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Features Being Brewed For KDE 4.10

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Published on 12 October 2012 11:17 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE
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The soft feature freeze for KDE 4.10 is coming up in just two weeks time. In this article are a look at some of the features being worked on for the KDE 4.10 desktop update.

The KDE 4.10 release schedule sets the feature freeze on 25 October, the hard feature freeze on 8 November, a beta for the 21 November, the release candidates begin in mid-December, and the final release is planned to happen on 23 January 2013.

Features being worked on for this next major bi-annual KDE Software Compilation update include:

- A KIO-Slave for MTP, the Media Transfer Protocol. MTP is a Microsoft specification for transferring of files to audio/media players and other mobile devices. The KIO access work for MTP support is a work in progress and will allow for things like accessing a Galaxy Nexus and other MTP-enabled smart-phones from the Dolphin file manager without having to resort to other means for the MTP support under Linux.

- A new QML-based screen-locker for ksmserver, the KDE Session Manager.

- Porting notifications and task manager applets along with Kickoff to QML.

- A new print manager KCM and Plasmoid replacement in C++.

- Various new plug-ins, features, and a plotting framework when it comes to the KDE educational packages.

- A major clean-up and rewrite of the KDE games library.

- Porting libkipi of the KDE graphics stack to KDE-XML GUI.

- Juk is finally being moved away from kde3support.

- Facebook support for the KDE PIM will now be supported by default.

- A QML version of the Microblog KDE Plasma add-on.

- Various Okteta enhancements in the KDE SDK area.

- Proper AMD Catalyst driver support in KWin.

These tentative KDE 4.10 features, many of which are still being worked on, are listed on techbase.kde.org. With many of them being still marked as "TODO" or "In progress", not all of them might end up making the cut for the KDE 4.10 release. This feature list also isn't fully exhaustive but more KDE 4.10 desktop features will be covered in future Phoronix articles.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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