KDE 4.0 is due out in just a few months, but in the meantime the KDE developers have released KDE 3.5.8. Version 3.5.8 of the K Desktop Environment serves as a maintenance release with hundreds of bug fixes since the KDE 3.5.7 release this past May. The key improvements mentioned in the KDE 3.5.8 press release include Konqueror improvements, fixes for the kdegraphics-based PDF viewer and Kolourpaint, and stability fixes for the KDE PIM, KMail, and KOrganizer. The Konqueror improvements in KDE 3.5.8 include improvements to KHTML as well as improved support for some CSS features.
While KDE 4.0 has been delayed until the end of December, for those users wishing to try out the latest KDE 4.0 work can find all of the latest desktop enhancements in KDE 4.0 Beta 2. KDE 4.0 Beta 2 introduces new features and functionality and a majority of the K Desktop is now under a feature-freeze until KDE 4.1. The remaining months will be spent on bug fixing. Some of the specific work done for KDE 4.0 Beta 2 affects Blitz, Avogardo for 3D molecule visualization, Google Summer of Code projects, and integration between Amarok and Plasma. The KDE 4.0 Beta 2 release is accompanied by the third alpha release for KOffice. More information is available at KDE.org.
It has been announced on the kde-core-devel mailing list that KDE 4.0 has been delayed by two months. KDE 4.0 was originally scheduled for release towards the end of October, but now it won't make it out until at least December 20. This two month delay will, however, allow for two additional KDE 4.0 beta releases. This delay has been attributed to "crucial elements of the release that need more development time." KDE 4.0 Beta 3 is now scheduled for release on September 24 while the fourth beta will come out on October 22. There are two release candidates as well -- KDE 4.0 RC1 on November 21 and KDE 4.0 RC2 on December 5. The new release schedule can be found at KDE.org. If you haven't yet tried out any of the KDE 4.0 test releases, we have screenshots available of KDE 4.0 Beta 1. As long as there are no further delays, KDE 4.0 will make it out this year and just in time for the holidays.
A day after the release of GNOME 2.19.6 is the availability of KDE 4.0 Beta 1. The library interface for KDE 4.0 is now under a full freeze. Some of the specific improvements in this first KDE 4.0 beta include Marble (similar to Google Earth), Dolphin integration, Okular, and KDE-PIM to just name a few. KDE 4.0 might also support the Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets. Last but not least, coinciding with the release of KDE 4.0 Beta 1 is KOffice 2.0 Alpha 2. More information is available in this KDE press release.
The second alpha release of KDE 4.0 is now available on this Independence Day here in the United States. KDE 4.0 Alpha 2 was released in Glasgow where the KDE aKademy conference is presently taking place. Many exciting things for KDE 4.0 are taking place with Plasma and KDE System Settings. In the coming weeks the main KDE libraries will be stabilized for the KDE 4 life-cycle and kdelibs will be frozen by the end of July. KDE 4.0 is still on target for release towards the end of October. More information is available at KDE News.
The popular KDE media player, Amarok, has come out today with a new release. While Amarok 1.4.6 doesn't add anything major like 1.4.4 did with support for a DRM-free music store, it does boast a new icon set using the KDE4 Oxygen colors (Amarok 2.0 will have a complete Oxygen icon set), database back-end improvements with SQLite, rock-box support for the Apple iPod, and performance tuning. More information on Amarok 1.4.6 is available from KDE.
This week in the road to KDE 4, KDE.NEWS covered the KDE PIM libraries and related KDE technologies. Some of the personal information management applications in KDE 4.0 will be direct ports of their KDE 3.x versions, but new libraries have been introduced and old libraries reworked. Akonadi serves as KDE's new storage back-end while Khalkhi is the new contracts framework for KDE 4. KitchenSync, Mail Transport, and Syndication features were also covered in this edition. You can reads more at KDE.org.
We've been covering The Road To KDE 4.0 for quite a while now, and KDE.News is finally out with a new article to cover the new Konsole in KDE 4.0. While the KDE terminal program may not be as interesting as Strigi, Kalzium, or CMake, the version found in KDE 4.0 will be home to a multitude of improvements.
Another maintenance release in the KDE 3.5.x series is now available. KDE 3.5.7 has a number of improvements for PIM (Personal Information Manager) applications including KOrganizer, KAlarm, and KMail. Other improvements include Java 5 Generics support in Umbrello, KDevelop has reached a major version upgrade along with Qt 4 support, and KPDF has also received some attention. This is quite a hefty maintenance release with more information being available in the KDE press release.
For those excited over the upcoming release of KDE 4.0 later this year, the first Alpha release is now available for download. KDE 4.0 Alpha 1 features a new visual appearance through Oxygen, new frameworks, and a variety of new applications. A visual guide is available on this new KDE alpha release.
This week's article in The Road To KDE 4 is about Linux hardware in KDE, which of course we take a great deal of interest in. KDE 4.0 will feature a new project called Solid. KDE's Solid is a Qt/KDE API that interfaces with such low-level components as HAL. Solid can access device information but leaves much of the grunt-work to HAL (HAL is the only back-end supported at this time). Solid itself is split into several domains such as for power management and removable devices. More information is available from KDE.News.
It's been a while since the last Road to KDE 4.0, but KDE.News has a new article on Strigi and File Information Extraction. Strigi is used for obtaining information on files -- such as the resolution for an image file or the length of an audio file -- and is also capable of extracting information from compressed archives. Strigi isn't as attractive to the end-user as say the Dolphin file manager or other items covered in the road to KDE 4.0, but it is depended upon by a number of other KDE packages.
K3b, the KDE burning application, has now reached version 1.0 with today's release. New in K3b v1.0 is a new user interface, more media information presented, and the ability to create custom CD/DVDs. More information and plenty of screenshots are available here.
Allen Winter has laid out the road-map for KDE 4.0, including the date for the final release. A subsystem freeze for KDE 4.0 will start on April 1 (that's no joke), followed by a feature freeze on June 1, and release candidates appearing between September 25 and October 22, 2007. Based upon three beta releases for KDE 4.0 and two release candidates, KDE 4.0 should be released on October 23, 2007! Allen had also mentioned that not all of the promised or anticipated features promised for KDE 4.0 will make it in time. Instead we will see new features throughout the KDE 4 lifetime (KDE 4.1 could quickly accompany KDE 4.0). Allen's message is available on the mailing list. More on the KDE 4 release information is available here.
This week in the road to KDE 4.0, KDE.News has covered Amarok 2.0 development progress. Among the items being covered is Phonon working with Amarok 2, video playback functions, portability across platforms, and much more. So far Amarok 2.0 has been under development for less than a month but already there are quite a few interesting features.
This week KDE.News is covering the changes that will be found in Dolphin and Konqueror when KDE 4.0 is released, Dolphin is the new file manager for KDE 4.x while Konqueror will still see quite a bit of web browser improvements. More on these changes can be read here.
The third KDE 4.0 development snapshot has been released. New in KDE 4.0 (Snapshot 3) is Sonnet, Solid, Windows and Mac OS improvements, and Dolphin file-manager. The third KDE 4.0 snapshot has been codenamed Kludge. The release announcement is available here.
Covered this week in the road to KDE 4.0 is CMake. CMake is now being used as the new build system for KDE, and it's a very welcome change. Read the article for more information.
KDE.News has posted another article that covers features that will be found in KDE 4.0. The information covered this week are the Okular and Ligature Document Viewers. This article goes fairly in-depth with the changes for these two document viewers in KDE 4.0 along with several interesting facts and a few screenshots.
Another week, another article on the anticipated improvements for KDE 4.0. Covered in this week's KDE.News article is the Phonon multimedia technology. KDE's Phonon offers a consistent API to use audio/video within multimedia applications. This is yet another interesting article to take a look at.
Amarok, the popular KDE media player, has reached version 1.4.5. New in Amarok 1.4.5 is an integrated Shoutcast stream directory, support for custom labels, Magnatune redownload manager, and improved sound quality when using the equalizer with Xine. Development of Amarok 2.0 for use with KDE 4.0 is also underway. Download links and information is available here.
Covered this week in The Road To KDE 4 is coverage of Kalzium and KmPlot, which are both educational tools for KDE. While this edition isn't as interesting as some of the past news articles, educational tools are important for a successful desktop environment. The article can be read at KDE News.
KDE 3.5.6 has been released. While KDE 4.0 is under development, KDE 3.5.6 is yet another maintenance release. Among the improvements, however, in this latest KDE release is KHTML rendering improvements, 65 languages now supported, and bug-fixes in many of the applications. The release announcement can be found here.
Covered this week with The Road to KDE 4 is coverage of job progress being re-imagined. This week's entry is fairly interesting, and is worth reading over at KDE News.
Another week, another new article about the road to KDE 4.0. This week's KDE.News article covers the full Mac OS X support that will be available for KDE 4.0. KDE/Mac allows the user to run KDE applications natively on Mac OS X.
For every week until the release of KDE 4.0 later this year, KDE.news will highlight a feature or two per week in an article. The series of articles has been entitled The Road To KDE 4. The first of many articles in this series covers SVG rendering in applications.
The K Desktop Environment has released the second KDE 4 snapshot at version 3.80.2. KDE 3.80.2 compiles against Qt 4.2.0 and 4.2.1. Test packages are already available for Kubuntu. More can be found at KDE News.
Amarok, the popular KDE media player, is now at version 1.4.4 with some enticing features. Amarok can now boast that it's the first open-source media player to offer native support for a DRM-free music store (Magnatune), and many other features and bug-fixes have also been included in this release. More information can be found at the Amarok KDE project site.
KOffice 1.6 has been released with quite a few features. Krita, the KDE imaging application, now supports magnetic selection, effect layers, color model independence, and full scriptability -- the folks over at KDE now say that it's ready for professional image work. Kexi, the KDE database application, features over 270 improvements in this release. There were also improvements to KFormula. KOffice 1.6 is the last non-bugfix release until KOffice 2.0. The release announcement is over at KDE News.
Yesterday KDE (K Desktop Environment) turned 10! To mark this occasion there was an anniversary event at Technische Akademie Esslingen. At this event they discussed KDE's history as well as looked out to the future -- among the speakers were Matthias Ettrich and Klaus Knopper. More on the celebrations can be found over at KDE News.
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