KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 released

David Faure faure at kde.org
Thu Jan 8 22:35:32 GMT 2015

08th January 2015. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.6.0.

KDE Frameworks are 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of 
commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested 
libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the 
Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

This release adds two new frameworks: 
* KPackage, a library to load and install packages of non binary files as they were a plugin
* NetworkManagerQt, a Qt wrapper for the NetworkManager API

Here are the other changes:


  Introducing the ActivityInfo QML object
  Linking now supports special values alongside activity ids. Supported values:
 * - :global  - links to all activities
 * - :current - links to the current activity


  KDirWatch can now watch /dev/shm as well (bug 314982)
  KDELibs4Migration now always returns an absolute path


  Fix build on FreeBSD


  Add Lithuania to the list of Euro countries


  Fix build on OSX and on FreeBSD


  6 bug fixes forward-ported from kdelibs4.


  Add support for .hidden files, for users to hide some files from views. (feature 246260)
  New method KRun::runService, like KRun::run but returns the PID of the newly started process.
  kioexec: fixed many porting bugs, to make it work again
  KRun::run: fixed porting bug, to make it work again in the case where KProcess is used directly
  KRun: make klauncher runtime dependency optional
  Fix compilation on MSVC
  Performance: decrease memory consumption of UDSEntry
  Actions in popupmenus: in case of multiple mimetypes selected, services that support all mimetypes
 are now added to the menu.
  New job: KIO::DropJob *KIO::drop(QDropEvent* ev, QUrl destUrl). Replaces KonqOperations::doDrop.
  Restart directory watcher after a failed delete operation
  Fix false warning about X-KDE-Protocols unused in desktop files without that field.
  Merge various settings modules (KCMs) related to kio, into the kio framework.
  When copying/moving out the trash, make the files writable.
  KIO::file_move now does the chmod on the destination file before emitting result.


  Remove NotifyBySound. NotifyByAudio implements the "Sound" notification already
  Fix crash accessing dangling pointer in NotifyByPopup


  Do not detect anything with a '.' as a NetworkLocation (porting bug, bug 340140).
 One can also uses a decimal point in a calculator.


  Fix build on MSVC.


  Fix build on MSVC.
  vimode bugfixes
  add syntax file for Oracle PL/SQL
  ppd highlighting: better support for multiline values


  Add runtime style element extension convenience functions for widgets: KStyleExtensions


  Add OnScreenDisplay window type
  Fix build on FreeBSD


  Let month menu navigate in current year (bug 342327)
  Expose new OnScreenDisplay window type in Dialog
  Migrate Plasma::Package to KPackage
  Fix labels not picking up changes to font settings at runtime
  Fix text not properly updating its color when switching themes (especially dark<-->light)
  Fix placeholder text in textfields being too strong when using a light theme
  Set visibility on mainItem to match Dialog
  Load IconItem immediately upon componentComplete()
  Use the same text colour for comboboxes as buttons
  Performance improvements (less config-file reparsing, use shared config...)
  roundToIconSize(0) now returns 0
  Give undo notifications a title


  Enable fstab and upower backends on FreeBSD
  Power: Add aboutToSuspend signal

Buildsystem changes

  ECM's KDEInstallDirs now supports KDE_INSTALL_* variables, which should
 be used in preference to the CMAKE_INSTALL_* variables or the older
 KDELibs4-compatible variables. The older forms of the variables are still
 supported (and kept in sync) unless KDE_INSTALL_DIRS_NO_DEPRECATED
 documentation for more details.

  Add COMPATIBILITY argument to ecm_setup_version().
 Lots of libraries will want to use SameMajorVersion to make sure
 searching for version 1 of a library doesn't give you version 2, for

  Fix ECMQueryQmake when Qt5Core is missing.


  Fix handling of palette change events (bug 336813)


David Faure, faure at kde.org, http://www.davidfaure.fr
Working on KDE Frameworks 5

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