While Canonical dropped Unity 2D in favour of using Unity and the Compiz window manager atop Gallium3D's software-accelerated LLVMpipe driver when no GPU hardware driver is available, and some distributions have done similar moves with the GNOME Shell on LLVMpipe, it doesn't look like the KDE desktop will be doing this risky move as any sanctioned default.
With the push towards Wayland and other various advancements being desired out of KDE's compositing window manager, Martin Gräßlin is joining Blue Systems to further work on KWin.
Work on version 2 of Rekonq, the popular QtWebKit-based web-browser focusing upon the KDE desktop, is now underway.
KDE SC 4.9.2 is now available as the latest monthly point release for the KDE desktop.
With GLX set to be deprecated in the not too distant future and EGL being in use with OpenGL ES on mobile platforms, KDE's KWin compositing window manager now has support for using desktop OpenGL over EGL instead of GLX.
While some were fond of the KDE Vivaldi Tablet to begin with (formerly the Spark Tablet), it seems the Linux hardware tablet project is struggling.
Next month's KDE SC 4.9.2 release will be slightly faster with the KWin compositing window manager while more performance optimizations for KWin will land in KDE SC 4.10 come late January of 2013.
KDE 4.10 is scheduled for release in late January of 2013.
While most of the Linux desktop bickering these days come down to Ubuntu's Unity and GNOME 3.x Shell, KDE 4.x used to have its fair share of critics. Most KDE users are satisfied with the latest 4.x software compilations, but the KDE 3.5 packages continue to be maintained through the Trinity Desktop fork.
The second official release of the Calligra office suite software, which was forked from KOffice, is now available.
KDE 4.9 surfaced this morning as expected for this six-month update to the KDE desktop.
KDE's KWin compositing window manager now has support for QML window decorations.
KDE 4.9 will be released in August and overall it feels more responsive and faster during desktop use than its predecessors.
KDE just lost support for tiling windows with the feature being removed from the KWin window manager code-base.
Less than two weeks after releasing KDE SC 4.9 RC1, the KDE development community is out with a second release candidate.
Rekonq, the promising KDE WebKit-powered web-browser, is nearly ready for its version 1.0 release.
KDE's annual event, Akademy, ended last week in Tallinn, Estonia. Here's some notes from the developer-focused event.
One day after questioning whether KDE is losing its competitiveness, KDE SC 4.9 RC1 has been released.
Peter Penz, the main developer of the Dolphin file manager for the KDE desktop and a K Desktop user since KDE v1.2, is calling it quits after contributing to KDE for more than the past half-decade. His reason for leaving the development of the popular open-source desktop environment is interesting.
A "tech preview" of KDE's Rekonq version 1.0 web-browser has been released.
Just one week after the first KDE SC 4.9 beta, a second beta of this six-month KDE desktop update is now available with more fixes.
The first beta release of KDE SC 4.9 is now available.
KDE 4.8.3 is now available.
The KDE LightDM greeter is now up to version 0.1.0, which is now usable enough to make it into the Ubuntu 12.04 repository.
Back in 2010 there was the fork of KDE's KOffice to form what would be called the Calligra Suite, following unresolved disputes among KOffice developers. After being in development for quite some time, the Calligra developers have today made their first release: Calligra 2.4.
While some KDE users running Kubuntu were concerned following Canonical's decision to drop support for Kubuntu following the 12.04 LTS release, there's a new backer of the Kubuntu project outside of Canonical.
The KDE developers have released KDE 4.8.2 today with several bug-fixes.
The Ubuntu Technical Board would not object if Kubuntu, the Ubuntu KDE derivative, were to be sponsored by some organization outside of Canonical.
After spending nearly a year developing the IDE, KDevelop 4.3 is now available. Among the features of this updated program is support for basic C++11.
Besides Canonical no longer sponsoring the Kubuntu distribution following the 12.04 LTS release of this KDE-focused Ubuntu derivative, there's some more changes this cycle. As a last minute change prior to next month's Kubuntu 12.04 release, Mozilla Firefox support is being dropped.
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