Weekend must-read articles #7 – KDE

This week we bring you a collection of articles focusing on KDE.

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This week’s suggested reading about KDE

  • KDE Ships March Updates (4.8.1) to Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Platform: KDE released updates for its Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. These updates are the first in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.8 series. 4.8.1 updates bring many bugfixes and translation updates on top of the latest edition in the 4.8 series and are recommended updates for everyone running 4.8.0 or earlier versions.
  • The KDE Death Watch: Is KDE dying? This question, or variants of it, have been asked with increasing frequency in the two weeks since Jonathan Riddell announced that, after the next release, Canonical would no longer pay him for his work on Kubuntu, the KDE version of Ubuntu.
  • Preorders begin for Spark, the open KDE tablet: The Spark tablet is now available for preorder from the Make Play Live website. Registering for a preorder doesn’t require a credit card and will secure a place in line to purchase the tablet when it is finally available later this year. The product is expected to ship to customers in May.
  • The Day Canonical Pushed Kubuntu Out of the Nest: “If you want things you have to pay for them, simple as that,” said Slashdot blogger hairyfeet. “RMS may be able to squat at MIT, but I’m sure the developers at Canonical have families to feed and bills to pay. We need a new model for those places where FOSS simply doesn’t work.”
  • Open Ballot: Has KDE become a second class desktop?: Is KDE slipping in mind share and importance? Or maybe you see a bright future for this desktop, as Qt and other KDE technologies spread on to mobile devices and TVs?
  • New Project: Kool Desktop Environment (KDE): KDE’s origin from 1996 – “The idea is NOT to create a GUI for the complete UNIX-system or the System-Administrator. For that purpose the UNIX-CLI with thousands of tools and scripting languages is much better. The idea is to create a GUI for an ENDUSER. Somebody who wants to browse the web with Linux, write some letters and play some nice games.”
  • Review: OpenSUSE 12.1 KDE: This article is in Spanish, but with an online translation tool you can enjoy an interesting review.
  • And finally, on the less serious side…
  • 29 Funny Linux Comic Strips And Cartoons: They are a few years old, but still very funny.

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