Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Feb 2010 19:06 UTC, submitted by diegocg
KDE And there we are, the KDE team has released KDE Software Compilation 4.4, formerly known as, well, KDE. Major new features include social networking and online collaboration integration, the new netbook interface, the KAuth authentication framework, and a lot more.
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by kaiwai on Tue 9th Feb 2010 22:10 UTC
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This isn't probably the place to ask these questions but I'll go ahead anyway:

1) Is there a plan to move away form HAL in favour of udisks/upower/libudev? do the developers have a schedule and if so what release are they aiming for regarding complete removal of HAL dependency?

2) When KDE is running on FreeBSD, is there a dependency on HAL?

3) Have they finalised the networkmanager front end? the last time I checked it was still in development/alpha with no real time line for eventual merging into the KDE distribution.

The reason why I ask is that I've found that nine times out of ten when I've had problems all roads always seem to lead back to HAL. The moment when HAL was removed from Fedora all the bugs relating to handling storage devices went and the battery life improved monumentally.

I'm also interesting regarding networkmanager front end because I'd sooner have a KDE native front end than having to deal with a GTK based on - from what I understand there was going to be a one but I never heard anything beyond a couple of posts.

Much thanks to those who can set me on the right path regarding those questions.

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