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.
The KDE community has today announced the release of KDE 4.1, which comes as the first major update to the KDE 4 code-base. KDE 4.0 was introduced earlier this year at a Google-hosted KDE release event. KDE 4.1 offers a number of improvements to Plasma, brings the KDE PIM (Personal Information Management) to the version 4 code-base, and many other new features and improved applications. The KDE 4.1 release announcement can be read at KDE.org.
As the first major update to the KDE 4.0 code-base, KDE 4.1 is scheduled to be released later this month. The most recent development release was KDE 4.1 Beta 2, but arriving this afternoon is KDE 4.1 Release Candidate 1. The final release is planned for July 29 with this being the latest test release before then to work out any last minute problems. The KDE 4.1 RC1 press release comes with a warning for those using NVIDIA's binary driver that there are currently some known performance problems.
KDE 4.1.0 is due for release in July and in preparation of this first major update on the KDE4 code-base there was the release of KDE 4.1 Beta 1 last month. With about a month before the final release, the KDE community has today come together and released KDE 4.1 Beta 2. This testing release incorporates new language bindings, usability improvements with the Dolphin file manager, and improvements with Gwenview (the KDE4 image viewer). The KDE 4.1.0 final release is scheduled for July 29, 2008. The full press release can be read at KDE.org.
KDE 4.1 is on track (KDE 4.1 Beta 1 was released just a few days ago) for being released in July, but until then the KDE development community is pushing out KDE 4.0.x bug-fix releases on a monthly basis. KDE 4.0.5 has been released this morning and it delivers bug fixes and additional performance improvements. The press release for KDE 4.0.5 can be read at KDE.org.
Wow, what an exciting day its been... On top of the release of the Linux 2.6.26-rc4 kernel, MPX being merged, VIA announcing the OpenBook, and the major open-source R500 developments, KDE 4.1 Beta 1 has this morning been released to the public.
KDE 4.1 is the first release on the KDE 4.0 code-base that many feel will be ready for general adoption by desktop users, which is currently slated for release in July. Shipping this afternoon, however, is the first alpha release of KDE 4.1. KDE 4.1 is based upon Trolltech's Qt 4.4 technology, will ship with the Akonadi PIM engine, and many bug fixes since the original KDE 4.0 release. KDE 4.1 will be available for not only Linux, but also Windows, Mac OS X, and OpenSolaris. The press release for KDE 4.1 Alpha 1 can be read at KDE.org.
With it being a new month, it's time for a new KDE 4.0.x build (KDE release schedule). The KDE community is today proud to show off KDE 4.0.3 with a great quantity of bug-fixes. Among the noteworthy changes in KDE 4.0.3 include scrolling optimizations for KDE's web-rendering engine (KHTML), improved handling of dialog windows with KWin, and Okular rendering improvements. The press release for this new KDE 4 release can be read here as well as the change-log.
Back during the KDE 4.0 release event, the release schedule leading up to KDE 4.1 was shared. KDE 4.1 will be released in July, but leading up to its release there will be new versions in the KDE 4.0.x branch every month until then. Last month was KDE 4.0.1 and today KDE 4.0.2 has been released. KDE 4.0.2 features new Plasma desktop features, panel configuration options, new language translations (Persian and Icelandic), and a lot of bug-fixes. In particular there are many fixes to be found in Kopete, Okular, and KHTML. The KDE 4.0.2 release announcement can be read in full at KDE.org.
While all of the KDE attention as of late has surrounding KDE 4, the K Desktop release team has put together a new KDE 3.5 release. The KDE 3.5 branch is now in a maintenance mode, but this new KDE 3.5.9 release brings a new package. KDE 3.5.9 adds enterprise-grade PIM (Personal Information Management) support to those who haven't yet moved to the KDE 4.0 series. Those using KDE-PIM, such as KMail and KOrganizer, have also been updated as a result. Other non-PIM releated improvements in KDE 3.5.9 include a favorite emails folder view inside KMail, easier scheduling in KOrganizer, and improvements to KAlarm and KAddressBook. Further adding to this release are also a number of bug-fixes. More information is available in the KDE press release.
Back at the KDE 4.0 release event the KDE 4 release schedule was announced with maintenance releases coming every month leading up to the release of KDE 4.1 in July. In the first of these maintenance releases, KDE 4.0.1 is now available for download. KDE 4.0.1 contains a variety of bug fixes as well as updated and new language translations. The fixes mentioned in the KDE press release state improved KHTML rendering in Konqueror, stability fixes all over the KDE code-base, and KWin has improved detection of compositing support. The KDE 4.0.1 press release can be read at KDE.org.
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