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RE: So what IS new in KDE 4.2?
by Elv13 on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 02:01 UTC in reply to "So what IS new in KDE 4.2?"
Elv13
Member since:
2006-06-12

-Grouping in plasma taskbar
-Multirow taskbar
-More plasmoid by default, including system monitor
-Akonadi intergration in KDEpim
-More work on nepomuk and strigi
-Panel autohide
-Most konqueror feature are back (including rich text popup with preview and preview in open file dialog)
-Bug fixes
-More work on solid
-Konqueror web is almost usable again
-Most konsole feature are back
-Most kate feature are back (including color in file management dock)
-2 or 3 new games
-kipi plugins in gwenview
-Folderview as desktop background with every feature from kdesktop and much more
-Many new feature in applications like oktera and okular

These are the one I found when using it. To name only the most visible one.

Reply Parent Score: 7

Kokopelli Member since:
2005-07-06

Thanks for the reply but it was not quite what I was looking for.

Not to pick on you but don't just list everything you find. I asked what new features added to 4.2 you found important or useful. You accidentally demaonstrated my problem with the lists of added features for kde 4.2. The feature lists involves a lot of hand waving but not specifics for what the reviewer found useful. This strikes me as more an attempt to justify the release than an honest assessment of what you, personally, like about the release. I am looking for a personal list, not a review of the release features.

-More plasmoid by default, including system monitor
What does that mean? EDIT: Ah you mean more widgets, including the system monitor one?

-Akonadi intergration in KDEpim
-More work on nepomuk and strigi
Can you provide specifics on what was added that you found significant in these features? Akonadi is a neat backend thing but how does it specifically make your experience better?
And I believe strigi has been surfaced I could not find any references to any additions or improvements to the nepomuk integration. What was added there that you consider important?


-More work on solid
like?

-Most konsole feature are back
like?

-Many new feature in applications like oktera and okular
like?


I was hoping for specific, personal, notes on things, not abstract features.

Edited 2009-02-02 02:23 UTC

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Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

You have to understand that 4.2 goal was to be better than 3.5, to acheive that, they had to finish the port and bring features back. The panel one are the most usefull to me, shortcut too. But it is the addition of all little deatils that make the greatest new feature of 4,2, the plus value of all tweak: it is polished. It was not the case in previous release. this one feel mature and ready.4.0 was "working", 4.1 was usable and now 4.2 is ready, it is why it is called "The anwser". Now we have a KDE with the feature and configuration od 3.5 and the feature that KDE4(.0) did bring, like the pillars (that start to be widelly used by more and more apps with every new release).

And a feature that I forget to list in my previous post: the new kuiserver that does not steal focus and stack in plasma, thats usefull.

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Chris Member since:
2005-09-28

Akonadi is a neat backend thing but how does it specifically make your experience better?


I'm wondering the same thing.
Akonadi enabled or disabled doesn't seem to have any effect on my experience with kontact.
Everything runs as it does with or without akonadi.

All it's good for, as far i can tell, is keeping my cpu warm.

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Bille Member since:
2007-05-31


"-More work on solid
like?
"

It's not very user-visible yet but it is personal - in Solid I added support for various serial and mobile broadband devices to support development of the new NetworkManager-kde4 applet. I fixed a bunch of other stupid bugs and updated the dbus backend to the most recent changes in NM 0.7. The Solid abstraction helped a lot with the applet development - I've essentially been able to rely on it to do what it says now and concentrate on higher level bugs. It was important so I can release a standalone NM-kde4 that will work with any 4.2 release and don't have to wait for 4.3

Dario Freddi did some work too that PowerDevil needed including an easy signal reporting the remaining battery time. And Tom Patzig worked on finishing the Bluetooth APIs there, but I think that will only bear real fruit in the 4.3 timeframe.

Others went through the core and put some loop optimisations in. Codepage handling, needed when you mount DOS and NTFS filesystems, was improved so that hot harddisk you bought off ebay.ru shows its contents directly,


"-Most konsole feature are back

like?
"

I guess he means session management for tabs. OH YES!

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