KDE Shows Beta of Summer ReleaseWed, 25 May 2011
May 25th, 2011. Today, KDE has released a first beta of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team’s focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing new and old functionality.
The 4.7 release will bring a number of exciting improvments:
- KWin, Plasma’s window manager now supports OpenGL-ES 2.0, improving performance and deployability on mobile devices
- Dolphin, KDE’s flexible file manager has seen user interface improvements and now sports a better user experience for searching in files' metadata.
- KDM, KDE’s login manager now interfaces with the Grub2 bootloader
- Marble, the virtual globe now supports offline address search, especially making its mobile version more useful on the road
To download source code or packages to install go to the 4.7 Beta1 Info Page.
To find out more about the Plasma Workspace and KDE Applications, please refer to the 4.6.0, 4.5.0, 4.4.0, 4.3.0, 4.2.0, 4.1.0 and 4.0.0 release notes.
The KDE Software Compilation, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE’s software can be obtained in source and various binary formats from http://download.kde.org or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.
Installing 4.7 Beta1 Binary Packages
Packages. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of 4.7 Beta1 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. 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 4.7 Beta1 Info Page.
Compiling 4.7 Beta1
The complete source code for 4.7 Beta1 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing 4.7 Beta1 are available from the 4.7 Beta1 Info Page.
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