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KDE 2.2.2 Released

DATELINE NOVEMBER 21, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KDE Service/Security Release Available

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
ago, include:

  • security-related
    • SSL certificate loading
    • symlink vulnerability in .wmrc access by KDM introduced in
      2.2
    • security problem with eFax (used by klprfax)
    • potential problem in PAM invocation by KDM
    • potential harmful side-effect of failed KDM session starts
  • new features
    • added support for CodeWeaversCrossOver
      plug-in (provides support for QuickTime, etc.) (screenshot)
    • added support for the wheelmouse for scrolling through the
      KGhostview PS/PDF viewer component
    • ability to search for multiple patterns at a time in the file
      search dialog
    • debugging multi-threaded applications with KDevelop
  • improvements/fixes
    • handling of HTTP links that redirect to FTP
    • POST using SSL through a proxy and sending headers through
      proxies
    • saving of recently-selected files in the file dialog
    • handling of non-ASCII characters over SMB
    • toolbar button captions with certain styles
    • selecting items with the mouse in Konqueror
    • sorting in Konqueror’s textview
    • saving current settings as a theme in the theme manager
    • crashes in KMail with
      certain mails
    • crash on invoking the KDM chooser
    • non-Latin languages with KDevelop
  • performance
    • icon loading optimized
    • file dialog speedups
    • stop spinning SMB client processes
    • handling of large files in Kate

A more complete list
of changes
and a FAQ about the release are
available at the KDE web
site
.

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
Linux/UNIX.

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.

For more information about the KDE 2.2 series, please see the
KDE
2.2 press release
and the KDE 2.2 Info Page, which is
an evolving FAQ about the series.

Installing KDE 2.2.2 Binary Packages

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
mirrors, and
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
Requirements
below.

Package Locations. At
the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available
for:

Please check the servers periodically for pre-compiled packages for
other distributions. More binary packages will become available
over the coming days and weeks.

Downloading and Compiling KDE 2.2.2

Library
Requirements
. KDE 2.2.2 requires the following libraries:

  • Qt-2.2.4, which is available in source code from Trolltech as
    qt-x11-2.2.4.tar.gz,
    though qt-x11-2.3.1.tar.gz
    (rather than Qt-2.3.2) is recommended;
  • for reading help pages and other KDE documentation, libxml2 >= 2.4.9 and libxslt >= 1.0.7;
  • for JavaScript regular expression support, PCRE >= 3.5;
  • for SSL support, OpenSSL
    >= 0.9.6x (versions 0.9.5x are no longer supported);
  • for Java support, a JVM >= 1.3;
  • for Netscape Communicator plugin support, KDE requires a recent
    version of Lesstif or
    Motif;
  • for searching local documentation, ht://dig; and
  • 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
with gcc
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
3.0).

Source Code/SRPMs. The
complete source code for KDE 2.2.2 is available for free download
at http://master.kde.org/pub/kde/stable/2.2.2/src/
or in the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
mirrors.
Additionally, source rpms are available for the following
distributions:

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,
the compilation
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.

Please visit the KDE family of web sites for the KDE FAQ, screenshots,
KOffice information and
developer
information
. Much more information about KDE is
available from KDE’s family of web sites.

Corporate KDE Sponsors

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.


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