KDE SC 4.5 Beta 1 Released
By on May 27th, 2010

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.

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Author: Ricky Laishram Google Profile for Ricky Laishram
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