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.
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.
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