KDE Project Ships First Alpha of KDE 4.1
KDE Community Ships First Alpha Release of KDE 4.1, The First End-User Release of the Next-Generation Free Desktop
April 29, 2008 (The INTERNET). The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.1 Alpha1. With the soft feature freeze in effect, KDE 4.1 provides a first preview of what can be expected from KDE 4.1, due in late July this year.
What will KDE 4.1 bring
- Akonadi is among the new big things in KDE 4.1. Akonadi is the desktop-independent storage engine for Personal Information Management (PIM) data. While not yet based on Akonadi, KDE 4.1 also brings a KDE 4 port of PIM applications such as KMail and KOrganizer.
- With KDE 4.0 being available for X11 platforms, KDE 4.1 will also be available on Windows, Mac OS X and OpenSolaris. The ports are not yet completely finished yet, but good for a first preview nevertheless.
- KDE 4.1 Alpha1 is based on Qt 4.4. Qt 4.4 brings improvements in performance and functionality to KDE 4.1. SVG rendering speed has vastly improved, and widgets and layouts can now be used on canvases such as the Plasma desktop and panel. Migrating the Plasma codebase to these new features is still work in progress, so some instability here is to be expected.
Please note that KDE 4.1 Alpha1 is not suitable for daily usage. It is meant as a preview for upcoming technology more than anything else.
Compiling KDE 4.1 Alpha1 (4.0.71)
Source Code. The complete source code for KDE 4.0.71 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE 4.0.71 are available from the KDE 4.0.71 Info Page, or on TechBase.
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