The Randa meetings provide an excellent opportunity for KDE developers to come across for a week long hack session to fix bugs in various KDE components while collaborating on new features.
This year we have some amazing things planned, with contributors working across the board on delivering an amazing KDE Frameworks 5 experience, a KDE frameworks SDK, a KDE frameworks book, the usual bug fixing and writing new features for the KDE Multimedia stack and much much more.
So please, go ahead and donate to our Randa fundraiser here , because when these contributors come together, amazing things happen :)
On 3rd June 2014, Plasma Media Center 1.3 beta was released. This post is for openSUSE users to get Plasma Media Center work on their machine. Nothing much change have been observed from the package installation mentioned here. In case if you are not able to play songs or videos, then my suggestion would be to install the multimedia codecs from here. You can download Plasma Media Center from here. Follow the README file carefully to install Plasma Media Center in your machine.
If you want to disable the tests in PMC ( Plasma Media Center), then pass this argument -DKDE4_BUILD_TESTS=OFF to the cmake command. Or else you can use the cmake command mentioned in README as it is. Let me assure you one thing, the performance of PMC has been improved tremendously. And there are good bunch of features available. Here are some of the screenshots which I think would be good for a kickstart:
Awesome!!! MPRIS’s working with now playing plasmoid
We consider every user of PMC as contributors. So on behalf of team, I would request you all to use it and feel free to share areas of improvements or file bugs here.
- Support for fetching media from Baloo. As a result, your media will load almost instantly!
- A conflict between GStreamer0.10 and GStreamer1.0 in some distros will no longer break playback (Launchpad Bug)
- More details in All Music mode
- MPRIS support - so that you can control PMC from your favorite MPRIS controller
- (Experimental) support for a simple filesystem based media scanner - when you don't have Nepomuk or Baloo installed
- Replaced side panel with full-screen panel
- For the source code, we now have tests for the PMC core libs
- Numerous bug fixes and UI polish
The Kubuntu and KDE team has been hard at work for the last 6 months, which has culminated into a rocking Kubuntu 14.04 release which introduces a whole bunch of new features, the most important of which are :
- A new semantic search framework for KDE SC 4.13, leading to faster email and file searches
- Automatic error reporting in order to improve the quality of KDE and Kubuntu
- A new driver manager to make it simpler to activate hardware that requires proprietary drivers
- Notifications for when additional drivers or language packs can be installed to improve your Kubuntu experience
- A new touchpad management app for laptops
- Misc. bug fixes and features that can be found here
Kubuntu 14.04 is a LTS release, so while introducing new applications, we’ve also taken into account personal and business users who would want to run it for extended periods of time, which is why the Kubuntu team makes the following promise :
- Kubuntu 14.04 will keep receiving security bug fixes when such fixes are available from KDE upstream for the next 5 years
- New releases of the KDE SC will be backported to 14.04 and be available via Kubuntu PPA’s for the next 2 years
- A long-term upgrade path to the next LTS release
Along with the above, the Ubuntu team also has plans to backport new Xorg and friends releases as well as new kernel releases as part of their LTS Enablement stack, making sure that your hardware performance keeps improving over the time of 5 years.
All of this makes Kubuntu the ideal distribution to use for enterprise rollouts, OEM’s and of course regular users who want a longer support cycle ( as opposed to the regular, 9 month, support cycle )