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Kraft Version 0.80 Released

April 3, 2018 3 comments

I am happy to announce the release of the stable Kraft version 0.80 (Changelog).

Kraft is desktop software to manage documents like quotes and invoices in the small business. It focuses on ease of use through an intuitive GUI, a well choosen feature set and ensures privacy by keeping data local.

After more than a dozen years of life time, Kraft is now reaching a new level: It is now completely ported to Qt5 / KDE Frameworks 5 and with that, it is compatible with all modern Linux distributions again.

KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5 are the best base for modern desktop software and Kraft integrates seamlessly into all Linux desktops. Kraft makes use of the great KDE PIM infrastructure with KAddressbook and Akonadi.

In addition to the port that lasted unexpectedly over 12 months, Kraft v. 0.80 got a whole bunch of improvements, just to name some examples:

More Flexible Addressbook Integration

As Akonadi is optional now, Kraft can be built without it. Even if it was built with, but Akonadi for whatever reason is not working properly, Kraft still runs smoothly. In that case it only lacks the convenience of address book integration.

The Address book access was also nicely abstracted so that other Addressbook backends can be implemented more easily.

GUI Improvements

Even though the functionality and GUI of Kraft was not changed dramatically compared to the last stable KDE 4 version, there were a few interesting changes in the user interface.

  • A new, bigger side bar simplifies navigation.
  • In the timeline view, a click on years and month in the treeview show summaries of the selected time span, ie. the number of documents with financial summaries per month or year.
  • A filter allows to limit the view on the current week or month.

Reduction of dependencies

Kraft makes broad use of the core Qt5 libraries. The required KDE dependencies were reduced to a bare minimum. Akonadi libraries, which enable KDE PIM integration are now optional. The former dependency on heavyweight web browser components were completely removed and replaced by the far more simple richtext component of Qt.

These changes make it not only easier and more transparent to build Kraft but allow make a port to other platforms like MacOSX more easy in the future.

Under the Hood

A countless number of bugfixes and small improvements went in. Also updates to the newer C++ concepts where applicable make the rather mature code base more modern and better maintainable.

The Reportlab based PDF document creation script was updated and merged with a later version for example.


Installing Kraft is still a bit complicated for unexperienced users, and distributions sometimes haven’t made a good job in the past to provide the latest version of Kraft.

To make it easier to test, there is an AppImage of Kraft 0.80 available that should be runable on most modern distributions. Just download a single file that can be started right away after having added the executable permissions.

Linux packages are already built for openSUSE (various versions) or Gentoo.

Kraft’s website will contain a lot more information.

Categories: KDE, Kraft, openSUSE, Qt, Release Tags: , , , ,

SMB on openSUSE Conference

May 21, 2017 1 comment

The annual openSUSE Conference 2017 is upcoming! osc17finalNext weekend it will be again in the Z-Bau in Nuremberg, Germany.

The conference program is impressive and if you can make it, you should consider stopping by.

Stefan Schäfer from the Invis server project and me will organize a workshop about openSUSE for Small and Medium Business (SMB).

SMB is a long running concern of the heart of the two of us: Both Stefan, who even does it for living, and me have both used openSUSE in the area of SMB for long and we know how well it serves there. Stefan has even initiated the Invis Server Project, which is completely free software and builds on top of the openSUSE distributions. The Invis Server adds a whole bunch of extra functionality to openSUSE that is extremely useful in the special SMB usecase. It came a long way starting as Stefans own project long years ago, evolving as proper maintained openSUSE Spin in OBS with a small, but active community.

The interesting question is how openSUSE, Invis Server and other smaller projects like for example Kraft can unite and offer a reliable maintained and comprehensive solution for this huge group of potential users, that is now locked in to proprietary technologies mainly while FOSS can really make a difference here.

In the workshop we first will introduce the existing projects briefly, maybe discuss some technical questions like integration of new packages in the openSUSE distributions and such, and also touch organizational question like how we want to setup and market openSUSE SMB.

Participants in the workshop should not expect too much presentation. We rather hope for a lively discussion with many people bringing in their projects that might fit, their experiences and ideas. Don’t be shy 🙂



openSUSE to Develop

December 6, 2013 1 comment

Have you ever wondered why openSUSE is the platform for development? Because it offers all that is needed for professional development, also if development goes beyond the basics.

A nice proof that openSUSE has more than others was posted here by our friend Thomas, a convinced Debian user. He writes about setting up openSUSE in vagrant to be easily able to build (master build) the ownCloud Client for Win32 in it. Very easy and cool stuff. But that can be even easier without vagrant through this link ;-).

Btw, there is an appliance in SUSE Studio to ease experiments with vagrant with openSUSE as base. I haven’t tested yet, experiences?

openSUSE on RaspberryPi with ownCloud

November 19, 2013 9 comments

This morning during a cup of coffee I wanted to do something adventurous. I put the raspberry which I bought recently (without having very much played with it because of my light apt-* allergy) on the table and thought I will try to install the openSUSE distribution.

I remembered awesome Bernhard was blogging about that topic recently. On that page one can find this link where raspberrypi images can be found. Oh, surprise, there is even a file from november 10th, so I downloaded that. People always recommend the latest stuff.

Following this Howto I quickly had the RaspberryPi running in my home network, surprisingly enough identifying itself as powered by openSUSE 13.1 🙂

Well, that was easy and far away from adventure which I was looking for. So I remembered that the cool kids on the block have an ownCloud server running on the RaspberryPi. Would that be as easy? There are no official packages for the Pi yet, so what could I do?

Well, ownCloud is noarch, because it is plain PHP. So I downloaded the two ownCloud server packages owncloud and owncloud-3rdparty from our ownCloud nightly build repository on OBS and installed them with

zypper in owncloud owncloud-3rdparty

I was (adventure!) ignoring all the warnings and stuff, what you should never do! Just for a test, before the coffee is cold.

After having started apache, what should I say? It simply worked. No need for antihistamine, all nice green around, and ownCloud running after having finished it’s setup page.

That really pushed me for the day! It was such a smart experience having that running within a couple of minutes, with absolutely no fiddling around. This is cool stuff! Thanks to Bernhard and all the other openSUSE guys for doing that!

My congrats for the 13.1 release! I really hope that people will understand (again) how awesome the openSUSE distribution and the project is, especially for the more nerdy folks! Really, you wanna run the Geeko these days.

Enough praise, now, maybe there is somebody who will help me in OBS to provide proper ownCloud packages for ARM? I am sure there is not much missing.

And if you want to run ownCloud on your “normal” PC, this is the repository of the latest stable version which we actively maintain…

Categories: openSUSE, ownCloud, Release Tags: , , ,