Review: Kubuntu 12.04

Every six months all members of the Ubuntu family get updated. Every six months new features are added, bugs are corrected, new apps get in, some apps get off. Some releases come once every three years. Long Term Support (LTS) releases must be more stable and polished than usual, there’s less room for experiments, this versions are meant to be used for a long time and by users on enterprises or managing systems that require as much stability and longevity as possible. Moreover, Kubuntu 12.04 isn’t just another LTS, it’s also the last Kubuntu version with the lead developer Jonathan… Continue Reading

Kdenlive 0.9 released

KDE’s most powerful video editor just got upgraded. Kdenlive is a multitrack editor with a wide support of cameras and video codecs. New in this release is a rewritten effect stack, effects can now be adjusted on real time. One innovative feature is how it integrates with, Free Sound and Open Clip Art . By connecting to their database you can download different clips of audio and video all with open licences, meaning it’s absolutely legal to use them in your own personal productions. If you want to try it out, or upgrade your current installation, just add ppa:sunab/kdenlive-release to your repositories. Source:… Continue Reading

Muon Suite 1.4 alpha released

The first alpha of the upcoming 1.4 version of Muon has been released, in our series about package managers we presented in detail. The most prominent new feature is Muon Discover, this feature is being developed by Alex González under the sponsorship of Blue Systems: Kubuntu’s new sponsor and Netrunner’s too. Muon Discover aims to eventually replace the Muon Software Center, but not in this version. It offers a new way to install and find new software at the same time it offers a good user experience, full with animations, good looking transitions and screenshots, this is achieved thanks to… Continue Reading

Cloud Computing: How today’s approach is wrong (Editorial)

I’m in the process of writing about Calligra, a relatively young project. What I’ve come to realize is that very few developers seem to understand where the world is heading, and even more importantly, where the world is at. The future is on the cloud is something people often hear, and for a reason, because the future is definitively cloud related. The Cloud offers many advantages which are unprecedented, it’s platform agnostic, it can be accessed with any computer from any internet provider from any part of the world… well, perhaps not any, but chances are you’re not trapped between… Continue Reading

Review: Calligra Words

Last week we took a tour exploring Calligra’s common interface elements. Today we’ll take a tour to meet Calligra’s word processor, perhap the most widely used of all the kinds of office applications. Because of how widespreaded their usage is any self respectable suite needs to be fully capable of working with documents processed by other popular apllications. Word is fully compliant with this requirement, a goal accomplished by adhering to ISO standards. Any document created with Word can be opened and edited with the mighty popular Microsoft’s Office, and basely any other office suite. Users with older versions of Microsoft’s… Continue Reading

Akademy 2012: Conference sessions

While LaKademy, the first ever Latin American Akademy, is happening in Brazil, the biggest KDE event of the year has announced its preliminary conferences schedule. Akademy, set to start on June 30th in Tallinn, Estonia, will feature KDE developers from all over the world, including personalities like Aaron Seigo himself. While it may seem far away, people interested should start looking for a place to stay, organizers themselves give a few recommendation in Akademy’s site. This is Estonia’s first time hosting KDE’s biggest event, so local developers have put together a video introducing the community of the beautiful Scandinavian country. If you want to check… Continue Reading