KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 Released

KDE SC 4.5 has now reached its first beta today for both the desktop and netbook versions. The final release is expected in August this year.

KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 comes with some new improvements:

  • New Notification Area – KDE SC 4.5 now has a  reworked notification area which creates a  uniform look and consistent interaction scheme across applications and toolkits.
  • KWin – KWin has a new tiling mechanism  to automatically place windows next to each other. Advanced graphical effects, such as blurring the background of translucent windows are also included.
  • WebKit in Konqueror – Users that prefer  WebKit over the KHTML rendering engine currently used in Konqueror, now can install the WebKit component and switch Konqueror to use WebKit as  rendering engine for web sites.

A notable component missing from this release is KMail, which is being reworked to make use of Akonadi. The new version of KMail will be delivered as part of the monthly bug fix update.

KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 is not yet available for Ubuntu. We will update as soon as it is available in the Kubuntu Beta PPA.

One thought on “KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 Released”

  1. Kde has been known since ages for designing innovative environments that stand apart from the crowd.

    Kwin tiling is yet another innovation for the unparalled kde platform as it combines the best features of tiling window managers and at the same time does away with the primitive look and minimalist interfaces of traditional tiling window managers like xmonad and wmii. Elegance of the Qt framework combined with the functionality and productiveness of non-conventional tiling window management certainly gives us a yet another reason to take pride in KDE ecosystem .

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