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KDE Ships First Beta of Frameworks 5

Collaboration between Qt and KDE April 1, 2014. Today KDE makes available the first beta of Frameworks 5. This release is part of a series of releases leading up to the final version planned for June 2014 following the previous alpha last month. This release marks the freeze of source incompatible changes and the introduction of the Frameworks 5 Porting Aids.

Frameworks 5 Porting Aids

To ease the porting of KDE Platform 4 based applications, the Frameworks team has brought the 'Porting Aids' group into existence. These Frameworks contain kdelibs4 modules and API's that are being deprecated in KF5 and are provided only to assist applications in porting to KF5. As such these Frameworks will only have a limited support period, currently planned to be three release cycles. Application developers are strongly encouraged to port away from these Frameworks during this support period to prevent dependency on obsolete and unsupported code. Once support is ended, some unofficial development may continue on some modules, but they will not be part of the officially supported Frameworks release.

Currently, the following Frameworks belong to this group:
  • khtml
  • kjs
  • kjsembed
  • krunner
  • kmediaplayer
  • kdelibs4support*
* kdelibs4support contains deprecated API's from modules which no longer exist or deprecated classes from existing modules.

For information about Frameworks 5, see this article on the dot news site. Those interested in following progress can check out the git repositories, follow the discussions on the KDE Frameworks Development mailing list and contribute patches through review board. Policies and the current state of the project and plans are available at the Frameworks wiki. Real-time discussions take place on the #kde-devel IRC channel on freenode.net.

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You can discuss this news story on the Dot, KDE's news site.

Installing frameworks Beta 1 Binary Packages

Packages. A variety of distributions offers frequently updated packages of Frameworks 5. This includes Arch Linux, AOSC, Fedora, Kubuntu and openSUSE. See this wikipage for an overview.

Compiling frameworks

The complete source code for frameworks 4.98.0 may be freely downloaded.

Supporting KDE

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About KDE

KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.


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