KDE 4.10 gets a QML refresh
The developers of the KDE Software Collection have released version 4.10 of their desktop environment and associated applications. KDE 4.10 includes improvements in the Plasma Workspaces environment with the expanded use of the Qt Quick framework and updates to a range of applications such as Kate, Kopete, Marble, and the desktop's PIM (personal information manager) applications. The Qt Quick framework's expansion into many more facets of the desktop also brings changes for developers. Work on creating a comprehensive SDK for the Plasma interface has also progressed.
Source: KDE Project
With KDE 4.10, more of the components of Plasma Workspaces have been rebuilt with the Qt Quick framework. Qt Quick combines the declarative user interface design language QML with a language runtime and unifying user interface elements. The move to Qt Quick is supposed to make the component parts of the Plasma desktop interface more consistent and easier to use. The developers also say that it improves the overall stability of the desktop. KDE 4.10 includes a QML-based screen locking application that is designed to be more secure and a rewritten wallpaper engine that enables users to more easily create their own animated wallpapers. However, the work to rewrite Plasma Workspaces using Qt Quick and QML is ongoing and is far from being completed yet.
Source: KDE Project
KDE's bundled applications have also received several updates. The Kate text editor has been given less intrusive notifications and the Konsole terminal application has had its print screen option, and other functionality that users were used to from KDE 3, restored . The search backend for the desktop's PIM applications is said to have been "vastly improved", which benefits email indexing and searching. The Marble map viewer can now display satellites in orbit around planets and can visualise orbit tracks of NASA and ESA space missions. A list of all improvements in the KDE application suite is available from the project's web site.
The KDE 4.10.0 Info Page includes information on how to obtain binary packages of the desktop environment and how to update existing installations. KDE is licensed under a combination of the LGPLv2.1, BSD, MIT, and X11 licences for core libraries and the GPLv2 or GPLv3 for applications.