KDE Plasma 5.10 Desktop to Add Spring-Loading Functionality in Folder View, More

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

With KDE Plasma 5.9 out the door, the KDE development team can now concentrate on adding new features or improving existing ones for the next major version of the KDE desktop environment.

We all know how much work was done during the short development cycle of the KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop, but KDE developer Eike Hein reports today on some of the hottest new features coming to the next KDE Plasma iteration.

Spring-loading in Folder View is one of them, and will allow KDE Plasma users to navigate folders just by hovering with the mouse cursor above them during drag and drop. Check out the image and video attached below to see the functionality in action.

“This is supported in all three modes (desktop layout, desktop widget, panel widget), and pretty damn convenient. It’s a well-known feature from Dolphin, of course, and no… (read more)

From: Softpedia

Vivaldi 1.7 Is Just Around the Corner, Lets You Share Things More Efficiently

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The development cycle of the Vivaldi 1.7 web browser is nearing completion, and Ruarí Ødegaard is today informing us about the availability of a new snapshot that addresses several regressions and implements a couple of new features.

The Vivaldi developer working on the Linux port of the Chromium-based web browser is reporting that the team is closing in on the final Vivaldi 1.7, and Vivaldi Browser Snapshot 1.7.735.27 is here to focuses on addressing the most important and critical regressions to offer users a polished, stable, and reliable release.

These include better Chromecast support, support for the Capture page to work on macOS platforms using its native menu, as well as the ability to turn off the search functionality in the address field. It also looks like users will be able to delete typed history in the private data.

As for the new feat… (read more)

From: Softpedia

Leon Anavi’s Open Source News Vlog

By Phil Shapiro One of the nice things about open source is that contributions to open source culture come from around the world. Today, I’ve been watching an informative new video blog from Leon Anavi, in Bulgaria. Leon decided to flex his muscle as a journalist. The only thing he needs in order to succeed is willing viewers.

From: LXer

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 9 Due to Serious Boot Regression

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

If you were expecting to upgrade to the second point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system on February 2, you’d have to wait one more week because Canonical has just delayed its launch for another week.

Ubuntu kernel manager Leann Ogasawara is reporting today, January 31, 2017, that her team recently identified a serious boot regression on AArch64 (ARM64) hardware, and it could take a few more days for the developers to patch the issue, which will require them to push new versions of the Linux kernel and other related packages.

As such, they’ve requested an extension for Ubuntu 16.04.2’s release, and Canonical’s Adam Conrad was quick to inform the community about the delay. This would be the second time Canonical is delaying the launch of Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and users should now expect to download the new ISOs or upgrade existing installa… (read more)

From: Softpedia

Plasma 5.9 Kicks off 2017 in Style

Today KDE releases this year’s first Plasma feature update, Plasma 5.9. While this release brings many exciting new features to your desktop, we[he]#039[/he]ll continue to provide bugfixes to Plasma 5.8 LTS.

From: LXer

Open-Sourcing Google Earth Enterprise

By ris Google has announced
that Google Earth Enterprise (GEE) will be published on GitHub under the
Apache2 license in March. GEE is an enterprise product that allows
developers to build and host their own private maps and 3D globes. This
release includes GEE Fusion, GEE Server, and GEE Portable Server source
code. “Feedback is important to us and we’ve heard from our
customers that GEE remains in-use in mission-critical applications. Many
customers have not transitioned to other technologies. Open-sourcing GEE
allows our customer community to continue to improve and evolve the project
in perpetuity. Note that the Google Earth Enterprise Client, Google Maps
JavaScript® API V3 and Google Earth API will not be open sourced. The
Enterprise Client will continue to be made available and updated. However,
since GEE Fusion and GEE Server are being open-sourced, the imagery and
terrain quadtree implementations used in these products will allow
third-party developers to build viewers that can consume GEE Server
” (Thanks to Paul Wise)

From: LWN