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07 April 2011, 10:00

KDE issues 4.6.2 update, congratulates GNOME

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KDE Logo The KDE Project has announced the arrival of the second point update to the latest major release of the Linux and Unix desktop, version 4.6.2 of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC). According to the developers, this maintenance release of the open source K Desktop Environment (KDE) includes a variety of translation updates and bug fixes for the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Platform.

KDE SC 4.6.2, the second in a series of monthly service updates, contains no new features, but includes fixes for the Okular universal document viewer and the Dolphin file manager. Kopete, the KDE instant messenger, recieves a number of bug fixes, including a change which allows for searching for contacts by display name, account name or by any email address. The KCalc calculator, the KWin window manager and two games, KBlocks and KBreakout, have also received bug fixes. All users are advised to upgrade and are assured that "it will be a safe and pleasant update" by the developers.

Zoom The KDE Plasma Netbook Workspace.
The developers note that they chose the code name "Congrats" for the update in order to "pay respect to their friendly competition in the GNOME camp". After nearly five years of planning and development, the GNOME developers released the third generation of their Linux and Unix desktop yesterday. Details about the changes in GNOME 3 and how to adapt to them, see The H feature "First look: GNOME 3.0".

Further information about the second point update to KDE SC 4.6 can be found in the official release announcement, in the change log and on the KDE SC 4.6.2 Info Page. Source packages for self-compilation and binary packages for various Linux distributions are available to download from the project's website. KDE is licensed under a combination of the LGPLv2, BSD, MIT and X11 licences for core libraries and the GPLv2 or GPLv3 for applications.

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