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KDE 4.2 Is Released 488

OhReally writes "It's a great day for Free Software: KDE, the desktop environment for Linux, Windows, Mac, and (Open)Solaris, has just reached version 4.2, exactly a year since the release of 4.0. This is a version suitable for broad usage, with many improvements all across the board, and lots of bugfixes. You can leave a comment or congratulate the developers here."
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KDE 4.2 Is Released

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  • Woah (Score:4, Funny)

    by Keanu Reeves ( 1418607 ) on Tuesday January 27, 2009 @08:05PM (#26631443)
    It's pretty
  • by CajunArson ( 465943 ) on Tuesday January 27, 2009 @08:12PM (#26631541) Journal

    I've been tracking the 4.2 betas on Kubuntu's repositories, and the final release is working very nicely. KDE 4.2 is finally at a stage where the 4 series can replace the 3.5 series for the large majority of users, and I've been using KDE since 2.0 came out.

    Now I know there are going to be a ton of complaints about how "broken" KDE 4 is... but I have my own response to the critics [blogspot.com]. Is KDE 4.2 perfect? No, but I challenge you to show me a desktop that is "perfect". KDE 4 has finally gained critical mass, and even more great stuff is in store.

    Thanks again to all the KDE 4 developers and bug testers who kept working even when it wasn't easy or popular! Your perseverance has paid off.

    • by CarpetShark ( 865376 ) on Tuesday January 27, 2009 @08:40PM (#26631865)

      KDE 4 has finally gained critical mass

      Yes, in the pyrotechnic sense of the term.

  • Cool (Score:3, Interesting)

    by binarylarry ( 1338699 ) on Tuesday January 27, 2009 @08:33PM (#26631777)

    It's good to hear KDE isn't garbage anymore.

    Unfortunately, for all its cool tech, I still find the default look and feel hideous.

    Is there some kind of "style" they're going for or is everything just kind of randomly put together or what?

    • Oxygen (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Enderandrew ( 866215 )

      Well, in the infancy of KDE 4, there was this project that was supposed to provide a consistent look and feel to KDE called Oxygen.

      The early mockups looked fairly different from the first incarnation, and both look very different from what we have today.

      Overall, it does look more consistent and polished. The taskbar looks sharp. The plasma theme looks sharp. The Oxygen widgets and window decorations are still plain and boring. I also still don't understand how Oxygen was largely plain white with no cont

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by bendodge ( 998616 )

        I'd like to see OpenOffice run in KDE without messing up everything else's color palette whenever the OO's window isn't minimized. It doesn't really affect usability, but it's really, really obnoxious. I don't know exactly what it is but it looks terrible.

        Also, someone tell the KDE devs to at least replace the gfx buffer with a solid color. At the minute whatever barf is left over is shown while dialogs are initializing.
        (Note that I happily use KDE 4.1 every day.)

  • Nice improvements (Score:5, Interesting)

    by digitalderbs ( 718388 ) on Tuesday January 27, 2009 @08:46PM (#26631951)
    I just upgraded on kubuntu 8.10 [kubuntu.org], and I'm very happy with it. It's considerably more polished than 4.1. The dialogs look more polished, the eye candy is faster and smoother, the new taskbar looks great -- and you can now have other applications cover the taskbar.

    I was thinking of switching to XFCE this week (after about 8 years on KDE), but I think I'll hold off.

    good job devs!
  • Future Roadmap (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Enderandrew ( 866215 ) <enderandrew AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday January 27, 2009 @08:55PM (#26632053) Homepage Journal

    Now that KDE has laid the framework for development, and recreated most of the features from KDE 3 as well, where do they go from here? Can they do something truly innovative?

    (No, widgets aren't innovative).

    The folderview, as a fullscreen containment with wallpaper theming is a plus. I'm looking for other innovations in how we interact with software.

    Adjusting dialogs and the interface to work well on small form factors is another step in the right direction, but honestly I think they also need an Oxygen-widget derivative specifically for minimalist screens.

    Multi-touch gestures are trendy, but other than mobile devices, I don't expect to touch my PC screen.

    The concept of a fully-realized semantic desktop sounds interesting, but is currently half-baked at best.

    Would it be a crime for KDE to steal some of the better innovations from OS X and Windows 7? Should KDE offer an official dock, or revamp the taskbar? What about both?

    Kwin, for all its nifty-ness could take a few pages from Windows 7.

    What about a crazy concept? People keep talking about a Web OS, cloud computing, etc. I've seen a proof of concept of Plasmoids served via a web plugin. KDE runs natively on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris today. What if you could store your KDE desktop settings and sessions online?

    Sit at any computer with most any OS, and have your desktop. Plasmoids that aren't installed locally could even be served up online.

    Where do you think KDE should go in the future?

  • by shish ( 588640 ) on Wednesday January 28, 2009 @08:52AM (#26637307) Homepage

    A couple of days ago some guy got flamed for saying "The alignment is off, doesn't anybody even look at their software before releasing it?", with the most useful response being "your font settings are probably different to the developer's, they don't see what you see"; and I agreed with them. But looking at screenshots for myself, even the official screenshots showing how good it looks, look bad. annotated example [shishnet.org]. (PS. Any idea where I can send that to to have people fix it?)

    /me goes back to enlightenment 17, ever more appreciative of Raster's perfectionism...

  • One Question: (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gillbates ( 106458 ) on Wednesday January 28, 2009 @01:06PM (#26640757) Homepage Journal

    Is the interface still five years ahead of Microsoft Windows? It's hard to tell from the screenshots.

    I remember seeing features in KDE several years ago that would later show up in Vista.

    KDE is one of the few truly innovative projects in the open source realm - they're actually moving forward and trying new things rather than trying to clone existing products. Which is what we need more of in the open source realm.

Air is water with holes in it.