KDE Applications 4.5.0 enhance usability and bring map routing
KDE, an international Free Software community, is happy to announce the immediate availability of the KDE Applications 4.5. Be it the high-quality games, educational and productivity software or the useful tools, these applications have become more powerful, yet easier to use.
The KDE Applications have been improved in many different areas. Let us highlight a few of the changes which were made.
- The KDE Games team has worked on new features and introduced a new game: Kajongg, the original four-player Mahjongg. This game is written entirely in Python, making it the first major Python KDE Application as part of the KDE Games family. The game Konquest, in which the player is tasked to conquer the galaxy, now lets users create and customize their own maps. Other improvements are easier configuration in the jigsaw puzzle game Palapeli, a new KGoldRunner level set (“Demolition”), and better SGF file integration for Kigo.
- The educational applications have also seen several improvements. The biggest were for the learning aid, Parley, which has gained a new practice interface and support for conjugations.
- Marble, our virtual globe application, received a route planning feature and the option to download map data before you go on a trip so you do not need access to the Internet to make use of Marble and its mapping features based on OpenStreetmap and OpenRouteService data. Read more about worldwide and offline map routing in Marble.
In Konqueror, Adblock lists can now be automatically updated, making for a cleaner web-browsing experience. Users who prefer to use WebKit as the rendering engine can now rely on the KDE-WebKit KPart. Gwenview now runs smoothly without blocking even while applying processor-intensive effects. Its image editing operations now properly retain all EXIF metadata. Gwenview also sees many usability improvements and increased configurability. Finally, KInfoCenter, which gives the user an overview of the hardware and software configuration of his or her system, has seen some major work this release, with usability improvements to its main window and better stability.
Installing KDE Applications
KDE software, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE software runs on various hardware configurations, operating systems and works with any kind of window manager or desktop environment. Besides Linux and other UNIX based operating systems you can find Microsoft Windows versions of most KDE applications on the KDE software on Windows site and Apple Mac OS X versions on the KDE software on Mac site. Experimental builds of KDE applications for various mobile platforms like MeeGo, MS Windows Mobile and Symbian can be found on the web but are currently unsupported.
KDE software can be obtained in source and various binary formats from http://download.kde.org and can also be obtained on CD-ROM or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.
Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of 4.5.0
for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers
have done so.
Some of these binary packages are available for free download from KDE's http://download.kde.org. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, will become available over the coming weeks.
In order to get the most out of these releases, we strongly recommend to use the latest version of Qt, as of today 4.6.3. This is necessary in order to assure a stable experience, as some improvements made to KDE software have actually been done in the underlying Qt framework.
Graphics drivers may under certain conditions fall back to XRender rather than OpenGL for compositing. If you have issues with notably slow graphics performance, switching off desktop effects is likely to help, depending on the graphics driver and setup used. In order to make full use of the capabilities of KDE's software, we also recommend to use the latest graphics drivers for your system, as this can improve the user experience substantially, both in optional functionality, and in overall performance and stability.
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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