Home > KDE > KDE 3.2 Alpha 1 Available KDE 3.2 Alpha 1 Available Submitted by Richard Moore 2003-09-10 KDE 23 Comments The Dot reports that KDE 3.2 Alpha-1 is available on the main FTP and more mirrors will be picking it up soon. This source release includes KDevelop 3.0a6 among other goodies. Use Konstruct to build. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 23 Comments 2003-09-10 9:18 pm Vim in KMail! Sweet!!!! 2003-09-10 9:30 pm So no more :wq^H^H^H 2003-09-10 9:35 pm They could have got a better code name for it… But yay any way! 2003-09-10 9:41 pm Hrm. Head was VERY buggy last week – only two weeks after the big hacking fest in Nové Hrady. I’m not sure that’s the right time to make an alpha release. 2003-09-10 9:44 pm The name is an in-joke on the “brockenboring” stuff that went into KDE CVS a few months ago that fixed linking on unusual platforms like Mac OS X and NetBSD/a.out. see http://kt.zork.net/kde/kde20030716_58_print.html#4 2003-09-10 10:12 pm I was just wondering about this with the new GNome coming out. I love competition and choice. 2003-09-10 10:15 pm Gnome 2.4 is announced http://www.gnome.org/start/2.4/ as KDE Alpha is announced. BIg things are happening in the Linux world right now. 2.6 is not too far away either. 2003-09-10 10:16 pm After having a rather disapointing experiance with Gnome 2.4, I’m going to try this new version of KDE, I last tried the CVS in June, and it was very good then. 2003-09-10 10:39 pm Current cvs kde rocks..Kmail’s imap is very broken, but konq works exceptionally good. This release is basicly 3.1 + a whole lot of polish. 2003-09-10 10:50 pm Everyone like them and I’m no exception. What _looks_ different, better, sexier? 2003-09-10 11:01 pm cant get enough of it 2003-09-10 11:12 pm Someone has already had a disappointing experience with GNOME 2.4 which was released like minutes ago. Impressive. Really, you should get KDE alpha. Its just what the doctor ordered for you. Screenshots please of alpha, or CVS if anyone has it. 2003-09-10 11:39 pm > Someone has already had a disappointing experience with GNOME 2.4 which was released like minutes ago. Impressive. GNOME 2.4 in its current form is available for weeks now, as its feature-set was frozen, so people COULD form an opinion of it based on the RCs. Only bug fixes were allowed in the last few weeks. 2003-09-10 11:43 pm He/she didn’t say what they found disappointing. So I was wondering. Anyway, I am still looking for shots of KDE alpha, or CVS. PLease, someone. 2003-09-11 12:07 am …I’ve been running cvs head for several weeks. It doesn’t _look_ much different. Lots of polish everywhere, and the PIM stuff is way cool. One exception is the new mac style menubar improvement, where you can create a top menu panel, embed a menubar applet in it, and create a panel that looks & feels pretty much just like the mac. Sweet! Soon to be copied, along with Karamba, in GNOME 2.8 (I really am sorry, but I just couldn’t resist) 2003-09-11 12:13 am I agree with that. My latest compile of KDE CVS (last night) failed on KDE base, and now kwin doesn’t work. Before that, input text boxes in Konqueror were severely borked. Previous CVS versions (late August) were extremely stable, though. Small problems aside, KDE 3.2 is going to be one hell of a release. The GUI is much more polished, with more logical and asthetic layouts. However, polish is still the department where KDE needs the most work. Things are much faster. The only traces of visible redraw on my 2GHz P4 are apps that use custom canvases like Konqueror, and even Konqui’s performance is getting close to IE’s. KDevelop 3.x rocks. Its IDEAl interface (which is getting factored out into KMDI so all KDE apps can use it) is super. Kontact is super cool. Overall, integration and consistency are improved over the already impressive KDE standard. 2003-09-11 12:23 am Gnome > KDE 2003-09-11 12:47 am There is some overlap in the target market of GNOME and KDE, but in reality, they are aimed at different people. This is evidenced by the fact that both have large, active user communities. GNOME appeals to a certain type of user, because it is simple, straightforward, relatively consistent, and has a good HIG. KDE appeals to a different sort of person, because it is very powerful, very customizable, and has nicer technology under the hood. Both have a place, and neither is going to replace the other, not if their users have anything to say about it. Let me give you a simple example: KDE’s customizability is absolutely critical for me. My main system is a laptop, so I’m constrained by a small 15″ screen. KDE lets me minimize my toolbar clutter, set my menubar to autohide, hide all my panels, get rid of my desktop icons, and set hotkeys for everything. Meanwhile, I recommend that new Linux users use RedHat 9 and its default GNOME 2 desktop. Why? GNOME is a whole lot simpler, more straightforward, and less cluttered. Plus, RedHat is one of the easiest distros to use (once you setup apt4rpm, of course and its config tools are all GNOME-2 based. 2003-09-11 1:16 am I also have been running the GNOME CVS for a while now and it just seems so clunky to me. Everything seems so slow compared to KDE head. The icon sizes can’t be adjusted, either and metacity is a POS. Once you’ve turned on KDE’s wheelmouse desktop switching, every other WM except fluxbox and friends seems primitive. Check it out in ~/.kde/share/config/kdesktoprc 2003-09-11 3:28 am I’ve heard so much about it and I’ve always wanted to try it! Anyone have a download link? 2003-09-11 3:48 am Why, yes it does run on Windows http://kde-cygwin.sourceforge.net/ 2003-09-11 11:18 am I tried the alpha! It’s SWEET! The context menu is so much better and smarter, the PIM is a total killer, I absoulutely love it. So far, the system didn’t go down on me, not too bad for an alpha release. Kudos to the KDE team! 2003-09-11 1:40 pm I just read this annoucment this morning about 20 minutes before leaving to school, I downloaded the bzipped packages and then had to leave to school! But thanks to SSH, I’m compiling KDE Alpha as I write now! Should be ready to be served once I get home!