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KDE 2.2alpha2 is Out

Jun 01, 2001, 02:49 (35 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Navindra Umanee for this link. ]

The KDE project has released KDE 2.2alpha2. Use the primary download page, or a mirror.

dot.kde.org has some additional info, and here's the general overview of changes between 2.1 and 2.2:

KDE Libraries

  • Classes KTipDialog and KTipDatabase added, for the "tips of the day" feature
  • Endianness fixes for big endian platforms such as Solaris/SPARC
  • "out-of-the-box" Solaris support
  • Threading support via libmcop-mt
  • MIDI timing improvements
  • New artsd -s option that allows setting the auto-suspend time
  • artsshell status now displays all of the server audio parameters
  • New artsshell autosuspend option to change auto-suspend time
  • New artsd -m option that passes reporting of sound server errors to an external program
  • New artsmessage program which displays artsd errors using a KDE dialog
  • KDE sound control panel now allows setting the auto-suspend timeout and the message display program. The artsmessage command is enabled by default.
  • New artsd -N and -w options for setting larger network buffers
  • ...
  • Kdict, a dictionary program, has been added to kdenetwork.
  • Kdict is a graphical client for the DICT protocol. It enables you to search through dictionary-like databases for a word or phrase, then displays suitable definitions. Kdict has support for all protocol features, a separate list of matching words for advanced queries, configurable database sets, a browser-like user interface, convenient interaction with the X-clipboard, configurable HTML output and printing.
  • IMAP support
  • Non-blocking sending
  • Only the selected part of a mail will be quoted on reply
  • Delete old messages from the trash folder on exit
  • Collapsable threads
  • Multiple PGP identities
  • Bind an SMTP server to an identity
  • Better procmail support via the local account
  • Searching for messages is much faster
  • New scoring system:
    • User definable scoring rules with conditions based on the overview data and configurable actions (currently score value adjustment and notification)
    • Full-fledged regular expressions which can be used in scoring and filter conditions.
  • Reduced memory consumption. Its now configurable how much RAM is used to cache article bodies and headers.
  • Improved article handling:
    • User-defined folders
    • DnD between folders and groups
    • Convenient mbox-folder import/export
    • Nice in-place renaming of accounts, folders and groups
    • New menu option that expires all groups of the current account and a option that compacts all folders on demand.
    • New expire-feature: delete article headers that aren't available on the server
    • Implemented "Smart Scrolling" (TM) in the listviews and in the groupbrowser
  • Reading news articles:
    • Proper handling of crossposted articles, they are marked as read simutaneously in all groups.
    • Added option to retreive the article source
    • New menu option: fetch an article by message-id
    • Added option to retreive an article from groups.google.com if it's unavailable on the local server
    • Trailing empty lines can be stripped from incoming articles
    • Highlighting of "news:" and "mailto:" urls, all email-addresses and msgids
    • It's now configurable what characters are recognized as quote signs
    • It's now possible to disable the fancy header decorations, saves space on small displays
    • The word wrap behaviour of the article widget is now configurable
  • Enhancements of the article composer
    • Optional integration of KMail and other external mail programs
    • Full support for the Mail-Copies-To header
    • Added placeholder for the group name in the attribution line
    • Support for dynamically generated signatures
    • Added option to place the cursor below the attribution line, not above the signature (off by default)
    • Implemented forwarding of articles with attachments
    • Files can now be attached to an article with Drag&Drop
  • Improved article filters and search function:
    • Filter rules for numerical values are more flexible now, its possible to filter something like "x < value" or "x > value", not just ranges.
    • Its now possible to filter on the message-id and references header
    • The search function can show complete threads now (optionally)
  • Network related improvements:
    • Articles are no fetched via article number instead of article-id to avoid problems with broken newsservers
    • Enhanced dupe protection, utilizing the "recommended id" feature of newer inn's
    • Shows a password-dialog when the server requests authentication
    • Support for IPv6 and SOCKS-proxies
  • Properties dialog now shows free disk space on current partition, e.g. "39.7MB/968.3MB (90% used)"
  • New configuration for whether to start a new process for new windows or reuse an existing one
  • New configuration for user-defined CSS stylesheets
  • Proxy support re-engineered, socks and IPv6 support added (in kdelibs)
  • Save toolbar layout in profile
  • Fixes for full-screen mode
  • Fixes for reload, detects mimetype changes
  • "Enter" button in the toolbar
  • KHTML: ...
  • Javascript: Support for history navigation (back/forward/go...)
  • Javascript: Garbage collector fixes
  • New xchat-like MDI Mode added
  • Added libkscreensaver to ease development of KDE screensavers
  • KBattelship, the KDE implementation of the famous "battle ship" board game, has been moved to kdegames. You can play it via network or internet.
Kooka + libkscan (kdegraphics)
  • KDE wide scanner support added
  • Kooka - Scanning Application added
  • Kandy is a new application, which has been added to the kdepim module.
  • Synchronizes phonebook data from mobile phones with the KDE address book.
  • Provides a terminal application for communication with the mobile phone.
  • Supports phones with GSM compatible modem
  • "What's next" view
  • Journal feature
  • Switch to iCalendar as default file format
  • Active remote calendar
  • Sending events via KMail
  • Tip of the Day
  • HTML export of month view
  • Experimental project view (Gantt diagram)
  • "Percent Completed" setting for todos
  • Synchronization of address book