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Plasma 5.8 Review

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Released, This Is What’s New

Plasma 5.8 LTS “marks the point where the developers and designers are happy to recommend Plasma for the widest possible audience be they enterprise or non-techy home users,” project lead Jonathan Riddell says.

Modifier-only shortcuts, a highly requested functionality for the Plasma desktop, has been added. This allows you to launch an application by pressing a Meta key. The inclusion of Wayland to the Plasma desktop has facilitated the addition of this feature which has also been backported the X11.

Another notable feature is the support for right-to-left scripts like Urdu, Hebrew, etc. The widget explorer, window switcher, activity manager can be seen on the right side of the screen for such languages.

Wayland debuted on Plasma with 5.4 release. Since then, it has been continuously improved for stability and features. In the Plasma 5.8 LTS, a lot of work has been done on Wayland which now supports the GTK+ toolkit. The support for multitouch gestures and touchscreen devices has been enhanced, although, no default gestures are actually present as of now. The X11 and Wayland-based applications can now have a shared clipboard.

Review Notes


Runs Linux

Hurricane Matthew is being tracked WITH LINUX

Desktop App Pick


PDFtk Server is our command-line tool for working with PDFs. It is commonly used for client-side scripting or server-side processing of PDFs.

It is also used by OEMs and ISVs to give their products the ability to manipulate PDFs. A commercial license is required to distribute PDFtk with your commercial product.

pdftk contract.pdf cat 1-9 output firstnine.pdf

pdftk firstnine.pdf lastpage.pdf output signedcontract.pdf


Paperwork by twostairs

Paperwork – OpenSource note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep

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X crash during Fedora update when system has hybrid graphics and systemd-udev is in update

Here’s the short version: especially if your system has hybrid graphics (that is, it has an Intel video adapter and also an AMD or NVIDIA one, and it’s supposed to switch to the most appropriate one for what you’re currently doing — NVIDIA calls this ‘Optimus’), DON’T UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM BY RUNNING DNF FROM THE DESKTOP. (Also if you have multiple graphics adapters that aren’t strictly ‘hybrid graphics’; the bug affects any case with multiple graphics adapters).

elementary blog — We’ve Joined the Snap Format TOB!

Yesterday, Jamie Bennett had the pleasure of announcing the members of the new Snap Format Technical Oversight Board. This board has been formed to guide the shaping of the Snap package format and ensure that it remains useful for everyone. We’re very excited to have Cody Garver sit on this board as a representative of elementary!

Canonical’s Sergio Schvezov announced recently the release and immediate availability of the Snapcraft 2.19 tool for creating Snap universal packages, in the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 repos.

New features in Flatpak 0.6.12 include support for the “–device=kvm” option to be able to access /dev/kvm, support for the “–allow=multiarch” parameter to allow running 32-bit (i686) code in a 64-bit (x86_64) application, better error messages, robustness fixes for the build-commit-from command, and partial revert in application ID rules.

Pirate Kodi Add-Ons Gain Massive Popularity

Streaming piracy is on the rise with the popular media center Kodi at the center of attention. While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, millions of people use third-party add-ons to turn it into the ultimate pirate machine. In less than a year, the leading add-on repository has seen the number of unique users double, which may be just the beginning.

Torvalds Blows Stack Over Buggy New Kernel

“I’m really sorry I applied that last series from Andrew just before doing the 4.8 release, because they cause problems, and now it is in 4.8 (and that buggy crap is marked for stable too),” he wrote in a message to the Linux kernel mailing list. “In particular, I just got this — kernel BUG at ./include/linux/swap.h:276 — and the end result was a dead kernel.”

KDE Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with the Release of KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS will be supported until the year 2018

and it shall receive no less than nine point releases. The first one, KDE Plasma 5.8.1, will come next week, on October 11, followed one week later by the second one, KDE Plasma 5.8.2. On November 1, KDE Plasma 5.8.3 will arrive with more improvements, and KDE Plasma 5.8.4 should see the light of day three weeks later, on November 22, 2016._


Product Engineer David Jordan shares what he’s working on in this behind the scenes video from the System76 office.

Audio Hardware: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
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