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26 January 2010, 11:52

KDE SC 4.4 RC2 arrives

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Zoom KDE SC 4.4 showing Dolphin and System Settings.
The KDE project developers have announced the availability of the second release candidate for version 4.4 of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC), code-named "CampKDE". According to the developers, the latest release candidate (RC) of the desktop, applications and development platform includes several bug fixes and is aimed at providing "a testing base for identifying bugs in the upcoming KDE Software Compilation 4.4".

KDE SC 4.4 will the first release to be based on Qt 4.6 which was released in early December 2009. Notable updates in version 4.4 of KDE SC include improvements to the Nepomuk Semantic Search framework, which features a new storage back end to improve its performance and a new user interface (UI) to interact with the Nepomuk database. New applications include two scientific programs for advanced math and graph theory called Cantor and Rocs, and a rich client blogging tool called Blogilo. Other applications, such as the Gwenview image viewer and the Dolphin file manager, have also received improvements.

The Plasma Desktop has been updated, including updated user interface elements, a new widget explorer and the ability to share widgets with other users over the network. The new KAuth authorisation framework has been added to the KDE Developer Platform 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". The developers ask all users testing the release to report any bugs that they encounter. As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised.

More details about the release can be found in the release announcement, 4.4 Release Goals change log and on the KDE 4.3.95 Info Page. KDE is licensed under a combination of the LGPLv2, BSD, MIT and X11 licenses for core libraries and the GPLv2 or GPLv3 for applications. The final version of KDE 4.4 is scheduled to be released on the 9th of February, 2010.

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