KDE is een populaire desktopomgeving voor onder andere GNU/Linux, FreeBSD en Solaris. Het wordt geleverd met een standaard bureaublad, inclusief vijftien pakketten met applicaties zoals een pim, programma's voor het afspelen van multimedia, netwerkbeheertools en verschillende spellen. De ontwikkelaars hebben de eerste release candidate van KDE 4.3.0 uitgebracht en verwachten de final eind juli uit te kunnen brengen. De aankondiging van deze uitgave ziet er als volgt uit:
KDE 4.3 RC1 Out For Testing
KDE Community Ships Release Candidate of KDE 4.3 Free Desktop, Containing Many New Features and Improvements
July 1st, 2009. The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.3 RC1, a release candidate of the 3rd iteration over the KDE 4 desktop, applications and development platform. KDE 4.3 focuses on polishing and completing the user experience by providing a modern and beautiful Free working environment. Compared to the Beta releases, this release candidate now contains the new Air theme, which will be the default for KDE 4.3.0. Air is a theme lighter than Oxygen, which ist still available as an option through the "Desktop Settings" dialog. KDE's award-winning tools and applications are available in more than 50 languages. After the second beta, the focus is now on ironing out the last problems with KDE 4.3.0, to be released at the end of this month.
Highlights of KDE 4.3 are...
Please note that KDE 4.3 RC1 is not suitable for end users. Its sole purpose is gathering feedback and testing. Following that, we recommend those that are merely out for an upgrade but cannot live with severe instabilities to wait until KDE 4.3.0 is released in late July.
- Integration of many new technologies, such as PolicyKit and Geolocation services
- New Window animation effects, a more usable Run Command popup and many new and improved addons in Plasma
- Many bugfixes and improvements across all applications and more integration of features coming with the KDE 4 platform
Installing KDE 4.3 RC1 Binary Packages
Packagers. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE 4.3 RC1 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Some of these binary packages are available for free download from KDE's http://download.kde.org. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.
Package Locations. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the KDE 4.3 RC1 Info Page.
Compiling KDE 4.3 RC1 (a.k.a. 4.2.95)
The complete source code for KDE 4.3 RC1 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE 4.3 RC1 are available from the KDE 4.3 RC1 Info Page.