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KDE 4.6 Is Released !

KDE Plasma Desktop, Gwenview and KRunner in 4.6

KDE is delighted to announce its latest set of releases, providing major updates to the KDE Plasma workspaces, KDE Applications and KDE Platform. These releases, versioned 4.6, provide many new features in each of KDE’s three product lines. Some highlights include:

Plasma Workspaces Put You in Control

The KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.6.0The KDE Plasma Workspaces gain from a new Activities system, making it easier to associate applications with particular activities such as work or home tasks. Revised power management exposes new features but has a simpler configuration interface. KWin, the Plasma workspace window manager, receives a new scripting and the workspaces receive visual enhancements. Plasma Netbook, optimized for mobile computing devices receives speed enhancements and becomes easier to use via a touchscreen interface. For more details read the KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.6 announcement.

KDE’s Dolphin Adds Faceted Browsing

The KDE Applications 4.6.0Many of the KDE Application teams have also released new versions. Particular highlights include improved routing capabilities in KDE’s virtual globe, Marble, and advanced filtering and searching using file metadata in the KDE file manager, Dolphin: Faceted Browsing. The KDE Games collection receives many enhancements and the image viewer Gwenview and screenshot program KSnapshot gain the ability to instantly share images to a number of popular social networking sites. For more details read the KDE Applications 4.6 announcement.

Mobile Target Makes KDE Platform Lose Weight

The KDE Development Platform 4.6.0The KDE Platform, on which the Plasma Workspaces and KDE Applications are built also gains new capabilities available to all KDE applications. The introduction of a “mobile build target” allows for easier deployment of applications on mobile devices. The Plasma framework gains support for writing desktop widgets in QML, the declarative Qt language, and provides new Javascript interfaces for interacting with data. Nepomuk, the technology behind metadata and semantic search in KDE applications, now provides a graphical interface to back up and restore data. UPower, UDev and UDisks can be used instead of the deprecated HAL. Bluetooth support is improved. The Oxygen widget and style set is improved and a new Oxygen theme for GTK applications allows them to seamlessly merge into the Plasma workspaces and look just like KDE applications. For more details read the KDE Platform 4.6 announcement.


Pardus 2011 is Ready ….. !

Pardus developer community proudly present Pardus 2011.

This release is the 5th major installation release that has shipped since the project had begun in 2003 by TÜBİTAK BİLGEM (Center of Research For Advanced Technologies Of Informatics And Information Security) and offers many new features among a more stable experience.

Project Manager Erkan TEKMAN, made an announcement underlining that it is worth waiting for with all the new features and told:

“Pardus as the pioneer of Turkish open source community has been developed and grown since its early releases. During passing years, Pardus has been the preference of thousands of users and a lot of institutions. Our goal is to carry out Pardus to a better point with its new release 2011. The release candidate Hasankeyf has got very positive feedbacks for its new features and new applications like LibreOffice. We wish to pass the year 2011 full of success and excitement for Pardus 2011 and with our new enterprise edition Pardus Corporate 2 which will be released very soon. We invite you to share our success and excitement. I’d like to thank to Erkan Oğur and Kalan Records as their kind permission to distribute ‘Mor Dağlar’ as our sample music file.”

For download and more info visit : http://www.pardus.org.tr/

Enjoy 😉

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.10 is released !

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.10 is released, this is a bug fixed version of Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.x., 2 new features were added to this version of ubuntu tweak : The source validation feature and the option to make the Launcher hide automatically, this will give you a wider screen space.

The release notes of Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.10:

  • Disable the broken sources and notify the user to make it easy to fix
  • Add the Launcher Autohide setting to Compiz (Natty only)
  • Fix bug: LP: #695294 No module named simplejson
  • Fix bug: LP: #665841 ubuntu tweak crash in Login


Install Ubuntu Tweak in Ubuntu and LinuxMint via repository:

Open terminal and enter the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

If you have already ubuntu tweak installed, you can upgrade using the following commands :

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Download the .deb package for Ubuntu and LinuxMint

Umm Ubuntu 10.10 !!

Ubuntu Network Edition 10.10 with Unity interface

UNE features a new Unity interface, which includes a global menu bar as part of the default interface on the left side of the screen (see image above). The Unity interface includes new app-launching and file-browsing files functions, as well as semantic search. The UI has also been enhanced with multitouch support, which is also available on the desktop version.

As noted in our previous coverage, the 10.10 version of the Ubuntu Desktop Edition is notable for its improved look and feel, with a major emphasis on the “look” part of the equation. The entire Ubuntu interface has been enhanced with new themes, icons, and wallpaper options.

A new default theme has received an update after the version released with the beta received “negative reactions,” according to a Linux Journal write-up by Susan Linton. “It’s a precursor to dynamically morphing wallpaper planned for a release or two down the road,” she adds.


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