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Introducing KDE 4 plasmoids

Jun 15, 2009, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martyn Honeyford)

"KDE, the K Desktop Environment, is a free software project based on a desktop environment for UNIX®-like systems. It provides basic desktop functions and applications for daily needs, as well as tools and documentation for developers to write standalone applications for the system. KDE software is based on the Qt toolkit. The centerpiece of the fourth series of KDE is a redesigned desktop and panels, collectively called Plasma, which integrates the functionality of Kicker, KDesktop, and SuperKaramba into one piece of technology. KDE 4 offers new hope

"The fourth major version of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) was released in January 2008 to mixed reactions. The release marked a major undertaking:

"Much of the KDE 3 codebase was completely rewritten. A large number of new technologies were created. Most of the codebase was refactored in some way, shape, or form.

"While the initial 4.0 release showed great potential, the scope of the changes meant that the release would not achieve feature parity with KDE 3. Therefore, it was widely reported as being unstable in certain areas, and some users were reluctant to make the switch immediately. Many of these shortcomings were addressed with the 4.1 release, but there were still notable feature omissions.

"With the January 2009 release of KDE 4.2, however, most of these concerns were addressed, and many users decided to start using 4.2 as their main desktop environment."

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