KDE 4.8 Released With Many Improvements
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 25 January 2012 at 12:05 PM EST. 18 Comments
Version 4.8 of the KDE Platform, Plasma, and Applications is now available to improve the KDE user experience. There's a lot of new features along with better performance, improved stability, and a whole lot of bug-fixes.

Key features worked on during the KDE 4.8 six-month cycle include KWin window manager optimizations, KDE's Dolphin file-manager has been largely re-written for a better user-interface and performance, improvements to the Kate text editor, KDE Telepathy is now in beta, and the KDE 4.8 platform has been enhanced too.

Some of the other features of KDE 4.8 that are being pushed heavily include adaptive power management within Plasma Workspaces, better stability and performance, and many application-level boosts.

To learn more about KDE 4.8, read the press release or dot.kde.org.

Meanwhile KDE 4.9 is already heating up with more KWin work, rewriting parts of KWin in JavaScript, greater QML usage, and other Plasma advancements. Neither KDE 4.8 or 4.9 are playing under Wayland as was originally anticipated.

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