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.
Trolltech and Nokia have jointly announced this morning that Trolltech ASA, the maker of Qt, will be acquired by this leading mobile phone maker. Nokia is after Trolltech for accelerating to accelerate its cross-platform software strategy for mobile devices. Qt, which is fundamental to the K Desktop Environment (KDE) and earlier this month had moved to the GPLv3, should not be impacted negatively by this voluntary buyout. The press release in its entirety can be read from the Trolltech website. The KDE camp is reporting that Nokia will become a a patron of KDE e.V. and will continue to support the FreeQt Foundation.
Here is the KDE 4 release schedule for the next couple of months, as shared this morning at the KDE 4.0 release event keynote by Aaron Seigo. KDE 4.0.1 will be released later this month with minor maintenance releases coming every month. KDE 4.1 is planned for release this July with much polishing since KDE 4.0.0.
While it's come after a number of delays, KDE 4.0.0 has finally been released. KDE 4.0.0 integrates a wealth of changes since KDE 3.5, which we have been sharing over the past number of months (KDE 4). A lot more of the details surrounding KDE 4.0 are available in the KDE.org release announcement. Next week Phoronix will be reporting live from the KDE 4.0 release event (party) taking place at Google's Mountain View campus.
KDE 4.0 Release Candidate 2 is now available and is the last stop before the release of KDE 4.0 final on January 11, 2008. This release includes fixing the outstanding major and minor bugs, completing the artwork, and smoothening out the user experience. The release announcement for KDE 4.0 RC2 can be read at KDE.org. Next month at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, Phoronix will be providing media coverage of the KDE 4.0 release event.
KDE 4.0 was planned for release in time for Christmas, but the KDE community has decided to postpone this much-anticipated release until January. There are still some issues to be worked out with KDE 4.0 when it comes to visual glitches and other areas that do not currently meet KDE's quality standards. Next month is also the KDE 4.0 release party at Google (which we will be covering), so hopefully there are no further delays. The KDE 4.0 Release Candidate 1 was released two weeks ago. This delay was mentioned at KDE News.
Today the KDE community has released KDE 4.0 Release Candidate 1. This testing release contains some additional work on Plasma and other KDE components. This also marks the first KDE 4.0 release that is suitable for the general Linux desktop audience to try out. The final release of KDE 4.0 is expected next month in time for Christmas, while the KDE 4.0 release party will be happening in January. More information on KDE 4.0 RC1 is available in the press release.
The fourth beta release for KDE 4.0 is now available for testing. Work done for KDE 4.0 Beta 4 was largely for cleaning and polishing the KDE code-base. A few new features were added here and there, but one area in particular that received a lot of work was Plasma. Next up is the KDE 4.0 Release Candidate in preparation for the final KDE 4.0 release in the near future. The KDE 4.0 Beta 4 announcement is available from KDE.org. As we mentioned earlier this month, Phoronix will be covering the KDE 4.0 release party at Google.
The third beta for KDE 4.0 is now available for download and testing. KDE 4.0 Beta 3 includes bug fixes and polishing for many of the packages. This beta also marks the freeze of the KDE 4.0 Development platform and the fourth KOffice alpha release. More information is available in the KDE press release.
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.
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