KDE team releases new version of Desktop Environment, apps and more

Taken from the press release:  KDE Releases Development Platform, Applications and Plasma Workspaces 4.5.0

KDE today celebrates its semi-annual release event, making available new releases of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Development Platform and a large number of applications available in their 4.5.0 versions.

In this release, the KDE team focused on stability and completeness of the Desktop experience. More than 16,000 bugs have been fixed, and many feature requests have been filled.

The result for the user is a system that feels faster, takes less time to “think”, and works more reliably. The large number of bug fixes goes accompanied with many parts that have got an extra portion of tender loving care. Plasma 4.5.0‘s new notification system is one example here. It is designed to get less in your way, yet to support your workflow as smoothly as possible. Visually, the striking monochromatic icons make for a more consistent look in the notification area. A highlight of the KDE Applications 4.5.0 is surely Marble, which can now be used for map routing as well as viewing. The Konqueror web browser can now also use the WebKit engine to render its content. The KDE Development Platform 4.5.0 offers a new generic cache for applications that need high-speed access to certain data, such as icons or other pre-rendered artwork. The new KSharedDataCache speeds up loading of many components, while the new HTTP scheduler is optimized for concurrent access to web servers, and makes loading of pages in Konqueror and other parts using the KIO HTTP mechanism faster. Today’s releases are the first in the 4.5 series and will be followed with updated versions approximately monthly that will focus on fixing bugs. The next feature releases are planned for January 2011.

  • The KDE Games team has worked on new features and introduced a new game: Kajongg, the original four-player Mahjongg. This game is written entirely in Python, making it the first major Python KDE Application as part of the KDE Games family. The game Konquest, in which the player is tasked to conquer the galaxy, now lets users create and customize their own maps. Other improvements are easier configuration in the jigsaw puzzle game Palapeli, a new KGoldRunner level set (“Demolition”), and better SGF file integration for Kigo.
  • The educational applications have also seen several improvements. The biggest were for the learning aid, Parley, which has gained a new practice interface and support for conjugations.
  • Marble, our virtual globe application, received a route planning feature and the option to download map data before you go on a trip so you do not need access to the Internet to make use of Marble and its mapping features based on OpenStreetmap and OpenRouteService data. Read more about worldwide and offline map routing in Marble.

Kongrats to the KDE team, bring on KDE 4.6 because I have a hankering to try it in opensuse 11.4 in March next year, keen as I am to find out if this distro with this DE will justify that elusive moniker; “2011 as the Year of Linux.” 😀

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