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KDE 3.0beta2 Released

Feb 13, 2002, 19:59 (11 Talkback[s])
The KDE Project today announced the immediate release of KDE 3.0beta2, the third pre-release of the third generation of KDE's free, powerful, easy-to-use, Internet-enabled desktop for Linux and other UNIXes. This pre-release of KDE 3.0, which follows almost two months after the release of KDE 3.0beta1, ships with the core KDE libraries, the core desktop environment, and over 100 applications from the other base KDE packages (administration, games, multimedia, network, PIM, utilities, artwork, addons, development, edutainment, bindings, etc.). KDE 3.0 is scheduled for final release early in the second quarter 2002, with one or more intervening "RC" releases preceding the final release.

"Beta2 has come a long way since beta1. At this juncture a lot of user testing would be very beneficial, as a large group of KDE developers are meeting for a week at the end of February in Nôrnberg, Germany to ready the KDE 3.0 final release. In addition, this release provides one of the last great opportunities for developers to port KDE 2 applications to KDE 3 prior to the final release," explained Dirk Mueller, the KDE 3 release coordinator. "We're especially interested in feedback about the support for right-to-left languages and about the new KDE 3 features. For developers, now is a great time to complete porting your applications to KDE 3, or to pitch in and help implement the still-incomplete planned features."

  • enlist volunteers to help find elusive and platform-specific bugs, and to provide constructive feedback through the KDE bugs database prior to the developer meeting later this month;
  • provide a stable API so developers can complete porting their KDE 2 applications to KDE 3; and
  • provide a consistent snapshot for the translation teams (this release already provides some support for 46 languages).

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