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 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.
- The KOffice suite is one of the most-anticipated Open Source projects. The suite consists of a spreadsheet application (KSpread), a vector drawing application (KIllustrator), a bitmap drawing application (KImageShop), a frame-based word-processing application (KWord), a presentation program (KPresenter), and a chart and diagram application (KChart). Native file formats are XML-based, and work on filters for proprietary binary file formats is progressing. Combined with a powerful scripting language and the ability to embed individuals components within each other using KDE's KParts technology, the KOffice suite will provide all the necessary functionality to all but the most demanding power users, at an unbeatable price -- free.
- KDE's customizability touches every aspect of this next-generation desktop. Kooldown benefits from Qt's style engine, which permits developers and artists to create their own widget designs down to the precise appearance of a scrollbar, a button, a menu and more, combined with development tools which will largely automate the creation of these widget sets. In addition, KDE offers excellent support for GTK themes. Just to mention a few of the legion configuration options, users can choose among: numerous types of menu effects; a menu bar atop the display (Macintosh®-style) or atop each individual window (Windows-style); icon styles; system sounds; key bindings; languages; toolbar and menu composition; and much much more.
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.
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.
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.
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