Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Nov 2007 17:02 UTC, submitted by kejar31
KDE KDE 4.0 RC1 has been released. "The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first release candidate for KDE 4.0. This release candidate marks that the majority of the components of KDE 4.0 are now approaching release quality. While the final bits of Plasma, the brand new desktop shell and panel in KDE 4, are falling into place, the KDE community decided to publish a first release candidate for the KDE 4.0 Desktop. Release Candidate 1 is the first preview of KDE 4.0 which is suitable for general use and discovering the improvements that have taken place all over the KDE codebase. The KDE Development Platform, comprising the basis for developing KDE applications, is frozen and is now of release quality." You want see Plasma panel? You get see Plasma panel!
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by Seth Quarrier on Tue 20th Nov 2007 19:14 UTC
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My understanding is that the Betas where primarily to get the libraries out to developers and that the libraries are pretty mature. Top level GUI elements like Plasma widgets have been the last to mature, because they need the framework underneath them to be mature. Therefor people who look at the KDE releases and see and immature Plasma have been incorrectally extending that impression down the stack. As the libraries are maturing the top level GUI will be able to quickly catch up. Also, version 4.0 is going to be like any X.0 release and is going to be based more on architecture and potential then actual feature implementation.

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