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Update: As mentioned in the first comment, this was an April Fools prank. Read this for details on Plasma Experiences.

A new dialog for choosing the Plasma Next look and feel has been proposed in a blog post by Thomas Pfeiffer, member of the KDE community and creator of the KDE Human Interface Guidelines.

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to automatically fire up any program or command when KDE starts up. You can create your own launchers (desktop files) to be ran or even Bash scripts with commands to be executed.

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Kate (the KDE Advanced Text Editor) is the well known, powerful text editor that ships by default in KDE, and has plenty of powerful features for both simple text editing as well as programmers. Some of the notable functions that it offers include indentation, syntax highlighting for hundreds of programming languages, block-selection mode or spell-checking.

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Calligra, the KDE office suite, has reached version 2.8 a few days ago. In this article I will overview each component this office suite comprises of, so if you want to try something different than LibreOffice, or you’re using KDE and want a set of applications to blend well in the environment, read on.

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Akregator is the default KDE RSS/Atom feed reader and it does it very well. Without being bloated with a lot of features, Akregator takes a rather simple approach, yet providing all the needed features one would expect from a feed reader. You have an integrated web browser, tabs, feed fetching interval configuration, feed archiving, system tray notifications and a few other notable features shown below. Akregator is part of the KDE Kontact Suite.

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By default, the Konqueror file manager will open various file types (including text files or images) in the integrated viewer, in the same tab from which you opened the respective file. To prevent it from doing this, just follow the next steps:

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There is this KDE bug which will open by default any movie application with Kaffeine, even though another program is set to open these. One solution would be to completely remove Kaffeine, this way the next application in the default applications list will be used.

However, if you don’t want to remove Kaffeine, you can try the following steps:

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The monthly KDE update, 4.11.2, has been released earlier today, fixing over 70 bugs, including KWin, Dolphin and the personal information manager application Kontact.

To try it in (K)Ubuntu, use the Kubuntu Updates PPA:

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I tried 4.10 in Kubuntu 13.04 Daily Build, which is still two months away from being released but, surprise, KDE 4.10 seems very stable. The system is up to date as of March 4, 2013, and I installed a few more applications from the repositories to see how they work.

Default KDE 4.10 desktop in Kubuntu 13.04 Daily Build

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With Unity getting most of the attention lately in Ubuntu and the feature-freeze coming in tomorrow, I decided to take the latest Kubuntu alpha for a spin and see how KDE 4.8 for netbooks looks and behaves. But first, a little about 12.04 as a whole.

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin will be the next long-term supported release and as most of you already know, it is scheduled to arrive at the end of April 2012. Here is the release schedule of Ubuntu 12.04:

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It’s not easy to put up a list of “best” applications which do something, however there are some highlights in each category which really deserve to be mentioned. In this article I will overview 20 KDE applications which I believe are best in their niche, one application from each important category, in no particular order.

BasKet (Notes-taking application)
I think each time I’ve talked about BasKet I mentioned it is a ‘killer app’ for Linux. BasKet is a full-blown notes-taking application for KDE, but it takes the concept to a whole new dimension, bringing features which make it a fully-fledged content creation program. It supports inserting text, images, links, frames. It organizes notes in a tree-like hierarchical manner, supports tags, importing notes from other notes-taking applications or text files, back/restore function.

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The latest KDE security update, 4.6.4, is now available in the Kubuntu Updates PPA. This release brings several new features, including:

– the new Kontact suite brings next generation groupware to desktop and mobile

– Kontact receives a major architectural boost, using the capabilities of the new scalable Akonadi groupware framework to build interconnected PIM-related applications

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