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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RE: All I have to say is...
by lemur2 on Tue 28th Jun 2011 03:21 UTC in reply to "All I have to say is..."
lemur2
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At least KDE 4.7 continues to offer a more traditional desktop experience. The window controls are still present and located where users expect them; there's still a traditional desktop paradigm with desktop shortcuts, folders, or launchers (of course 'activities' are fully implemented too for those users who actually use them); The task bar and task bar applets are still present and accounted for. All in all, KDE 4.x may become a refuge for those fleeing the radical and seemingly bizarre changes that came with Gnome 3 and Ubuntu's horrid Unity desktop experience.


This reviewer of Fedora 15 KDE spin (featuring KDE 4.6.2, but not a rolling release):

http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2011/06/27/fedora-15-kde/

apparently had the same view. Fedora is a GNOME-focussed distribution, but they provide alternative "spins" of the distribution.

Anyway, from this review:
"Fedora 15 provides the excellent KDE 4.6 desktop. If you aren’t familiar with what 4.6 has to offer, check out the KDE 4.6 release announcement for details and screenshots. Given all of the hoopla going on about GNOME 3 (and Unity of course), KDE 4.6 is quickly emerging as an important alternative to some GNOME and Ubuntu users. The KDE developers have wisely refrained from going the same route as the Unity and GNOME 3 developers and KDE itself may well see an influx of users coming from the other two desktops."

I don't know if that will happen or not. Probably not.

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