Many of you know, KDE 4.0 was slated for release in late October but, I’ve been told today that the date may be bumped – I’ve been assured though that we will definitely be good to go so Santa can put an bright and new KDE 4.0 under your Christmas Tree (or whatever you want to put it under). UPDATE: RC1 is now scheduled for October 30th with a final release date of December 11th. The latest Beta – Beta 2 will hit the servers on Thursday, September 6 2007 (its available now), and brings the start of feature freezes for the final release. Head over to the KDE website and do your part as a Beta tester, or just have a look at the release notes if your not feeling particularly “testy” – there are a few more pics there too, by the way. Many of the Google Summer of Code projects have now been integrated, including improved Palm Pilot handling and bluetooth support, better blogging support, KRDC, the multi-protocol remote desktop client has been overhauled, and new and improved python support is being introduced as well. Here’s what’s been added to the Beta 2 codebase:
- QImageBlitz, a library for graphical effects
- XESAM support (XESAM is a cross-desktop standard for search queries) in strigi, the indexing framework
- Support for different backends in the configuration system (makes it possible to add support for storing settings on remote machines, for example)
- Search user interface improvements in kate, the advanced text editor
- Usability improvements in Okular’s interface (okular is the universal document reader)
Sebastian KÃ¼gler of the KDE Team, was kind enough to put together a few screenshots for us – Thanks Sebas! Lets have a look:
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