KDE releases 4.6 beta1 of Workspaces, Applications and Development Frameworks, bringing significant improvements to desktop search, a revamped activity system and a significant performance boost to window management and desktop effects. Efforts all across the KDE codebase pay off by making KDE's frameworks more suitable for usage on all devices. The release provides a testing base for a stable release in January 2011.
These are only some of the improvements the Plasma Team delivers with 4.6 coming January. This release being a first beta version, we encourage users to give it a try and report your findings back to us via KDE's bug tracker.
The KDE Applications 4.6 Beta1 which is released today, adds exciting new features throughout the applications. Among the most striking of a large number of applications that are released as part of the KDE software compilation is Dolphin, which has made leaps forward in its searching capabilities and user interface:
Another big ticket item is the introduction of Akonadi in Kontact 4.6, including a mobile version of the powerful groupware client. Many more new features coming with 4.6 can be found in the Feature Plan for 4.6.
These are only some improvements KDE delivers with 4.6 coming January. This release being a first beta version, we invite testers to participate in the bug-hunting season via KDE's bug tracker. Many more bugfixes and other improvements complement these bigger changes, many of which can be found in the Feature Plan for 4.6.
The two most significant changes in the KDE development frameworks 4.6 release targets the move away from HAL, which is being phased out by many Linux vendors, towards the u* hardware abstraction components.
Many more bugfixes and other improvements complement these bigger changes, many of which can be found in the Feature Plan for 4.6. This release being a first beta version, we encourage users to give this release a try and help us improve these frameworks via KDE's bug tracker, but not use it in production environments, as the stabilization phase is still under way.
KDE's software, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE software can be obtained in source and various binary formats from http://download.kde.org or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.
Packages. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of 4.5.80 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the 4.5.80 Info Page.
Compiling The complete source code for 4.5.80 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing 4.5.80 are available from the 4.5.80 Info Page.
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