September 14, 2000 (The INTERNET). The KDE Team today announced the release of KDE 1.94, the fifth and final beta preview of Kopernicus, KDE's next-generation, powerful, modular desktop. Following the release of KDE 1.93 on August 23, 2000, the release, code-named "Kandidat", is based on Trolltech'stm Qt® 2.2.0 and will include the core KDE libraries, the core desktop environment, the KOffice suite, as well as the over 100 applications from the other core KDE packages: Administration, Games, Graphics, Multimedia, Network, Personal Information Management (PIM), Toys and Utilities. The release is targeted at users who would like to help the KDE team make usability, speed and feature enhancements and fix the remaining set of bugs before the release of KDE 2.0 ("Kopernicus"), scheduled for early-fourth quarter 2000.
The major changes since the Beta 3 release last month include:
- General stability improvements throughout the packages.
- Major performance enhancements to the HTML widget. It also now fully supports "mailto:" URLs and caches pages for fast subsequent retrieval.
- The latest Qt release, qt-2.2.0, which for the first time is licensed under the GNU General Public License, as well as the Q Public License.
- Fixes to FTP and HTTP proxy support and many improvements to FTP support, including symlink support.
- The Secure Socket Layer (SSL) code in Konqueror has been improved, although it is still undergoing heavy development.
- Konqueror now features an "Open With" and "Save As" option for non-HTML links.
- Useability enhancements, such as background colors for desktop icon text.