In preparations for an early August release of KDE Software Compilation 4.5, the KDE development community has issued the first beta of this desktop environment.
KDE Software Compilation 4.5 features a reworked notification area, the Konqueror web-browser can now use WebKit as a rendering engine, the KWin window manager now supports tiling, and according to the press announcement, "thousands of issues have been corrected."
On this KDE tech-base page
is also a list of the different 4.5 feature plans for the KDE 4.5 software components and their current status. The items range from Kopete picking up Jabber Jingle video support to a bookmarks widget for the Plasma desktop.
The KDE SC 4.5 release schedule is available via this page
. The second beta is expected on the 9th of June while the KDE SC 4.5 release candidates begin on the 23rd of next month.
The KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 announcement can be read at KDE.org