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KDE SC 4.4: A Worthy (though not perfect) Upgrade

Feb 17, 2010, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy LaCroix)

[ Thanks to Jeremy LaCroix for this link. ]

"It seems like just yesterday KDE 4.0 was released, and caused quite a bit of commotion in the free software world. It was bold, ambitious, and (for the most part) broken. Further releases in the KDE 4.x series refined the new desktop, slowly winning back many of the long-time users as more and more features reached completion. The latest iteration of the K Desktop has just arrived in version 4.4, and while it's still not perfect, it's another step closer to finally convincing those that are holding out with KDE3 to give it a shot.

"I went ahead and installed KDE SC 4.4 on both my laptop and desktop around the same time, and both machines run 64-bit Arch Linux. Since I was hellbent on getting the latest KDE on release day, I had to fight a bit and look really hard to find a mirror that had all of the packages. I ended up temporarily using a German mirror, and I also had to remove KDevelop due to an incompatibility with the Arch packages (that should be fixed up real soon). Most Arch mirrors should have synced by now (if not all by the time you're reading this) so you shouldn't have to jump through the same hoops I did. Other distributions should follow soon if yours hasn't already. When I upgraded to KDE 4.4, I also removed my kde configuration files so that I could start with a fresh configuration. You shouldn't have to do that, however. Otherwise, the upgrade on Arch was very smooth."

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