KDE 4.3 beta 2 released for testing

By   |  June 10, 2009

The KDE community has released a second beta for its upcoming 4.3 release. The beta release includes a number of new features including the integration of new technologies such as PolicyKit and Geolocation services.

In its release announcement the team said that “KDE 4.3 focuses on polishing and completing the user experience by providing a modern and beautiful free working environment. After the first beta, the focus has now shifted clearly from the implementation of new features to polishing the user experience for the 4.3 release.

KDE 4.3 beta 2 also includes new window animations, a more usable Run Command popup and improved addons in Plasma.

Other major changes include:
– Settings module for actions triggered by hardware events;
– Recent applications, titles and context menus for the classic application launcher;
– New Tree Mode in System Settings;
– Revisited user interface of the crash dialog, including backtrace parsing and rating;
– A network:/ IO Slave to show services such as Zeroconf as view in the file manager;
– Sorting folders in the file manager first is now optional; and
– Support for the mobipocket format in the document viewer and desktop search.

See the full release notes for more details of the changes included in this release and instructions on installing KDE 4.3 beta2.

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