Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jan 2008 12:00 UTC
KDE KDE 4.0.0 has been released onto the world. "The KDE Community is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of KDE 4.0. This significant release marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the beginning of the KDE 4 era." KDE 4.0 is the first release of "KDE 4", but take note that the developers have clearly stated that KDE 4.0 is not KDE 4, but more of a base release with all the underlying systems ready to go, but with still a lot of work to be done on the user-visible side. Download it from the KDE 4.0 info page. Update: Screenshots.
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by GeneralZod on Fri 11th Jan 2008 13:00 UTC
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I've been following the development of KDE4.0.0 in microscopic detail for about a year now, and have seen from the mailing lists and the huge amount of SVN activity just how many tough technical choices and pure hard slog the devs have gone through, so even though finally kicking out the first of the KDE4 series must be its own reward, I'd like to say "Thanks and congrats!" to the KDE team!

As someone who was building from SVN every day since last January (when KDE4 running in a Xephyr window looked a little like this:

), I was worried that KDE4.0.0 would fall *massively* short of the expectations that people had, and set out on a quest to try and gently deflate these expectations so that they were more in line with what I was expecting (hell, I was claiming that KDE4.0.0 would Eat Your Children before it became fashionable! ;) ). While it's definitely still a quirky and incomplete release which I can't in good conscience recommend to absolutely everybody, I have to say that 4.0.0 has wildly exceeded my expectations and is nothing like the crashy, resource guzzling mess that I was expecting ;)

Incidentally, I still have an old build from my work on KDE4Daily, so I put a side-by-side comparison to show how much has changed. The screenshots are from ~8th November and 1am this morning, respectively:

Edited 2008-01-11 13:08 UTC

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RE: Congrats!
by Weeman on Fri 11th Jan 2008 14:21 in reply to "Congrats!"
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I sure hope their theming capabilities are quite extensive, because that looks hilariously bad in regards to graphical design.

Edited 2008-01-11 14:24 UTC

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RE[2]: Congrats!
by fepede on Fri 11th Jan 2008 14:28 in reply to "RE: Congrats!"
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I sure hope their theming capabilities are quite extensive, because that looks hilariously bad in regards to graphical design.

Well, I fully agree.

The worst thing in KDE has always been (and, given the screenshots, IS) how fonts are used.

Man, it's horrible!

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RE[2]: Congrats!
by WereCatf on Fri 11th Jan 2008 14:43 in reply to "RE: Congrats!"
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I very much dislike the theme in those pictures (lots of sleek and clean surfaces, and then suddenly huge difference in contrast in totally illogical places) but I don't know if that's the default theme. Though, it's not that much of a problem as the theme can be changed, and distros will most likely also choose something other than the default theme.

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RE: Congrats!
by NxStY on Fri 11th Jan 2008 15:59 in reply to "Congrats!"
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That screenshot would probably look better if you turned on composite.

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RE: Congrats!
by BigDaddy on Fri 11th Jan 2008 18:29 in reply to "Congrats!"
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In your first screenshot:

What are you using to display the system statistics? That is one thing I could not figure out how to do in the 3.5 series. (I'm pretty new). Is that something that is KDE4 specific? Can it also show a histograph of network activity?

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RE[2]: Congrats!
by superstoned on Sat 12th Jan 2008 00:00 in reply to "RE: Congrats!"
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It's a much improved version of ksysguard, and yes, it can show pretty much any statistic about your system you want.

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