KDE 2.2 Tagged, KDE 3.0 Branch Opened

Waldo Bastian, the KDE
2.2 release coordinator, has tagged KDE 2.2 for final release. Though
KDE 2.2.0 was scheduled for release today, it has been
slightly delayed to increase stability and speed. The current
schedule is to release KDE 2.2.0 next Monday, August 13. Future plans
include a KDE 2.2.1 bugfix/translation release, scheduled for September
2001. But the main development activity will occur in the KDE 3.0 branch,
which will be based on Qt 3.x and is scheduled for release early next year. Congratulations to all KDE developers for reaching yet another important milestone. Waldo's
announcement follows.

From:  Waldo Bastian <>
Subject:  KDE 2.2 tagged
Date:  Sun, 5 Aug 2001 18:26:11 -0700


This is to inform you that the final tagging for KDE 2.2 has taken place.
Changes that, at this moment, do not have the KDE_2_2_RELEASE tag will not be
part of KDE 2.2.


For KDE 2.2.1 a KDE_2_2_BRANCH branch has been opened. To update to this
branch use:

cvs update -r KDE_2_2_BRANCH

The KDE 2.2 branch remains frozen, that means that all fixes for KDE 2.2.1
should be posted for review first. The message freeze remains in effect for
this branch as well. The KDE 2.2. branch will be released as KDE 2.2.1 in
about a month from now.


The HEAD branch will become KDE 3.0 and is open for all your hacking
pleasure. The HEAD branch is the cvs branch that you get by default.

If you want your application to be part of KDE 3.0, _THIS_ is a good time to
move it out of kdenonbeta.

As mentioned before, Dirk Mueller will coordinate the KDE 3.0 release.


I hereby would like to thank everyone for his or her patience and commitment,
thanks to you KDE 2.2 seems to have become the stable release that we all
wanted it to be.

Thank you very much.

Andrei Sakharov, Exiled 1980-1986, USSR,
Dmitry Sklyarov, Detained 2001-????, USA,



go to and pick a mirror, go to "unstable",
then "2.2beta1" (or sth. like that), then choose your distro etc. pp.

For you in Germany here is one of many mirrors:

have a lot of fun... (haha) and you'll see: IT ROCKS!


By sgipan at Mon, 2001/08/06 - 5:00am

See this mail from the brand spanking new release coordinator for more details:

By ac at Mon, 2001/08/06 - 5:00am

You guys are great! Keep up the good work (but take a vacation too). I've been following kde from before 1.0, and have been impressed to say the least.

KDE 2.1.1 finally pulled me away from my windowmaker desktop. I'm excited to see 2.2, and also excited for the next version of KOffice.

You guys have the best desktop out there (I mean _ANY_ os). I know a bunch of windows users who are begging me to get them set up with KDE.


By Peter Schmiedeskamp at Mon, 2001/08/06 - 5:00am

Just wondering -- do you guys check if it compiles (and works) on Solaris before tagging the branch? I have had a lot of problems compiling KDE 2.1 using Sun's compiler suite (rather than GCC).

Now that UltraSPARC workstations are almost as affordable as PCs, I think a cross build on Solaris/SPARC is a must.

By Alex Keahan at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

It should...
i can't affrod a sun workstation.... my computer cost RM 1880! (approx USD1 = RM 3.8, Ringgit Malaysia)

By Rajan Rishyakaran at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

You should try to build it with GCC. Most developers don't have access to the Solaris compiler so all the can do to make it work properly is accept patches.

By Evandro at Thu, 2001/08/09 - 5:00am

Well, yes, I can build it with GCC, but I don't
want to. :)

GCC for x86 is almost as fast as Sun CC for x86,
but Sun's SPARC compilers are *significantly*
better than GCC.

Developers who can't afford a Sun Forte C/C++
license, can download a 30-day evaluation
(Try-and-Buy) version. Sun's workshop is really
the best development environment available for
UNIX, with a built-in run-time access checker,
memory leak detector, performance analyzer and
full support for multithreaded programs.
Developers should give it a try if only to find
bugs in their code.

Where should I send the patches, anyway?

By Alex Keahan at Fri, 2001/08/10 - 5:00am

Will KDE 2.2 build correctly with gcc 3.0 or is one of the 2.95.x releases considered more reliable? Which gcc release is best for build KDE?


By Jeff Lasslett at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

My question is if 3.0.1 will be OK to compiled 2.2.

By Frédéric L. W. ... at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

Using 3.0.1 cvs KDE compiles through. And it also works, quite nicely. In fact everything works (didn't try arts though) except the help, because gcc3 generates buggy code for libxml which breaks the complete help system in KDE.

By Anonymous at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

Does it work with this version or you still need 2.13 ?

By Frédéric L. W. ... at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

Just a simple thanks to all those that contributed to stuff I use *every* day.

Hopefully, as I get to understand more, I can also submit my little bit.

By Andy S at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

I would like to add my thanks to the list of many here for a wonderfull product. I too use KDE every day and appreciate the effort you put forth in my behalf. Keep up the good work!!

By Paul Strange at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

I wanted to personally thank all of you who have worked on this very important project.

Because of your committment to excellence, the computing world has an environment which users from all backgrounds can enjoy and be productive.


Nicholas Donovan

By Nicholas Donovan at Tue, 2001/08/07 - 5:00am

Where i can find something like or\doc\en_US.ISO_8859-1\books\handbook\current-stable.html but about KDE?

And what i can get through

By Victor G. Bolshakov at Wed, 2001/08/08 - 5:00am

Id just like to say how impressed at how far KDE has come. I first tried it in mid-1999, and was quickly discouraged at how less friendly it was than Windows. After writing it off as just too ugly for a couple years I finally tried 2.0 a few months back, and now with the 2.2 beta this beast rocks! So many of the "little things" that I just couldnt do without (like mouse-wheel support, readable fonts, stable drag-n-drop, graphical configuration, etc) might seem trivial to the seasoned linux user but for a newly-converted Windows user they are so important. It took something like KDE to get me to switch, now I'll never go back!

P.S. I've been able to figure out how to customize everything except for one thing -- the KDE "resize window" mouse cursor icons. These icons dont seem to be in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/cursor.pcf.gz like the pointer. Any idea where to find them?

By Ryan Agler at Wed, 2001/08/08 - 5:00am

KDE has really an awful lot of configuration
options, except when it comes to font sizes :(

Installing 2.2 I saw that they removed some
entries in the "Fonts" control panel, and now
I can't even control the _exact_ size of text for file manager icons (konquerer).

Having 128 dpi resolution, all fonts come out
way too big.

There are also many places, where font size is
fixed, and does not respect user settings: date picker, workplace numbers, etc.

I had to switch back to 2.1.2 again, because of the huge text in the file manager.

By christoph at Wed, 2001/08/08 - 5:00am

File Browsing -> File Manager -> Appearance -> Font Size

By Torsten Rahn at Wed, 2001/08/08 - 5:00am

Nice, but it does only offer 5 fixed sizes, with
the smallest even to big for my taste.

By christoph at Thu, 2001/08/09 - 5:00am

Try ~/.kde/share/config/kdesktoprc

Look for StandardFont.

I think that's what you what?

By Anonymous at Thu, 2001/08/09 - 5:00am

Please make sure you are really running KDE 2.2. Control Center > File Browsing > File Manager > Appearance now allows to set any Font Size instead of just 5 predefined sizes. The same is true for Konqueror BTW

Thanks KDE team, this makes the control panels finally useable on high resolution displays!

By Magnus Kessler at Thu, 2001/08/09 - 5:00am

Well done team. I don't care what anyone says. You're personally responsible for linux on home desktops being a viable option for anyone, and the best option at that. The fact that kde works on any other OS is a bonus to them. Linux is the real winner.

By ck at Thu, 2001/08/09 - 5:00am

Could the new konsole in kde3 support ANSI fonts like VGA, etc? That would be nice :)

By exceed at Thu, 2001/08/09 - 5:00am

>> Could the new konsole in kde3 support...

It's gonna damn well have a Schema editor so you can edit and save your Schemas. Even if I have to code the damn thing. People talk about "scratching the itch" with open source... how about "wacking the mole"? Also, if I can get into KDE enough (read: get enough time, get another assistant programmer) so I feel comfortable writing it, I'm adding exposed dcop functions so you can script things like "open five shells, telnet to my two primary servers in the first two, and jump to root in the third, set the Schema to pink on three, light blue for the first two, and pale yellow for the default, open emacs in 5".

(Not that I do that sequence often 8) )


By Evan "JabberWok... at Fri, 2001/08/10 - 5:00am

You can already make custom konsole schema, and save them. You just can't access it from the konsole menu.

Go to Control Center : System : Konsole, hit the schema tab.

This should really be part of the konsole menu (as of 2.2beta1 it isn't).


By LMCBoy at Fri, 2001/08/10 - 5:00am

Today is August 13, 2001 and I can't get into to download it.

I only found it on Suse but I use RedHat. Anybody know any of the mirrors has KDE 2.2?


By SW at Mon, 2001/08/13 - 5:00am

I can't find it either. One would have hoped that would atleast post information to explain another delay of KDE 2.2

By Rick J at Mon, 2001/08/13 - 5:00am

That's right, I want my money back :-)

By Benoit WALTER at Mon, 2001/08/13 - 5:00am

I've been trying daily for quite some time in the hope to find 2.2 online. I also can't reach today. A definitive ETA would be helpful! Both my Korganizer and Kmail have bugs that prevent me from taking full advantage of these tools and I'm anxious to get the latest RPMS.

I just found's daily builds. But they're for Redhat and are for the new KDE3 tree - I'd love to see a Mandrake service that offers weekly builds of KDE!

By Sean Pecor at Mon, 2001/08/13 - 5:00am

Check, it appears that a server died, breaking KDE FTP (among other things). I hope they can bring it back up, I'm shaking in my boots in anticipation.

By Carbon at Tue, 2001/08/14 - 5:00am

I don't mind waiting for stability, speed, and fewer memory leaks.

I would hope though that someone would post an update here if they were going to miss the date. The fact that there hasn't been any news gives me hope that we will see the release sometime before "midnight."


By matt at Mon, 2001/08/13 - 5:00am

I've been using KDE on and off for a while now, and though 2.1.2 and it's apps haven't reached top stability yet, it is by far the best desktop around at the moment.

For example: I was just using kmail to compose a lengthy email and the sodding thing crashed on me. Typical KDE crash I thought, but no! Relauched kmail and up popped my mail-in-progress just as it was before the tempting offer of a back trace. Now that's bloody good design! I can't wait for the stable 2.2.x series!

Thank you very much KDE team!

By tonyl at Tue, 2001/08/14 - 5:00am