KDE Ships KDE Applications 14.12.0
December 17, 2014. Today KDE released KDE Applications 14.12. This release brings new features and bug fixes to more than a hundred applications. Most of these applications are based on the KDE Development Platform 4; some have been converted to the new KDE Frameworks 5, a set of modularized libraries that are based on Qt5, the latest version of this popular cross-platform application framework.
Libkface is new in this release; it is a library to enable face detection and face recognition in photographs.
The release includes the first KDE Frameworks 5-based versions of Kate and KWrite, Konsole, Gwenview, KAlgebra, Kanagram, KHangman, Kig, Parley, KApptemplate and Okteta. Some libraries are also ready for KDE Frameworks 5 use: analitza and libkeduvocdocument.
The Kontact Suite is now in Long Term Support in the 4.14 version while developers are using their new energy to port it to KDE Frameworks 5
Some of the new features in this release include:
- KAlgebra has a new Android version thanks to KDE Frameworks 5 and is now able to print its graphs in 3D
- KGeography has a new map for Bihar.
- The document viewer Okular now has support for latex-synctex reverse searching in dvi and some small improvements in the ePub support.
- Umbrello --the UML modeller-- has many new features too numerous to list here.
You can find the full list of changes here.
The April release of KDE Applications 15.04 will include many new features as well as more applications based on the modular KDE Frameworks 5.
Spread the Word
Non-technical contributors are an important part of KDE’s success. While proprietary software companies have huge advertising budgets for new software releases, KDE depends on people talking with other people. Even for those who are not software developers, there are many ways to support the KDE Applications 14.12 release. Report bugs. Encourage others to join the KDE Community. Or support the nonprofit organization behind the KDE community.
Please spread the word on the Social Web. Submit stories to news sites, use channels like delicious, digg, reddit, and twitter. Upload screenshots of your new set-up to services like Facebook, Flickr, ipernity and Picasa, and post them to appropriate groups. Create screencasts and upload them to YouTube, Blip.tv, and Vimeo. Please tag posts and uploaded materials with 'KDE'. This makes them easy to find, and gives the KDE Promo Team a way to analyze coverage for the KDE Applications 14.12 release.
Installing KDE Applications 14.12 Binary Packages
Packages. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE Applications 14.12 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.
Package Locations. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the Community Wiki.
Compiling KDE Applications 14.12
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KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.
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