KDE Community Ships Second Translation and Service Release of the 4.0 Free Desktop, Containing New Features in the Plasma Desktop And Numerous Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation Updates
March 5, 2008 (The INTERNET). The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.0.2, the second bugfix and maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. KDE 4.0.2 ships with a basic desktop and many other packages like administration, network, education, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, web development and more. KDE’s award-winning tools and applications are available in almost 49 languages.
KDE, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE can be obtained in source and various binary formats from http://download.kde.org and can also be obtained on CD-ROM or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.
KDE 4.0.2 is a maintenance release which provides corrections of problems reported using the KDE bug tracking system and enhanced support for existing and new translations. For KDE 4.0.2, the Documentation and Translation teams have made an exception to the usual policy of not changing user-visible strings, so the Plasma developers could introduce some new features for this KDE version.
Improvements in this release include, but are not limited to:
- New features in Plasma. The size and position of the panel can now be configured, the visibility of a number of option is now improved to makes it easier for new users to discover how Plasma works and what it provides.
- Farsi and Icelandic version of KDE 4.0.2 further improve localisation, other translations have been improved further. KDE 4.0.2 is available in 49 languages.
- Repainting issues have been addressed in the KHTML webbrowser engine. KHTML now also supports more websites by accepting more non-HTML4-compliant documents.
Several stability issues have been fixed in Kopete, KDE’s instant messenger and Okular, the document reader.
For a more detailed list of improvements since the KDE 4.0.1 release last month, please refer to the KDE 4.0.2 Changelog.
Installing KDE 4.0.2 Binary Packages
Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE 4.0.2 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Some of these binary packages are available for free download from KDE’s http://download.kde.org. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.
Compiling KDE 4.0.2
KDE is a Free Software project that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether it is help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
About KDE 4
KDE 4.0 is the innovative Free Software desktop containing lots of applications for every day use as well as for specific purposes. Plasma is a new desktop shell developed for KDE 4, providing an intuitive interface to interact with the desktop and applications. The Konqueror web browser integrates the web with the desktop. The Dolphin file manager, the Okular document reader and the System Settings control center complete the basic desktop set.
KDE is built on the KDE Libraries which provide easy access to resources on the network by means of KIO and advanced visual capabilities through Qt4. Phonon and Solid, which are also part of the KDE Libraries add a multimedia framework and better hardware integration to all KDE applications.
KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE’s products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE4’s full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.