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[News] A Look at the KDE Fork, KDE SC 4.5 Preview

  • Subject: [News] A Look at the KDE Fork, KDE SC 4.5 Preview
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 13:23:50 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The Trinity Project Picks Up Where KDE 3.5.10 Left Off

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| Hey, pst! Yes, you! I know you've been 
| crying yourself to sleep at night ever 
| since those mean, mean people developing 
| the K Desktop Environment decided to 
| radically change the way your favorite DE 
| worked and release the dreaded "4" 
| version. Good news! There's no more need 
| to get over it and move on with your life, 
| as, apparently, the God of open source 
| decided to bring you a fork of KDE 3. Ok, 
| maybe not God, but a company/team that 
| goes under the name of Pearson Computing. 


Sneak preview for coming KDE SC 4.5

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| KDE SC 4.5 is in feature freeze right now. 
| Therefore, I decide to share some of early 
| screenshots with you. In General there are 
| no major changes. It is all about 
| polishing and fixing bugs. There is a lot 
| of under-hood changes in libs which as 
| enduser we cannot see. KDE SC will be 
| release in August 2010. Now I will let you 
| enjoy the screenshots.


Qt Multimedia/Mobility vs. Phonon: FIGHT!!!

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| Well it's not really like that, but I 
| guess those involved can think about it a 
| bit like that at times!. For some 
| background, Phonon is a Multimedia 
| framework that was included in Qt 4 as far 
| as I understand it, it was developed 
| outside Qt, but was adopted (please 
| correct me if my history is incorrect 
| here). It was designed to give application 
| developers easy access to media playback 
| systems, be it MP3 music or new fangled 
| WebM video! Rather than implement any of 
| the complex stuff itself, Phonon hands off 
| the actual decoding and playback parts to 
| existing media frameworks. Originally Qt 
| wrote a GStreamer "backend" for Phonon and 
| this was the only available backend on 
| Linux in the early stages (others were 
| available for other platforms too). I 
| personally think that GStreamer was a good 
| choice. I think it is a very powerful 
| system, but it's not for the feint 
| hearted. I wont begin to pretend that I 
| understand it (although I have hacked my 
| way through some GST code!), but the 
| principle of it's operation seemed to fit 
| the needs of the Phonon project very 
| nicely.


Clementine Music Player â Amarok for Windows and Mac

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| Now thereâs Clementine, a version of 
| Amarok for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.



4.5 updates so far

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| Iâm not going to make a detailed post, just a
| screen-shot based overview of the new features
| you can expect in KDE 4.5.


KDE 4.5 Release Schedule Ready

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| Last week we finished the KDE 4.5 release
| schedule. The good news is that you can
| start organising your release party now,
| the expected date for KDE 4.5.0 is August
| 4th 2010.


Five Improvements for KDE 4.5 (Part 2)

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| In my opinion, the KDE4 desktop is the most
| revolutionary piece of Linux software since
| the Linux kernel itself, and I appreciate how
| it strives to challenge old desktop paradigms
| and introduce new ones.


Five Improvements for KDE 4.5 (Part 1)

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| 4.) Easier Theme Installation
| Another issue I had with KDE (even with the
| KDE3.x series) is that themes are so easy to
| install in GNOME, but a pain in KDE. While
| installing new themes is still easiest to do
| in GNOME (download, drag, and drop) KDE SC 4.4
| has made strides in this area, finally. It can
| only get better from here.
| [...]
| So, there you have it. Those are
| features/changes I wished for during previous
| KDE releases that have all materialized into
| reality. With such progress, itâs clear that
| KDE is moving at the speed of light, and I
| predict KDE SC 4.5 will be the height of the
| KDE4 series. What am I hoping for in that
| release? Stay tuned next week to find out, and
| be ready to share your ideas so we can help
| make KDE the best it can be.

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