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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's been just shy of a month since the release of KDE SC 4.4, but today the 4.4.1 point release for the KDE Software Compilation has been made available. The major highlights for KDE 4.4.1 SC include KMail performance fixes, fixes to Plasma and other desktop widgets, and Konsole fixes.
Following an unplanned release candidate, the final version of KDE 4.4 Software Compilation has been released. KDE 4.4 delivers on improvements to Plasma, the various KDE applications, the KDE 4.4 platform, and many other areas. The release announcement for the software compilation of KDE 4.4 can be found at KDE.org.
While KDE SC 4.4 RC2 should have been the last release candidate for the KDE 4.4 Software Compilation, a third and final release candidate has been offered. The KDE SC 4.4 release managers deemed another RC necessary after bugs (and fixes) continued to flow in following the RC2 release.
Version 4.4 of the KDE Software Compilation is due out in two weeks and sticking with its release schedule, the final development build has now been put out. KDE Software Compilation 4.4 Release Candidate 2 is this final build and it brings various fixes and enhancements since KDE SC 4.4 RC1 earlier this month.
There's only a few weeks left until KDE 4.4 will be released, but being released this morning is the first release candidate of the KDE 4.4 Software Compilation. KDE 4.4 is set to deliver new applications, improvements to the Plasma desktop, Nepomuk search advancements, and many other improvements. However, now it's time to test out all of this code before it goes gold, though there still a second KDE 4.4 SC RC2 release planned for later this month.
In just a bit over a month should be the release of KDE 4.4, or more properly known now as KDE Software Compilation 4.4. A month and a half ago was the first beta release, but now KDE Software Compilation 4.4 Beta 2 is ready and has been released to the public this morning.
The KDE development community this morning has announced the release of KDE Software Compilation 4.4 Beta 1. This previously would have been known just as K Desktop Environment 4.4 Beta 1, but the rebranding took place. Anyhow, the 4.4 release of KDE carries many Nepomuk search improvements, further polishing to the Plasma desktop, various new applications (for blogging and scientific purposes), the KDE development platform brings the KAuth authorization framework, and there are many other improvements to a horde of KDE packages.
Last month the KDE development community announced their plans to reposition the KDE brand. With what was previously just called "KDE" to mean the entire desktop and its packages, that is to now be called the "KDE Software Compilation" and KDE is no longer to mean the K Desktop Environment. There was also some other changes such as the workspaces now needing to be called the KDE Plasma Desktop or KDE Plasma Netbook, but that's besides the point of this article. What has been released today is KDE Software Compilation 4.3.4 (what would have just been called "KDE 4.3.4" a month ago).
KDE 4.4 is scheduled to be released in early February of 2010 as the six-month feature update to KDE4 and now its feature plan has surfaced. KDE 4.4 is poised to pickup a number of exciting new features along with various bug-fixes and other updates. Below is a list of some of the KDE 4.4 features that caught our attention.
Continuing with the monthly point-release updates until KDE 4.4 is released next January, KDE 4.3.2 packages are now available for download. KDE 4.3.2 brings many crasher fixes, further stabilization work to KWin's window compositing effects, and KMail improvements.
One month after the release of KDE 4.3.0, the KDE community has now announced the first monthly point release, KDE 4.3.1. The KDE 4.3.1 release adds language support for Croatian, crash fixes, fixes for transferring files over SSH when using part of the KDE KIO API, bug-fixes for KWin, and a large number of bug-fixes in KMail.
It's arriving a week later than scheduled, but KDE 4.3 is now available. KDE 4.3 contains many improvements for Plasma, enhanced KWin effects, Dolphin effects, many application improvements, and much more.
KDE 4.3 will be released in a week or two, but as a last minute testing version, a third release candidate has made its way out of the K-camp. KDE 4.3 RC3 contains bug fixes, including a notable one that should improve the performance of Plasma. In general, KDE 4.3 integrates several new technologies (i.e. PolicyKit and Geolocation services), new KWin window animation effects, various bug fixes, and many changes to improve the KDE Linux desktop.
Just a week after the release of the KDE 4.3 release candidate, a second release candidate has emerged from the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit. KDE 4.3 Release Candidate 2 incorporates fewer changes than earlier development releases, as development winds down for the final release of KDE 4.3.0 later this month.
With KDE 4.3 being scheduled for release later this month, Sebastian Kügler on the behalf of the KDE developers around the world has announced the KDE 4.3.0 release candidate. KDE 4.3 RC1 further polishes and completes the K Desktop Environment 4 with the integration of many new Linux desktop technologies, new KWin effects, improvements across the board, and many bug fixes in KDE4 packages.
The KDE crew has shipped the second beta release of the forthcoming KDE 4.3 desktop environment. As described in the release announcement, "KDE 4.3 focuses on polishing and completing the user experience by providing a modern and beautiful Free working environment."
The KDE project has announced the release of KDE 4.3 Beta 1. This first beta in the KDE 4.3 series, which is expected to be officially released by late July, brings numerous enhancements to this popular desktop environment.
If you are currently running KDE 4.2, get ready, as KDE 4.2.2 has just been released. KDE 4.2.2 is a point release that incorporates many bug-fixes and in particular it incorporates stability fixes in KRunner, performance enhancements in KMail, and various optimizations to KHTML. The KDE 4.2.2 release announcement can be read at KDE.org.
It has been just over a month since the release of KDE 4.2 and now the K Desktop Environment developers have released its first update. KDE 4.2.1 focuses on bug-fixes and other maintenance items. Receiving much attention in this release are enhancements to Okular, Kopete, KMail, and KHTML.
A year after KDE 4.0 was released (with celebrations at the Google Plex) and six months after releasing KDE 4.1, the K Desktop Environment has now reached a new milestone. KDE 4.2 "The Answer" has been released, which the K Desktop Environment community is confident will even be able to satisfy the needs of normal non-technical end-users.
KDE 4.2 will be released later this month as a significant update to the K Desktop Environment, but for some last minute testing a release candidate has been published. This is the only planned release candidate for KDE 4.2 and will be the last update prior to going gold on the 27th of January.
Amarok 2.0 wasn't released with KDE 4.0 or KDE 4.1, but it's finally here today. This media player that's very popular with KDE users (and even users of other desktop environments), brings a brand new user-interface, tighter Internet integration, an overhauled scripting API, and migration from the KDE3 to KDE4 framework in this version 2.0 release. The tighter Internet integration yields better support with services like Magnatune, Jamendo, MP3tunes, Last.fm, and Shoutcast.
As the third bug-fix release for KDE 4.1, KDE 4.1.3 (codenamed "Change") has been released this afternoon. The major change with KDE 4.1.2 was that it deleted files faster and with KDE 4.1.3 the key fixes are addressing two crashes with the Dolphin file-manager, KHTML improvements, and several issues have been resolved with the Kopete instant messaging client.
KDE 4.1.0 was released at the end of last month, but in their monthly release fashion, KDE 4.1.1 has been released this morning. This minor update brings significant improvements for Konqueror and the KHTML rendering engine, end-user fixes for Plasma, PDF fixes for Okular, Gwenview fixes, and KMail improvements. The KDE 4.1.1 press release can be read at KDE.org.
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