Wednesday, 14 August 2013
August 14, 2013. The KDE Community is proud to announce the latest major updates to the Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform delivering new features and fixes while readying the platform for further evolution. The Plasma Workspaces 4.11 will receive long term support as the team focuses on the technical transition to Frameworks 5. This then presents the last combined release of the Workspaces, Applications and Platform under the same version number.
This release is dedicated to the memory of Atul 'toolz' Chitnis, a great Free and Open Source Software champion from India. Atul led the Linux Bangalore and FOSS.IN conferences since 2001 and both were landmark events in the Indian FOSS scene. KDE India was born at the first FOSS.in in December 2005. Many Indian KDE contributors started out at these events. It was only because of Atul's encouragement that the KDE Project Day at FOSS.IN was always a huge success. Atul left us on June 3rd after fighting a battle with cancer. May his soul rest in peace. We are grateful for his contributions to a better world.
These releases are all translated in 54 languages; we expect more languages to be added in subsequent monthly minor bugfix releases by KDE. The Documentation Team updated 91 application handbooks for this release.
Gearing up for long term maintenance, Plasma Workspaces delivers further improvements to basic functionality with a smoother taskbar, smarter battery widget and improved sound mixer. The introduction of KScreen brings intelligent multi-monitor handling to the Workspaces, and large scale performance improvements combined with small usability tweaks make for an overall nicer experience.
KDE Applications 4.11 Bring Huge Step Forward in Personal Information Management and Improvements All Over
This release of KDE Platform 4.11 continues to focus on stability. New features are being implemented for our future KDE Frameworks 5.0 release, but for the stable release we managed to squeeze in optimizations for our Nepomuk framework.
When upgrading, please observe the release notes.
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As usual, KDE community members organize release parties all around the world. Several have already been scheduled and more will come later. Find a list of parties here. Anyone is welcome to join! There will be a combination of interesting company and inspiring conversations as well as food and drinks. It's a great chance to learn more about what is going on in KDE, get involved, or just meet other users and contributors.
We encourage people to organize their own parties. They're fun to host and open for everyone! Check out tips on how to organize a party.
About these release announcements
These release announcements were prepared by Jos Poortvliet, Sebastian Kügler, Markus Slopianka, Burkhard Lück, Valorie Zimmerman, Maarten De Meyer, Frank Reininghaus, Michael Pyne, Martin Gräßlin and other members of the KDE Promotion Team and the wider KDE community. They cover highlights of the many changes made to KDE software over the past six months.
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