KDE 3.0beta2 Released

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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