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KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign 368

Posted by Soulskill
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Cryophallion writes "KDE 4.4.0 has finally been released, along with a redesign of the KDE.org website. New features include tabbed windows, improved desktop search and social desktop features. 'Major new technologies have been introduced, including social networking and online collaboration features, a new netbook-oriented interface and infrastructural innovations such as the KAuth authentication framework. According to KDE's bug-tracking system, 7293 bugs have been fixed and 1433 new feature requests were implemented.' A feature guide is also available."
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KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign

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  • Looking forward to when this rolls out to Fedora 12.

    • Re:Sweet (Score:5, Informative)

      by Sir_Lewk (967686) <sirlewk@gm a i l . com> on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @01:43PM (#31074574)

      You can use KDE 4.4 with F12 right now using the Redhat KDE testing repos: http://kde-redhat.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

      I haven't bothered checking, but I believe that generally Fedora will wait for the next release to upgrade KDE 4.x numbers, so you may have to wait for F13 to actually get it from Fedora.

      • Re:Sweet (Score:5, Funny)

        by KlomDark (6370) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @02:28PM (#31075384) Homepage Journal

        I tried, and yes, F12 seems to work great in KDE 4.4, but my keyboard doesn't have an F13 key so I'm kinda stuck.

        // Wait, what?

      • Sorry if I'm being too stupid and helpless, but any chance anyone knows were to get a pre-built liveCD image to test this out?
      • the info page [kde.org] says it is in rawhide - but I've run into trouble mixing the rawhide repos in with the stable - so I'll just wait. Even if I did have to wait until F13, it wont be that long. I was skipping every other Fedora release for a while because they come so quick but the last few have all had something that I just didn't want to wait to get. MySQL Workbench pushed me onto 12 and this might speed my move to 13.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by bill_mcgonigle (4333) *

        Actually, it looks like 4.4 is still in the kde-unstable repo (4.4.0-1). I'm surprised it's not in -testing yet, I'm used to running -testing and hearing about releases here a few weeks after I've been updated.

  • by pclminion (145572) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @01:46PM (#31074634)

    The API "documentation" is still completely unorganized and most of it is just Doxygen pages. While the Doxygen tagging is fairly good, this is not a "manual," it's a reference. And what about Plasma? I've wasted hours hacking applets without a real understanding of the APIs. The Plasma API front page [kde.org] is pretty much useless.

    Although I suppose somebody will now yell at me for being too lazy to contribute to the docs... I'd be happy to, if I had some kind of handle I could grab to bootstrap myself and start delving into it. But seriously, no, you don't get good docs by people who are unfamiliar with the code just staring at it and trying to document their own misunderstandings. Somebody who actually designed and wrote this crap needs to step in. Please?

    • >> But seriously, no, you don't get good docs by people who are unfamiliar with the code just staring at it and trying to document their own misunderstandings. Somebody who actually designed and wrote this crap needs to step in. Please?

      Disagree.

      I started developing for KDE as part of GSoC 2006. It was a hell of a time getting started, and I made little progress towards the actual project. But in the meantime, documented the process of getting involved with KDE so that other people can breeze past the

  • Anyone have a link to the binary that actually works? Tried a bunch of the ones in mirrors and none seem to function.

  • Come a long way (Score:3, Interesting)

    by C_Kode (102755) on Tuesday February 09, 2010 @02:38PM (#31075554) Journal

    The decision to seriously overhaul KDE was a great decisions in the long run though it was completely unusable for several releases after the switch. I must say, it is beautiful now. With this release, I think it's time for me to switch back.

    I love the new features shown in the videos.

  • The last time I used KDE was around the middle of 2000. 10 years on I'd like to try out 4.x and see what all the fuss is about. Can anyone recommend a distro that has a good KDE experience? I hear that some distros have screwed up KDE 4.x so I'd like to use one that will give me a decent experience.

    • openSUSE is the best in my opinion. If you install the 11.3 Milestone 1 (alpha release) it comes with an early build of KDE 4.4 out of the box. Or you can install openSUSE 11.2, add a KDE repository, and grab the latest KDE that way.

      They have good Firefox and OpenOffice integration with KDE, stable packages, and a great desktop overall.

      Arch, Fedora, and Sabayon also put out good KDE 4 desktops.

    • by Sir_Lewk (967686)

      Fedora.

      I hear OpenSuse is good as well, though I cannot personally attest for that.

    • by zebslash (1107957)

      Mandriva has an excellent KDE integration imo. If you like the vanilla version, you might want to try Archlinux too.

  • Was that thing finally rewritten, because knetworkmanager is kind of pathetic -- it doesn't even show type of encryption of available networks, and I know I could get that information from /sbin/iwlist, but the whole purpose of that program is to be convenient, and it fails at that. What happened to network manager plasmoid, where did it go in 4.2, is it coming back and why in gnome everything is working. (netbook-remix is sweet, BTW).

  • My only complaint with 4.4 is that I get an error message if I'm not running Nepomuk.

    If I start it, it crashes most of the time. Even when it runs without crashing, it does nothing for me. I've noticed that every major distro has open bugs relating to Nepomuk crashes, and I'm not seeing fixes to be found anywhere.

    If enough apps do a good job of making Nepomuk useful, then I might consider it in the future. But right now I have zero interest in it, and it isn't exactly optional in KDE 4.4.

    It is the only ugly

  • openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1 includes KDE 4.4 RC2 (a build from two weeks ago)

    http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.3-Milestone1/ [opensuse.org]

  • ... and still we have no real Mac support.

  • Maybe just me, but (XP / Google chrome) when I highlight text on the new KDE site, it has a faint aura around the letters. Very cool

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