"KDE 4.1 dropped at the end of July to much fanfare, bringing
KDE4 into a state that early adopters can use fairly confidently;
we've all heard by now of all the things that the DE has been
boasting; an entirely new look sporting much in the way of eye
candy, the new 'Plasma' system for organizing desktop 'Widgets'
(formerly called 'Plasmoids', but now renamed to the more neutral
term), and new icons by the Oxygen Project to name but a few
things. While implementing a new full-featured desktop environment,
let alone one so ambitious as this, is no small feat, the team is
slowly pulling together to get their DE polished to the point that
reluctant adopters can feel confident in making the leap.
"For those of you who can't wait to get your hands on the
upcoming release, 4.2, which is due to hit in January of next year,
the first beta has just been released, and Project Neon has a
repository set up to provide nightly builds of the new version! To
use it with Ubuntu 8.10, add the following line to your software