Linux has enjoyed tremendous success on the server, but that success has not been duplicated on the desktop. Many feel what Linux needs is a strong desktop client before users and applications will begin to show up, and KDE is trying to create such an environment. Linux Planet checks out the latest version of the popular desktop.
Ever since the first KDE 4 release in 2008, the KDE open source desktop has been evolving to provide a different type of experience for Linux users
With the KDE Software Compilation (SC) 4.4 release today, KDE’s desktop evolution continues with more than 1,400 new features and nearly 7,300 bugs fixed.
“KDE SC 4.4 is about both incremental evolution as well as continuing to make great strides forward in our pursuit of power and elegance,” KDE core developer Aaron J. Seigo told InternetNews.com. “While there have been many performance improvements and defect fixes along with incremental improvements such as multi-touch support, we also have a lot of new things in KDE SC 4.4 ranging from applications such as Blogilo, to the over 20 new plugins for Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook, new semantic desktop features and a number of tools for large and managed deployments of KDE software.”
The 4.4 version comes six months after the KDE 4.3 release, which itself provided more than 10,000 bug fixes. Seigo noted that KDE has adopted a time-based release schedule for all releases since the KDE v4.0 release, and the release cycles for versions 4.3 and 4.4 were identical in length.