August 7th, 2014. KDE today announces the second release of KDE Frameworks 5. In line with the planned release policy for KDE Frameworks this release comes one month after the initial version and has both bugfixes and new features.
KDE Frameworks are 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the KDE Frameworks release announcement.
New in this version
This release, versioned 5.1, comes with a number of bugfixes and new features including:
- KTextEditor: Major refactorings and improvements of the vi-mode
- KAuth: Now based on PolkitQt5-1
- New migration agent for KWallet
- Windows compilation fixes
- Translation fixes
- New install dir for KXmlGui files and for AppStream metainfo
- Plasma Taking advantage of OpenGL
Installing binary packages
On Linux, using packages for your favorite distribution is the recommended way to get access to KDE Frameworks. Get KDE Software on Your Linux Distro wiki page
Compiling from sources
Building from source is possible using the basic cmake .; make; make install commands. For a single Tier 1 framework, this is often the easiest solution. People interested in contributing to frameworks or tracking progress in development of the entire set are encouraged to use kdesrc-build. Frameworks 5.1 requires Qt 5.2.
Those interested in following and contributing to the development of Frameworks can check out the git repositories and follow the discussions on the KDE Frameworks Development mailing list. Policies and the current state of the project and plans are available at the Frameworks wiki. Real-time discussions take place on the #kde-devel IRC channel on Libera Chat.
KDE is a Free Software community that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether it is help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information or become a KDE e.V. supporting member through our Join the Game initiative.