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October 16, 2006

SUSE 10.1: KDE 3.5.5 Updates Available

Filed under: KDE, Software — rakeshvk @ 4:35 pm

If you havent’s noticed, KDE 3.5.5 updates are available now for SUSE 10.1 via Yast repositories as well as through SMART/APT. Did an update and all went well. The information on how to update your SUSE 10.1 to latest available KDE can be found here. It is mostly a bug fixes version.Just to remind, the links for direct downloads are:…USE_Linux_10.1/ – KDE Package…USE_Linux_10.1/ – KDE Applications…USE_Linux_10.1/ – QT

Grab the source from the info page | KDE 3.5.5 Changelog


Getting bored with 3D desktops? I’m definitely not!

Filed under: GNOME, KDE, Linux, Reviews, Software, Technolgoy — rakeshvk @ 4:15 pm

It would be nice to get detailed comments on the hardware you test and report: distribution, proprietary/free driver, chip revision, amount of video RAM, X version, etc. Mitch Meyran posted in «Free Software Magazine» an article which includes at some point a reference table on the status of 3D desktops with different video adapters.


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October 11, 2006

Portland 1.0 Released

Filed under: GNOME, KDE, Software, Technolgoy — rakeshvk @ 6:14 pm

Nearly a year in the making, the OSDL and today announced general availability of Portland 1.0, the first set of common interfaces for GNOME and KDE desktops. This support may be a small step for GNOME and KDE, but it’s a giant leap for the Linux desktop.

These first common interfaces are a set of command line tools, xdg-utils. These first command line tools can be used by ISVs (independent software vendors) to help install software and provide access to the system while the application is running.


KDE 3.5.5 Release Announcement

Filed under: KDE — rakeshvk @ 6:04 pm

ctober 11, 2006 (The INTERNET). The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.5, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. KDE now supports 65 languages, making it available to more people than most non-free software and can be easily extended to support others by communities who wish to contribute to the open source project.

Significant enhancements include:

  • Version 0.12.3 of Kopete replaces 0.11.3 in KDE 3.5.5, it includes support for Adium themes, performance improvements and better support for the Yahoo! and Jabber protocols.
  • Support for sudo in kdesu.
  • Support for input shape from XShape1.1 in KWin (KDE window manager).
  • Lots of speed improvements and fixes in Konqueror‘s HTML engine, KHTML.
  • CUPS 1.2 support in KDEPrint.
  • Big improvements in the number of translated interface elements in Chinese Traditional, Farsi, Khmer, Low Saxon and Slovak translations.

Read the tull announcement

October 7, 2006

Trolltech Releases Qt 4.2

Filed under: KDE — rakeshvk @ 2:31 pm

Trolltech Brings Style Sheets to Desktop Applications with Qt 4.2

Introducing a Powerful Graphics View and Innovative Widget Style Sheets

Oslo, Norway, 04 October – 2006 –

Trolltech®, the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use, today released Qt 4.2, the new version of the company’s popular framework for high performance cross-platform application development. This version significantly expands the scope of the framework, providing the C++ community with more functionality and innovation than ever before.

This version includes a number of improvements and performance optimizations, such as:

  • Enhanced widget styleability, more UI control – The Qt 4.2 widget style system enables an unrivaled control over application look and feel. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a powerful technology that until now has allowed for effortless customizability of applications for the web. Qt 4.2’s widget style sheets take an innovative approach to CSS, bringing the same level of low-effort styleability and customizability to the desktop. Using a syntax similar to CSS, developers, designers and end users can control the style of individual widgets, allowing rapid development and customization of visually compelling user interfaces.
  • New, advanced 2D canvas – The new Graphics View enables construction of high performance interactive applications handling millions of 2D graphics objects. Features such as collision detection, multiple views, zooming and panning, coordinate and individual item transforms, the ability to group items and printing facilities are already built in.Graphics View supersedes the very popular Canvas module from Qt 3 and adds significant new functionality and enhancements in the areas of item interaction, optimized level-of-detail rendering, affine item transformations, control over animations and drag-and-drop.
  • Qt/Mac look and feel improvements – The Macintosh version of Qt 4.2 incorporates a number of look and feel improvements. Dialogs now transparently support the Mac’s native button layouts with the QDialogButtonBox class, and Qt now provides access to the Mac OS X’s Find clipboard. It is now possible to host Carbon controls in Qt windows and vice versa.
  • Tighter integration with the GNOME desktop environment – Qt 4.2 allows developers to create Qt plug-ins for use with non-Qt applications. The tighter integration with the GNOME desktop environment is the result of The Portland Project, a working group dedicated to better interoperability between KDE and GNOME in order to establish a greater presence for Linux in the desktop market.

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September 29, 2006

KDE vs. Gnome

Filed under: GNOME, KDE, Reviews — rakeshvk @ 6:10 pm

One of the most common questions people new to Linux ask is “Should I use KDE or Gnome?” Unfortunately, the answers are usually useless–anything from “Just try each one to see what works for you” to “Gnome is much better.” That said, selecting a desktop environment should probably be one of the last things you worry about as a Linux “newbie.” Hardware detection, email set-up, etc. are far more important to day-to-day functioning than your desktop environment. It’s sort of like just learning how to ski and worrying about the color of your skis–learn how to ski first! Also, most versions (or distributions) of Linux have a default desktop environment (for example, Blag and Ubuntu default to Gnome, and Mepis and PCLinuxOS default to KDE), so if you’re really conflicted about what to use, just use the default one that comes with your distribution. If you’re later dissatisfied with it, you can always install and use another desktop environment on the same distribution.

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August 23, 2006

Kickoff Start Menu Research – Sneak Preview

Filed under: KDE — rakeshvk @ 6:53 am

As previously blogged, openSUSE 10.2 will have a redesigned KDE start menu created by the KDE and usability team at SUSE, after doing usability testing with other start menus. We now have a working prototype, code-named ‘Kickoff’ (started during world soccer championship, obviously), which is currently being tested with real users in the SUSE usability lab.

Don’t forget to visit the Start Menu Research talk at aKademy 2006 in Dublin, Ireland.

August 3, 2006

Coding GUIs in Linux

Filed under: KDE, Linux, Software, Tutorials — rakeshvk @ 9:14 am

GUI programming for Linux has traditionally been a difficult task. Trolltech has changed all that by introducing Qt, a platform-independent Object-oriented library, that allows programmers to create GUIs easily. The Qt library allows components of the GUI to interact with each other elegantly by using slots and signals. Qt is in its third avatar, meaning v3.0, and is now a mature library. It has even branched off as Qtopia, for development of GUI in embedded systems. The Qt development kit is available commercially for nearly every platform, including the Mac. For Linux it’s under L’GPL.

We’ll talk about how to use Qt by building a basic graphical frontend for mpg123, a popular command line MP3 player for Linux, using C++. Extensions are also available for using the Qt library in Perl or Python programs. To get started, install Qt development libraries from your Linux installation CD. It’s not installed by default. >>>>

August 2, 2006

KDE 3.5.4 released

Filed under: KDE, Linux, Software — rakeshvk @ 4:39 pm

KDE 3.5.4 features translations in 65 languages, enhanced removable device support and improvements in the HTML rendering engine (KHTML).


The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.4, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. KDE now supports 65 languages, making it available to more people than most non-free software and can be easily extended to support others by communities who wish to contribute to the open source project.

Significant enhancements include:

  • Improved removable device support in Linux (users can now mount all devices supported by FreeDesktop’s HAL and control how it will be done)
  • Speed optimisations in Konsole and Kate
  • Multiple holidays can now start on the same date in KOrganizer
  • Lots of fixes in Konqueror’s HTML engine, KHTML
  • The dialog for sending client-side SSL certificates is now more usable
  • KNetworkConf now supports Fedora Core 5 and handles WEP keys better

Over 10 new features were added and more than 100 bugs were fixed. For a more detailed list of improvements since the KDE 3.5.3 release in May 2006, please refer to the KDE 3.5.4 Changelog.

KDE 3.5.4 ships with a basic desktop and fifteen other packages (PIM, administration, network, edutainment, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, web development and more). KDE’s award-winning tools and applications are available in 65 languages. >>>>

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