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KDE 4 RC 1 Released

Today, Sebastian Kügler of KDE fame, announced the release of KDE 4 RC 1, codenamed “Calamity.”

While the final bits of Plasma, the brand new desktop shell and panel in KDE 4, are falling into place, the KDE community decided to publish the first release candidate for the KDE 4.0 Desktop. Release Candidate 1 is the first preview of KDE 4.0 which is suitable for general use and discovering the improvements that have taken place over the entire KDE code base. The KDE Development Platform, the basis for developing KDE applications, is frozen and is now of release quality. (Kügler)

Jonathan Riddell and Terence Simpson have been working hard today backporting this latest release into Gutsy. Some of you may be wondering where Beta 4 was, and due to a bug in the PPA (Personal Package Archive), we were unable to get a new package to build against universe. That has since been taken care of.

For you Foresight Linux users, I am currently in the process of working on KDE 4 RC 1 packages for fl:2-devel. Hopefully within the next couple of days, you will be able to run:

$ sudo conary update

I have been running KDE 4 full-time now for the past few weeks and I have to say it is really shaping up nicely. I have only witnessed a handful of crashes and quite a few of annoyances that I have to get used to. Other than that, congrats to everyone who has been working their arse off shaping the future of KDE 4. Thanks!

UPDATE: KDE 4 RC 1 for Gutsy are available!

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  • Jim

    Very cool. I’ve been waiting for KDE4 to try it again. I used KDE in the past and liked it but not enough to use it full time. I’m hoping that 4 will push me over the hump.

    One question, for us less technical Ubuntu users, what would be the best way to get KDE4? In the past I just used

    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

    Is there something similar (maybe adding special repos) that will accomplish the same thing? Obviously I’d like to be able to choose a GNOME or KDE4 session at log in.


  • neil

    I read this just as my stoneage comp finishes compiling it from SVN. Could have saved the time. Oh well.

  • I’m on Gutsy, but I see no updates to KDE4 today (just mplayer). 🙁

  • PM

    KDE 4.1 is really shaping up nicely. 🙂

    Are you planning to complete the RC1 set of packages (with stuff like Ark, Kate and the bindings module) or will that have to wait until the stable release? (Which isn’t terribly far off now anyway…)

  • PM

    Ah, I should have mentioned that I’m running the Hardy packages from

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