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KDE 4
Developer: The KDE Team
Latest release: 4.0 RC1 / November 20, 2007
OS: Unix-like
Genre: Desktop environment
Website: http://www.kde.org/

KDE 4 is the next series of releases of the K Desktop Environment software. The first version (4.0) of this series is scheduled for release on 11 January 2008.[1] Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Software redirects here. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Image File history File links Nuvola_apps_kpager. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... “Software development” redirects here. ... Code complete redirects here. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer and provides programmers with an interface used to access those resources. ... Diagram of the relationships between several Unix-like systems A Unix-like operating system is one that behaves in a manner similar to a Unix system, while not necessarily conforming to or being certified to any version of the Single UNIX Specification. ... Computer software can be organized into categories based on common function, type, or field of use. ... Information in this article or section has not been verified against sources and may not be reliable. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For the NYSE stock ticker symbol KDE, see 4Kids Entertainment. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


The new series include updates to several of KDE's core components, notably a port to Qt 4. These updates are expected to yield a 20–30% performance increase over KDE 3.5.x.[2] It will contain a new multimedia API, called Phonon, a device integration framework called Solid and a new style guide and default icon set called Oxygen. It will also include the new desktop and panel user interface tool, called Plasma, which will have support for desktop widgets, similar to SuperKaramba or Apple’s Dashboard widgets. The port to Qt 4 will facilitate support for non-X11-based platforms, including Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. One of the overall goals of KDE 4 is to be more easily portable to different operating systems. For other uses, see Qt. ... Phonon will be the new multimedia framework for KDE4. ... Solid is a new device integration framework for KDE 4, the next major release of the K Desktop Environment. ... The Oxygen Project aims to create the default native look for KDE 4. ... Plasma will be the new desktop and panel user interface tool for KDE 4, the next major release of the K Desktop Environment. ... SuperKaramba is a tool that allows one to easily create functionality enhancement modules on a KDE desktop. ... Dashboard is an application for Apples Mac OS X v10. ... For other uses, see Qt. ... In computing, the X Window System (commonly X11 or X) is a windowing system for bitmap displays. ... Windows redirects here. ... Mac OS X (pronounced ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ...

Contents

Major updates

These are the major changes planned to be introduced in KDE4.

  • To make KDE faster and more memory efficient by leveraging the greater speed and efficiency of Qt 4.x and increased efficiency in the KDE libraries themselves.
  • Attempts to bring in a more standardized layout, including adhering to a set of human interface guidelines.
  • The Oxygen project, a new default icon set and visual guidelines, icons will be made using SVG. KDE4 will also incorporate more community help with visuals. The oxygen team held a wallpaper contest with the best wallpapers to be included with KDE4. Some icon sets will also be included alongside the Oxygen icons like Nuvola.
  • Plasma, the new desktop environment to combine the Kicker, KDesktop and SuperKaramba, aiming ultimately to make the desktop more customizable and useful.
  • The Phonon multimedia interface, a framework designed to make KDE independent of any one media framework, ultimately making it easier for developers to incorporate simple media into programs, and leaving the choice of the media framework up to the user.
  • Solid, an API for network and portable devices.
  • Decibel, a communication framework aiming to integrate all communication protocols into the desktop, making it easier for the user to communicate, specifically if a user employs several different communication protocols.
  • Kross, a scripting framework, allowing programs to easily incorporate scripting into their program, and allow plugins for programs to be written in several scripting languages.
  • A new file manager Dolphin, this will be used as the default file browser instead of Konqueror on KDE, both will then be developed separately.
  • Sonnet, a spell checking program with automatic language detection.

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Pre-releases

Alpha releases

Screenshot of KDE 4 Alpha 1.

On May 11, 2007, KDE 4.0 Alpha 1 was released marking the end of the addition of large features to the KDE base libraries and shifting the focus onto integrating the new technologies into applications and the basic desktop. Alpha 1 included new frameworks to build applications with, providing improved hardware and multimedia integration (through Solid and Phonon), new applications that focus on a smooth user experience (such as the file manager, Dolphin & Okular, the document viewer) and a new visual appearance through Oxygen icons.[3] The next few months will be spent on bringing the desktop into shape, after two years of development leaving very little untouched. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 563 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 900 pixel, file size: 192 KB, MIME type: image/png) Source URL: http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 563 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 900 pixel, file size: 192 KB, MIME type: image/png) Source URL: http://www. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Solid is a new device integration framework for KDE 4, the next major release of the K Desktop Environment. ... Phonon will be the new multimedia framework for KDE4. ... For the Windows 3. ... Dolphin is a new File Manager for KDE 4. ... Okular will be the document viewer for KDE 4. ... The Oxygen Project aims to create the default native look for KDE 4. ...


On July 4, 2007, KDE 4.0 Alpha 2 was released.[4] The release focused on integrating the Plasma desktop, improving functionality and stabilizing KDE. is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Beta releases

Screenshot of Beta 1 showing the run dialogue, clock plasmoid and Dolphin file manager.
Screenshot of KDE 4 Beta 2.
Screenshot of Beta 4, showing the new Kickoff menu.

On August 2, 2007, KDE 4.0 Beta 1 was released.[5] Major features included a pixmap cache - speeding up icon loading, KDE PIM improvements, improved KWin effects and configuration, better interaction between Konqueror and Dolphin and Metalink support added to KGet for improved downloads. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 191 KB, MIME type: image/png) Note: if the screenshot shows any work that is not a direct result of the program code itself, such as a text or graphics that are... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 191 KB, MIME type: image/png) Note: if the screenshot shows any work that is not a direct result of the program code itself, such as a text or graphics that are... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1400 × 1050 pixel, file size: 376 KB, MIME type: image/png)Source: http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1400 × 1050 pixel, file size: 376 KB, MIME type: image/png)Source: http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1400 × 1050 pixels, file size: 766 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1400 × 1050 pixels, file size: 766 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... In Unix computing, Kwin is a window manager for the X Window System. ... NOTE: Metalink is unrelated to Oracle Corporations support website. ... ...


On September 6, 2007, KDE 4.0 Beta 2 was released with improved BSD and Solaris support.[6] The release included the addition of the Blitz graphic library – allowing for developers to use high performance graphical tricks like icon animation – and an overhaul of KRDC (K Remote Desktop Client) for Google's Summer of Code. Plasma was also integrated with Amarok to provide Amarok's central context view. In addition, several improvements made during Google's Summer of Code (color mixing, music notation, Flake architecture) were included in the release of the third alpha for KOffice 2. is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... BSD redirects here; for other uses see BSD (disambiguation). ... Solaris is a computer operating system developed by Sun Microsystems. ... KRDC is the KDE Remote Desktop Client. ... Plasma will be the new desktop and panel user interface tool for KDE 4, the next major release of the K Desktop Environment. ... KOffice is an office suite for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). ...


On October 16, 2007 KDE 4 Beta 3 was released.[7] The beta 3 release is focused on stabilizing and finishing the design of libraries for the release of the KDE Development Platform. The major improvements include improvements to Plasma with many new features and the addition of the applet browser. The KDE PIM software set will not be completely ready for the 4.0 release, but many applications have been ported with improvements. The new Akonadi PIM service is planned to be finished by the 4.1 release. The Educational software received many improvements in Marble, Parley (formerly known as KVoctrain) with bugfixes in others. A program called Step, an interactive physics simulator, was started and finished as part of the Google Summer of Code. Kopete will receive a straight port to be ready by 4.0 and there were also general Konqueror and KHTML improvements. is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Google Summer of Code is an annual program, first held during the northern hemisphere summer of 2005, in which Google awards cash prizes to students who successfully complete a free software / open-source coding project during the summer. ...


On October 30, 2007 KDE 4 Beta 4 was released.[8] A list of release blockers has been compiled[9], which is a list of issues that need to be resolved before KDE will start with the release candidate cycle for the desktop. The goals now are to focus on stabilization and fixing the release blockers. At the same time the first release candidate of the KDE 4.0 Development Platform was released. The development platform contains all the base libraries to develop KDE applications, including "high-level widget libraries, a network abstraction layer and various libraries for multimedia integration, hardware integration and transparent access to resources on the network.[10]" is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Release Candidate

On November 20, 2007 KDE 4 RC-1 was released.[11] While the main site had no problems, the Plasma site[12] went down due to the massive traffic. is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Release schedule

Date Product name About
April 2, 2007 Subsystem Freeze From this date forward, no new KDE subsystem or major changes can be committed to kdelibs.
May 1, 2007 kdelibs soft API Freeze The kdelibs API is "soft-frozen", meaning that changes can be made with the consent of the core developers.
May 3, 2007 Alpha Tagging Alpha will be a source-only release without translations.
June 1, 2007 trunk/KDE is feature frozen Trunk is frozen for feature commits. Internationalized string changes are allowed. A list of main modules that will be included in the final release will be made.
June 27, 2007 Alpha 2 tagging This release was due to be called Beta 1 initially, but it was decided to call it Alpha 2 because it wasn't judged to be a beta quality release.
July 24, 2007 Core Library Freeze The core library APIs are frozen solid.
July 26, 2007 Beta 1 tagging.
August 29, 2007 Beta 2 tagging Trunk is frozen for feature commits. String changes are allowed for internationalization and localization.
October 18, 2007 Beta 3
October 24, 2007 Total Release Freeze
October 20, 2007 Beta 4
November 20, 2007 Release candidate 1 Only regressions (breakage caused by the KDE 4 port) or grave bugs can be fixed. From this date forward, a Release Candidate will be released every three weeks until *all* grave bugs are resolved. List of included languages finalised. The KDE Development Platform is released.
January 11, 2008 Targeted release date

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References

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