KDE Software Compilation 4.4 Release Candidate 1 Available

KDE Software Compilation 4.4 RC1 Out Now: Codename “Cornelius”

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 Nepomuk Semantic Search framework has made leaps: A new storage backend makes it
a lot faster. New user interfaces to interact with the Nepomuk database are first
delivered with KDE 4.4.0. A timeline view of your files makes finding files used in
the past easier.

The Plasma Desktop has been further polished. Many user interface elements have
received attention by developers and designers. The new widget explorer provides a
richer experience for managing desktop widgets. Plasma widgets can now be shared with
other users over the network and the handling of storage devices in the desktop shell
has been streamlined. Also, in 4.4 Plasma’s little sibling, the Netbook shell debuts
as a technology preview.

New applications on the horizon range from Blogilo, a rich-client blogging tool to
Cantor and Rocs, two scientific applications for advanced math and graph theory
needs. Many other applications, such as the Gwenview image viewer and the Dolpin file
manager have been further improved.
The KDE Development Platform adds the new KAuth authorization framework for easy and
secure privilege escalation, printing of odd and even pages, scanner support for the
Windows platform and the first pieces of integration of the popular webkit rendering
engine.

These are only some of the new features one can expect from the new KDE Software
Compilation 4.4, there is also a longer list of the changes. The long list of changes
also comes with an even longer list of smaller and bigger bugfixes and performance
enhancements which lead to a noticable improvement of the user experience.
The release is named after Cornelius Schumacher, who is and continues to be one of
the cornerstones of the KDE community.

Read more: http://www.kde.org/announcements/announce-4.4-rc1.php


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