Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Aug 2013 22:46 UTC, submitted by JRepin
KDE The KDE Software Compilation 4.11 has been released.

Gearing up for long term maintenance, Plasma Workspaces delivers further improvements to basic functionality with a smoother taskbar, smarter battery widget and improved sound mixer. The introduction of KScreen brings intelligent multi-monitor handling to the Workspaces, and large scale performance improvements combined with small usability tweaks make for an overall nicer experience.

This release marks massive improvements in the KDE PIM stack, giving much better performance and many new features. Kate improves the productivity of Python and Javascript developers with new plugins, Dolphin became faster and the educational applications bring various new features.

This release of KDE Platform 4.11 continues to focus on stability. New features are being implemented for our future KDE Frameworks 5.0 release, but for the stable release we managed to squeeze in optimizations for our Nepomuk framework.

That name.

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RE: First impressions
by diegoviola on Fri 16th Aug 2013 23:17 UTC in reply to "First impressions"
diegoviola
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2006-08-15

I upgraded from KDE 4.10.5 to 4.11.0 on openSUSE 12.3. Here's what I've noticed:

* The printer applet that is supposed to unhide itself from the system tray when printing and re-hide after finishing doesn't work anymore. It doesn't unhide, and it doesn't work to manage print jobs at all. This is a regression. I filed a bug: https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=323560

* The extremely annoying problems with the lock screen seem to have been mostly fixed. There was a problem where the lockscreen password field didn't receive focus after resuming. This seems to be fixed now. It also seems to have stopped showing the current workspace for a few seconds before the lockscreen comes up, which is nice fix for improved security. But I still wish that it would resume to the lockscreen instead of the screensaver, which requires moving the mouse to see the lockscreen.

* Irritating little "papercut" style bug is still present: The mouse pointer is visible on the blank screen saver. This has been present ever since 4.10.0.

* Icons no longer show artifacts when dragged across the desktop. It remains to be seen if icons will still occasionally appear one on top of another.

* In general, I hate the KDE plasma themes. I just want something that looks simple and flat without any shadows or gradients. And I want my plasma panels and menus to have the same style and colors as all the rest of my KDE/QT apps. I hate all garish bling of the plasma themes. And even with the "Klassic" theme it still doesn't match the KDE/QT style and some text isn't properly antialiased, as though it was fighting with a subtle gradient.

Thanks to KDE for producing a sane desktop environment that lets users basically be in control of their desktop settings!

Qt.

Get it right.

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