KDE 4.5 2nd Beta: The End of an Era
Jun 21, 2010, 21:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The last two years have seen the KDE desktop not only
rewritten from scratch, but adding innovation after innovation.
Sooner or later, the moment had to come when its breakneck pace of
development slowed -- and, judging from the second beta, that
moment is the upcoming 4.5 release.
"Not that KDE 4.5 is short of changes. However, most of them are
either concerned with stability and appearance, or minor
enhancements. By contrast, new applications or directions are few.
You might call the 4.5 release a consolidation and refinement of
the improvements made in previous releases in the KDE 4 series.
"Officially numbered as 4.4.85, the second 4.5 beta can be
compiled from source. Alternatively, you can scroll down the
announcement page to find links to instructions about how to
install packages for Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu. These packages
seem stable enough for the general desktop, but you might have
crashes and segmentation faults with some of the minor