Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jan 2008 22:36 UTC
KDE "The long-awaited KDE 4.0.0 was released last week as scheduled. Even though the expectations - following a couple of less than convincing release candidates - weren't very high and the consensus was that the first release of KDE 4 would be more of a 'technology preview' than a usable desktop environment for general deployment, it's hard not to see the enormous amount of good work that has gone into the new code. As Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell put it, KDE 4 is the start of something amazing and this is possibly the best definition of the current release - it's here, it's available, but it's nowhere near ready for the prime time. It's a decent start, though. Unsurprisingly, the reaction of distributions was a mixed bag. Below is a summary of information about the availability of KDE 4.0.0 in various distributions."
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by elsewhere on Wed 16th Jan 2008 23:15 UTC
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Just to add a couple of points, the hope right now is that they will be able to feature KDE 4.1 for 11.0, though neither schedule has been finalized yet.

It's also worth pointing out that as they did during the KDE4 development process, openSUSE will soon be maintaining packages not just for KDE4 stable, but also for svn snapshots built on a bi-weekly basis. This will make it easier for those that want to try and follow the project as developments are pushed into svn, without the hassle of svn downloads and compilation. In fact, the current KDE 4.0 packages apparently contain patches from svn after 4.0.0 was tagged.

With all the complaining about the recent release of 4.0.0, it is worth pointing out that the user experience can be greatly influenced by the amount of work the distro developers put into their packaging of it.

Just my 2c...

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