FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDE Community Ships First Translation and Service Release of the 4.2 Free Desktop, Containing Numerous Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation Updates
March 4th, 2009. The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of "Cream", (a.k.a KDE 4.2.1), another bugfix and maintenance update for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. Cream is a monthly update to KDE 4.2. It ships with desktop workspace and many cross-platform applications such as administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, multimedia software, games, artwork, web development tools and more. KDE's award-winning tools and applications are available in more than 50 languages.
KDE, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE can be obtained in source and various binary formats from http://download.kde.org and can also be obtained on CD-ROM or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.
As a service release, the changelog contains a list of bugfixes and improvements. The most notable improvements have been made to Okular, the document viewer, Kopete, the instant messaging client, KMail, KDE's email client and of course KHTML which got its usual slew of fixes, optimizations and improvements. Note that the changelog is usually incomplete, for a complete list of changes that went into KDE 4.2.1, you can browse the Subversion log. KDE 4.2.1 also ships a more complete set of translations.To find out more about the KDE 4.1.x desktop and applications, please refer to the KDE 4.2.0, KDE 4.1.0 and KDE 4.0.0 release notes. KDE 4.2.1 is a recommended update for everyone running KDE 4.2.0 or earlier.
Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE 4.2.1 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 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 4.2.1 Info Page.
The complete source code for KDE 4.2.1 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE 4.2.1 are available from the KDE 4.2.1 Info Page.
KDE is a Free Software community 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 is 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.