KDE 4.5 Available For Windows Users

The KDE Windows Team has released Windows packages for KDE 4.5.4. The aim of the Windows packages for KDE is to lower the barrier of contribution to development and community participation by making Windows users familiar with one of the most popular desktop environment used in Linux.

The current release of KDE for Windows brings all the goodness of KDE SC 4.5, the bug fixes from the point releases upto KDE SC 4.5.4 and the latest version of Phonon-VLC backend.

KDE for Windows comes with most of the software you would expect in a normal KDE environment. It will allow the users to use the KDE workspace, kdeedu, kdegames, kdegraphics, kdemultimedia, kdenetwork, kdesdk, kdetoys and kdeutils. In addition to these, applications from extragrear such as Amarok, digiKam, Konversation etc. are also installed.

KDE on Windows can be installed using KDEWin Installer. It is a network based installer, so you will need an internet connection during the installation.

Before you install keep in mind that this is not a stable release and should only be used in non-production machines. Moreover, there are also some problems running it in with 64-bit Windows.

Upgrade To KDE SC 4.5 In OpenSUSE

KDE Software Compilation 4.5 was released a few days ago (actually 6 days to be exact). It is available for upgrade in OpenSUSE (11.1, 11.2 and 11.3).

But before we get to how to upgrade, a few of the improvements/new features in KDE SC 4.5:

  • Blur Effect – KDE SC now has a new blur effect which looks awesome.
  • WebKit – Now you can use WebKit in Konqueror, the default KDE browser. WebKit makes the browser much faster.
  • Simplified System Settings – The tabs on the System Settings have been removed. The interface looks more simplified now.
  • Monochrome Icons – The system tray now has monochrome icons. (Not all applications currently supports monochrome icons yet). It makes the system tray more visually appealing and gives more clarity.
  • Windows Tiling – KWin now supports windows tiling.
  • Faster and More Responsive – I have been using KDE SC 4.5 ever since the first beta and it is certainly faster and more responsive than the previous releases.

You can see the official announcement for more informations.

Warning – This is an unsupported upgrade. So problems could occur.

Now, to upgrade to KDE SC 4.5 in OpenSUSE, you need to be using atleast OpenSUSE 11.1, 11.2 or 11.3. Now, open the Konsole (ALT+F2 and type konsole) and execute the following commands:

(Change 11.3 to 11.2 or 11.1 wherever applicable.)

sudo zypper ar-f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Distro:/Factory/openSUSE_11.3 KDF
sudo zypper dup-from KDF

If you use the KDE extra repository, execute the following commands:

zypper rr http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_11.3/
zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Extra/openSUSE_11.3_KDE_Distro_Factory/ KDF-extra
zypper dup --from KDF-extra

KDE Software Compilation 4.5 RC 2 Available For Kubuntu 10.04

The second release candidate of KDE Software Compilation 4.5 is now available in the Kubuntu Beta Backports for Kubuntu 10.04.

KDE SC 4.5 RC2 was released three days ago. It features only bug fixes from the RC1. This will be the last release candidate before the final release is made later.

Some new features in KDE SC 4.5 includes:

  • New blur effect in KWin.
  • New Tiling feature in KWin.
  • New notification system.
New Notification With Blur Effect

Unfortunately a complete changelog for KDE SC 4.5 RC2 has not been released. (Maybe they are all busy with Akademy.)

If you are already using the RC1, you will get RC2 through a normal update.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Otherwise, if you are using KDE SC 4.4.x, you have to add the Kubuntu Beta Backports PPA and do a dist-upgrade.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Learn About Kubuntu Development Today In Kubuntu Tutorials Day

If you have ever wanted to do more than just use Kubuntu or KDE in general, there is good news for you. Today the Kubuntu Team is  organizing the  Kubuntu Tutorials Day (Maverick). It will be held on the freenode IRC chat network in the #kubuntu-devel channel at 18:00UTC (or 23:30 IST).

The session will start off with Jonathan Riddell explaining the visions, aims and general status about Kubuntu 10.04 Maverick Meerkat. After that, Alan Alpert from Nokia, will teach how to work with Qt Quick and QML. To keep up with him, it is recommended that you install the latest Qt Quick from ftp://ftp.qt.nokia.com/qtcreator/snapshots/latest. Rohan Garg will explain how to package and maintain .deb files. There will also be talk from Johan Thelin about how to start coding in Qt and from Ralph Janke on how to track down bugs. In the end, there will be an open question session, where the Kubuntu Team will answers your questions.

So, if you love coding and want to help out, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

You can see the  itinerary  here.

To participate, you will need an IRC client. I  recommend  either XChat or Konversation. You can install them with the command:

sudo apt-get install xchat
sudo apt-get install konversation

Upgrade To KDE SC 4.4.5 In Kubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

KDE SC 4.5 is on its way with the first release candidate having been released a few days back. However, for those who like to stick with stable releases, KDE SC 4.4.5 has just been released. As KDE SC 4.5 will be released very soon, this will be the last update for KDE SC 4.4. Since this is an update, KDE SC 4.4.5 does not have any new features. There are only bug fixes and improvements. You can view the complete changelog here.

For Kubuntu 10.04 users, KDE SC 4.4.5 is already available in the PPA. To upgrade Kubuntu Lucid Lynx to KDE SC 4.4.5, you need to add ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa and then upgrade. Here is how to do it:

  • First of all, ensure that the Kubuntu Backport and Kubuntu Beta Backport  are not enabled/present in the Software Sources list. If they are present disable them.
  • Open the Konsole.
  • Add the PPA with the command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa
  • Update the software list with
sudo apt-get update
  • Finally, upgrade to KDE SC 4.4.5 with the command
sudo apt-get upgrade

KDE SC 4.5 RC Available For Kubuntu 10.04

KDE SC 4.5 RC 1 was announced a few days back. Now, the Kubuntu developers have announced that it is available for Kubuntu 10.04 LTS through the Kubuntu Beta PPA. Packages for Maverick are not yet available though.

KDE SC 4.5 RC has a number of improvements including:

  • a new notification system
  • windows tiling through KWin
  • improved interface for KDE Plasma Netbook
  • choice of WebKit over KHTML in Konqueror

To upgrade to KDE SC 4.5 RC, this open the terminal and execute the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Remember that this is not a final release. So do not upgrade on a production machine.

Fluffy Linux – For Those Who Like Pink, Bunnies And Unicorn

Pink, Bunnies and Unicorns are what you will most probably find in a little girl’s room and certainly not in a Linux distro. But now there is Fluffy Linux with all the pink-ness (if there is such a word), bunnies, unicorn and, of course, fluffiness you can find. Here is a screenshot to make everything clear:

Like Hannah Montana Linux before it, Fluffy Linux is not exactly a completely new linux distribution. It is actually Kubuntu with a customized theme and apps which are modified to make them look “fluffier” and more pink.

Fluffy Linux came into being at this year’s KDE MM + Edu Sprint. It actually started out as a theme for Parley. This is what Herald Sitter, one of the two people behind Fluffy, has to say about Fluffy:

Fluffy will introduce Linux and the idea of Free/Libre Open Source Software to everyone who enjoys a pink,fluffy and good looking desktop.  Fluffy is not about writing letters or doing one’s taxes,  Fluffy is about enjoying Linux and KDE software in the best way possible. It replaces a boring computer with a world of wonders and imagination, where everything seems to be alive and an amazing graphical experience is waiting around every corner.
A world of unicorns and bunnies and fluffyness.

Fluffy Linux is certainly not for me. What do you think?

You can ge more pictures at Herald’s blog.

Amarok 2.3.1 “The Bell” Released

Amarok is one of the best music players available for Linux (and a personal favorite of mine, if I may add). Although is is a KDE application, it has a loyal following even from GNOME users.

Well there is a good news. Amarok 2.3.1, codenamed “The Bell” has been released a few hours ago. Here is a brief list of what it has to offer:

  • Automated Playlist Generator which helps you create playlists based on criteria like song length or file size.
  • Two new applets have been added for the Context View. The Upcoming Events applet shows concerts and events that the currently playing artist is participating in and the Similar Artists applet uses the Last.fm database to show similar artist and makes the ones in your collection directly playable.
  • Cover fetching has seen a lot of improvements and we added support for the new system tray protocol.
  • Improved responsiveness when expanding/collapsing items in the collection browser.
  • Lots of bug fixes!!

You can get the official release announcement and the changelog at kde.org.

Install KOffice 2.2 In (K)Ubuntu 10.04

A few days back, we wrote about the release of KOffice 2.2 and promised that we will tell you as soon as it is available for installation in (K)Ubuntu. Well, the Kubuntu Community has just announced that KOffice 2.2 is available for (K)Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

KOffice 2.2 is currently available in the lucid-backport. To enable the lucid-backport, you have to check the “Unsupported Updates”. Here is how to do it in Ubuntu and Kubuntu:

For Ubuntu 10.04

  • Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources.
  • In Software Sources, go to the tab Update.
  • Enable Unsupported updates.

For Kubuntu 10.04

  • Press ALT + F2, to bring up the KRunner.
  • Type “software sources“. You will probably get Software Sources even before you have finished typing it. Click on that.
  • Go to the tan Updates and enable Unsupported updates.

After enabling the lucid-backport, open the Terminal, or Konsole in Kubuntu. Then execute the commands given below:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install koffice

Before, we finish here are a few screenshots:

KOffice 2.2 Released – Kexi Makes A Comeback

The KOffice team has just announced the release of KOffice 2.2. This is the first KOffice release since version 2.1 was released almost six months ago. Although Open Office still rules, KOffice is also starting to get noticed and improve now that Nokia has choosen it to be their mobile office viewer.

Anyway here are the major changes that KOffice 2.2 brings:

  • Kexi is back: Kexi, the data management application, is back in KOffice with a completely new user interface. Kexi was last released in KOffice 1.6 so the new version has seen over 3 years of developement.
  • New Import Filters For MS OOXML Format: KOffice has received new (although basic) import filters for the Microsoft XML based office formats that are used in MS Office 2007 and later.
  • Stability:  KOffice 2.2 has received many enhancements to the layout engine, the libraries and the filters. KOffice 2.2 has much more features and stability as compared to KOffice 2.1.

You can view the complete changelog here.