April 4, 2018

The KDE Community News Brief For April 4th 2018




Here's all the recent KDE news that's worth knowing, but could not quite warrant being placed into an article of it's own.










"Smb4K is an advanced network neighborhood browser and Samba share mounting utility. Its purpose is to provide a program that's easy to use and has as many features as possible."

What's new:
The Smb4K team is proud to announce the immediate availability of Smb4K 2.1.0, the new stable release of the advanced network neighborhood browser and Samba share mounting utility. This release brings back the plasmoid that was ported to Plasma 5 and fixes several bugs. 
Read more at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/smb4k/

Kraft 8.0 Released

"Kraft is a free software project that helps to create and handle office documents in small enterprises. In a workshop or any similar company daily tasks can be done in a smart manner."

We recently did a full review of Kraft during the beta phase leading up to this release. You can read more about it here.

Read more at: http://volle-kraft-voraus.de/Main/Releases

KDE Connect – Tips, Tricks and Misconceptions

"KDE Connect is a project to communicate across all your devices. For example, with KDE Connect you can receive your phone notifications on your desktop computer, control music playing on your desktop from your phone, or use your phone as a remote control for your desktop."

Again, we have covered KDE connect with providing some tips and tricks or our own on helping you get the most out of it. This article carries on that train of thought to cover many nuances about the application and its Android counterpart that you may not have known about.

Read more at: https://nicolasfella.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/kde-connect-tips-tricks-and-misconceptions/

Kube (Email Client) Update

"Kube is a modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick on top of a high performance, low resource usage core. It provides online and offline access to all your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, todo's and more. With a strong focus on usability, the team works with designers and UX experts from the ground up, to build a product that is not only visually appealing but also a joy to use."

Being built in collaboration between Kolab and the KDE Community, Kube looks to be a modern replacement (or substitute) for KDE's KMail. There have been some recent updates on the development of the application as it slowly-but-steadily moves along towards a future beta release.

Read more at: https://cmollekopf.wordpress.com/2018/04/03/last-week-in-kube-9/

On Neon Moving To Ubuntu 18.04 LTS As A Base

Over on the KDE Neon mailing list, a user posed the question as to when to expect Neon to move from Ubuntu 16.04 over to the soon-to-be-released 18.04 LTS Base. Jonathan Riddell made the following response:

"Packages are being compiled and images are being built.  We'll test upgrade options and turn those on when they're reliable.  We've not done this before so there's no concrete plans." Link.

So it looks like the team is going to try to do things the proper way. Meaning, they will release it when they are good and ready and when it is baked properly for release. As he indicated, since they have not done this before, this approach certainly makes sense as opposed to trying to meet some arbitrary deadline.

In the meantime, the current base is holding up well especially with the current base still being supported for sometime in the future, as well as the well-timed introduction of snaps and flatpaks into the KDE Discover application store.

And that is all of the news for now. Stay tuned as we will keep you updated as new releases and announcements get sent our way. Until then, Happy computing.


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