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KDE 4.6 Beta 1 � a first look

Nov 29, 2010, 11:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"The first beta release of KDE SC 4.6 was released yesterday. OpenSUSE had packages up almost immediately, so being curious as to what's new, I've downloaded and upgraded to the new release. These are my impressions thus far.

"KDE's release notes tout the following (main) features of the 4.6 release:

* libplasma now does does something with QML for widgets on devices – why this is the number one feature listed on a PR release about the new release I do not know. It's hardly sexy;
* the reintroduction of activities, which now includes starting and stopping applications as part of an activity. This sounds interesting – more below;
* optimization of Kwin. The release notes say that this will LEAD to smoother window management and more stunning desktop effects. So I'm guessing these aren't in this release;
* faceted browsing in dolphin."

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