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KDE 4.11 Released With Its Early KWin Wayland Code

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Published on 14 August 2013 12:55 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE
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KDE Software Compilation 4.11 has been released as its six-month update to the KDE desktop environment stack. With KDE 4.11 comes many exciting changes ahead of the KDE Frameworks 5 transition.

Some of the KDE 4.11 features to get excited about include greater XCB usage by KWin, speed improvements for Nepomuk, the initial KWin Wayland back-end, other KWin window manager improvements, lower KDE memory usage, and many other changes. This is also the last feature release for KDE4 Workspaces as its developers begin to focus greater on KDE5.

The early KWin Wayland code is meant to run atop Wayland's Weston compositor at this time. However, KDE will not fully run on Wayland until next summer with the release of KDE Frameworks 5.

More details on the KDE 4.11 changes can be found out via the KDE.org announcement.

For KDE 4.12, the next major KDE Software Compilation update, is to release it on the 18th of December. More KDE 4.12 details will come on Phoronix in the coming weeks and months.

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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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