KDE 3.5.8 Release AnnouncementTue, 16 Oct 2007
KDE Project Ships Eighth Translation and Service Release for Leading Free Software Desktop
KDE 3.5.8 features translations in 65 languages, improvements to KDE PIM suite and other applications.
The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.8, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. KDE now supports 65 languages, making it available to more people than most non-free software and can be easily extended to support others by communities who wish to contribute to the open source project.
While the developers' main focus lies on finishing KDE 4.0, the stable 3.5 series remains the desktop of choice for the time being. It is proven, stable and well supported. The 3.5.8 release with its literally hundreds of bugfixes has again improved the users' experience. The main focus of improvements for KDE 3.5.8 is
- Improvements in Konqueror and its web browsing component KHTML. Bugs in handling HTTP connections have been fixed, KHTML has improved support of some CSS features for more standards compliance.
- In the kdegraphics package, lots of fixes in KDE's PDF viewer and Kolourpaint, a painting application, went into this release.
- The KDE PIM suite has, as usual, seen numerous stability fixes, covering KDE's email client KMail, the organizer application KOrganizer and various other bits and pieces.
For a more detailed list of improvements since the KDE 3.5.7 release on the 22nd May 2007, please refer to the KDE 3.5.8 Changelog.
KDE 3.5.8 ships with a basic desktop and fifteen other packages (PIM, administration, network, edutainment, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, web development and more). KDE's award-winning tools and applications are available in 65 languages.
Distributions shipping KDE
Most of the Linux distributions and UNIX operating systems do not immediately incorporate new KDE releases, but they will integrate KDE 3.5.8 packages in their next releases. Check this list to see which distributions are shipping KDE.
Installing KDE 3.5.8 Binary Packages
Package Creators. Some operating system vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE 3.5.8 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 server at http://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 3.5.8 Info Page.
Compiling KDE 3.5.8
Source Code. The complete source code for KDE 3.5.8 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE 3.5.8 are available from the KDE 3.5.8 Info Page.
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's 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!
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, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.
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