Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Jun 2011 18:01 UTC, submitted by Debjit
KDE "KDE has released a release candidate of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing last-minute showstopper bugs and finishing translation and documentation that comes along with the releases." Focuses of this release are Kwin support for OpenGL-ES 2.0 (oooh purty!), an interface refresh for Dolphin, and loads of other stuff.
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by Hiev on Sun 26th Jun 2011 22:03 UTC
Hiev
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2005-09-27

Any link to downloas the live image iso?

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by Elv13 on Sun 26th Jun 2011 22:17 in reply to "..."
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

KDE is not a Linux distribution. KDE4 live demo DVD do not seem to exist anymore. It was nice to have before KDE4 was usable to see the progress, but there is no point now. It was never intended to be a fully supported distribution, but rather a proof of progress. If you want to try KDE, the best way is to create a separated user account and use the cmakekdefull bash script or something else to compile it for you. Like that you will have an "unstable" KDE version trapped into an user account (no real installation required).

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by UltraZelda64 on Mon 27th Jun 2011 03:50 in reply to "RE: ..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Compiling even the smallest programs can be a massive pain in the ass. I wouldn't want to see a complete desktop compile (that is, assuming it will compile without you pulling all your hair out in the first place...). Not to mention all the time required, even if it did work successfully.

I would actually recommend just waiting for KDE 4.7 to officially be released, and soon enough distros will start shipping it. And certainly at least a few of them will be live CDs/DVDs. And of course they will all implement it somewhat differently and with their own finishing touches, some of them better, some worse--which IMO is definitely better than having one standard sub-par set of binaries with the same exact feel (or in other words, one distribution). KDE hasn't been making too many huge changes though, so I doubt that anything new is truly groundbreaking.

I have to admit though, I was wondering "why the f*** would you want to integrate a desktop environment with a bootloader, and how the hell would you integrate it with such a low-level piece of software?," and once I read why and saw the screenshot, I thought that's pretty cool. But still... not groundbreaking, because the only difference is that you select the OS before rebooting instead of after. Very cool, but not amazing. It seems like every new release is full of those things, little things that aren't groundbreaking, but they add up and really give you feeling that the desktop is very fresh and full-featured.

Edited 2011-06-27 04:01 UTC

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by lemur2 on Tue 28th Jun 2011 02:43 in reply to "..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Any link to downloas the live image iso?


You won't get KDE 4.7 in any Live image just yet.

The very latest KDE distribution to be released is PCLinuxOS, which is very newbie-friendly.

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06753
http://www.pclinuxos.com/?p=1267

This uses KDE 4.6.4. KDE 4.7 won't start appearing in desktops for a couple of months yet.

Having said that, this release of PCLinuxOS is, like Arch Linux, what is known as a "rolling release". A "rolling release" means that once the PCLinuxOS developers have had a chance to integrate and test the formal release of KDE 4.7 it will be released to user via a package update. You won't have to re-install a new version of the .iso image to get KDE 4.7, you just wait a bit for the update to appear, but be advised: there won't be any rolling release of this version, which is only the KDE 4.7 RC version, to PCLinuxOS users.

With PCLinuxOS you also have a few different kernel optimisations to choose from. The BFS scheduler kernel is supposed to be optimal for desktop use.

Edited 2011-06-28 02:50 UTC

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