilo y colores que ya no encajen, y además estaría muy bien que la colección entera fuese de mi propia creación. Es decir, mi idea es rechazar la colaboración con otros artistas y centarme en ofrecer mis propios trabajos para hacerlo aún más personal. Echaré muchísimo de menos las calidades ajenas, pero eso me ayudará a crear mejores obras ahora que creo que puedo aportar mucho en este aspecto, ya que me he centrado en colecciones bastante buenas, siempre aumentando la calidad (y aún hay ases bajo la manga…).

La imagen que ilustra este artículo es un perfecto ejemplo de cómo se verá. Todo lo que se muestra está dentro de los planes de dicha actualización. El wallpaper será presentado y liberado muy pronto de forma individual (aún estoy trabajando en él) pero es obvio que será escogido para la colección “caledoniana”. El tema plasma de Caledonia presenta algunos detalles nuevos como los botones multimedia o los colores del calendario. Y también podéis ver un icono oficial para el menú de aplicaciones, que a pesar de que será presentado también más adelante, ya está disponible desde hace algunas semanas en el repositorio de SourceForge (y con una buena cantidad de descargas sin haberlo anunciado, no me lo esperaba). El icono para los menús de aplicaciones busca ser genérico, intentando desplazar de una vez al logo de KDE (no es nada personal, es que sencillamente debería haber hecho algo así hace tiempo teniendo en cuenta todo el planteamiento de la suite).

Y hasta aquí este breve anuncio o como queramos llamarlo.


KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Lanzado Linux Mint 17 Qiana KDE

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 06/26/2014 - 13:16

Recientemente fue lanzado Linux Mint 17 Qiana KDE, es decir, la versión definitiva de Linux Mint 17 en su versión escritorio KDE. Una gran noticia para todos los usaurios de distribuciones GNU/Linux ¿Quieres saber algo más de ella? Lanzado Linux Mint 17 Qiana KDE De esta forma, ya se ha llegado a la 17ª versión de [&hellip

Where KDE is going - Part 1

KDE News - Mié, 06/25/2014 - 22:01

This article explores where the KDE community currently stands and where it is going. Frameworks, Plasma, KDE e.V., Qt5, KDE Free Qt Foundation, QtAddons - you heard some of these terms and want to know what all the fuss is about? A set of articles on the Dot aims to bring some clarity in the changes and constants of the KDE community in 2014 and further. This is the first article, diving into the technical side of things: Plasma, applications and libraries.

KDE is People

Today our technology goes much further than the humble beginnings in 1996, when we started out building a 'Desktop Environment'. KDE today has many hundreds of active developers. They make not only a 'desktop' (Plasma Desktop) but also a variant for tablets (Plasma Active) and TVs (Plasma Media Center); Plasma Netbook is already 5 years old!

Meanwhile, the KDE applications have gone beyond simple clocks and calculators – we have a full office suite, mail and calendaring, video and image editors and much more. Not only that, KDE applications are being ported to multiple platforms - not just Windows and Mac, but also Android and other mobile operating systems. And our libraries (being renamed to Frameworks 5) are going modular, making them freely available to a far wider audience than just KDE developers.

Today, KDE is no longer a Unix Desktop Environment. Today, KDE is people: Us. You and me. And our technologies—Plasma, Applications and Frameworks—are doing more today than ever before. Let's explore where they are going, starting with Plasma, central to our desktop interface.

Plasma by KDE

Plasma was conceived as the next generation of KDE's desktop technology. When its architecture was drafted in 2006 and 2007, the goal of the developers was to build a modular base suitable for multiple different user interfaces. It is easy to see this as an obvious goal in a world with high resolution displays, tablets, mobile phones, media centers and so on. But as argued here, until today, KDE technology is unique in its ability to converge the different form factors at a code level. Others are still either attempting to build one interface for a wide variety of devices, looking for a middle ground or have realized that user interface convergence is a futile exercise and created separate interfaces.


Multiple Plasma Workspaces in March 2011 Plasma 5

Plasma took some time to mature, in part due to its ambitious design, in part because the technologies it built upon were not mature enough for the needs of Plasma. This is still somewhat of a problem today, and the 4.x series has workarounds to deal with the deficiencies in the platforms below it.

This is where the next generation of Plasma technology comes in. Conveniently named Plasma 5, it will bring pixel-perfect design and super smooth performance thanks to the QML and Qt 5 technologies and fully hardware accelerated display rendering. High DPI support and the ability to work with Wayland (Linux's next generation display server) are planned as well, but neither are expected to be fully finished with the first release.


A scalable UI

With Plasma 5 the team can start working on bringing seamless switching of work-spaces when moving from device to device. For example, plugging a keyboard and mouse into a tablet can trigger Plasma to transform its tablet-and-touch optimized UI into the desktop interface. And the applications, being notified of the change, can follow adapting to the new form factor. The current Plasma technology already can hint to applications which QML/ Javascript/ graphics files fit the current form factor and is already being used in Plasma Active, the tablet-optimized workspace of Plasma. None of this requires logging out-and-in – you can just continue working with the document you were working in or keep reading that web site!

These capabilities put the current Plasma far ahead of any competitor and the gap will only increase with the release of Plasma 5. But these advanced features do not take away from the familiar interface. The Plasma team is fully aware of value of established work flows of computer users and the need of not disrupting them. This means that there will be minimal feature loss or changes in the setup of the desktop. Just butter-smooth performance, polished look and more flexibility.

The Visual Design Group, Interaction Design and Usability
A new design for Plasma

Aside from technical work, there is design and usability work going on. The idea behind the Visual Design Group was to build a team in KDE which would focus on design. This is done in a rather novel way, led by the enthusiasm of Jens Reuterberg, a FOSS enthusiast and designer from Sweden. Since the inception of the design team, there has been work in many areas. There have been new icons and improvements to existing design elements of KDE software but the majority of work has been focused on Plasma 5. A widget theme is in development, a cursor theme as well and icons are being discussed. And Plasma 5.0 will move to the Oxygen font by default. But the team also looks at interaction design and work flows in the interface, working together with the KDE usability team.

The usability team keeps developers and designers experimenting with new user interfaces close to the ground, making sure the user impact of their work is evaluated. The team conducts surveys and tests as well as using its own expertise to help the KDE developers design powerful but easy to use applications.


The new lock screen

Usability experts have been giving feedback in various areas of KDE's software, for example working closely with the developers of a new network manager interface for Plasma. Another example is the chat room experience in KDE Telepathy. Currently, work is being put into redesigning Systemsettings and many other things.


A redesigned battery applet

At events like Akademy, the usability team gives developers training in testing user interfaces with real users. Aside of working directly with developers and training them, the usability team has been reworking KDE's Human Interface Guidelines.

Work in progress

The first release of this new generation Plasma will not be without its issues. With a substantial change in underlying stack come exciting new crashes and problems that need time to be shaken out. This can also lead to visual artifacts. While QML2 brings better looks due to its seamless integration of openGL and more precise positioning, the immaturity of Qt Quick Controls, the successor to the 15 year old widget technology in Qt, will bring some rough edges in other areas. Moreover, as the latest Beta announcement points out, performance is also heavily dependent on specific hardware and software configuration:

In some scenarios, Plasma 5 will display the buttery smooth performance it is capable off - while at other times, it will be hampered by various shortcomings. These can and will be addressed, however, much is dependent on components like Qt, Mesa and hardware drivers lower in the stack. This will need time, as fixes made in Qt now simply won't be released by the time the first Plasma 5 version becomes available.” Plasma 5.0 is scheduled for release July 2014.

Read more:

The KDE Applications

Compared to the desktop and libraries, the situation with KDE's applications is simpler. Currently at 4.13, the next release will be 4.14, coming in August. After that there will be another release (together with KF5-based applications) but what comes next is still up for discussion. KDE's release team has been experimenting with shortening the release cycle. Shorter release cycles seem to be a trend throughout the ecosystem, facilitated by improved tools and processes.

A very fast release cycle?

Experiences in the world of mobile and web applications have shown that users are far more likely to start using features and appreciate small batches instead of large dumps. Short release cycles can bring bug fixes and improvements to our users much faster. On the other hand, most users of KDE software access their software and updates through the downstream distributions which are on slower release cycles even though they have repositories for updated software. Therefor this is a discussion which needs to include the distributions as much as the upstream developers.

And in any case, both our release infrastructure and our promotion will have to be adjusted as well. This has been started on the KDE Community mailing list, with proposals involving a clean up of the KDE Applications and changes in the release cadence.

Moving to Frameworks 5

The trend towards shorter release cycles requires many questions answered before it becomes feasible in practice. But a move to Frameworks 5 is certain to happen at some point, the question merely is when. Some applications have already started porting, encouraged by the swift progress being made on Frameworks 5. However most have not; it is not likely that most applications will have been ported to Frameworks 5 by the end of the year. Porting is relatively easy but the teams vary in focus and goals so we will have a Frameworks 5 based Applications release next to a 4.x series for a while.

Here again, KDE developers want the upgrade process to be smooth for users. In short, the 4.x series will be with us for the time being, and a Frameworks 5 series will be available in parallel. Regardless of the series, applications will work fine under any desktop. Developers want to ensure that migration is not an issue.

Read more:

KDE Libraries

When KDE began more than 15 years ago, development was application-driven. Libraries were intended to share work, making development easier and faster. New functionality in the libraries was added based on simple rules. For example, if a particular functionality was used in more than one place, it was put into a shared library. Today, the KDE libraries provide high-level functionality like toolbars and menus, spell checking and file access. They are also used occasionally to fix or work around issues in Qt and other libraries that KDE software depends upon. Distributed as a single set of interconnected libraries, they form a common code base for (almost) all KDE applications.

Frameworks 5

Under the KDE Frameworks efforts, these libraries are being methodically reworked into independent, cross platform modules that will be readily available to all Qt developers. Some functions have already been adopted as Qt standards. The KDE Frameworks—designed as drop-in Qt Addon libraries—will enrich Qt as a development environment. The Frameworks can simplify, accelerate and reduce the cost of Qt development by eliminating the need to reinvent key functions. Qt is growing in popularity. Ubuntu is building on Qt and QML for Ubuntu Phone and planning to move over the desktop in the future. The LXDE desktop and GCompris projects are in the process of porting over to Qt. Subsurface (a divelog project made famous by having Linus Torvalds as core contributor) has had its first Qt based release.

With Frameworks, KDE is getting closer to Qt, benefiting both, as well as more and more users and developers. The Frameworks team plans to go for monthly releases with 'branch-less development'. This means that everything will be developed in master, so each release will contain a few new features and bugfixes. Of course, this type of release cycle comes with a price of its own. Features in released modules can only be introduced in a very fine grained way so as to not jeopardize stability and our continuous integration and testing tools will be taken very seriously. All modified code has to come with corresponding tests and there is a strong focus on peer review. This model is still under discussion with the distribution teams, considering the impact on their release practices. KDE Frameworks 5.0 is planned to be released in the first week of July 2014.

Read more:

Conclusion

Now, we've covered the Frameworks, Applications and Plasma—the full gamut of KDE technologies. By summer of this year we can expect new generation Frameworks and Plasma to be available. The Applications will take a tad longer, but should run on any desktop. All have release cycle changes, no longer releasing as part of the full "KDE Software Compilation". Compared to the previous major change in platform (KDE 4.0), these will be incremental on a technical level. Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5 are very much about taking advantage of the fact that our infrastructure has caught up with our ambitions. We intend to deliver these benefits in the form of a great experience for our users!

Next week, we'll publish part two of the 'where KDE is going' mini-series, with a look at KDE's governance and how our community has been changing.

These articles are based on a talk given at conf.kde.in by Jos Poortvliet with lots of input from KDE contributors. A more extensive version of these articles, quoting members of the KDE community for more background, can be found in the upcoming (August) issue of Linux Voice magazine, 'the magazine that gives back to the Free Software community'

Dot Categories:

Where KDE is going - Part 1

KDE News - Mié, 06/25/2014 - 22:01

This article explores where the KDE community currently stands and where it is going. Frameworks, Plasma, KDE e.V., Qt5, KDE Free Qt Foundation, QtAddons - you heard some of these terms and want to know what all the fuss is about? A set of articles on the Dot aims to bring some clarity in the changes and constants of the KDE community in 2014 and further. This is the first article, diving into the technical side of things: Plasma, applications and libraries.

KDE is People

Today our technology goes much further than the humble beginnings in 1996, when we started out building a 'Desktop Environment'. KDE today has many hundreds of active developers. They make not only a 'desktop' (Plasma Desktop) but also a variant for tablets (Plasma Active) and TVs (Plasma Media Center); Plasma Netbook is already 5 years old!

Meanwhile, the KDE applications have gone beyond simple clocks and calculators – we have a full office suite, mail and calendaring, video and image editors and much more. Not only that, KDE applications are being ported to multiple platforms - not just Windows and Mac, but also Android and other mobile operating systems. And our libraries (being renamed to Frameworks 5) are going modular, making them freely available to a far wider audience than just KDE developers.

Today, KDE is no longer a Unix Desktop Environment. Today, KDE is people: Us. You and me. And our technologies—Plasma, Applications and Frameworks—are doing more today than ever before. Let's explore where they are going, starting with Plasma, central to our desktop interface.

Plasma by KDE

Plasma was conceived as the next generation of KDE's desktop technology. When its architecture was drafted in 2006 and 2007, the goal of the developers was to build a modular base suitable for multiple different user interfaces. It is easy to see this as an obvious goal in a world with high resolution displays, tablets, mobile phones, media centers and so on. But as argued here, until today, KDE technology is unique in its ability to converge the different form factors at a code level. Others are still either attempting to build one interface for a wide variety of devices, looking for a middle ground or have realized that user interface convergence is a futile exercise and created separate interfaces.


Multiple Plasma Workspaces in March 2011 Plasma 5

Plasma took some time to mature, in part due to its ambitious design, in part because the technologies it built upon were not mature enough for the needs of Plasma. This is still somewhat of a problem today, and the 4.x series has workarounds to deal with the deficiencies in the platforms below it.

This is where the next generation of Plasma technology comes in. Conveniently named Plasma 5, it will bring pixel-perfect design and super smooth performance thanks to the QML and Qt 5 technologies and fully hardware accelerated display rendering. High DPI support and the ability to work with Wayland (Linux's next generation display server) are planned as well, but neither are expected to be fully finished with the first release.


A scalable UI

With Plasma 5 the team can start working on bringing seamless switching of work-spaces when moving from device to device. For example, plugging a keyboard and mouse into a tablet can trigger Plasma to transform its tablet-and-touch optimized UI into the desktop interface. And the applications, being notified of the change, can follow adapting to the new form factor. The current Plasma technology already can hint to applications which QML/ Javascript/ graphics files fit the current form factor and is already being used in Plasma Active, the tablet-optimized workspace of Plasma. None of this requires logging out-and-in – you can just continue working with the document you were working in or keep reading that web site!

These capabilities put the current Plasma far ahead of any competitor and the gap will only increase with the release of Plasma 5. But these advanced features do not take away from the familiar interface. The Plasma team is fully aware of value of established work flows of computer users and the need of not disrupting them. This means that there will be minimal feature loss or changes in the setup of the desktop. Just butter-smooth performance, polished look and more flexibility.

The Visual Design Group, Interaction Design and Usability
A new design for Plasma

Aside from technical work, there is design and usability work going on. The idea behind the Visual Design Group was to build a team in KDE which would focus on design. This is done in a rather novel way, led by the enthusiasm of Jens Reuterberg, a FOSS enthusiast and designer from Sweden. Since the inception of the design team, there has been work in many areas. There have been new icons and improvements to existing design elements of KDE software but the majority of work has been focused on Plasma 5. A widget theme is in development, a cursor theme as well and icons are being discussed. And Plasma 5.0 will move to the Oxygen font by default. But the team also looks at interaction design and work flows in the interface, working together with the KDE usability team.

The usability team keeps developers and designers experimenting with new user interfaces close to the ground, making sure the user impact of their work is evaluated. The team conducts surveys and tests as well as using its own expertise to help the KDE developers design powerful but easy to use applications.


The new lock screen

Usability experts have been giving feedback in various areas of KDE's software, for example working closely with the developers of a new network manager interface for Plasma. Another example is the chat room experience in KDE Telepathy. Currently, work is being put into redesigning Systemsettings and many other things.


A redesigned battery applet

At events like Akademy, the usability team gives developers training in testing user interfaces with real users. Aside of working directly with developers and training them, the usability team has been reworking KDE's Human Interface Guidelines.

Work in progress

The first release of this new generation Plasma will not be without its issues. With a substantial change in underlying stack come exciting new crashes and problems that need time to be shaken out. This can also lead to visual artifacts. While QML2 brings better looks due to its seamless integration of openGL and more precise positioning, the immaturity of Qt Quick Controls, the successor to the 15 year old widget technology in Qt, will bring some rough edges in other areas. Moreover, as the latest Beta announcement points out, performance is also heavily dependent on specific hardware and software configuration:

In some scenarios, Plasma 5 will display the buttery smooth performance it is capable off - while at other times, it will be hampered by various shortcomings. These can and will be addressed, however, much is dependent on components like Qt, Mesa and hardware drivers lower in the stack. This will need time, as fixes made in Qt now simply won't be released by the time the first Plasma 5 version becomes available.” Plasma 5.0 is scheduled for release July 2014.

Read more:

The KDE Applications

Compared to the desktop and libraries, the situation with KDE's applications is simpler. Currently at 4.13, the next release will be 4.14, coming in August. After that there will be another release (together with KF5-based applications) but what comes next is still up for discussion. KDE's release team has been experimenting with shortening the release cycle. Shorter release cycles seem to be a trend throughout the ecosystem, facilitated by improved tools and processes.

A very fast release cycle?

Experiences in the world of mobile and web applications have shown that users are far more likely to start using features and appreciate small batches instead of large dumps. Short release cycles can bring bug fixes and improvements to our users much faster. On the other hand, most users of KDE software access their software and updates through the downstream distributions which are on slower release cycles even though they have repositories for updated software. Therefor this is a discussion which needs to include the distributions as much as the upstream developers.

And in any case, both our release infrastructure and our promotion will have to be adjusted as well. This has been started on the KDE Community mailing list, with proposals involving a clean up of the KDE Applications and changes in the release cadence.

Moving to Frameworks 5

The trend towards shorter release cycles requires many questions answered before it becomes feasible in practice. But a move to Frameworks 5 is certain to happen at some point, the question merely is when. Some applications have already started porting, encouraged by the swift progress being made on Frameworks 5. However most have not; it is not likely that most applications will have been ported to Frameworks 5 by the end of the year. Porting is relatively easy but the teams vary in focus and goals so we will have a Frameworks 5 based Applications release next to a 4.x series for a while.

Here again, KDE developers want the upgrade process to be smooth for users. In short, the 4.x series will be with us for the time being, and a Frameworks 5 series will be available in parallel. Regardless of the series, applications will work fine under any desktop. Developers want to ensure that migration is not an issue.

Read more:

KDE Libraries

When KDE began more than 15 years ago, development was application-driven. Libraries were intended to share work, making development easier and faster. New functionality in the libraries was added based on simple rules. For example, if a particular functionality was used in more than one place, it was put into a shared library. Today, the KDE libraries provide high-level functionality like toolbars and menus, spell checking and file access. They are also used occasionally to fix or work around issues in Qt and other libraries that KDE software depends upon. Distributed as a single set of interconnected libraries, they form a common code base for (almost) all KDE applications.

Frameworks 5

Under the KDE Frameworks efforts, these libraries are being methodically reworked into independent, cross platform modules that will be readily available to all Qt developers. Some functions have already been adopted as Qt standards. The KDE Frameworks—designed as drop-in Qt Addon libraries—will enrich Qt as a development environment. The Frameworks can simplify, accelerate and reduce the cost of Qt development by eliminating the need to reinvent key functions. Qt is growing in popularity. Ubuntu is building on Qt and QML for Ubuntu Phone and planning to move over the desktop in the future. The LXDE desktop and GCompris projects are in the process of porting over to Qt. Subsurface (a divelog project made famous by having Linus Torvalds as core contributor) has had its first Qt based release.

With Frameworks, KDE is getting closer to Qt, benefiting both, as well as more and more users and developers. The Frameworks team plans to go for monthly releases with 'branch-less development'. This means that everything will be developed in master, so each release will contain a few new features and bugfixes. Of course, this type of release cycle comes with a price of its own. Features in released modules can only be introduced in a very fine grained way so as to not jeopardize stability and our continuous integration and testing tools will be taken very seriously. All modified code has to come with corresponding tests and there is a strong focus on peer review. This model is still under discussion with the distribution teams, considering the impact on their release practices. KDE Frameworks 5.0 is planned to be released in the first week of July 2014.

Read more:

Conclusion

Now, we've covered the Frameworks, Applications and Plasma—the full gamut of KDE technologies. By summer of this year we can expect new generation Frameworks and Plasma to be available. The Applications will take a tad longer, but should run on any desktop. All have release cycle changes, no longer releasing as part of the full "KDE Software Compilation". Compared to the previous major change in platform (KDE 4.0), these will be incremental on a technical level. Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5 are very much about taking advantage of the fact that our infrastructure has caught up with our ambitions. We intend to deliver these benefits in the form of a great experience for our users!

Next week, we'll publish part two of the 'where KDE is going' mini-series, with a look at KDE's governance and how our community has been changing.

These articles are based on a talk given at conf.kde.in by Jos Poortvliet with lots of input from KDE contributors. A more extensive version of these articles, quoting members of the KDE community for more background, can be found in the upcoming (August) issue of Linux Voice magazine, 'the magazine that gives back to the Free Software community'

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Netrunner 14 disponible para su descarga

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 06/25/2014 - 16:37

El pasado 22 de junio fue lanzado Netrunner 14, la última versión de una distribución peculiar de GNU/Linux, y que demuestra algo que ya comentamos en el blog: que se trata de una de las distribuciones con más futuro y realmente interesante. ¿Qué es Netrunner? Netrunner se trata de una distribución desarrollada por Blue Systems, [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Cómo crear y probar Plasma Next con Neon 5 Live

Planet KDE Español - Mar, 06/24/2014 - 05:10

Parece ser que esta semana vo y a hincharos a vídeos sobre Plasma Next. Si ayer vimos un pequeño vídeo de Mahmoud Linux en el que nos mostraba algunas de las funcionalidades de la próxima versión del escritorio que nos va a ofrecer la Comunidad KDE, hoy os traigo una mini guía de cómo crear [&hellip

Plasma Media Center 1.3 Available

KDE News - Lun, 06/23/2014 - 14:05

Plasma Media Center 1.2 was released as a Christmas gift. Now, we bring to you Plasma Media Center 1.3! As always, we have made sure to make it easier to enjoy your favorite videos, music and photos - both from your collection as well as online sources. A big focus has been performance improvements when showing you the media on your computer as well as general polish for the UI.


Plasma Media Center in action What is new?
  • Support for fetching media from Baloo
    Plasma Media Center now supports fetching your media collection from the new KDE Semantic Search - Baloo.
    This means your media library loads faster than ever. However, PMC continues to support Nepomuk if you have KDE libraries installed.
  • MPRIS support
    This lets you use any sort of controller that supports MPRIS to control PMC - this ranges from taskbar previews, Now Playing plasmoid and many more!
  • (Experimental) support for a simple filesystem based media scanner
    For when you don't have Nepomuk or Baloo installed
  • More details in All Music mode
    We now show more details about media in the All Music mode, like artist, album and duration.
  • Improved GStreamer compatibility
    A conflict between GStreamer0.10 and GStreamer1.0 in some distros will no longer break playback (Launchpad Bug)
  • We now have tests for the PMC core libs
    This will lead to less bugs in the future!
  • Numerous bug fixes and UI polish

MPRIS support allows deep desktop integration Installing PMC 1.3

Here is the source tarball link.

Follow instructions here to install Plasma Media Center on your machine from source. For binary packages, check with your distro if they have. If you're a packager (or know someone who is), we will be glad to help if you have any questions.

Learning more and contributing

To know more about Plasma Media Center, check out the wiki. If you want to contribute, this will get you started.

Bugs

Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favourite feature included in future release? File a bug!

Coming up

While this release was more focused on switching desktop search and UI polish, we have some exciting features lined up for the next release. These include:

  • Plasma Media Center for Plasma Next - your Plasma desktop will magically transform into a Media Center (current status)
  • DVB support (i.e you can watch TV in PMC if you have DVB at your home) (current status)
  • Voice recognition support - so you say it, we play it! (current status)
  • And some more surprises ;).

Thanks to all the developers, testers and people for useful feedback on improving Plasma Media Center. And of course a thanks to all our users: we hope you enjoy the new release!

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Plasma Media Center 1.3 Available

KDE News - Lun, 06/23/2014 - 14:05

Plasma Media Center 1.2 was released as a Christmas gift. Now, we bring to you Plasma Media Center 1.3! As always, we have made sure to make it easier to enjoy your favorite videos, music and photos - both from your collection as well as online sources. A big focus has been performance improvements when showing you the media on your computer as well as general polish for the UI.


Plasma Media Center in action What is new?
  • Support for fetching media from Baloo
    Plasma Media Center now supports fetching your media collection from the new KDE Semantic Search - Baloo.
    This means your media library loads faster than ever. However, PMC continues to support Nepomuk if you have KDE libraries installed.
  • MPRIS support
    This lets you use any sort of controller that supports MPRIS to control PMC - this ranges from taskbar previews, Now Playing plasmoid and many more!
  • (Experimental) support for a simple filesystem based media scanner
    For when you don't have Nepomuk or Baloo installed
  • More details in All Music mode
    We now show more details about media in the All Music mode, like artist, album and duration.
  • Improved GStreamer compatibility
    A conflict between GStreamer0.10 and GStreamer1.0 in some distros will no longer break playback (Launchpad Bug)
  • We now have tests for the PMC core libs
    This will lead to less bugs in the future!
  • Numerous bug fixes and UI polish

MPRIS support allows deep desktop integration Installing PMC 1.3

Here is the source tarball link.

Follow instructions here to install Plasma Media Center on your machine from source. For binary packages, check with your distro if they have. If you're a packager (or know someone who is), we will be glad to help if you have any questions.

Learning more and contributing

To know more about Plasma Media Center, check out the wiki. If you want to contribute, this will get you started.

Bugs

Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favourite feature included in future release? File a bug!

Coming up

While this release was more focused on switching desktop search and UI polish, we have some exciting features lined up for the next release. These include:

  • Plasma Media Center for Plasma Next - your Plasma desktop will magically transform into a Media Center (current status)
  • DVB support (i.e you can watch TV in PMC if you have DVB at your home) (current status)
  • Voice recognition support - so you say it, we play it! (current status)
  • And some more surprises ;).

Thanks to all the developers, testers and people for useful feedback on improving Plasma Media Center. And of course a thanks to all our users: we hope you enjoy the new release!

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Vídeo de Plasma Next, el futuro de KDE

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 06/23/2014 - 11:36

Llevamos mucho tiempo en el blog hablando de Plasma Next, el futuro de KDE que promete seguir avanzando en el desarrollo del escritorio libre más completo del mercado. Hoy tengo el gusto de mostraros un pequeño vídeo con algunas de sus funcionalidades. Vídeo de Plasma Next, el futuro de KDE El vídeo está realizado por [&hellip

People of KDE is back

KDE News - Lun, 06/23/2014 - 07:32

As Michael Bohlender (known to some e.g. for his GSoC project about Kmail Active last year) needed to do some interviews for his anthropology course at the university he decided to reactive the People behind KDE series or, as they are now named, the People of KDE series.

In the first episode (as computer scientists call it: Episode 0) he had a video chat with Mario Fux, best known for the organization of the Randa Meetings. Watch this 30 minutes episode to get more information about what Mario does in KDE, about the history of the Randa Meetings and why it is well worth to support them.


GCompris

After the test run Michael had another video chat with Bruno Coudoin this week. Bruno is best known for his work on GCompris a great educational application for kids between 2 and 10 years old (and older ones ;-). Some months ago he decided to rewrite his application and chose Qt Quick as the technology to reach out to other platforms like Android and Co. As Bruno and his team need to rewrite more than 140 activities this will need some dedicated hacking time and they will participate in the Randa Meeting this August. You can take a look of the current state of porting GCompris from GTK to Qt in this video.

A big thank you to Michael for his interviews, we are looking forward for more episodes of People of KDE!

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People of KDE is back

KDE News - Lun, 06/23/2014 - 07:32

As Michael Bohlender (known to some e.g. for his GSoC project about Kmail Active last year) needed to do some interviews for his anthropology course at the university he decided to reactive the People behind KDE series or, as they are now named, the People of KDE series.

In the first episode (as computer scientists call it: Episode 0) he had a video chat with Mario Fux, best known for the organization of the Randa Meetings. Watch this 30 minutes episode to get more information about what Mario does in KDE, about the history of the Randa Meetings and why it is well worth to support them.


GCompris

After the test run Michael had another video chat with Bruno Coudoin this week. Bruno is best known for his work on GCompris a great educational application for kids between 2 and 10 years old (and older ones ;-). Some months ago he decided to rewrite his application and chose Qt Quick as the technology to reach out to other platforms like Android and Co. As Bruno and his team need to rewrite more than 140 activities this will need some dedicated hacking time and they will participate in the Randa Meeting this August. You can take a look of the current state of porting GCompris from GTK to Qt in this video.

A big thank you to Michael for his interviews, we are looking forward for more episodes of People of KDE!

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Prueba Plasma Next con Neon 5 Live

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 06/22/2014 - 05:10

Para los impacientes que quieran probar el futuro Plasma Next sin instalarlo en su equipo existe una solución  muy sencilla: utilizar Neon 5 Live. ¿Qué es el Proyecto Neon? Desde hace un tiempo podías poner en tu Kubuntu una versión del futuro KDE, es decir KDE Frameworks 5 y Plasma Workspaces 2. Esto era debido [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Disponible KDE 4.13.2 para Kubuntu

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 06/21/2014 - 10:38

Hace unos días el equipo de desarrollo de la Comunidad KDE lanzó KDE 4.13.2, la segunda actualización de la rama KDE 4.13. Tras el prudencial tiempo de pruebas  y actualizaciones el equipo de Kubuntu se complace en anunciar que ya está disponible KDE 4.13.2 para Kubuntu. ¿Qué hay de nuevo en KDE 4.13? Lo cierto [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Disponible KaOS 2014.06, más bello y funcional

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 06/20/2014 - 05:10

Llegamos a la mitad del año y KaOs nos ofrece una nueva versión de su distribución, una excelente oportunidad para subirse al carro de esta particular distribución GNU/Linux. ¿Qué es KaOS? Describir KaOS es relativamente sencillo. Se trata de una distribución rolling release desarrollada por Anke Boersma,que tiene como finalidad sacar el máximo provecho a [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Sigram el cliente de Telegram Qt para Linux

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 06/19/2014 - 11:27

Hace un tiempo os presenté Telegram, la alternativa libre de Whatsapp que prometía romper el dominio de la aplicación privativa. Después del boom inicial su fama pareció desvanecerse, pero nada más lejos de la realidad. Dado que Telegram es un proyecto libre, poco a poco se van conociendo proyectos alrededor de él. La mayor parte [&hellip

KDE e.V. Quarterly Report for Q4 2013

KDE News - Jue, 06/19/2014 - 06:01

The KDE e.V. Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter of 2013 features a brief note of all the activities and events carried out, supported and funded by KDE e.V in this span of time, as well as a short overview of the major events, conferences and mentoring programs. !ll of this in one document that you should not miss out on to know about almost everything that has been KDE in those four months!

Contents

The featured article covers all the students of GSoC 2013 with personal quotes and a first-hand note of their experiences and time and an overview of each student's project and contributions followed by another article covering the young participants of Google Code-in and the massive feats that school children achieve in such a short span of time. KDE has been involved with such mentoring programs since quite a while now but the enthusiasm, productivity and talent in the youth is something which still doesn't cease to surprise and awe the community members; same goes for all the participants who make KDE an integral part of their lives through such associations.

Another must read is the synopsis of the member activities around the globe - the Qt Developer Days in both Europe and US organized by John Layt and Carl Symons with Dario Freddi; respectively; the KDE EDU Sprint in October - which brought to light, discussion and loads of work - important issues such as KDE Frameworks 5/Qt Migration, math and language learning applications and many more such areas of focus. The KDEPIM Sprint in November has been covered in a fun and witty manner by Kevin Krammer and it is an article surely not to be missed in the report. A brief of the community events in France, primarily Akademy-fr in Toulouse and the occurrences at the event have been covered in another article.

For all those with a stronger affinity for numbers than letters; the finances for KDE e.V. for 2013 have been mentioned at the end.

The entire report can be found here.

Now since everything that was exciting for 2013 has been noted by you, a glimpse of what's in store for 2014 can be obtained here. The Randa Meetings 2014 is scheduled soon, 9th to 15th of August to be precise. We could strongly use your support in its organization.

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KDE e.V. Quarterly Report for Q4 2013

KDE News - Jue, 06/19/2014 - 06:01

The KDE e.V. Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter of 2013 features a brief note of all the activities and events carried out, supported and funded by KDE e.V in this span of time, as well as a short overview of the major events, conferences and mentoring programs. !ll of this in one document that you should not miss out on to know about almost everything that has been KDE in those four months!

Contents

The featured article covers all the students of GSoC 2013 with personal quotes and a first-hand note of their experiences and time and an overview of each student's project and contributions followed by another article covering the young participants of Google Code-in and the massive feats that school children achieve in such a short span of time. KDE has been involved with such mentoring programs since quite a while now but the enthusiasm, productivity and talent in the youth is something which still doesn't cease to surprise and awe the community members; same goes for all the participants who make KDE an integral part of their lives through such associations.

Another must read is the synopsis of the member activities around the globe - the Qt Developer Days in both Europe and US organized by John Layt and Carl Symons with Dario Freddi; respectively; the KDE EDU Sprint in October - which brought to light, discussion and loads of work - important issues such as KDE Frameworks 5/Qt Migration, math and language learning applications and many more such areas of focus. The KDEPIM Sprint in November has been covered in a fun and witty manner by Kevin Krammer and it is an article surely not to be missed in the report. A brief of the community events in France, primarily Akademy-fr in Toulouse and the occurrences at the event have been covered in another article.

For all those with a stronger affinity for numbers than letters; the finances for KDE e.V. for 2013 have been mentioned at the end.

The entire report can be found here.

Now since everything that was exciting for 2013 has been noted by you, a glimpse of what's in store for 2014 can be obtained here. The Randa Meetings 2014 is scheduled soon, 9th to 15th of August to be precise. We could strongly use your support in its organization.

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Agustín Benito Bethencourt: Abriendo puertas

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 06/19/2014 - 02:00
En un artículo anterior escribía acerca del fin de un ciclo personal y profesional para mi. Hoy escribo sobre la nueva aventura en la que me he embarcado.

Hace unos días me trasladé a Cambridge, la original y, a partir de ahora, la auténtica. :-) Me ha traído una nueva aventura profesional. Linaro ha tenido la gentileza de darme una oportunidad imposible de rechazar, como Director of Core Development. En próximos artículos comentaré en qué consiste.

Linaro es una organización sin ánimo de lucro creada por una serie de multinacionales con el objetivo inicial de convertir ARM en un ciudadano de primera clase dentro del Kernel Linux. Cuatro años despues de su fundación, el éxito de la organización en su misión original es claro (actualmente es el tercer contribuidor al kernel). Se trata ahora de alcanzar nuevos retos, además de insistir en los anteriores.

Así que tras una etapa en Nuremberg, capital mundial de la cerveza, y una corta estancia en Praga, una ciudad fantástica, inicio otro capítulo en un nuevo Reino. Agustin Benito Bethencourt (toscalix). Profesional del Software Libre, miembro de KDE España y KDE e.V.

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Mi Konqui Amigurumi adaptado para niños

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 06/18/2014 - 16:09

Entrada corta y concisa. Hace unos días recibí en mi caso un encargo muy especial, mi Konqui Amigurumi, el peluche de KDE creado por la empresa la Fábrica de Miritich.   Mi Konqui Amigurumi El hecho de que los Konquis Amigurimi, lospeluches KDE esten realizados a mano hace posible que se puedan realizar encargos personalizados y [&hellip

Randa Meetings Interview Two: Sanjiban Bairagya

KDE News - Mié, 06/18/2014 - 10:50

Sanjiban Bairagya

First and foremost we would like to thank everybody that already supported the Randa Meetings fundraising. We have reached almost 1/3 of the our goal. Please help more and spread the word. If we reach our goal we can have an even more stable Kdenlive, more applications ported to KDE Frameworks 5, further progress on Phonon, a look at Amarok 3, even better KDE educational applications, a finished port of GCompris to Qt and KDE technologies, an updated KDE Book, more work on Gluon and a new and amazing KDE SDK!

Here we are in conversation with Sanjiban Bairagya, a current Google Summer of Code 2014 intern who is working on Marble for KDE and is one of the younger, fresher, newer lots at KDE and has quite a bit to offer in terms of enthusiasm and brilliant ideas as well as zeal!

Could you describe yourself in a few lines and tell us where you're from?

I'm a B.Tech student of Information Technology studying in the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. I am a FOSS enthusiast and have been contributing to KDE since April of last year, and have been selected for Google Summer of Code this year. I am currently working on implementing interactive tours in Marble, with Dennis Nienhüser and Torsten Rahn as my mentors.

How did you first chance upon KDE? Could you describe your journey in short?

KDE is seen very importantly in the university I study in. Some of my seniors before me have been working on KDE for a long time, and the juniors were told were told by them (I was a junior once) about the friendly and helpful nature of the community. So I also thought of giving it a shot and I started my "research" on KDE. I found it to be a really cool desktop environment to work in. After a few months of playing around, I came across this list of junior jobs in bugs.kde.org, so i started scrolling through them and wanted somehow to contribute to Marble since that was one software I did use regularly. And so I did. I just started solving bugs, one after the other. Then applied for GSoC this year, and got selected. Ah, just to mention, a few months before GSoC, we (me and a couple of more guys) even held a talk in our college, specifically about KDE. I spoke about Marble. Vedant spoke about Amarok, etc. Anyways, that's it. That's my "journey" (which is still ongoing) in KDE.

Why is KDE so special to you?

KDE is actually the most special thing to me. It gave me something nothing else could: a job related with real world software, with real world actual core developers. Plus, this global acknowledgement is simply amazing. In fact, I think that the single-most significant best thing which has happened to me at university was finding KDE. As I say to myself, "KDE gave me wings". I am just proud to be a member of a community so rich with knowledge, that I find myself kind of privileged to be in it.

When did you first hear about the meeting in Randa and why do you wish to be a part of it?

I was going through a conversation in #marble, where Mario had mentioned the term Randa to Dennis, asking him whether he will be going to it or not, so I asked Dennis whether this Randa thing was related to KDE in some way or not. And he said yes, and gave me the link, so that's how I got to know about it. I want to participate in it, firstly because Dennis is going there and I would love to meet him in person, and secondly, because I will be able to sit down and code away all day with so many more brilliant developers. Plus, I also heard (and I was going through the previous years' pics as well) that the folks have pretty good fun over there. So that is also one of the reasons. Mainly I want to go there for the experiences and the new things I will learn. I also have a few goals/points related to Marble as well, which I want to finish while I am there.

Which specific area of KDE applications do you contribute to? Could you describe it in short?

I contribute to an application under KDE Edu, called Marble. It is a virtual globe, with which you can view the planet Earth (and moon as well) in a humongously different number of ways, with different map themes, routes and directions, tracks, satellite maps, weather maps, temperature maps, precipitation maps and even historical maps. Whatever you need when it comes to maps is there.


Marble is a virtual globe and world atlas — your swiss army knife for maps.

What is your specific role in the particular group of KDE Applications that you are a part of and how long have you been working?

My role is just writing code like every other Marble developer out there. Right now I am working on my GSoC project. And I have been working on Marble since April, 2013.

Have you got anything in particular planned for Randa?

Yes, I will be working on Map theme tours on Marble (taking tours on different themes on Marble), implementing Gpsies services to Marble, and I am also planning on working on the QML or mobile part of Marble as well while in Randa.

What will you be looking forward to the most in the Randa Sprint? Any expectations or hopes of what it will be like?

I am looking forward to having a great time there in Randa, making new friends, meeting new people, and just keep learning more and more.

What does KDE mean to you and what role has it played in shaping you as a contributor/developer?

KDE means everything to me. It is the only thing which I have been this serious about. It sharpened my skills of object oriented programming, from A to Z. All thanks goes to none other than my mentor Dennis Nienhüser who has been patient enough to guide me thoroughly in this journey. All my contributions to KDE that I have been able to make so far, I owe to him. And I am very sure all the others in KDE are also as helpful as him.

Why do you think Meetings such as Randa are very important for KDE and for open source communities around the globe?

Meetings such as these, in my opinion, are very important, because these are the events, in which top developers get to discuss their ideas face to face, and come up with great plans, and then execute them. And all this happens within one week, which is really amazing. These meetings are very important for having a lot of progress, in a short duration of time.

Why do you think supporting them is of importance and how has the support helped you as a KDE developer and an open source contributor?

It is very important, since open source contributions should be increased more and more, so that people with ideas and skills, can get them executed, for free.

Could you briefly describe a rough outline of what you'd imagine your typical day in Randa this time around to be?

My typical day in Randa I would imagine, would start with some good food and then some coding, and then having some fun and hanging around. But, seriously, I don't even have the slightest idea. Which is what I am going to find out there.

Is this your first time to Switzerland? Are you excited about being in another country?

Not even Switzerland, this is actually the first time I am going to any country outside of India. In fact, it is only after knowing about Randa, that I applied for a passport. I am tremendously excited about this trip. I am pretty sure, that it's gonna be a hell of a bumpy ride. So, see you all in Randa then!

Thanks a lot, Sanjiban, for your time for the interview and dedication to Marble and the KDE community.

Please support us in the organization of the Randa Meetings 2014.

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