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KDE 1.93 Release Announcement

DATELINE AUGUST 23, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New KDE Desktop Beta Available for Linux®

Fourth Beta Preview of Leading Desktop for Linux® and Other UNIXes®

August 23, 2000 (The INTERNET). The KDE Team today announced the release of KDE 1.93, the fourth beta preview of Kopernicus, KDE's next-generation, powerful, modular desktop. Following on the heels of the release of KDE 1.92 on July 27, 2000, the release, code-named "Kooldown", is based on a beta of Trolltech'stm upcoming Qt® 2.2.0 and will include the core libraries, the core desktop environment, the KOffice suite, as well as the over 100 applications from the other standard base KDE packages: Administration, Games, Graphics, Multimedia, Network, Personal Information Management (PIM), Toys and Utilities. Kooldown is targeted at users who would like to help the KDE team make usability and feature enhancements and fix the remaining set of bugs before the release of KDE 2.0 ("Kopernicus"), scheduled for early-fourth quarter 2000.

The major changes since the beta 3 release ("Korner") last month include:

  • The addition of Qt Designer, an excellent visual user interface design tool.
  • Fixed Konqueror's HTTP- and FTP-proxy support.
  • Great speed improvements in rendering by the HTML widget.
  • Integrated support for GTK themes.
  • Improvements and many fixes to the JavaScriptTM library.
  • Improvements to KWord's WinWord filter -- it now imports even MS Office 2000TM documents quite well.
  • Greater stability and many bug-fixes to virtually all packages.

"It is really great to work together with all of the dedicated developers, translators, artists, documentation writers and beta users. I'm very proud of the results that we have achieved with this release and I hope that our users enjoy it just as much," said core developer Waldo Bastian. "Given the massive amount of fixes and improvements in usability as well as appearance, this beta preview could also have been labeled a pre-release candidate for Kopernicus," added core developer Lars Knoll.

Kooldown offers a usable desktop for a non-critical production environment. The principal benefits lie in the cutting-edge technologies provided by Konqueror and the KOffice suite, in KDE's enhanced customizability and in KDE's continued improvements in ease of use.

Downloading and Compiling Beta 4

The source packages for Kooldown are available for free download at ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/unstable/distribution/2.0Beta4/tar/src/ or in the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server mirrors. Kooldown requires qt-2.2.0-beta2, which is available from the above locations under the name qt-x11-2.2.0-beta2.tar.gz. Please be advised that Kooldown will not work with any older versions of Qt. Qt is not part of KDE's beta testing.

For further instructions on compiling and installing Kooldown, please consult the installation instructions and, if you encounter problems, the compilation FAQ.

Installing Binary Packages

The binary packages for Kooldown will be available for free download under ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/unstable/distribution/2.0Beta4/ or under the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server mirrors. Kooldown requires qt2.2.0-beta2, which is available from the above locations under the name qt-x11-2.2.0-beta2. Please be advised that Kooldown will not work with any older versions of Qt. Qt is not part of KDE's beta testing.

At the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available for:

Check the ftp servers periodically for pre-compiled packages for other distributions. More binary packages will become available over the coming days.

About KDE

KDE is an independent, collaborative project by hundreds of developers worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop environment employing a component-based, network-transparent architecture. Currently development is focused on KDE 2, which will for the first time offer a free, Open Source, fully-featured office suite and which promises to make the Linux desktop as easy to use as Windows® and the Macintosh® while remaining loyal to open standards and empowering developers and users with Open Source software. KDE is working proof of how the Open Source software development model can create first-rate technologies on par with and superior to even the most complex commercial software.

For more information about KDE, please visit KDE's web site.



Press Contacts:
United States: Kurt Granroth
granroth@kde.org
(1) 480 732 1752
 
Andreas Pour
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konold@kde.org
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