KDE 4.0 Beta 2 release with Screenshot Nirvana!

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 Kügler of the KDE Team, was kind enough to put together a few screenshots for us – Thanks Sebas! Lets have a look:

KDE 4.0 Beta 2 Desktop Plasma
Desktop Plasma
KDE 4.0 Beta 2 Dolphin
Dolphin
gwenview image viewer

gwenview image viewer
konsole
konsole
krunner
krunner: system info
Marble
Marble: The World on your desktop.
Okular
Okular
Plasma Transparency
Plasma Transparency

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Ready for a new K: an inside look at KDE 4.0

KDE 4.2

KDE 4.2

If you ask a Linux (or BSD, or *nix) user what their favorite window manager is, there is a strong chance that they will tell you that they use KDE. The good people at KDE are set to release their next major version – KDE 4.0 – currently slated to drop on October 23, 2007. Until then, for those of us who are a bit more daring, KDE 4.0 Beta 1 is available now.

I spoke with Wade Olson, the North American contact for the KDE project about what we can expect. Wade has been in the software industry for 14 years as a programmer in C, COBOL, SAS, shell scripting, Java, and PERL. He’s done contract work with some heavy hitters in banking, media, and health. In addition to his work with the KDE Team, Wade is currently an I.T. Manager for a team that develops high-volume Java portlet web-based applications in Java, Spring, Hibernate and WebFlow, as well as JSR-168. Wade is also a proponent of cross-platform (web-based) applications, open protocols, and open document formats. Continue reading