FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDE Ships First Preview of New 4.4 Desktop, Applications and Development Platform
December 4rd, 2009. Today, KDE has released a first preview the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC), 4.4 Beta1 The first beta version of KDE SC 4.4 provides a preview and base for helping to stabilize the next version of the KDE Desktop, Applications and Development Platform.
The list of changes this time around is especially long. Important changes can be observed all over the place:
To find out more about the KDE 4.4 desktop and applications, please also refer to the KDE 4.3.0, KDE 4.2.0, KDE 4.1.0 and KDE 4.0.0 release notes, as KDE SC 4.4 is the next evolutionary step on top of the releases. KDE SC 4.4 Beta1 is not stable software, as such, it is not suitable for everyday or production use. KDE SC 4.4 Beta1 is aimed at testers and those who would like to have an early look at the next KDE SC release.
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 this is a beta release, bugs in the codebase are inevitable. Known bugs at the time of release include KOrganizer not starting up and compositing support in the window manager being disabled on some hardware. The KDE team is looking into those problems and expects to have them fixed shortly.
Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE SC 4.4 Beta1 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 SC 4.4 Beta1 Info Page.
The complete source code for KDE SC 4.4 Beta1 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE SC 4.4 Beta1 are available from the KDE SC 4.3.80 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.