KDE 4.1, which is supposed to become the KDE4 version usable by ‘normal’ people, is coming at the end of July. When Ars reviewed the beta release, they were positive in that it was moving forward at an “extraordinary pace”. Despite the positive notions in the news, many seem to have problems actually seeing all the new stuff being done in KDE4 – just like how people fail to see the massive amount of work put into Vista. KDE developer Rafael Fernandez Lopez (I’m sorry for the lack of diacritical marks, an OSNews bug we’re working on) decided to put together a screencast showing off all the new stuff coming in KDE 4.1.In a blog entry titled “What can KDE 4.1 do for you?” Lopez writes:
Too many things are going on in this amazingly dynamic community, and really interesting ones. I have recorded a screencast [.ogg] which can speak by itself on what way KDE 4.1 is different to 4.0. This way we can see the huge step we have made between .0 and .1 series. I really believe the progress is now a matter of time. We’ve reached a point right now that our libraries are in a pretty good shape, and our applications are stabilizing again.
I am truly amazed by what I’m seeing here. The difference between the features shown in the screencast and whatever I had on my desktop running as KDE 4.0.0 when I reviewed it is massive. It seems like KDE 4.1 is a proper materialisation of the vision the KDE developers have been putting forth ever since the KDE4 undertaking started. I was sceptical about whether or not they would be able to get in all the features needed to make KDE4 usable as a day-to-day desktop by the time KDE 4.1 was scheduled, but it appears I was wrong. That is, assuming stability is acceptable, since that’s an area you cannot judge from a screencast. I’m genuinely looking forward to the moment I can load up the final release of KDE 4.1 and review it for OSNews.
Sweet follows sour. That’s what I said about KDE 4.0.0 – KDE 4.1 might be the sweet I was referring to.