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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The KDE team has announced the release of KDE Software Compilation 4.5.1 less than a month after the release of KDE SC 4.5.0.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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