[ Thanks to Dre for
pointing us to this announcement. ]
KDE Desktop 2.0 Final Release Candidate Available
Final Release Candidate of Leading Desktop for Linux and
October 10, 2000 (The INTERNET). The KDE Team today announced the release of
KDE 2.0 RC2, the second and (barring any unforeseen problems) final
release candidate for Kopernicus (KDE 2.0), KDE's next-generation,
powerful, modular desktop. The KDE team has previously released
five Beta versions -- the first on May 10 of this year -- publicly;
the sole prior release candidate was released internally only. RC2
is based on Trolltech's Qt
2.2.1 and includes the core libraries, the core desktop
environment, the KOffice suite, as well as the over 100
applications from the other standard base KDE packages:
Administration, Games, Graphics, Multimedia, Network, Personal
Information Management (PIM), Toys and Utilities. This release
marks the last opportunity for developers and users to report
problems prior to the official release of Kopernicus (KDE 2.0)
slated for this October 23.
Some distributors choose to provide binaries of KDE for certain
versions of their distributions. Some of these binary packages for
RC2 will be available for free download under ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/unstable/distribution/2.0RC2/
or under the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
mirrors. Please note
that the KDE team is not responsible for these packages as
they are packaged by third parties, typically, but not always, the
distributor of the relevant distribution.
RC2 requires qt2.2.1, which is available from the above
locations under the name qt-x11-2.2.1 or some variation thereof
adopted by the responsible packager. Please be advised that RC2
will not work with any older versions of Qt. Qt is
not part of KDE's release testing.
At the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available
Check the ftp servers periodically for pre-compiled packages for
other distributions. More binary packages will become available
over the coming days.
KDE is an independent, collaborative project by hundreds of
developers worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and
stable desktop environmentemploying a component-based,
network-transparent architecture. Currently development is focused
on KDE 2, which will for the first time offer a free, Open Source,
fully-featured office suite and which promises to make the Linux
desktop as easy to use as Windows and the Macintosh while remaining
loyal to open standards and empowering developers and users with
Open Source software. KDE is working proof of how the Open Source
software development model can create first-rate technologies on
par with and superior to even the most complex commercial
For more information about KDE, please visit KDE's web site.
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