FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDE Ships First Release Candidate of New 4.4 Desktop, Applications and Development Platform
January 8th, 2010. Today, KDE has released the first release candidate of the next version of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC). KDE SC 4.4 Release Candidate 1 provides a testing base for identifying bugs in the upcoming KDE Software Compilation 4.4, with its components the KDE Plasma Workspaces, the Applications powered by KDE, and the KDE Development Platform.
The list of changes between 4.3 and 4.4 is especially long. Important changes can be observed all over the place:
The release is named after Cornelius Schumacher, who is and continues to be one of the cornerstones of the KDE community.
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 these releases. KDE SC 4.4 RC1 is not stable software, as such, it is not suitable for everyday or production use. KDE SC 4.4 RC1 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.
Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE SC 4.4 RC1 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 RC1 Info Page.
The complete source code for KDE SC 4.4 RC1 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE SC 4.4 RC1 are available from the KDE SC 4.3.90 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.