rohangarg writes: KDE announced the beta of it's next generation of it's plasma workspace today. Built ontop of Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5, with this transition, all QML-based UIs—which Plasma is built exclusively with—will make use of a new scenegraph and scripting engine, resulting in huge performance wins as well as architectural benefits, such as being able to render using available graphics hardware.
rohangarg writes: "A new open-source digital writing and publishing platform has been launched by non-profit group Sourcefabric.
Booktype allows for collaborative editing and writing of books that can be easily outputted to on-demand print services and eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle, Nook, iPad, and more with a few simple clicks.
We used the Booki platform which does all the heavy lifting of generating the PDF/ePub/publishing to lulu. It's quite easy to use although we found the editor to be a bit quirky and requested that the developers improve it. You can create revisions of manual just like you would in real books, you can clone existing manuals and work on them although I've been told that a way to merge changes back into a manual is coming soon ( Just like you fork code, make changes and merge it back together ).
You can do all of the above and more here : http://booki.flossmanuals.net/
I'm Rohan Garg, one of the authors of the book. I'd like to mention that we would love feedback from people who are reading the book. How can we improve it? Don't like the artwork? Show us some awesome artwork and we'll ship it. Tell us what needs fixing and we'll work something out.
Yep, Adam was a great guy to work with, they even got a Booki developer ( the platform on which the book is called booki ) to come and sit in our sessions so that we could hurl bugs at him and he fixed them in real time:D
Gopal.V writes: KDE India has announced it's hosting conf.kde.in, a five day long event in March to introduce & promote contributions to KDE from India. Should be an interesting effort to push the youth of India towards writing more free & open software, especially on the desktop where it desperately needs some love.