LightDM, the cross-desktop display manager that provides a clean API for writing multiple user-interfaces and for delivering fast performance, continues to mature. With the Ubuntu 11.10 release in October, Ubuntu is using LightDM instead of the GDM from GNOME as the display / log-in manager. For those concerned that the KDE side may be not getting enough love, it actually is and there's been progress made on a Qt-powered interface.
Yesterday I delivered the live news about Nokia's plans for Qt 5 with its new features and a road-map to deliver this new tool-kit in the 2012 calendar year. With Qt 5 now being talked about, so is KDE 5.
Just announced during the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest is word that Qt 5 is in development and will be released in the next calendar year.
A week after the release of LLVM 2.9 with Clang, it now appears that it's successfully building the Qt library. Not only is Clang being boot-strapped and compiling Qt4, but it's also building the WebKit module. Once everything's built, it's working and even the Flash module is working from within there.
Just days after blogging about Gallium3D and the TGSI IR that could be replaced with LLVM IR in LunarGLASS, Zack Rusin has written a new entry regarding 2D acceleration and the lack of really any innovation or major changes to this area of graphics processing in recent years. However, that is beginning to change at least in the Nokia world when it comes to QML and Qt Scene Graph.
Well, here's some interesting weekend news: there's a polarized discussion taking place right now among core KDE developers about merging the KDE libraries into upstream Qt. Cornelius Schumacher, a long-time German KDE developer and currently the KDE e.V. president, has come out yesterday saying, "Let's merge Qt and the KDE development platform. Let's put all KDE libraries, support libraries, platform modules into Qt, remove the redundancies in Qt, and polish it into one nice consistent set of APIs, providing both, the wonderful KDE integration, consistency and convenience, as well as the simplicity and portability of the Qt platform."
Starting off December, Nokia has announced the release of Qt 4.6. This significant Qt tool-kit update introduces support for Symbian and also adds support for Microsoft Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.6, and Maemo 6. The Maemo 5 support is still being worked on. Besides Qt being available on more platforms, Qt 4.6 introduces a new animation framework, new advanced graphics effects, support for multi-touch applications and gestures-based input, major Qt performance improvements, and an updated version of Qt Creator.
Qt 4.4 is planned for release next month with Phonon integration and a number of other features too, but planning is already underway for the next major release of Qt 4.5. A few details surrounding Qt 4.5 will be shed this afternoon in a mobile/embedded talk at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit here in Austin, but what we have found out so far is that Qt 4.5 will feature performance improvements, enhanced support for OpenVG/OpenGL ES, and proper support for writing animations within Qt. More information to come soon.
Breaking from the KDE 4.0 release event right now is word that Trolltech will be releasing Qt to be released under the GPLv3 license. An official announcement will be made by Trolltech regarding this GPLv2 to GPLv3 license update on Monday, January 21, 2008. Richard Stallman is pleased by this move and had stated, "I am very pleased that Trolltech has decided to make Qt available under GPLv3." This news was delivered at the KDE 4.0 release event by Haavard Nord, Trolltech co-founder & CEO.
Version 4.3.0 of Qt is now available from Trolltech. Qt 4.3 features enhanced support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Qt Script, support for SSL, improved OpenGL support, SVG generation and rendering, and much more. More information is available in the Trolltech press release.
Trolltech has today released Qt 4.2. The two major improvements in this release is support for styleable widgets and a new Graphics View 2D canvas framework. Other prominent changes include Qt/Mac look and feel improvements and tighter integration with GNOME. In fact, Qt 4.2 supports having developers use Qt extensions with non-Qt applications. More can be found in the release announcement.
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