Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) turns 10 years old!

  • Posted on: 29 April 2020
  • By: Michael

-Press Release-

Ten years ago today, the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) saw the release
of its first version (3.5.11). Lot of things have happened since that day
but TDE has continued to grow and flourish throughout the years. Today the
project is healthier than ever, with dedicated self-hosted servers,
regular releases, modern collaboration tools and a vibrant community of
users and enthusiasts.

The development team is pleased to celebrate TDE's 10th birthday by
announcing the immediate availability of the new TDE R14.0.8 release. TDE
is a complete software desktop environment designed for Unix-like
operating systems, intended for computer users preferring a traditional
desktop model, and is free/libre software.

R14.0.8 is the eighth maintenance release of the R14.0 series, and is built
on and improves the previous R14.0.7 version. Maintenance releases are
intended to promptly bring bug fixes to users, while preserving overall
stability through the avoidance of both major new features and major
codebase re-factoring.

R14.0.8 Release Notes

This section highlights some of the most important fixes introduced by this
maintenance release.

Bug fixes
 * Fixed avahi support
 * Fixed parsing of CPU cores frequency on some hardware
 * Fixed parsing of battery information on some hardware
 * Fixed detection of closing thelid on some hardware
 * Fixed incorrect update of KNote "last modified" field
 * Fixed several FTBFS caused by newer library versions
 * Fixed K3B crashes when trying to write an audio CD with cd text
 * Fixed tdenetworkmanager crashes

Enhancements
 * Many translation updates
 * Several packages have been migrated to CMake build system
 * For some packages have been dropped the automake build system
 * Added option to disable tdekbdledsync
 * Added option to select default file manager
 * The selected default terminal is also used for Open terminal here
 * Improved LibreSSL support
 * Improved musl libc support
 * Improved support for DilOS distribution
 * Improved support for XDG folders
 * Improved support for Pinebook Pro
 * Initial work to support reproducible builds
 * Initial support for translating desktop files using Weblate
 * Using Ninja build for Cmake building on FreeBSD
 * Dropped Kerry and code related to Beagle search

Security
 * CVE-2019-14744: Solved similar cases of arbitrary code execution
   from .desktop files

The full version of the release notes is available at
https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/Release_Notes_For_R14.0.8

The complete list of bugs fixed in this release is available at these
locations (please note that two lists complement each others, they are not
duplicates):

* TGW issue list
https://mirror.git.trinitydesktop.org/gitea/TDE/tde/issues/27
* Bugzilla reports
https://bugs.trinitydesktop.org/showdependencytree.cgi?id=3060&hide_reso...

A detailed commit change log is also available at
https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/Changelog_For_R14.0.8

Useful notes on upgrading

Please read through the following notes before upgrading. If applicable to
your system, follow the recommended steps.
https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/index.php?title=Release_Notes_For_R14.0....

Getting TDE

Installation instructions and binary packages are immediately available for
Debian and Ubuntu. Packages for RedHat/CentOs, Fedora, Mageia, OpenSUSE,
and PCLinuxOS are being built by their respective maintainers and may be
already available or will be soon.
Live CDs with TDE R14.0.8 preinstalled are or will be available soon on the
LiveCDs page.

FreeBSD Support

TDE continues to offer support for FreeBSD, although still partial given
some of the new issues that have arisen with the latest versions of
FreeBSD. The TDE team will try their best to improve support for FreeBSD
but progress will probably be slow. Additional developers or contributors
willing to help porting the remaining features and applications are always
welcome.

Credits and acknowledgements

We thanks all the people that are (or have been) involved in making TDE the
great desktop environment that it is.

We would like to thank IntegriCloud (https://integricloud.com/) for kindly providing a powerful
physical server based on a secure POWER9 architecture that serves as the
new TDE primary host and as a very powerful builder for ppc64el packages.

We would like to thank vpsFree (https://vpsfree.org/) for kindly providing free hosting for some
of the TDE services, most notably our self-hosted TDE Gitea Workspace and
TDE Weblate Translation Workspace.

We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to improve
translations for many languages. We are looking forward for further
contributions in future.
https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/Release_Notes_For_R14.0.8#Translators

Contribute to TDE development

The TDE development team is small but friendly. If you wish to participate
in the TDE development process, please visit the Get involved page for
additional information.

There many things you can contribute to, from documentation review to bug
fixes as well as brand new software features or applications.

Feedback from our users is also an integral part of a large,
user-experience oriented project such as TDE. Whether you want to report a
bug, suggest an improvement or simply let us know your opinion about TDE,
please feel free to contact us. Three good places to start communication
are the official TGW site at https://mirror.git.trinitydesktop.org/gitea
(user guide at https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/TDE_Gitea_Workspace ),the
mailing lists at https://www.trinitydesktop.org/mailinglist.php and the
bug tracker at https://bugs.trinitydesktop.org/.

Donate to the TDE Project

Creating TDE requires significant computing resources and bandwidth. Please
consider helping to keep us online with a donation on our donations page
at https://www.trinitydesktop.org/donate.php. Without your financial
assistance, TDE would not be possible!

Join us in congratulating TDE on its 10th birthday!!

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