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Distro Watcher

   0.11.2 / 1.0.3  

Plasmoid Script

Score 73%
Distro Watcher

Distro Watcher

Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  1807
Submitted:  Mar 4 2013
Updated:  Feb 6 2016


Distro Watcher 1.0.3 (Plasma 5) has been released. Check download link and installation instructions below.

The specific plasmoid displays the latest releases of Linux distributions and packages, as published in distrowatch.com. In order to retrieve the relative data, RSS feeds from distrowatch are being used.

The plasmoid consists of four distinct views:
- Distributions
- Packages
- Favorites
- News

Switching between views can be accomplished using a KDE tab bar. By clicking to a distribution record, default browser opens distribution's homepage at distrowatch.com. By clicking to a package record, default browser opens package's homepage. Favorites can be selected by just clicking to the relative button. Clicking to a distribution record, users are navigated (using the predefault web browser) to the relative distrowatch page. After selecting favorites, as soon as a new release of a favorite distribution is available, a notification pop-up is displayed. Notifications can be disabled using the relative configuration option. In News tab, the latest news and updates, as published in distrowatch.com are displayed. Navigation between news is accomplished via the relative buttons. Zoom in/out option exists as well.

Horizontal and vertical layout options are provided.

Translated to: Greek, Spanish, Russian, Uzbek (Latin), Italian, Lithuanian, German and Chinese (Taiwan). If you would like to contribute to translations, visit the relative transifex project at https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/distrowatcher/

- Display depends on distrowatch.com RSS feeds. If the relative RSS changes or it is unavailable, plasmoid display will be broken.
- Data fetching is performed every 15 minutes (default). Users can override the default value via "Distro Watcher Settings".
- If no Internet connection is available, no data will be displayed. Instead, a notification screen is displayed. As soon as network connectivity is re-established and the next fetching point is reached, data display is restored. Users are also able to click to the Reload button and request data to be fetched again.
- Icons have been downloaded from:
Credits go to the artist.

Dependencies (version 0.*)
- KDE SC 4.10 or later

* In Kubuntu 13.04/13.10 the following packages were installed for a proper build to take place:

- build-essential
- cmake
- kdelibs5-dev
- kdebase-workspace-dev
- libdbusmenu-qt-dev

Installation (version 0.*)
- Unzip the plasmoid
- $ mkdir build
- $ cd build
- $ export QT_SELECT=qt4 && cmake -DQT_QMAKE_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/qmake-qt4 -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ..
- $ make
- $ (sudo) make install
- "Distro Watcher" widget is now available to add to desktop/panel.


- plasmapkg -i distrowatcher.plasmoid

Dependencies (version 1.*)
- Plasma 5.0 or later

* In Kubuntu 15.04 the following packages have been installed for a proper build to take place:

- cmake
- plasma-framework-dev
- extra-cmake-modules
- build-essential
- libqt5xmlpatterns5
- qml-module-qtquick-xmllistmodel

Installation (version 1.*)
- Unzip the plasmoid
- $ mkdir build
- $ cd build
- $ cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ..
- $ make
- $ (sudo) make install
- "Distro Watcher" widget is now available to add to desktop/panel.

Copyright (C) 2015 Dimitris Kardarakos

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.


Version 1.0.3
- Fix favorites icon position issue
- Update translations: thanks to Jeff and Giuseppe

Version 1.0.2
- Fix "Script plasmapackage:/ui/js/style.js unavailable" error (in Plasma 5.4)

Version 1.0.1
- Update translations (Lithuanian)
- Remove redundant lines

Version 1.0
Ported to Plasma 5

Version 0.11.1
German and Chinese (Taiwan) translation added. Thanks to Markus Oesterle for German and Jeff Huang for Chinese (Taiwan).

Version 0.11
- New tab added (News), from "Latest News and Updates" section of distrowatch.com.
- Horizontal layout option added
- List of distributions updated.
- User interface polishing.
- Translation updates

Version 0.10.3
- Translated to Lithuanian by Moo

Version 0.10.2
- Translation updates (Italian, Russian)

Version 0.10.1
- Translation updates (Italian: thanks to Giuseppe Pignataro, Russian)

Version 0.10
- Reload functionality added to unavailable screen
- Smooth transition between screens
- Translation updates (Greek, Spanish)

Version 0.9.2
- Notification icon changed to a generic one since, in "Get New Hot Stuff" packaging, no distrowatcher icon is installed
- Translated to Uzbek by Umid Almasov

Version 0.9.1
- Issue with multiple notifications when a distribution appears more than once in an rss bunch fixed
- Unnecessary translations removed
- Code cleaning
- Text field replaced text area in favorites; clearing handle added

Version 0.8.2
- Issue writing into the text area fixed
- Packaging translations issue fixed

Version 0.8.1
- Issue with misleading tooltip fixed
- Favorites list rendering issue fixed
- Russian translation updated

Version 0.8
- Visual improvements
- Searching functionality added to favorite distributions list
- Users can navigate to distrowatch from favorites screen
- Translated to Russian (thanks to sorrymak)
- Spanish translation updated

Version 0.7
- Favorites functionality has been added; users can click to the star button so as to select their favorites distributions.
- As soon as a new release of a favorite distribution is available, a notification pop-up is displayed.
- Notifications can be disabled using the distrowatcher settings.
- Transifex project created: https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/distrowatcher/

Version 0.6.1
- Rendering issue in case of users that use dark themes fixed.

Version 0.6
- Scrolling functionality extension; users can use middle (wheel) mouse button, to scroll against package/distro records offering a no-click navigation experience.

Version 0.5
- Scrolling bar added. So, the amount of displayable distros/packages has been expanded. Users can scroll down and view more distros and packages.

Version 0.4.1
- Translation infrastructure implemented; script to collect messages (messages.sh) created, CMakeLists.txt updated to incorporate translation files.
- Greek and Spanish translations added.
- Plasmoid descriptor (comments) added, so as to inform users regarding the purpose of the plasmoid.

Version 0.4.0
- Better integration with KDE. Coloring and highlight follow the active KDE theme.
- Distro Watcher becomes configurable. Users are able to set the refresh interval (how often, in minutes, data should be fetched from distrowatch.com), in Distro Watcher Settings -> Settings -> Refresh every (minutes).
- Issue with font size in packages section fixed. Both packages' and distributions' font size follows KDE 'Desktop' font size.

Version 0.3.0
- User interface has been completely re-designed. Icons that induced UI clutter have been removed. Current interface is much more minimalistic than the previous one.
- Navigation switch between packages and distributions screen is now accomplished via a KDE native tab bar/group.
- Code has been cleaned. From a developer's viewpoint, it is a totally new application.
- New background (white/transparent) has been added. In conjunction with resizing, icons' display has been improved.
- "Explicit fetch" feature has been removed.
- Text size and color are inherited from current theme.
- Application's icon has been changed. I opted for Tux, since it's the common point of reference for all Linux distributions.

Version 0.2
- Network unavailability management, displaying a new screen in case of network issue.
- Coloring enhancements.
- Geometry fixing.
- Display effect on change of state.
- Function i18n used for strings, enabling future translations.

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 by poker98face on: Mar 16 2013
Score 50%

Its really good but can you please add:
-possibility to change font color
-change the icons because they looks ugly and logos too

sorry for my bad english

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 Re: Great

 by dimkard on: Mar 16 2013
Score 50%

Thanks for your feedback.

I' ll try to address the issues you mentioned in the next release.

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 by Meteorrock on: May 6 2013
Score 50%
Kubuntu / Open Source /QT5+wayland

Nice plasmoid. Downloaded.

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 plasmoid background

 by D-- on: Jul 27 2013
Score 50%

would it be possible to let the plasmoid follow the plasma theme style?

In some case text is not readable because the plasma theme set the text to white while the background color stays with the hardcoded gradient, so you have white text on white background.

This can be solved if you remove your custom backaground and let the plasmoid use the default background taken from the plasma theme.

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 Re: plasmoid background

 by dimkard on: Jul 27 2013
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Thanks for your feedback. I ll handle the issue you mentioned in the next version. Just a question; the 'white-white' issue is observed in dates' text in 'Packages' tab or in each literal ? If you pointed me a theme to test with it would be great.

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 Re: Re: plasmoid background

 by D-- on: Jul 27 2013
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you may try with "appows" (http://kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=156809), but any dark theme with white text should show the same issue.

As you say, The white-white is most visible in dates from the packages tab.

thank you for you work

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 by janet on: Oct 1 2015
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Would be cool to also see the current ranking in an extra tab. Extra cool would be to see it just for the distros marked as favorites ;).

And I miss Tanglu in the list of favorites...

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 Re: Ranking?

 by dimkard on: Oct 3 2015
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Tanglu is in the list of favorites, probably you use an older version:)

Regarding Hit Ranking, I will try to include it in a future version.

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