KDE 4.2.4 Release Announcement
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDE Community Improves Desktop with KDE 4.2.4
KDE Community Ships Fourth Translation and Service Release of the 4.2 Free Desktop, Containing Numerous Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation Updates
Another month has passed, and the KDE
Community announces the immediate availability of KDE 4.2.4, another
bugfix and maintenance update for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful
free desktop. This is a monthly update to KDE 4.2. It
ships with a desktop workspace and many cross-platform applications such as administration
programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, multimedia software, games, artwork,
development tools and more. KDE's award-winning tools and applications are
available in more than 50 languages.
KDE 4.2.4 is the last release planned for the KDE 4.2 series, which will be followed up by KDE 4.3 at the end of July, 6 months after KDE 4.2 was released. In the case that a security issue or another grave bug arises, there might be a KDE 4.2.5, of course.
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 download.kde.org and can also be obtained on CD-ROM or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.
As a service release, the changelog contains a list of bugfixes and improvements.
Notable improvements include, but are not limited to:
- Okular (KDE's document viewer) now correctly supports selecting the pages to print using the PostScript backend.
- KMail has received a whole slew of bug fixes
- So has KHTML and therefore the Konqueror web browser
Note that the changelog is usually incomplete, for a complete list of changes that went into KDE 4.2.4, you can browse the Subversion log. KDE 4.2.4 also ships a more complete set of translations.
To find out more about the KDE 4.2.x desktop and applications, please refer to the KDE 4.2.0, KDE 4.1.0 and KDE 4.0.0 release notes. KDE 4.2.4 is a recommended update for everyone running KDE 4.2.2 or earlier.
Installing KDE 4.2.4 Binary Packages
Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE 4.2.4 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 download.kde.org. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.
Package Locations. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the KDE 4.2.4 Info Page.
Compiling KDE 4.2.4
The complete source code for KDE 4.2.4 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE 4.2.4 are available from the KDE 4.2.4 Info Page.
KDE is a Free Software community 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.
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. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Windows and macOS.
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