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KDE SC 4.4.0 Caikaku Release Announcement

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

KDE Software Compilation 4.4.0 Introduces Netbook Interface, Window Tabbing and Authentication Framework

KDE Software Compilation 4.4.0 (Codename: "Caikaku") Released

Today KDE announces the immediate availability of the KDE Software Compilation 4.4, "Caikaku", bringing an innovative collection of applications to Free Software users. Major new technologies have been introduced, including social networking and online collaboration features, a new netbook-oriented interface and infrastructural innovations such as the KAuth authentication framework. According to KDE's bug-tracking system, 7293 bugs have been fixed and 1433 new feature requests were implemented. The KDE community would like to thank everybody who has helped to make this release possible.

The KDE Plasma Desktop Workspace
The KDE Plasma Desktop Workspace

Read the Visual Guide To KDE Software Compilation 4.4 for more details on the improvements in 4.4 or read on for an overview.

Plasma Workspace introduces social and web features

The KDE Plasma Workspaces offer the basic functionality a user needs to start and manage applications, files and global settings. The KDE workspace developers deliver a new netbook interface, refined artwork and a better workflow to Plasma. The introduction of social and on-line service features emerge from the cooperative nature of the KDE community as a Free Software team.

Improved Interaction with the Plasma Desktop Shell

Managing Windows Made Easier

KDE Applications Innovate

The KDE community offers a large number of powerful yet easy to use applications. This release introduces a variety of incremental improvements and some innovative new technologies.

Desktop Search integrated in KDE's Dolphin File Manager
Desktop Search integrated in KDE's Dolphin File Manager

Platform Accelerates Development

The strong focus on excellent technology in the KDE community has resulted in one of the most complete, consistent and efficient development platforms in existence. The 4.4 release introduces many new collaboration and social network related technologies in the KDE libraries. We provide powerful and flexible, open alternatives to existing technologies. Instead of striving to lock-in users into using our products, we focus on enabling innovation in both the on-line and desktop spaces.

Liberally licensed under the LGPL (allowing for both proprietary and open source development) and cross-platform (Linux, UNIX, Mac and MS Windows).

The Web and Social Networks on the Plasma Desktop
The Web and Social Networks on the Plasma Desktop

More Changes

As mentioned, the above is just a selection of the changes and improvements to the KDE Desktop Workspace, KDE Application Suites and KDE Application Development Framework. A more comprehensive yet still incomplete list can be found in the KDE SC 4.4 feature plan on TechBase. Information about applications developed by the KDE community outside of the KDE Application Suites can be found on the kde-apps website.

Spread the Word and See What Happens

The KDE Community encourages everybody to spread the word on the Social Web. Submit stories to news sites, use channels like delicious, digg, reddit, twitter, Upload screenshots to services like Facebook, FlickR, ipernity and Picasa and post them to appropriate groups. Create screencasts and upload them to YouTube,, Vimeo and others. Do not forget to tag uploaded material with the tag kde so it is easier for everybody to find the material, and for the KDE team to compile reports of coverage for the KDE SC 4.4 announcement. Help us spreading the word, be part of it!

Installing KDE SC 4.4.0

KDE, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE software runs on various hardware configurations, operating systems and works with any kind of window manager or desktop environment. Besides Linux and other UNIX based operating systems you can find Microsoft Windows versions of most KDE applications on the KDE on Windows site and Apple Mac OS X versions on the KDE on Mac site. Experimental builds of KDE applications for various mobile platforms like MS Windows Mobile and Symbian can be found on the web but are currently unsupported.
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.

Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE SC 4.4.0 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, will 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 4.4.0 Info Page.

Compiling KDE SC 4.4.0

The complete source code for KDE SC 4.4.0 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE SC 4.4.0 are available from the KDE SC 4.4.0 Info Page.

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.

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