KDE 3.0 Beta 1 Released

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December 19, 2001 (The INTERNET). The KDE
Project today announced the immediate release of KDE 3.0beta1, the
third generation of KDE’s free, powerful, easy-to-use,
Internet-enabled desktop for Linux and other UNIXes. This second
pre-release of KDE 3.0, which follows two months after the release
of KDE 3.0alpha, ships with the core KDE libraries, the core
desktop environment, and over 100 applications from the other base
KDE packages (administration, multimedia, network, PIM, utilities,
development, etc.). KDE 3.0 is scheduled for final release in the
second quarter 2002, with one or more intervening “RC” releases
preceding the final release. The KDE Project will demonstrate the
latest pre-release of KDE 3 at the LinuxWorld Expo in New York
(Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2002).

“Beta1 is a stabilized snapshot of the current KDE 3 development
branch and is meant for testers, developers and translators,”
explained Dirk Mueller, the KDE 3 release coordinator. “Users can
assist in the development effort by testing this release and
providing constructive feedback or helping to update or complete
documentation. We’re especially interested in feedback about the
support for RTL 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. In addition, the KDE translation
project needs new contributors who can translate KDE 3 into their
native language. Translation is another great way for
non-programmers to contribute to the continuing success and rapid
improvement of KDE.”

The primary goals of the 3.0beta1 release are to:

  • enlist volunteers to help find bugs and provide constructive
    feedback through the KDE bugs database, and to help complete or
    update KDE documentation;
  • provide a stable API so developers can port their KDE 2
    applications to KDE 3;
  • solicit developer feature requests before the KDE 3 API is
    finally frozen for binary compatibility, as well as developer
    assistance in completing the planned features; and
  • provide a consistent snapshot for the translation teams (this
    release already provides some support for 57 languages).


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