|| ||Dirk Mueller <mueller-AT-kde.org>|
|| ||[kde-announce] KDE 4.0-alpha1 Released: "Knut"|
|| ||Fri, 11 May 2007 16:40:01 +0200|
KDE 4.0-alpha1 Released: "Knut"
The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of
the first alpha release of the KDE Desktop Environment, version 4.0.
This release is a basis for the integration of powerful new technologies
that will be included in KDE 4. Read on for more details.
Highlights of KDE 4.0 Alpha 1 are:
* A new visual appearance through Oxygen
* New frameworks to build applications with, providing
vastly improved hardware and multimedia integration (through Solid
[http://solid.kde.org] and Phonon) [http://phonon.kde.org],
spelling and grammar checking, to name just a few
* New applications that focus on a smooth user experience,
such as Dolphin, the file manager, and Okular, the document viewer
KDE 4.0 Alpha 1 marks the end of the addition of large features to
the KDE base libraries and shifts the focus onto integrating these new
technologies into applications and the base desktop. The next few months
will be spent on bringing the desktop into shape after two years of
frenzied development leaving very little untouched.
The final release of KDE 4.0 is expected in late October 2007.
The work on the framework makes application development easier and
more satisfying. This will result in a crop of new features and
applications over the next few years, underlining the position KDE holds
as the leading Free Desktop and bringing Free Software to new users
worldwide. A detailed release schedule
[http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.0_Release_Schedule ] can be
found at techbase.kde.org [http://techbase.kde.org], the new technical
resource accompanying the platform, that provides extensive and
high-quality documentation about KDE.
More information such as screenshots and installation instructions
can be found in the KDE 4.0-alpha1 Visual Guide.
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