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

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 06/16/2014 - 05:10

Una de las distribuciones que viene pegando fuerte en el ámbito de los usuarios es Linux Mint. Recientemente fue lanzado Linux Mint 17 Qiana KDE RC, es decir, la versión candidata definitiva de Linux Mint 17 en su versión escritorio KDE. ¿Quieres saber algo más de ella? Lanzado Linux Mint 17 Qiana KDE RC De esta [&hellip

KDE Commit-Digest for 4th May 2014

KDE News - Dom, 06/15/2014 - 12:46

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:

  • KDE-PIM sees huge performance improvement for POP3 users with large maildirs
  • KAddressbook adds a category filter
  • Krita implements support for more types of palettes
  • Also in Calligra, Docx export filter has partial support for comments
  • Digikam sees work on better support of multicore CPUs with important performance improvements
  • Bluedevil has an initial port to KF5.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

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KDE Commit-Digest for 4th May 2014

KDE News - Dom, 06/15/2014 - 12:46

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:

  • KDE-PIM sees huge performance improvement for POP3 users with large maildirs
  • KAddressbook adds a category filter
  • Krita implements support for more types of palettes
  • Also in Calligra, Docx export filter has partial support for comments
  • Digikam sees work on better support of multicore CPUs with important performance improvements
  • Bluedevil has an initial port to KF5.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

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KDE Commit-Digest for 27th April 2014

KDE News - Dom, 06/15/2014 - 12:44

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:

  • Umbrello adds find text in tree view, current diagram and all diagrams feature
  • KDE Telepathy can share images over common image sharing networks
  • Sflphone-kde adds security evaluation framework with GUI
  • Punctuation data is accessible to Jovie
  • Initial import of Application Menu aka (Homerun) Kicker
  • In IMAP-Resource, refactoring of retrieveitemstask introduces multiple improvements
  • Kexi is on the way to Qt5: Forms ported to Qt4's scroll area.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Minimalistic Clock – Plasmoides de KDE (51)

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 06/15/2014 - 02:42

Uno de los detalles que más me gustan del escritorio Plasma son la posibilidad de añadir funcionales extra con los plasmoides, estos son pequeñas herramientas que pueden hacer tu vida más fácil con solo ponerlos en tu escritorio Plasma KDE. Hoy os presento Minimalistic Clock , un reloj minimalista ideal para crear escritorios elegantes. Plasmoides [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE Visual Design Group – primera quincena de junio

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 06/14/2014 - 03:47

Se acerca la fecha. Las cosas se aceleran y aquí tenemos, con un poco de retraso, más noticias sobre el aspecto que tendrá el próximo Plasma Next. Bienvenidos al Informe “Semanal” de KDE Visual Design Group de la primera quincena de junio Los informes sobre el progreso del equipo de diseño de Plasma Next, es [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): 500 entradas de Victorhck in the free world

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 06/13/2014 - 16:55

En ocasiones los hados se confabulan en tu contra, y en otras a tu favor. Cierro una de las semanas laborales y familiares más complicadas de mi vida (nacimientos, complicaciones, evaluaciones, problemas de convivencia escolar, decisiones, aplazamientos, etc) lo cual me lleva a tener apenas tiempo para mantener el blog, lo cual, unido a las [&hellip

Randa Meetings Interview One: Cristian Oneț

KDE News - Vie, 06/13/2014 - 07:07

Cristian Oneț

This is one of our first interviews with the excited attendees of the Randa meetings and today you shall get a glimpse into the mind, workings and makings of Cristian Oneț who has been with KDE since quite some time now and has been a prominent contributor.

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

My name is Cristian Oneț, I'm a software developer. I live in Timișoara, Romania. At my day job I work on developing/maintaining a suite of desktop applications on Windows (using Qt lately). I'm also a member of the KMyMoney development team.

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

My first contact with KDE was back in the 3.x days (I think it was 3.2). I was just starting to get familiar with Linux (first years at the Computer Science Faculty) and I was looking for a desktop that looked and felt good. KDE's workspace was my pick then and it stayed that way ever since.

Why is KDE so special to you?

It's the most visible part of my computer. By using it and contributing to its improvement it allowed me to grow as a developer. It feels good to be able contribute to something you find useful and to do it in a fun way.

Will this be your first time in Randa?

Yes it's my first time.

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

I've heard about previous meetings in Randa from reading Planet KDE. I didn't really think that I'll ever participate but this year I was contacted by Mario Fux with the proposal to help port KMyMoney to KF5. After a short exchange of e-mails I decided that it would be nice to be there.

Which specific area of KDE software do you contribute to? Could you give a brief overview?

I'm a part of the team that develops KMyMoney the KDE personal finances manager application. I also had small contributions (mostly small patches) in other parts of KDE software (kdepim, kdelibs), most of these were fixes for problems that I encountered using KDE software or developing KMyMoney. Last but not least, I also contributed with Romanian translations since I believe that software should be properly internationalized.

As a KMyMoney developer one of the biggest task that I contributed to was porting it to KDE Platform 4. This was a great chance to get familiar with Qt's MVC programming. That period was one of the biggest wave of development on the project lately. After porting the application to KDE Platform 4 the port to Windows followed. That was also fun since I got to know some KDE Windows project members on the way.

How do you manage to balance your job and contribution to KDE?

I try to do both in a way that makes me happy with the work I'm doing. My KDE contribution can keep me happy as a developer which is not always possible at my job. There is also a limit to what I can do when it comes to contribution and if the time's consumed by my job I can't really contribute much. I'm usually productive as an Open Source contributor after my summer holiday. Contributions are also influenced by the feedback of the community and the development team. I find that it is usually easier to fix problems that effect a lot of people.

You work on the windows platform during your job and have an in-depth understanding of it. But you prefer to use Linux as your primary OS. Could you give us a few reasons why someone should make the switch to Open Source?

Yes, I always preferred Linux but that preference is pretty influenced by the way I relate to computers. I think that anyone who desires freedom of information should use Open Source, but of course, this is a disputable statement. The counter argument would be that one is only free if he has the knowledge and time to fix stuff that's broken. It's nice that the knowledge is out there but that does not really help somebody who just needs things to work.

I came a long way learning about computers by using Linux (Gentoo Linux that is) and I'm thankful for that. Still, I find myself once in a while after an update mumbling about some stuff that just broke because somebody thought it should be re-written from scratch. Not trying to send forth a wrong message, I know that there are problems on other platforms as well but on Linux they tend to be more frequent (probably caused by the faster release cycles). That's when the freedom to change stuff gets handy.

As a person who has been with KDE since his student days; what would your advice be to the students who are currently contributing to KDE to keep them motivated to continue development when they start working on a fully fledged job?

I would advise them to do what they enjoy doing. If they enjoy contributing to Open Source now then that probably won't change and they will keep doing it after they have a job. If they really enjoy Open Source they could be looking for a job on an Open Source project if they have the opportunity. Meeting the people they work with in Open Source could be also creating a kind of connection that would keep them contributing even when they have less free time in the future. Last but not least Open Source can be a kind of "escape" where one can really do the things they like when there is no such freedom at a job.


The Randa Meetings organizers use KMyMoney for their finances.

Since you are working on KMyMoney on both Windows and Linux could you describe the particulars of the development process in both and which one you prefer to work on?

I only developed KMyMoney on Linux, on Windows I only work on platform specific issues. But I can compare the two development platforms using the experience I have in C++ development on Windows at my job. My opinion is that except for the debugger; the tools on Linux are much more developer friendly. I use KDevelop, I love it's syntax highlighting, symbol navigation and documentation features but it still crashes once in a while (mainly while switching branches in Git). It's great to edit code but the integration with gdb does not seem so smooth as Microsoft Visual Studio's debugger. Code highlighting and navigation can also be improved on Windows with some add-ons. I have heard a lot about Qt Designer but I really like KDevelop and I can live with the debugger (it works 90 % of the time).

The KDE Platform is still pretty unstable on Windows and this was causing a lot of issues with the deployment once the application was ported. I guess this is caused by the fact that KDE software is mainly developed on Linux. The KDE on Windows team did a great job of trying to patch things to make them work on Windows but it seems it's hard to keep up with the pace KDE software is being developed. That's why, once we had our hands on a good KDE Windows release (that was 4.10.5 but it still needed custom patches), we stuck with it in the standalone installer that we provide. I would like KDE to focus on making the platform more stable than always looking at the next big thing in UI design.

I think that on Windows users only care about applications, if they would like to use the whole desktop they would definitely switch to Linux.

So the answer to your question is: I prefer to develop on Linux but I would also like the framework to be cross platform and so I would like to contribute to improve this situation.

Have you got anything in particular planned for Randa?

As I mentioned earlier hopefully I will be able to finish my task of porting KMyMoney to KF5 as well as meet KDE Windows project members, learn how KF5 will improve packaging on Windows and have fun while doing all that.

What will you be looking forward to the most in the Randa Sprint? Any expectations or hopes of what it will be like? Any particular people or projects you are looking to collaborate on/with in Randa? Any targets set on completing with respect to development?

The most interesting will be meeting the people that attend. I would start with some KDE Windows project members since I've been working with some of them while we ported KMyMoney to Windows. Packaging on Windows is still pretty hard so I would expect this to be improved. I would like to discuss about this and see if I could contribute since I'm at home in C++ development on Windows (it's my job).

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

It's my desktop of choice which I've been using for more than 10 years now. I really enjoy working with KDE/Qt as a developer since I think both have some of the most well designed API in the world of C++ frameworks/libraries. Since we use Qt at my job it was pretty useful to have previously worked with it.

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

I've participated only once at a KDE related developer meeting. It was the KDE Finances Sprint in 2010. I felt that it was really nice that I could meet the people I was working with face to face. Such a meeting can create different kind of connections than an acquaintance using the usual (e-mail, irc) communication channels.

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?

Building on my previous answer I think that it's important to build well knit teams. People who meet in person work better together, at least that is the experience I've had while working on KMyMoney.  Our meeting gave the team a big boost so if KDE is to move forward at a good pace it needs to encourage and support developer meetings. As for me as a developer it was a real pleasure to get to know my colleagues who came from different parts of the world to see the similarities and the differences between us.

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

I guess it will be similar to the days we had at the KDE Finances sprint. After breakfast meetings, lunch then meetings again then some socializing over a beer in the evening.

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

Yes, I've never been to Switzerland before, being able to visit it was one of the reasons I've decided to attend the meeting. At first I've declined since the period was overlapping with my family holiday but after I found out that it would be OK to spend a few days working at the meeting and the rest I could spend with my wife (we will be there together) I've decided to go.

Thanks a lot, Cristian, for your time for the interview and dedication to KMyMoney and the KDE community.

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

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE lanza la segunda beta de Plasma Next

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 06/12/2014 - 14:39

Sigue el avance. el pasado 10 de julio se anunciaron las actualizaciones de la serie KDE 4.13 y 4.11, y  hoy me toca comentar los progresos en Plasma Next. La Comunidad KDE sigue avanzando. KDE lanza la segunda beta de Plasma Next El 10 de junio de 2014 fue anunciado el lanzamiento de la segunda [&hellip

Krita Kicks Off 2.9 Development Effort with a Kickstarter Campaign

KDE News - Mié, 06/11/2014 - 06:07

Krita Fundraiser on Kickstarter

Five years ago, the Krita team decided raise funds to raise Krita to the level of a professional applications . That fundraiser was successful beyond all expectations and enabled us to release Krita 2.4, the first version of Krita ready for professional artists!

Now, it’s time for another fundraiser, much, much more ambitious in scope! Dmitry Kazakov has worked full-time on Krita 2.8, and now we want him to work full-time on Krita 2.9, too. And it’s not just Dmitry: Sven, who has contributed to Krita for over ten years now, has recently finished university and is available as well.

So, we’ve setup a base goal that would cover Dmitry’s work, a stretch goal that would cover Sven’s work and a super-stretch goal that would cover porting Krita to the last remaining OS we don’t cover: OS X.

Since 2009, the Krita project has had three more sponsored projects, and all of them delivered: the Comics with Krita and Muses training DVD’s and Dmitry’s work on Krita 2.8. With Krita 2.4, Krita could be used by professional artists, with Krita 2.8, artists all over the world started taking notice and with 2.9, well -- we’ll make Krita irresistible!

Help us spread the word and make this campaign a big success!

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Anulada – Plasma Active en las II Jornadas Libres

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 06/11/2014 - 03:34

¡Por razones ajenas a nuestra voluntad, queda anulada la Charla! En breve anunciaremos la nueva fecha. Disculpad las molestias  Las II Jornadas Libres del 2013-14 fueron presentadas el 7 de octubre en un acto sencillo en la UNED de Vila-real. Tras 14 charlas y  talleres llega al fin su segunda edición (la tercera está en [&hellip

Plasma 5 Second Beta Needs Testing

KDE News - Mar, 06/10/2014 - 18:33

The next generation desktop from KDE is taking shape and the second beta is out now for testing. The developers have settled on a name - Plasma 5, and there is only one month to go until the first release so please test packages from your distro or download the Neon 5 Live ISO to see what is working and what needs fixed.

The main layout of the desktop remains similar to previous versions, no massive new workflows here, but it has been entirely remade in Qt Quick to give it a smoother, more dynamic feel. The new Breeze artwork from the Visual Design Group is taking shape and various elements made more consistent so the widget explorer, window and activity switcher now share a common feel. As with any major release some features are yet to be ported and some new problems will have slipped in, do let use know how you find it.

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE lanza las actualizaciones de junio

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

El pasado 10 de junio fue lanzado la serie de actualizaciones mensuales que realiza el equipo de desarrollo de KDE para mantener al día tanto los Espacios de trabajo Plasma, las Aplicaciones y la Plataforma. Y es que no paran los chicos y chicas de KDE. No solo nos preparan Plasma Next, es decir, el [&hellip

KDE Ships June Updates to Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces

KDE News - Mar, 06/10/2014 - 05:06

Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the second in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.13 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.10. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

More than 40 recorded bugfixes include improvements to Personal Information Management suite Kontact, Umbrello UML Modeller, the Desktop search functionality, web browser Konqueror and the file manager Dolphin. A more complete list of changes can be found in KDE's issue tracker.

Additional and noteworthy: this release of KDE Applications includes a number of important fixes for Kopete: a decrease in the exit time of Kopete with enabled statistics plugin, a fix for the compilation of jabber libjingle for non x86 architectures and another fix for voice call support in the jabber libjingle library. Without this last fix, voice calls worked only with the old Google Talk windows jingle client. Now after applying the patches it was tested with GMail web plugin, old Google Talk windows client, telepathy-gabble and other Kopete versions.

To find out more about the 4.13 versions of KDE Applications and Development Platform, please refer to the 4.13 release notes.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Cuarto informe de 2014 de KDE e.V. Quarterly Report

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 06/09/2014 - 11:13

Ya está disponible la nueva entrega del informe de KDE e.V. Quarterly Report de 2013, en decir, una pequeña revista trimestral que nos proporciona una visión oficial de algunas de las cosas que la Comunidad KDE ha hecho durante estos últimos meses.   Cuarto informe de 2014 de KDE e.V. Quarterly Report Estos informes son [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Knowthelist, el reproductor para DJs de KDE

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 06/08/2014 - 03:41

Una de las metas de la Comunidad KDE es aportar software de calidad para cada una de las necesidades, desde las más básicas a las más específicas. Knowthelist, el reproductor de música para fiestas, es un gran ejemplo. Knowthelist, el reproductor para DJs de KDE Si en la actualidad quieres montar una fiesta y deseas [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Proyecto GSoC 2014 para Marble

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 06/07/2014 - 10:23

Como ya he comentado en otras entradas, KDE participa de forma muy activa en el programa Google Summner of Code (GSoC) mentorizando diversos proyectos: KDE Telepathy, digiKam, KDE Edu, etc. Hoy quiero comentaros un proyecto del programa enfocado en Marble.   Proyecto GSoC 2014 para Marble Uno de los proyectos del GSoC 2014 para KDE [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Lanzado KDE Service Menu PDF 0.6

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

La personalización de KDE va más allá de los aspectos gráficos (fondos de pantalla, iconos, decoraciones, etc). También podemos configurar el comportamiento del ratón, los atajos de teclado e, incluso, los menú contextuales que aparecen pulsando el botón derecho del ratón. Esto último se realiza mediante los service menu, como el que hoy anuncio una [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Transfiere archivos con KDE Connect

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 06/05/2014 - 05:10

Una de las novedades presentadas en el último congreso de Apple ha sido la transferencia de archivos entre su sistema operativo para móviles  iOS 8 y su sistema operativo para portátiles, Mac OS X Yosemite. Una gran novedad que los usuarios de KDE hace tiempo que disfrutan gracias a KDE Connect. Transfiere archivos con KDE [&hellip

KDE releases 3rd beta of Frameworks 5

KDE News - Jue, 06/05/2014 - 05:08

Today KDE makes available the third beta of Frameworks 5. This beta release is part of a series of pre-releases leading up to the final version planned for July 2014.

This beta features multiple bug fixes, and the finishing touches required to ease the transition for developers to the newest iteration of the KDE Frameworks. This process has included contributions back to Qt5, the modularisation of the kdelibs, and general improvements to the components that developers can use to improve their applications and user experience. This pre-release improves co-installability with kdelibs4 and with future versions of KDE Frameworks (i.e. 6). This is also the first release with translations for Frameworks using the KDE's i18n translation system.

For more information about Frameworks 5, see this earlier article on the KDE News site.

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