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KDE Ships KDE Applications 16.08.0

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August 18, 2016. Today, KDE introduces KDE Applications 16.08, with an impressive array of upgrades when it comes to better ease of access, the introduction of highly useful functionalities and getting rid of some minor issues, bringing KDE Applications one step closer to offering you the perfect setup for your device.

Kolourpaint, Cervisia and KDiskFree have now been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 and we look forward to your feedback and insight into the newest features introduced with this release.

In the continued effort to split Kontact Suite libraries to make them easier to use for third parties, the kdepimlibs tarball has been split into akonadi-contacts, akonadi-mime and akonadi-notes.

We have discontinued the following packages: kdegraphics-strigi-analyzer, kdenetwork-strigi-analyzers, kdesdk-strigi-analyzers, libkdeedu and mplayerthumbs. This will help us focus in the rest of the code.

Keeping in Kontact

The Kontact Suite has got the usual round of cleanups, bug fixes and optimizations in this release. Notable is the use of QtWebEngine in various compontents, which allows for a more modern HTML rendering engine to be used. We have also improved VCard4 support as well as added new plugins that can warn if some conditions are met when sending an email, e.g. verifying that you want to allow sending emails with a given identity, or checking if you are sending email as plaintext, etc.

New Marble version

Marble 2.0 is part of KDE Applications 16.08 and includes more than 450 code changes including improvements in navigation, rendering and an experimental vector rendering of OpenStreetMap data.

More Archiving

Ark can now extract AppImage and .xar files as well as testing the integrity of zip, 7z and rar archives. It can also add/edit comments in rar archives

Terminal Improvements

Konsole has had improvements regarding font rendering options and accessbility support.

And more!

Kate got movable tabs. More information...

KGeography, has added provinces and regions maps of Burkina Faso.

Aggressive Pest Control

More than 120 bugs have been resolved in applications including the Kontact Suite, Ark, Cantor, Dolphin, KCalc, Kdenlive and more!

Full Changelog

You can find the full list of changes here.

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 16.08 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 16.08 release.

Installing KDE Applications 16.08 Binary Packages

Packages. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE Applications 16.08 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 16.08

The complete source code for KDE Applications 16.08 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing are available from the KDE Applications 16.08.0 Info Page.

Supporting KDE

KDE is a Free Software community that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether it is help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information or become a KDE e.V. supporting member through our new Join the Game initiative.

About KDE

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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