KDE Platform 4.10 Opens Up More APIs to Qt Quick
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
This release of the KDE Development Platform sees more work on a comprehensive SDK for Plasma. Previously separate and distinct components, such as plasmoidviewer, plasamengineexplorer and plasmawallpaperviewer, are now part of PlasMate, the toolset for developing Plasma widgets.
Qt Quick Support
The use of Qt Quick within Plasma continues to expand. Many components have been updated to use Qt Quick exclusively for the user interface; this also makes it easy to extend and customize Plasma Workspaces. Plasma now also allows Containments (which are responsible for presenting widgets on the desktop and in panels) to be written using only Qt Quick’s easy-to-learn language. This gives developers the ability to produce custom Containments for experimentation or special use cases. With this capability, Plasma is a valuable, universal user interface toolkit.
Scripting Desktop Effects
Scripting interfaces for window effects, behavior and management make KWin Window Management a useful tool for developers wanting to address a particular use case. In addition, this modular approach minimizes the size of the core of KWin. It also improves maintainability by moving specialized code into external scripts Compared to the C++ code they replace, scripts make it easier to write, maintain and ensure quality of code.
Installing the KDE Development Platform
KDE software, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE software runs on various hardware configurations and CPU architectures such as ARM and x86, operating systems and works with any kind of window manager or desktop environment. Besides Linux and other UNIX based operating systems you can find Microsoft Windows versions of most KDE applications on the KDE software on Windows site and Apple Mac OS X versions on the KDE software on Mac site. Experimental builds of KDE applications for various mobile platforms like MeeGo, MS Windows Mobile and Symbian can be found on the web but are currently unsupported. Plasma Active is a user experience for a wider spectrum of devices, such as tablet computers and other mobile hardware.
Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of 4.10.0 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so.
For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE’s Release Team has been informed, please visit the Community Wiki.
In order to get the most out of these releases, we recommend to use a recent version of Qt, such as 4.8.4. This is necessary in order to assure a stable and performant experience, as some improvements made to KDE software have actually been done in the underlying Qt framework.
In order to make full use of the capabilities of KDE’s software, we also recommend to use the latest graphics drivers for your system, as this can improve the user experience substantially, both in optional functionality, and in overall performance and stability.
Also Announced Today:
Several components of Plasma Workspaces have been ported to Qt Quick/QML framework. Stability and usability have been improved. A new print manager and Color Management support have been introduced.
KDE Applications gained feature enhancements to Kate, KMail and Konsole. KDE-Edu applications saw a complete overhaul of KTouch and many other changes. KDE Games introduced the new Picmi game and improvements throughout.
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