February 21, 2017

KDE Community Publishes Video Showing How To Create Custom Themes

Today the KDE Community published a detailed video showing how one can download, create, edit, and ultimately upload and share a custom Plasma look and feel theme. Uploads are sent to the KDE Store to be shared with other users. Editing look and feel themes is accomplished via the Plasma tool  'Look And Feel Explorer', which is a part of the plasma-sdk package. The package should easily be installable in your distribution of choice.

According to the Wiki, the following attributes can be defined in a custom theme:
  • widget style
  • color scheme
  • icons
  • plasma theme
  • cursor theme
  • window switcher
  • desktop switcher
  • window decoration
The Wiki also contains instructions for creating a theme, that can augment and compliment the video embedded below. Changed attributes can then be defined in the new theme as dependencies. Details are explained in the video. Finally, once the new theme is done, it can be uploaded and shared to the KDE Store to allow others to use your creation (or modify as they see fit).

Overall, the Look And Feel Explorer looks to be an easy way for users to create full-on themes that can dramatically alter the Plasma desktop in new ways in a semi-automated format, which should lead to some interesting and amazing creations for Plasma users to enjoy. Have any themes you've put together that you'd like showcased or to share? Put the link to your theme in the comments below and we'll highlight some of the best in a future story!

September 27, 2016

KDE Discover Gets a New GUI Thanks To Kirigami's New Release

KDE's Discover Gets a Slick New GUI
KDE's Discover Gets a Slick New GUI

Earlier today, Marco Martin announced the release of Kirigami 1.1. For those who may not be aware, Kirigami is the former Plasma Mobile, redesigned to be more streamlined and allow for easy adhesion to the guidelines laid out by KDE's Visual Design Group.

September 6, 2016

Krita Gets New 3.0.1 Release, Boasts Many New Features And Bug Fixes

Les Miserable - Tago, Taken from the Krita Gallery
Les Miserable - Tago, Taken from the Krita Gallery

Krita, the cross-platform, open source software for concept artists, digital painters, and illustrators from the KDE Community, has announced a release today that contains an impressive list of new features and bug-fixes. So much so, that the 3.0.1 nomenclature is a bit misleading.

September 2, 2016

Meet KDE Now And The Future Of Email Push Notifications In KDE

For KDE Plasma users on the go, a new application may see the light of day sometime over the winter. For his GSoC project, Aditya Dev Sharma has worked diligently on an application called "KDE Now", which aims to provide an experience similar too "Google Now".

August 30, 2016

uCareSystem Core - An Easy And Efficient Way To Keep Your System In Top Shape

When we look to keep our Linux computers running like a fine-oiled machine, we usually employ one way or another to keep our systems up to date. For most of us, it's as simple as using the update manager application that comes packaged with our distribution of choice. Or some people prefer to drop to the command line for a good 'ole run-through of our friends "apt get update" and "apt full-upgrade". The point is, for the most part we are diligent folks who run Linux, and we try to do keep our systems tight, fresh, and as updated as possible. All good things, of course.