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[News] Weekly Glimpse at KDE4 Development

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KDE Commit Digest : Issue 149 : 8th February 2009

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| Amarok 2 reached cue sheet feature parity with Amarok 1.4, a first draft of a 
| playlist layout config editor, and various other improvements across Amarok. 
| C# bindings for Phonon. Beginnings of an effort to deliver a working debugger 
| for KDevelop 4.0. Write support added to kio_svn. A Kross scripting backend, 
| and Postgres support is added to Kamala. An initial D-Bus interface added to 
| parts of Marble. Further development work on KHotKeys and the LionMail 
| widget. Text-to-speech support added to the Translatoid Plasmoid, and a new 
| Plasma widget: Fortunoid (fortune quotes). Continued improvements to Sonnet 
| and KWin. Progress on the Virtuoso backend for NEPOMUK. Basic support for 
| importing for SVG patterns in Karbon. Work on porting KControl and 
| Konversation to KDE 4. Initial import of the "Peg-E" game, a "Google data 
| Akonadi resource", KDE 4 versions of the SLP KIO-slave and Filelight,  
| and "plasma2jolie". The Nuvola iconset moves back to kdeartwork from an 
| unmaintained state. Eigen 2.0.0 is tagged for release.            



KDE 4.2 brings the MySQL server to the desktop

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| If you’re using Fedora 10, and are a KDE desktop user, you’ll notice that
| your latest KDE 4.2 update, requires having a local MySQL server installed.
| This is due to Akonadi, part of the KDE PIM packages, that now rely on MySQL
| as a default server, for storing PIM data. Just a few months ago, I mentioned
| the news that Amarok 2 will also use MySQL as a default database.


KDE 4.1 delivers a next-gen desktop Linux experience

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| Although the weaknesses of the flawed 4.0 release provoked widespread
| criticism from users, version 4.1 is so polished that it feels like a
| completely different piece of software. This version truly delivers on KDE's
| promise of a next-generation Linux desktop environment, and it completes the
| foundation for a strong 4.x series.


My Perfect Desktop: Kubuntu KDE 4

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| The Kubuntu KDE 4 desktop has become my perfect desktop. It has all the
| functionality I could ask for, and I have added applications to supplement
| that effect.


Shuttleworth has some nice words for KDE

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| Is Mr Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, slowly warming towards KDE? Or is the man
| merely trying to keep the KDE folk onside, after a whole host of "technical
| writers" have attacked the new release of that desktop environment?
| [...]
| Given the amount of flak that the recent KDE release - 4.0 - has taken from
| the pro-GNOME pundits at sites like linux.com, you would think that the worst
| possible thing any supporter of GNOME - as Shuttleworth is perceived to be -
| could do is to speak out in support of anything associated with KDE.
| But you would be wrong. Shuttleworth is now floating the idea that there can
| be a QT-based GNOME.

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