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KDE 4.0 Release Candidate 2

Written by IT News on 12:13 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The second release candidate of KDE 4.0 was announced
on December 11, 2007 by the KDE Team. It includes many improvements from previous Alpha, Beta and RC versions: "the KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the second release candidate for KDE 4.0. This release candidate marks the last mile on the road to KDE 4.0."

While progress on the quality and completeness of what is to become the KDE 4.0 desktop has been great, the KDE Community decided to have another release candidate before releasing KDE 4.0 on January, 11th. The codebase is now feature-complete. Some work is still being done to put the icing on the KDE 4.0 cake. This includes fixing some major and minor bugs, finishing off artwork and smoothening out the user experience.

The second release candidate incorporates many improvements from the previous Release Candidate, Beta and alpha releases:
RC1, Beta 4, Beta 3, Beta 2, Beta 1, Alpha 2 and Alpha 1.

RC 2

With this second release candidate, the KDE developers hope to collect comments and bug reports from the wider KDE community. With their help, we hope to solve the most pressing problems with the current KDE 4 codebase to ensure the final 4.0 release is stable, usable and fun to work with. We would like to encourage anyone who is willing and able to spend some time on testing to find and report problems to the KDE developers. It is recommended to have a current snapshot of the codebase handy. That makes trying things easier, it also helps the process by not having to hunt down bugs that have already been fixed and makes it easier to test patches proposed by developers.

About KDE 4

KDE 4 is the next generation of the popular KDE Desktop Environment which seeks to fulfill the need for a powerful yet easy to use desktop for UNIX and LINUX workstations. The aim of the KDE project for the 4.0 release is to put the foundations in place for future innovations on the Free Desktop. The many newly introduced technologies incorporated in the KDE libraries will make it easier for developers to add rich functionality to their applications, combining and connecting different components in any way they want.

Until the final release of KDE 4.0, which will be available in January, you can download this second release candidate right now from here and you can also download the KDE LiveCD version 0.8 based on KDE 4.0 RC2, from here.

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