Kate - LSP Client Status

Initial release with 19.12.0 The LSP client plugin for Kate made it into the 19.12 release. As this is the first official release of this plugin, it still has a lot of rough edges. I use it at the office and it behaves well enough for my daily work on C/C++ and OCaml code. Multiple languages supported per default We ship default configurations for a bunch of languages, out-of-the-box the stuff should work with: [Read More]

Windows Store Status

Kate is now in the Windows Store since September, see our initial post. It was the second application published there with the KDE e.V. account. One might argue that it is no good thing for an open-source project to promote the use of closed-source operating systems like Windows. On the other side, a lot of people are stuck on Windows and I think it is a good thing to provide them with open-source software. [Read More]

KF6 Sprint - Day Three

Last day of the KF6 sprint at the MBition office in Berlin. Yesterday evening we had a nice group dinner with all sprint members. That is the starting state of our board today: First we discussed about the larger things like kio, kparts and kxmlgui together in one large group (including remote David Faure). This did lead to the following pre-lunch state of the board: Afterwards again groups will look at individual frameworks on their own first, before some debrief session. [Read More]

KF6 Sprint - Day Two

Second day of the KF6 sprint at the MBition office in Berlin. Kevin prepared a work board to structure what we do. We split up in four groups that will tackle tier 3 frameworks and review them for wanted/needed changes. Stuff like cleaning up dependencies or API cleanups or even full deprecation for stuff that were porting aids already for KF5. Before lunch we arrived at the following state for the first debriefing round. [Read More]

KF6 Sprint - Day One

Today we started our KF6 sprint at the MBition office in Berlin. Beside the people attending in person, we have David Faure joining us via web conference. Thanks already to the people at MBition that spend time on making it possible to host the sprint there. First stuff to be discussed were some high level things, like does the monthly release scheme work out well. Short answer: yes :) The short period works well, allows people to fix issues directly in frameworks and still have that reasonable fast provided to the users. [Read More]

Using Heaptrack and Hotspot

Some weeks ago at the Open Source Summit & Embedded Linux Conference there was also a talk by David about using heaptrack and hotspot. Since these tools are extremely valuable, I thought I’d blog to make these tools a bit more visible in the KDE community. Have fun watching & happy debugging, and join the discussion on KDE’s subreddit :-)


Windows Store Submission Guide

To increase the visibility of KDE applications on Windows, the KDE e.V. has a Windows Store account to publish our applications there. This is not the only way to get KDE application for the Windows operating system, you can e.g. directly grab installers or portable ZIP files from our Binary Factory. There is at the moment no nice documentation how to submit some application to the store. Hannah did show me how to do that during the submission of Kate and I did it later for Okular and Filelight. [Read More]

RFC - Git Client Integration

At this year’s KDE conference Akademy we discussed how to evolve Kate over the next years. One of the areas we want to improve is better git integration out of the box. Currently, Kate ships the Projects plugin, which automatically detects and loads your file structure from your git repository. If a project is loaded, then the Search & Replace plugin allows to search&replace in all project files. In addition, the Quick Open feature also supports opening files from the currently active project - all explained here. [Read More]

The Planet is on Reddit

For many years planet.kde.org was the goto page for news around KDE. This is still the case nowadays - many KDE contributors have their blog synchronized to talk about all sorts of KDE related cool stuff. However, what changed significantly is how these blogs are discussed afterwards. In the old days each blog typically had its own comment section. Nowadays, blogs may still have this comment section, but most of the time the blogs are discussed in the respective reddit subgroup. [Read More]

External Tools Plugin is Back

Back in 2011, we decided to remove the External Tools plugin in Kate for the KDE 4.8 release, since it was unmaintained and we got more and more bugs that were not fixed. However, over the years, we got many requests (and complaints) to bring this plugin back to life, since it was very useful to start little helper scripts with just a shortcut, via the command line, or the menu. [Read More]