Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:00 UTC

Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

I remember a time when GNOME and KDE releases were big deals here. Feels like eons ago, a distant memory from an irrelevant past.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by hussam on Thu 27th Mar 2014 05:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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That's not entirely true in KDE's case. KDE4 started with (almost typed kwith) nepomuk built into kdelibs, created an extra nepomuk-core package (nepomuk2) and now added baloo as a replacement for both (nepomuk1 and 2 will be removed in KF5).
Many plasma applets were rewritten in QML during the kde4 releases.
We won't see any stability in KDE development till we hit KF5.

Edited 2014-03-27 05:21 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Thu 27th Mar 2014 08:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Well, a lot of those are behind-the-scenes changes, and, sadly, not a lot of people get excited about behind-the-scene changes.

I do, but most people don't.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I do too. Not to rehash ancient history, but KDE 4 had some growing pains. Each release it gets more stable & faster ( for me, so far up until KDE platform 4.12 where I'm at now).

Same deal with Gnome3. I've actually switched to Gnome3 at home. It seems to be better by default for my home workflow. But at work, KDE can't be beat so far...

Plus there is the whole transition to wayland that will happen with in the next year or two. Will I notice a difference? I don't know exactly, but I think it will provide a foundation for future innovation that wouldn't have been as easy as with ye olden X11. I'm kind of excited to see where it goes.

I think phones are actually maturing faster. There is nothing on the horizon that looks like a game changer there, with the real change coming with wearables and chrome cast. I think.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Rehdon on Thu 27th Mar 2014 11:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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What's KF5?

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by IndigoJo on Thu 27th Mar 2014 14:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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KF5 = KDE Frameworks version 5.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Its the whole "KDE isn't the desktop or the apps or the libraries behind any of those things, but a project run by people" They decoupled those to allow them to progress at the whichever rate of development works best.

What most people think of as "KDE" is now Plasma Desktop and Kwin. I think.

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