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KWin Now Supports Suspended Compositing

KDE's KWin compositing window manager now supports suspended compositing that can be toggled by applications to provide a cleaner solution for stopping for removing the OpenGL context created by the KDE window manager and blocking the effects system so that directed full-screen applications and games should work better, especially with less than stellar graphics drivers.

3 April 2011 - KWin & KDE - 69 Comments
Phonon 4.5 Supports Logging To Zeitgeist

Phonon, the multimedia abstraction library known within the KDE and Qt worlds, has reached version 4.5. The major addition to Phonon 4.5.0 is Zeitgeist support.

26 March 2011 - Phonon 4.5.0 Released - 24 Comments
KDE Software Compilation 4.6.1 Arrives

For those of you running KDE Software Compilation, the first point release is now available. KDE SC 4.6.1 brings a variety of bug-fixes to this free software desktop.

4 March 2011 - It's Here - 8 Comments
KDE 4.6.0 Has Arrived

Besides today being an exciting day in that AMD has finally fixed the screen tearing issues with the Catalyst 11.1 binary driver (albeit at the cost of increased video memory usage and additional latency), KDE desktop fans can be more excited as version 4.6 of the KDE Software Compilation has been released. KDE 4.6.0 brings many new improvements and features to the Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and KDE Development Platform.

26 January 2011 - It's Here, KDE Fans - 62 Comments
KDE SC 4.6 Release Candidate 2 Is Out

Version 4.6 of the KDE Software Compilation is due out by month's end (26 January to be exact), but if you wish to help in testing the latest KDE 4.6 packages before that point, the second (and last) release candidate is now available.

5 January 2011 - It's Here - 1 Comment
KOffice 2.3.0 Office Suite Released

While there is now the Calligra Suite following an internal KOffice fork by its developers, having been released today is KOffice 2.3.0 that includes the work leading up the formation of Calligra. KOffice 2.3 features include Krita being certified as ready for use by professional artists, better support for reading Microsoft Office files, a new report engine in KPlato and Kexi, and much more.

30 December 2010 - Not Calligra - 30 Comments
KDE SC 4.6 Release Candidate 1 Makes It Out

As a Christmas present for KDE users around the world, the first release candidate for KDE Software Compilation 4.6 has emerged this morning. After being in beta for about one month's time, the developers have issued the first of two release candidates. The final release of KDE 4.6 is meanwhile scheduled to take place on the 27th of January.

23 December 2010 - It's Here - 94 Comments
KDE Software Compilation 4.6 Beta 2

Two weeks after the Thanksgiving Day release of KDE SC 4.6 Beta 1, the second beta is now here for this desktop environment update to be officially released next month. KDE SC 4.6 Beta 2 has fixed nearly 1,200 bugs while more than 1,300 bugs were reported in the past two weeks.

8 December 2010 - Is Here - 7 Comments
KDE's KOffice Forks Internally As The Calligra Suite

The KDE community has announced the formation of the Calligra Suite, as a "continuation of the KOffice project" to reflect the larger KOffice package rather than just being an office and productivity suite. Calligra is meant to breath new life into the contained KDE programs after an unresolvable dispute by KOffice developers.

7 December 2010 - New Office Suite - 22 Comments
Amarok 2.4 Beta 1 Brings A Basket Of Features

KDE Software Compilation 4.6 is set to be released in January and coming alongside that will be the Amarok 2.4 music player release. KDE SC 4.6 Beta 1 came late last month, but now Amarok is joining the Christmas party with its first 2.4 beta release. It brings a basket of new features, thanks in part to the contributions made this year with the Google Summer of Code project.

7 December 2010 - Lots Of Music Goodies - 17 Comments
KDE SC 4.5.4 Arrives For An Early Christmas

Next month we will see the release of KDE Software Compilation 4.6, but as an early Christmas present today, the KDE community has announced the release of KDE SC 4.5.4. The 4.5.4 update to this desktop environment brings various translation updates and bug-fixes to further stability KDE SC 4.5, which was released five months ago.

2 December 2010 - December Update - 3 Comments
GNOME's Zeitgeist Is Coming To The KDE Desktop

Developed as part of KDE4 was Nepomuk to handle meta data of all kinds on the desktop in a generic fashion regardless of file type as a step towards a semantic desktop. While Nepomuk continues to advance, the KDE developers are now collaborating with GNOME developers to bring Zeitgeist to the KDE desktop too. Zeitgeist is one of the GNOME 3.0 projects and is basically a desktop engine for logging and tagging all sorts of desktop activity from document openings, the web-sites you visit, emails and notes you create, etc. This information is stored on your system in a central database so that via other GNOME applications you can access this data or perform queries to help you in different ways.

29 November 2010 - Zeitgeist + Nepomuk On KDE - 22 Comments
KWin Is Now Running On OpenGL ES 2.0

For a while we have known that KDE developers have been interested in supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 (and OpenGL 3.x) within the KWin compositing window manager as well as using more OpenGL within the Plasma Desktop and on the KWin front the developers, led by Martin Gräßlin, they have been making great progress towards KDE SC 4.7 where this work will be introduced.

28 November 2010 - It's Here - 5 Comments
KDE 4.6 Beta 1 Is Here With Fun New Features

Like Linux gamers, KDE users have a reason to be thankful today and that's because KDE Software Compilation 4.6 Beta 1 is now available. This six-month update to the KDE desktop stack includes revamped activities in the Plasma Desktop, major search improvements within the Dolphin File Manager, improved mobile device support, and Kontact is now based on Akonadi.

25 November 2010 - Mobile, Search, Activities - 13 Comments
OpenGL ES For KWin In KDE SC 4.7 Is Taking Shape

There's just about two months left until the release of KDE SC 4.6, but Martin Gräßlin and other KDE developers have already begun thinking about and working on code for KDE Software Compilation 4.7 [granted, there are already people talking about KDE5 and KDE6] that is still eight months away. In particular, Martin has some prominent KWin compositing manager changes for the 4.7 release.

20 November 2010 - Awesome - 17 Comments
KDE Software Compilation 4.5.3 Released

There's already been a lot of news this week regarding KDE with their developers thinking about merging the KDE libraries into Qt, performance optimizations for KWin in KDE 4.6, and more performance improvements with the experimental Qt Scene Graph. This morning there's more news coming out with the monthly bug-fixing update to the KDE Software Compilation.

3 November 2010 - Monthly Bug Fixing - 4 Comments
Performance Optimizations For KDE's KWin 4.6

While some developers and other KDE contributors are busy voicing their opinions over merging the KDE libraries into the upstream Qt, which would lead to either KDE 5.0 or KDE 6.0 depending upon how it's implemented and if it's actually carried out, KDE Software Compilation 4.6 is still on the way and should officially arrive by the end of January. Martin Graesslin, who works on much of the KWin compositing manager and previously said KDE SC 4.7 may support OpenGL 3.x for compositing, has written about some of the KWin changes for KDE 4.6.

1 November 2010 - Nothing Major - 15 Comments
KDE's Plasma To Be Reworked, Use More OpenGL

While we already know that by the time KDE Software Compilation 4.7 rolls around it may optionally support OpenGL 3.0 within the KWin compositing manager, but with time KDE's Plasma may begin using more OpenGL too. Aaron Seigo has written a lengthy blog post about what he hopes to achieve with Plasma and its library going a few releases out into the future. This includes a rather extensive rework of Plasma and its drawing, which would include the use of more OpenGL to allow for greater hardware acceleration.

14 October 2010 - libplasma2 - 65 Comments
KDE Software Compilation 4.5.2 Is Here

It's that time of the month for another update to the KDE Software Compilation. The October point release to KDE SC 4.5 brings a variety of bug-fixes to KWin, Dolphin, and KSharedDataCache, among other KDE packages.

5 October 2010 - Monthly Update - 47 Comments
Open-Source GPU Drivers Causing Headaches In KDE 4.5

Martin Gräßlin, the KDE developer known for working on KWin and working on advanced features like OpenGL 3.x compositing in KDE 4.7, has written a new blog post in which he details some of the driver issues currently being experienced by some users of the recently released KDE 4.5 desktop.

4 September 2010 - Due To Bugs - 173 Comments
KDE Software Compilation 4.5 Released

Following a brief delay, KDE Software Compilation 4.5 was released this morning. This semi-annual update to the KDE desktop and related packages brings new releases of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, KDE WebKit support within the Konqueror web-browser, usabiliy refinements to Plasma for providing an improved user experience, and a plethora of other improvements and bug fixes.

10 August 2010 - New KDE Desktop - 101 Comments
KDE SC 4.5 Just Got Hit With A One-Week Delay

If you've been waiting around today for the planned release of KDE Software Compilation 4.5, you can stop waiting. No, KDE SC 4.5 wasn't released nor will it be today, but its release has been pushed back by one week. Due to the amount of changes committed after the third release candidate of the KDE 4.5 desktop, it was found best by the release team to postpone this six-month update.

4 August 2010 - Bugs - 49 Comments
The 2011 Desktop Summit Is Announced For Berlin

Back in 2009 there was the Desktop Summit that placed GUADEC and Akademy, the annual development conferences for the GNOME and KDE desktops, respectively, in the same location at the same time. While there was not a 2010 Desktop Summit for more open collaboration between these two major free software projects, there will be a 2011 Desktop Summit and it's taking place in Berlin.

31 July 2010 - Good Pick Of Berlin - Add A Comment
KDE Software Compilation 4.5 RC2 Is Out

Version 4.5 of the KDE SC (Software Compilation) is just weeks away from being formally released as the six-month refresh to this multi-platform, open-source desktop stack. KDE SC 4.5 brings a lot of new features and improvements to the table, but if you're too impatient to wait around or want to see that this release comes together nicely, the second release candidate is now available for testing.

8 July 2010 - New KDE Desktop - 13 Comments
KDE Software Compilation 4.4.5 Released

While KDE SC 4.5.0 is just around the corner, KDE SC 4.4.5 has just been released as the final point release in the KDE SC 4.4 series that was introduced some six months back. Version 4.4.5 of the KDE Software Compilation -- like other KDE point releases -- just focuses upon delivering translation updates and bug-fixes.

30 June 2010 - KDE 4.5 Though Is Coming - Add A Comment
KDE SC 4.5 Enters Beta

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.

26 May 2010 - KDE 4.5 Desktop - 7 Comments
KDE Software Compilation 4.4.3 Arrives

There's still a few months left before KDE Software Compilation 4.5 will be released, but for the interim there are the usual monthly point releases of the current stable branch. As such, with the start of a new month, KDE Software Compilation 4.4.3 was released this morning.

5 May 2010 - New KDE Desktop - 10 Comments
KDE SC 4.4.2 Released w/ Fixes

The software compilation of KDE 4.4 was released in early February and it will be the latest and greatest version of the KDE Desktop until KDE 4.5 is released in about four more months. While KDE SC 4.4 brought a lot to the table, there's still some bugs and other items continued to be squashed on a monthly basis via new point releases. The second point release for KDE SC 4.4 that brings maintenance updates is now available.

30 March 2010 - Various Fixes - 25 Comments

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