Latest KDE Release Marks a New Beginning
Tinkering and Small EnhancementsThe last two years have seen the KDE desktop not only rewritten from scratch, but adding innovation after innovation. Sooner or later, the moment had to come when its breakneck pace of development slowed -- and, judging from the second beta, that moment is the upcoming 4.5 release.
Not that KDE 4.5 is short of changes. However, most of them are either concerned with stability and appearance, or minor enhancements. By contrast, new applications or directions are few. You might call the 4.5 release a consolidation and refinement of the improvements made in previous releases in the KDE 4 series.
Officially numbered as 4.4.85, the second 4.5 beta can be compiled from source. Alternatively, you can scroll down the announcement page to find links to instructions about how to install packages for Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu. These packages seem stable enough for the general desktop, but you might have crashes and segmentation faults with some of the minor packages.
Tinkering and Small EnhancementsKDE 4.5 has a few new applications, such as a Bookmark widget and a new Mah Jongg game -- not the tile-matching version normally found on computers, but the gin rummy-like game played in Asia. For the most part, though, those looking for new applications are apt to be disappointed.
The truth is, many of the changes planned for KDE 4.5 are minor. Not that they are unwelcome, but...
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