KDE 3.5.3 Release Announcement
DATELINE May 31, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDE Project Ships Third Translation and Service Release for Leading Free Software Desktop
KDE 3.5.3 features improvements in startup speed, a significant audit of small bugs, and some well-tested new functionality.
May 31, 2006 (The INTERNET). The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.3, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. Unusually for a maintenance release, new features were implemented due to the long release cycle of the eagerly-awaited KDE 4. Stability and speed were also improved, along with increasingly complete translations in 65 languages.
Significant enhancements include:
- KDE startup sequence reordered to improve startup time.
- Over 800 minor issues fixed thanks to Coverity, as part of a project initiated with funding from the United States Government.
- Small new features were implemented in Akregator, KMail and KAlarm. This release alters the tradition of limiting "maintenance releases" to bug fixes. "Feature freeze" was relaxed somewhat to accommodate qualitative improvements held back by the long release cycle of stable 3.5.x series.
KDE 3.5.3 ships with a basic desktop and fifteen other packages (PIM, administration, network, edutainment, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, web development and more). KDE's award-winning tools and applications are available in 65 languages including two new languages: Vietnamese and Kazakh.
Installing KDE 3.5.3 Binary Packages
Package Creators. Some operating system vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE 3.5.3 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 download server at http://download.kde.org. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.
Compiling KDE 3.5.3
KDE is a Free Software project that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether its help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
KDE is an award-winning, independent project of hundreds of developers, translators, artists and other professionals worldwide collaborating over the Internet to create and freely distribute a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop and office environment employing a flexible, component-based, network-transparent architecture and offering an outstanding development platform.
KDE provides a stable, mature desktop including a state-of-the-art browser (Konqueror), a personal information management suite (Kontact), a full office suite (KOffice), a large set of networking application and utilities, and an efficient, intuitive development environment featuring the excellent IDE KDevelop.
KDE is working proof that the Open Source "Bazaar-style" software development model can yield first-rate technologies on par with and superior to even the most complex commercial software.
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