KDE Ships First Beta of Applications and Platform 4.12
November 7, 2013. Today KDE released the beta of the new versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing.
This release does not include Plasma Workspaces since it was frozen for new features in 4.11.x. The Development Platform has been virtually frozen for a number of releases, so this release is mainly about improving and polishing Applications.
A non complete list of improvements can be found in the 4.12 Feature Plan.
With the large number of changes, the 4.12 releases need a thorough testing in order to maintain and improve the quality and user experience. Actual users are critical to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers simply cannot test every possible configuration. We're counting on you to help find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please consider joining the 4.12 team by installing the beta and reporting any bugs.
KDE Software Compilation 4.12 Beta1
The KDE Software Compilation, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses. KDE's software can be obtained in source and various binary formats from http://download.kde.org or with any of the major GNU/Linux and UNIX systems shipping today.
Installing 4.12 Beta1 Binary Packages
Packages. Some Linux/UNIX OS vendors have kindly provided binary packages of 4.12 Beta1 (internally 4.11.80) for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.
Package Locations. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the Community Wiki.
Compiling 4.12 Beta1
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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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