KDE Ships Leading Desktop with Advanced Web Browser and
Development Environment for Linux and Other UNIXes
November 21, 2001 (The INTERNET). The KDE Project today announced the immediate
release of KDE 2.2.2, a powerful and easy-to-use Internet-enabled
desktop for Linux. KDE 2.2.2 is available in 42
languages and ships with the core KDE libraries, the core
desktop environment, and over 100 applications from the other base
KDE packages (administration, multimedia, network, PIM,
development, etc.). The KDE Project encourages all users of the
award-winning KDE, and
strongly encourages all users of KDE in multi-user environments, to
upgrade to KDE 2.2.2.
KDE 2.2.2 is a security and service release. It marks the last
scheduled release of the KDE 2 series, though further releases may
occur. Code development is currently focused on KDE 3.0,
scheduled for its first beta release next month and for final
release in the first quarter of 2002.
The principal improvements over KDE 2.2.1, release two months
SSL certificate loading
symlink vulnerability in .wmrc access by KDM introduced in
security problem with eFax (used by klprfax)
potential problem in PAM invocation by KDM
potential harmful side-effect of failed KDM session starts
KDE 2.2.2 complements the release of KOffice 1.1 in August, 2001. KOffice
is a comprehensive, modular, component-based suite of office
productivity applications. KDE is the only Open Source project to
provide a complete desktop and productivity environment for
KDE and all its components (including KOffice) are available
for free under Open Source licenses from
the KDE server and
its mirrors and can
also be obtained on CD-ROM.
Binary Packages. All major Linux distributors and some
Unix distributors have provided binary packages of KDE 2.2.2 for
recent versions of their distribution. Some of these binary
packages are available for free download under http://master.kde.org/pub/kde/stable/2.2.2/
or under the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now
available, will become available over the next few week.
Please note that the KDE team makes these packages available
from the KDE web site as a convenience to KDE users. The KDE
project is not responsible for these packages as they are provided
by third parties -- typically, but not always, the distributor of
the relevant distribution. If you cannot find a binary package for
your distribution, please read the KDE Binary Package Policy.
Library Requirements. The library requirements for a
particular binary package vary with the system on which the package
was compiled. Please bear in mind that some binary packages may
require a newer version of Qt and other libraries than was included
with the applicable distribution (e.g., LinuxDistro 8.0 may have
shipped with Qt-2.2.3 but the packages below may require Qt-2.3.x).
For general library requirements for KDE, please see the text at
Source Code - Library
Package Locations. At
the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available
for other special features, such as drag'n'drop audio CD
ripping, certain other packages.
Compiler Requirements. Please note that some components
of KDE 2.2.2 will not compile with older versions of gcc/egcs, such as egcs-1.1.2 or
gcc-2.7.2. At a minimum gcc-2.95-* is required. In addition, some
components of KDE 2.2.2 (such as the multimedia backbone of KDE,
aRts) will not compile
3.0.x (the problems are being corrected by the KDE and GCC
teams and should be resolved by the first stable release of KDE
Source Code/SRPMs. The
complete source code for KDE 2.2.2 is available for free download
or in the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
Additionally, source rpms are available for the following
Further Information. For further instructions on
compiling and installing KDE 2.2.2, please consult the installation
instructions and, if you should encounter compilation problems,
FAQ. For problems with SRPMs, please contact the person listed
in the applicable .spec file.
KDE is an independent, project by hundreds of developers
worldwide collaborating over the Internet to create a
sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop environment
employing a component-based, network-transparent architecture. KDE
is working proof of the power of the Open Source "Bazaar-style"
software development model to create first-rate technologies on par
with and superior to even the most complex commercial software.
Besides the valuable and excellent efforts by the KDE developers
themselves, significant support for KDE development has been
provided by MandrakeSoft
and SuSE. In addition, the
members of the KDE League
provide significant support for promoting KDE. Thanks!
Trademarks Notices. KDE, K Desktop
Environment and KOffice are trademarks of KDE e.V. Linux is a
registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX and Motif are
registered trademarks of The Open Group. Trolltech and Qt are
trademarks of Trolltech AS. Netscape Communicator is a trademark or
registered trademark of Netscape Communications Corporation in the
United States and other countries. Java is a trademark of Sun
Microsystems, Inc. QuickTime is a trademark of Apple Computer,
Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other
trademarks and copyrights referred to in this announcement are the
property of their respective owners.