Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jan 2011 23:29 UTC, submitted by zegenie
KDE Before we get underway: I'm sorry, we don't have enough headline space to write 'KDE Releases Development Platform, Applications and Plasma Workspaces 4.6.0'. Then again, do any non-anal people every refer to it that way? No? I thought so. In any case, there's a new KDE version out with lots of new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.
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Other notable improvements
by lemur2 on Thu 27th Jan 2011 01:00 UTC
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Removal of dependency on HAL. HAL is no longer required.

Improvements in the Bluetooth stack. Long overdue.

Phonon support for pulseaudio. Xine is no longer supported as a backend for Phonon, it is recommended to use either gstreamer or VLC backends instead.

Changes to the Oxygen icon theme and better integration of applications not built on the KDE Platform thanks to a completely rewritten Oxygen GTK theme.

http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.6/screenshots/46-w06.png

There have been some improvements in KDE accessability, although there is apparently still no built-in support for speech-to-text.

Edited 2011-01-27 01:07 UTC

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RE: Other notable improvements
by MamiyaOtaru on Thu 27th Jan 2011 07:04 in reply to "Other notable improvements"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

was something wrong with xine?

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

was something wrong with xine?


I believe that it now has a similar problem as the KDE 3.x.x audio backend aRts had ... it is no longer actively developed.

http://www.arts-project.org/gen/newsarchive/news_2000.html#20
As main author of aRts, having after some time finally come to the conclusion that I won't continue to work on the project, I think its better to announce this publically than to walk away silently.


http://www.xine-project.org/home

Fortunately, this is the exact problem that Phonon was meant to overcome. Whereas the defunct state of aRts is an ongoing problem for KDE 3.x.x, the development state of Xine is not a problem at all for KDE 4.x.x.

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RE: Other notable improvements
by Carewolf on Thu 27th Jan 2011 08:47 in reply to "Other notable improvements"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Xine still works fine as a backend for phonon. I couldn't get the GStreamer backend to play anything but MP3, and I couldn't get the VLC backend to not crash, so I personally still using the xine-backend. It works fine.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Xine still works fine as a backend for phonon. I couldn't get the GStreamer backend to play anything but MP3, and I couldn't get the VLC backend to not crash, so I personally still using the xine-backend. It works fine.


I'm running Arch Linux right now, and I am still in the process of downloading the update to KDE 4.6, so the version that I am running right now is still 4.5.5. There are two backends for Phonon installed, gstreamer or VLC. Either one works absolutely fine.

I have gstreamer selected as the first preference right now. I chose that because it gives best commonality with GNOME/GTK applications. I can run either a GNOME/GTK application, or a KDE/Phonon application, and I do not have to load any new audio libraries just for that application.

Edited 2011-01-27 09:39 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I for one is happy about the gstreamer and vlc backends since xine's FLAC playback is broken.

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renox Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know if Xine is working or not, but I'm really happy with the fact that they created Photon: on the three audio library that you have, two are malfunctionning!!

Which means (non exclusively) that either
- you're really on the bleeding edge / you make a lot of changes on your distrib
- the distrib you use suck
- audio on Linux is still in an immature state..

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RE: Other notable improvements
by sj87 on Thu 27th Jan 2011 13:08 in reply to "Other notable improvements"
sj87 Member since:
2007-12-16

Phonon support for pulseaudio. Xine is no longer supported as a backend for Phonon, it is recommended to use either gstreamer or VLC backends instead.


Well this is interesting. It's not long since the Gstreamer backend was supposedly killed in favour of Xine. It was even removed from the Arch Linux version of KDE which I believe to be close to vanilla.

Btw, Gstreamer backend is still the same version - 0.1 - as it was back then, in 2009 I believe.

Edit: seems like they upped the version number to match Phonon's 4.4.4 for KDE 4.6.

Edited 2011-01-27 13:09 UTC

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RE: Other notable improvements
by kaiwai on Thu 27th Jan 2011 17:48 in reply to "Other notable improvements"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Good to hear that HAL has finally been removed - it seems that every time I had an issue with Linux it could always be traced back to HAL. Hopefully the move away from HAL should also correspond to a decline in power usage given that there will no longer be a daemon sitting in the background constant polling for devices.

Any word on the NetworkManager/KDE integration? I remember there was some work being done on a Plasma front end but I haven't kept up on the current status of the project. Any word on its completion? I don't want to go out trying to find source code off a SVN to compile when it would be easier to use a stable package that is feature complete rather than in a state of flux.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

knetworkmanager has been function well since Kubuntu 10.04/KDE 4.5.x. I've used it for wired, wireless, mobile broadband and openvpn without any problems.

Edited 2011-01-27 18:35 UTC

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