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Software Compilation 4.4 Beta 2 Release Announcement

Monday, 21 December 2009


KDE Software Compilation 4.4-beta2 Out Now: Codename "Claus"

KDE Ships Second Test Version of New 4.4 Desktop, Applications and Development Platform

Today, KDE has released a second preview the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC), 4.4 Beta 2. The second beta version of KDE SC 4.4 provides a preview and base for helping to stabilize the next version of the KDE Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform.
The list of changes this time around is especially long. Important changes can be observed all over the place:

These are only some of the changes one can expect from the new KDE Software Compilation 4.4, there is also a longer list of the changes.

KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2
Dolphin and System Settings in 4.4

To find out more about the KDE 4.4 desktop and applications, please also refer to the KDE 4.3.0, KDE 4.2.0, KDE 4.1.0 and KDE 4.0.0 release notes, as KDE SC 4.4 is the next evolutionary step on top of the releases. KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2 is not stable software, as such, it is not suitable for everyday or production use. KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2 is aimed at testers and those who would like to have an early look at the next KDE SC release.

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 and can also be obtained on CD-ROM or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.

KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2
Improved System Tray 4.4

KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2
New in 4.4: Blogilo Blogging Client

Installing KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2 Binary Packages

Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE SC 4.4 Beta 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 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 SC 4.4 Beta 2 Info Page.

Compiling KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2 (a.k.a 4.3.85)

The complete source code for KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE SC 4.4 Beta 2 are available from the KDE SC 4.3.85 Info Page.

Supporting KDE

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.

About KDE

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, Haiku, and macOS.

Trademark Notices.

KDE® and the K Desktop Environment® logo are registered trademarks of KDE e.V..
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All other trademarks and copyrights referred to in this announcement are the property of their respective owners.

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