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Desktop appeal: KDE 4.0 ships

By   |  January 11, 2008

The big news of today is the release of KDE 4.0, the latest and greatest version of the popular desktop environment. It’s been a long time in the coming and now it is here.

From the announcement earlier:

The KDE 4 Desktop has gained some major new capabilities. The Plasma desktop shell offers a new desktop interface, including panel, menu and widgets on the desktop as well as a dashboard function. KWin, the KDE Window manager, now supports advanced graphical effects to ease interaction with your windows.

Lots of KDE Applications have seen improvements as well. Visual updates through vector-based artwork, changes in the underlying libraries, user interface enhancements, new features, even new applications — you name it, KDE 4.0 has it. Okular, the new document viewer and Dolphin, the new file manager are only two applications that leverage KDE 4.0’s new technologies.

Some of the key things to look out for in this release include:
– Dolphin, KDE’s new file manager, which is both attractive and highly usable.
– System Settings introduces a new interface with better monitoring of system resources and activity.
– Okular, the brand new document viewer.

But perhaps the piece that pulls it all together is Plasma, the desktop shell that is the base for almost all the widgets, panels and menus in KDE that make it so appealing.

Get the full low-down here.

Are you already running KDE 4.0? tell us what you think in the comments.

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2 Responses to “Desktop appeal: KDE 4.0 ships”

  1. Uwe Thiem
    January 11th, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

    Folks, it isn’t just Plasma and a couple of applications like okular, dolphin or system settings. It’s about introducing new technologies that are going to revolutionise the free desktop.

    Plasma, you mentioned. Then there are Phonon, Solid, Nepomuk. There is Oxygen. There is Strigi. Technologies that are going to deliver a new desktop, up to the task in times when a mere desktop has turned into a knowledge centre, a multimedia centre, an entertainment centre, an educational centre.

    The KDE 4 series will blow away every commercial desktop environment in short time. The official release announcement is very timid – I am not. KDE 4 will, over time, surpass all commercial desktops.

    There, I said it. 😉

    Uwe

  2. brahmix
    January 15th, 2008 @ 11:19 am

    I took a quick spin using Kubuntu kde4 live cd…
    Installing it now on my desktop :-)

    If we look at KDE 2, when it came about it was also not really ‘complete’- within a short time it turned into something amazing… but then kde3 came out and EVERYTHING changed again. I can still remember that the first few iterations were buggy and relatively frustrating… but it came about and came together into what we have now. (was it around 3.2 that it matured?)

    Kde3 now- is awesome. KDE4 now, might not be all that…yet. Give it a short time (i.e.: we are not gonna wait for 4.2, the kde team are master coders) and these technologies Uwe spoke of, will be apparent soon.

    It is not a matter of wishful thinking.
    It is not a case of trying to ‘catch up’ to OS-X or Vista.

    KDE4 is NEW TECHNOLOGY, not new eye candy!
    Plus- it is FASTER than the old, unlike Vista which needs 50% resources from XP!

    KDE has a history, a tradition and a reputation YOU CAN TRUST.

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