KDE Ships KDE Applications 17.08.0
August 17, 2017. KDE Applications 17.08 is here. We have worked to make both the applications and the underlying libraries more stable and easier to use. By ironing out wrinkles and listening to your feedback, we have made the KDE Applications suite less prone to glitches and much friendlier. Enjoy your new apps!
More Porting to KDE Frameworks 5
We’re pleased that the following applications which were based on kdelibs4 are now based on KDE Frameworks 5: kmag, kmousetool, kgoldrunner, kigo, konquest, kreversi, ksnakeduel, kspaceduel, ksudoku, kubrick, lskat, and umbrello. Thanks to the hard-working developers who volunteered their time and work to make that happen.
What’s new in KDE Applications 17.08
Dolphin developers report that Dolphin now shows ‘Deletion Time’ in the Trash, and shows ‘Creation Time’ if the OS supports it such as on BSDs.
Kio-Extras now provides better support for Samba shares.
The KAlgebra developers have worked on improving their Kirigami front-end on the desktop, and implemented code completion.
- In KMailtransport, developers have reactivated akonadi transport support, created plugins support, and recreated sendmail mail transport support.
- In SieveEditor, a lot of bugs in autocreate scripts have been fixed and closed. Along with general bug-fixing, a regexp editor line-editor has been added.
- In KMail the ability to use an external editor has been recreated as a plugin.
- The Akonadi-import-wizard now has the ‘convert all converter’ as a plugin, so that developers can create new converters easily.
- Applications now depend on Qt 5.7. Developers have fixed a lot of compile errors on Windows. All of kdepim does not compile on Windows yet but the developers have made big progress. To begin, the developers created a craft-recipe for it. Much bug fixing has been done to modernize code (C++11). Wayland support on Qt 5.9. Kdepim-runtime adds a facebook resource.
In Kdenlive, the team fixed the broken ‘Freeze effect’. In recent versions, it was impossible to change the frozen frame for the freeze effect. Now a keyboard shortcut for Extract Frame feature is allowed. Now the user can save screenshots of their timeline with a keyboard shortcut, and a name is now suggested based on frame number https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=381325. Fix downloaded transition lumas do not appear in interface: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=382451. Fix audio clicks issue (for now, requires building the dependency MLT from git until a MLT release): https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=371849.
Developers have finished porting the X11 plugin to Qt5, and krfb is working again using a X11 backend that is much faster than the Qt plugin. There’s a new Settings page, allowing the user to change preferred framebuffer plugin.
Konsole now allows unlimited scrollback to extend past 2GB (32bit) limit. Now Konsole allows users to enter any location to store scrollback files. Also, a regression was fixed, Konsole can once again allow KonsolePart to call the Manage Profile dialog.
In KAppTemplate there is now an option to install new templates from the filesystem. More templates have been removed from KAppTemplate and instead integrated into related products; ktexteditor plugin template and kpartsapp template (ported to Qt5/KF5 now) have become part of KDE Frameworks KTextEditor and KParts since 5.37.0. These changes should simplify creation of templates in KDE applications.
More than 80 bugs have been resolved in applications including the Kontact Suite, Ark, Dolphin, K3b, Kdenlive, KGpg, Konsole and more!
Full ChangelogYou can find the full list of changes here.
Spread the Word
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Installing KDE Applications Binary Packages
Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE Applications for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.
For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the Community Wiki.
Compiling KDE Applications
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