You in all probability have heard the information by now that Microsoft have launched the Linux model of their new Chromium-based Edge internet browser. In fact I’ve been ready for at the present time ever since they introduced the switcheroo to Chromium as a way to deliver Plasma Browser Integration to Edge customers. It took Microsoft virtually 20 years to supply one other internet browser to a Unixoid desktop and this time round it’s primarily based on KDE’s legacy – what a time to be alive!

Microsoft Edge Dev window with kde.org website and context menu opening, showcasing Plasma Browser Integration's
Sending a hyperlink from Microsoft Edge to my telephone utilizing KDE Join

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I’m happy to announce the instant availability of Plasma Browser Integration model 1.7.6 on the Chrome Internet Retailer in addition to Firefox Add-Ons web page. This launch comes with a couple of bug fixes, efficiency enhancements, and translation updates.

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Konqi browsing the world large internet

Plasma Browser Integration bridges the hole between your browser and the Plasma desktop. It helps you to share hyperlinks, discover browser tabs in KRunner, monitor obtain progress within the notification middle, and management music and video playback anytime from inside Plasma, and even out of your telephone utilizing KDE Join!

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This weekend the Plasma staff’s annual dash came about. As a result of Corona pandemic we needed to cancel our authentic week-long in-person meet up finish of April in Augsburg, Germany hosted by our associates at TUXEDO and settled for an internet dash as a substitute. In anticipation of extra digital sprints KDE has arrange its personal BigBlueButton occasion – an open supply internet conferencing system for on-line studying.

Plasma logo, at sign, house icon, in front of the colorful Plasma 5.19 wallpaper (hexagonal patterns with green, orange, black)
Plasma @ House

Whereas a 4 day on-line occasion can’t absolutely change a whole week in a room with some of the proficient and devoted individuals I do know hacking and discussing from 9 until midnight, I used to be pleasantly stunned how productive it was. Big because of BigBlueButton for creating an awesome software to work with and to KDE Sysadmin, and Bhushan Shah particularly, for making this occur! Additionally take a look at this beautiful unprepared group picture he took.

The assembly notes are being refined just a little proper now and will arrive on the plasma-devel mailing listing within the coming days. This week’s expertise made me assured that Akademy 2020 – additionally occurring on-line – will work out nice! Nonetheless I hope that ultimately we’ll be capable to compensate for our authentic dash plans and meet in Augsburg once more, bodily.

For a change, let’s discuss a subject apart from notifications. Greater than 5 years in the past (can’t imagine how time has handed) I took over maintainership of PowerDevil, Plasma’s energy administration service. Whereas I did lots of cleanup and have work at first, there haven’t been many main modifications for a while.

Bar-like popup informing of a screen brightness change
“Blast from the Previous” – simply casually sneaking within the extra compact quantity/brightness popup we’ll have in Plasma 5.20 to get your consideration

One of many first options I added again then was easy brightness modifications. PowerDevil helps 3 ways of adjusting display screen brightness: by means of XRandR configuration, by means of DDC (show information channel, for desktop screens, experimental and never constructed by default), and by writing to sysfs (/sys/class/backlight or /sys/class/leds). Because the latter requires privileges and makes use of a helper binary by means of KDE’s KAuth framework, I solely carried out the animation for the XRandR code path, which was executed in the identical course of.

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I’m happy to announce the instant availability of Plasma Browser Integration model 1.7.5 on the Chrome Internet Retailer in addition to Firefox Add-Ons web page. I hope you’re all secure and effectively in these odd occasions. As you possibly can inform from the model quantity this is a bit more than only a upkeep launch. It comes with an assortment of essential bug fixes, refinements, and translation updates.

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Konqi browsing the world large internet

Plasma Browser Integration bridges the hole between your browser and the Plasma desktop. It helps you to share hyperlinks, discover browser tabs in KRunner, monitor obtain progress within the notification middle, and management music and video playback anytime from inside Plasma, and even out of your telephone utilizing KDE Join!

Proceed studying Plasma Browser Integration 1.7.5

(or: “Tips on how to do your mission a disservice by calling it names”)

For a change, this weblog put up isn’t about notifications however don’t fear: there’s sufficient thrilling stuff to come back on this space quickly. Anyway, throughout Akademy 2019 in Milan I started including KDE Itinerary capabilities to my pet mission Plasma Browser Integration. The thought was to offer at a look details about the topic of an internet site the consumer is presently viewing. It’s been some time since I labored on it however that in fact simply signifies that I’ve been busy doing different superior issues. 😉

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Plasma Browser Integration exhibiting particulars about final 12 months’s Akademy, extracted from our web site

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Plasma 5.18 LTS Beta has been launched, which brings many thrilling new options to a pc close to you, particularly if you happen to’re upgrading from our earlier LTS launch, Plasma 5.12. In fact for us builders this now signifies that a steady git department has been created and we are able to work on new stuff on grasp to ultimately turn into Plasma 5.19, scheduled for an early June 2020 launch. This weblog put up is much less about KDE code, although.

Plasma notification popup with a chat message and a text field to send a reply from inside the popup
No have to rub your eyes: Fast reply with Telegram on Plasma 5.18!

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With the top of the 12 months approaching in some elements of the world and already half a 12 months since I introduced the notifications rewrite, I assumed I’d provide you with an replace on a number of the issues I’ve labored on since. Whereas Plasma 5.17 solely noticed minor modifications, most notably automated don’t disturb mode when screens are mirrored throughout displays, there are some very thrilling new options that may arrive within the upcoming Plasma 5.18 LTS to be launched early February subsequent 12 months.

Notification popup with a message from a chat group with text field in the notification popup inviting to
Replying to conversations straight from the notification popup

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I’m happy to announce the instant availability of Plasma Browser Integration model 1.7 on the Chrome Internet Retailer in addition to Firefox Add-Ons web page. This launch brings a slew of essential bug fixes, translation updates, and thrilling new options.

Dark blue space background with stars, a cute dragon wearing a red bandana with a
Konqi browsing the world large internet

Plasma Browser Integration bridges the hole between your browser and the Plasma desktop. It helps you to share hyperlinks, discover browser tabs in KRunner, monitor obtain progress within the notification middle, and management music and video playback anytime from inside Plasma, and even out of your telephone utilizing KDE Join!

Proceed studying Plasma Browser Integration 1.7

(or: “KDE Frameworks 6 Planning Dash in Berlin”)

Solely two weeks after my earlier Berlin go to I got here again for the KDE Frameworks 6 planning dash, kindly hosted by MBition of their posh places of work close to Spree river and Landwehrkanal.

A whiteboard with a more than 50 sticky notes, mostly orange, some blue, with various KDE Frameworks written on them
Three days’ value of discussions in a nutshell

Already throughout this 12 months’s Akademy we began discussing our methods for a Qt 6 transition and created an enormous work board of duties for our subsequent main launch of Frameworks. Total our aim is to maintain API breakages to a minimal whereas nonetheless cleansing up some cruft which may have constructed up through the years. We kicked off the dash Friday morning with discussions largely round insurance policies and pointers.

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