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08 July 2010, 15:01

Final KDE SC 4.5 release candidate arrives

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KDE Logo Following two betas and a release candidate, the KDE Project developers have issued the second and final release candidate (RC) for version 4.5 of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC), a development preview of the next major release of the popular Linux and Unix desktop. The final version of KDE 4.5 is scheduled to be released on August 4th, 2010.

According to the developers, KDE SC 4.5 RC2, code named "COSS", addresses several bugs from the previous RC and includes updates for various translations. New features coming in version 4.5 of KDE include support for tiling in the KWin window manager, a reworked notification area and the use of the WebKit rendering engine in the Konqueror web browser.

As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

More details about the release can be found on the KDE SC 4.4.92 Info Page and in the official release announcement. A list of planned features is available on the KDE 4.5 TechBase page. KDE SC 4.5 RC2 source code is available to download from the project's web site.

KDE is licensed under a combination of the LGPLv2, BSD, MIT and X11 licences for core libraries and the GPLv2 or GPLv3 for applications. The latest stable release is KDE SC 4.4.5 from the end of June.

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