Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 20:20 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The first pre-release of Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring is now available. This alpha concentrates on updating to the major desktop components of the distribution, including KDE 4.2 Beta 2, GNOME 2.25.2, Xfce 4.6 Beta 2, server 1.5, and kernel 2.6.28 rc8. It is also the first distribution to introduce the major new Tcl/Tk release, 8.6. The alpha is available only in the DVD Free edition with a traditional installer and no proprietary applications; future pre-releases will add the live CD One edition with proprietary drivers. Please help test this first pre-release and report bugs to Mandriva.
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RE: KDE 3?
by AdamW on Wed 24th Dec 2008 02:08 UTC in reply to "KDE 3?"
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KDE 3 will be dropped from 2009 Spring. Some packages remain so we can build important KDE 3 apps that have not yet been ported to KDE 4, but you will not be able to use a KDE 3 desktop.

Many more apps are now available in KDE 4 / Qt 4 versions, and KDE 4.2 is a substantial improvement on 4.1. We'd really like it for people like to you test the 2009 Spring pre-releases and report problems; it's the only way the KDE 4 experience will come to meet and exceed the KDE 3 experience in all areas. If people just give up and go to old releases or other desktops, it will never happen.

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