KDE 3.0.2: Second KDE 3 Service Release Ships

The KDE Project today announced the availability of KDE 3.0.2,
the second maintenance release
of the KDE 3.0 series. Dirk Mueller,
the KDE 3 release coordinator, explained that
"a number of stability and useability enhancements have been
backported from the active KDE 3.1 branch to the KDE 3.0 codebase and
bundled in this update. We recommend that all KDE 3 users update
to this newest, stable release.
" More details are in the
or jump directly to the download directory.
Congratulations to the KDE developers on another great release! And stay tuned:
the first KDE 3.1 alpha release, this one complete with a slew
of cool new features (such as the widely requested tabbed browsing
in Konqueror), is due out next week already!

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Caro Rex Dieter, (sorry if I don't speak english)
tante grazie anche dall'Italia. Hai reso felice un altro RedHat dipendente.

Dear Rex,
many tanks from Italy. You have be happy another RedHat user.

by ac (not verified)

Damn, not perfect yet!

Tooltips STILL prevent you from clicking what's underneath them. Since they insist on popping up just as you're about to click, they should at least have the courtesy of being click-transparent!

Other than that, though, very nice release.

by JL Lanbo (not verified)

Yes! That's really annoying... I end up turning off tooltips, but, then again, need them for programs I don't know what the icon is doing...
I hope it get's fixed.

BTW, where can you get the list you said of most hated bugs?

Heh, the list I've been referencing is in my head ;-)

However, we have a new candidate: Konqui filemanager can't follow symlinks to folders???

Disregard the symlink "bug". Konqui can't follow symlinks to folders IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT PERMISSIONS. So, er, it's not really a bug. Well, maybe a "there could be a more descriptive error message", but that's splitting hairs.

But that tooltip thing, THAT'S a real bug. Annoying bugger at that.

by Joe (not verified)

I too have disabled tooltips. I get the information I need in the status bar anyway. Most of the information in the tooltip is also in the status bar. The more I think about it I think tooltips for files should be disabled by default. At least make the delay longer, you should only get a tooltip when you really want a tooltip, not just when you move your mouse slowly over a bunch of files.

by Roope (not verified)

The QT in this release, at least for SuSE-7.3 doesn't support antialiased fonts nor icons... Had to downgrade QT to the one that came with KDE-3.0 to get desktop back to it's normal glory.

by Someone Else (not verified)

This is because SuSE in all their glory decided to shut off Xft support in QT3 for all 7.3 users because there's a bug with it when used with XFree86 4.1.

However, if you're one of the smarter ones and have upgraded to XFree86 4.2, there's no bug.

But still, you're not given that option if you have 4.2, they packaged it without Xft support for all 7.3 users because of this.

Packager is [email protected] . If you have XFree86 4.2 and want anti-aliasing back, tell her! This makes no sense "punishing" everyone using 7.3 with a nasty-looking desktop just because of idiots who won't upgrade X. Who in the hell is upgrading KDE without upgrading X as well?

by Adrian (not verified)

This glory was enforced by people who are not reading READMEs, but are able to spam. More spam will not help anybody. And I am a him, newbie.

by Murphy (not verified)

Konqy is looking way faster in displaying web pages. But it still need 4 to 5 seconds to start (K6 550, 256Mb,Mandrake 8.2 + Mandrake package for 3.0.2).
But there is still two big bugs that shows in the first minute of use.

1) When I click on the Konsole icon in the bar, the icon is "frozen" and can not be used anymore as long as the konsole programm is not closed (is it a mandrake bug??)

2) When I am using konqy as a file manager, I like to view the files with all the information (size, date, permission ...). In this mode, when I select several files and when I drag then to move then in another directory, the selection changes as I am "flying" over other files. This bug is just visual but terribly ugly. I think that it exists since (at least) Kde 2.0.

The increase in speed for Konqy is a good new. I hope the project will continue in this direction.

by danny (not verified)

>) When I click on the Konsole icon in the bar, the icon is "frozen" and can not be >used anymore as long as the konsole programm is not closed (is it a mandrake bug??)

Yes that is (partly) a mandrake bug. Somebody was stupid enough to create a konsole-xft in kde 2.2.x and if you upgraded from kde 2.2 you still have that
entry in the kicker panel. Kde3 doesn't have any konsole-xft so kicker has a problem. The KDE bug here is that kicker cannot handle this gracefully.

change the entry into konsole and everything should be ok


by murphy (not verified)

Thanks, it works.

And for the other bug, have you an idea why it is still there?

By the way, does someone know why 'alt F2' does not work any more??


by Nick Betcher (not verified)

Are you using GLibc 2.2.5? Objprelink isn't exactly perfect at times, and glibc 2.2.5 is a tad faster than it since it's a real solution. Be warned that upgrading to glibc 2.2.5 pretty much takes a completely new distro version to support it (unless you're really tricky).

by murphy (not verified)

Well, thanks for the advice but I am not very tricky. So I will wait for the next Mandrake...

by germain (not verified)

The new Red Hat Beta (codename Limbo), which according to the release notes
contains "the latest desktop technology" (no more details - tasty understatement ;-)
is in fact bundled with a KDE 3.0.2 snapshot !

Read the full annouce here : http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2002-07-03-019-26-NW-RH-SW

Kudos to Red Hat (and most probably to Bero) for this one


by Rex Dieter (not verified)

They're fibbing just a little. If you actually LOOK at the RPMS in the beta, you'll see they are still mostly 3.0.1. I'm sure they'll be fully updated to 3.0.2 for the next beta/release though...

by Sam (not verified)

I can't wait for the debian packages to come out in 2005!

by Debian user (not verified)

Or, how about you stop being an idiot, and start looking at http://calc.cx/kde.txt? These packages have been out since just before 3.0.1, and are even announced on DebianPlanet. Before you bitch and moan (just like dep) about it not being in sid, the maintainer chose not to upload them to save people like yourself the trouble of a fucked-up upgrade.

by gibby (not verified)

Do you know when it will be officially ported to sid?


by Nick Betcher (not verified)

When hell freezes over.

by Anti Troll (not verified)

Hmm...Last I checked, the KDE team provided packages of text, which most of us would call Source tarballs! (You may have heard of them. Judging from many posts here, not many KDE users have, but I could very well be wrong, and hope that I am :) ) So, what you could do is stop trolling and BUILD YOUR OWN! Hell, people may actually start taking you seriously if you do. Hmm...What a concept!

by Jon (not verified)

With all the people out there who bash KDE flaming on and on, I'd like to take a second to express my sincere appreciation to all the KDE developers. KDE rules thanks to all you guys. You have given us *nix users a truly powerful and unique gift. I'll never use Gnome or MS Windows again... I mean that!

Keep on rockin'... you ARE appreciated!

Jonathan Graham
Linux User since 1999

by Justin Hibbits (not verified)

I second this! Although I don't use KDE (and probably never will again (don't ask, plz)), I do appreciate all the work that has gone into the DE. The environment is clean and polished, even though I do think some work could be done to speed things up (probably more on troll-tech's end tho). Keep up the good work, I reccommend this to anyone who is switching to Linux :)

by Jared (not verified)

Tried out 3.0.2 but it still has major xinerama bugs. The panel doesn't freeze straight away anymore, but it does freeze after any of the buttons are clicked and the kde control center still wont run in xinerama mode. These a major bugs and they should have been fixed by the second maintenance release. Poor effort people! If these bugs aren't fixed by the time the next generation of distributions comes out with kde3 then kde could lose its entire xinerama userbase.

by Moritz Moeller-... (not verified)

> Poor effort people!

Maybe do something about it: Donate graphic cards and screens to your favorite KDE developer.

Or even better, look at the problem yourself. Do some debugging. You didn't even post a _detailed_ bug report.

by Thomas Mayer (not verified)

True... but it's not like it's hard to reproduce... try running control center with dual monitors or konsole... they will not run. Windows don't repaint and apps behave strangely... would be nice to get a fix... pleeeeaassee

by halux (not verified)

I saw a xinerama entry for kde 3.1. From the feature list:
Xinerama configuration module and more correct support, George Staikos and others

At the moment red (in kdelibs).

have fun

by Nick Betcher (not verified)

Although it's red, I think he is working on it as we speak. If I'm not mistaken there were some more Xinerama fixes just committed in the last few days.

by Aaron J. Seigo (not verified)

thanks to puetzk putting in the necessary efforts and others helping him test and debug it under various circumstances, kicker is now xinerama aware, functional and safe.

by costing (not verified)

looking on ftp.kde.org for binary packages i noticed that every version is available for totally different distributions:

3.0.0 : FreeBSD, Irix, RedHat, YellowDog
3.0.1 : Gentoo, Slackware, Solaris, Turbo
3.0.2 : Conectiva, Mandrake, SuSE, Tru64

is there a reason for this? every version makes some (few) people happy, but eventually everybody will be happy (at least once :) ). rigth now i'm not quite happy, i'll have to spend at least a day compiling the latest version ... :|


by Nick Betcher (not verified)

Because the binary packagers aren't always available to package for each distro, so some distros (and other OS's) suffer at certain times. If you know how to package, become an official package manager for KDE... help out! :)

by Aaron J. Seigo (not verified)

kde releases source, vendors release binaries.

each distribution/vendor (or their userbase) is responsible for providing binaries for their platform. not all distributions build binaries for every revision release. if you don't like how your vendor is handling this, get in touch with them and/or help build packages for that platform.

by Maarten Romerts (not verified)

Over about a few months the first distubutions come out wich will follow the LSB-moddel (LSB = Linux Standard Base). Soon all major distibution will follow.
At that time there is no need four al those differen binarys.

Perhaps it might be a good idea for KDE to put out their own version, based on standard LSB-rpm's.

by dwyip (not verified)

Small correction -- Gentoo is on the 3.0.2 release as of, oh, yesterday. Gotta love source-based package systems :)

by micha (not verified)

SuSE has always packages ... check your list ..

by Anonymous (not verified)

I guess he didn't see SuSE packages for 3.0[.1] because they were removed from FTP to save space.

How do you change the default browser in KDE? The reason I'm asking is that I just switched from Mozilla mail to KMail because KMail understands my file associations. However, I still prefer Mozilla to Konqueror for regular web browsing.

When I click on a link in a KMail message it used to open Konqueror. I switched the file association for text/html to Mozilla, and now the link KINDA opens in Mozilla--but not entirely.

Mozilla opens of a cached copy of the link on the local drive, not the actual link! And if the site serves cookies, Konqueror asks me if I want to accept/reject the cookies before Mozilla even tries to do anything.

Somehow I think I'm missing something. Can anyone help?

by Asif Ali Rizwaan (not verified)

Just right-click on any html file and choose 'edit file types' there you can move mozilla up. or more easy will be to 'when opening an html file' choose 'open with' and choose 'mozilla' if not present enter the 'mozilla' command and click on 'remember file association'

by Kjetil Kjernsmo (not verified)

Hm, I did just that, mozilla is on top, but still, I see the behaviour described in the parent post... I must admit that I've tweaked it a bit, it says
mozilla -remote openURL(%u,new-tab) &
it is _really_ important that it opens in a new tab...

Preferably, what it should do is to open mozilla if it isn't allready running, if it is running, open in a new tab. I guess a shell script is needed to achieve that, anybody got something like that?

by Jesse D. Guardiani (not verified)

I just wrote such a script this very night!

It's written in Perl, and it simply strips
the single quote characters from the beginning
and end of the %u input string that KDE calls
mozilla with.

I named it:


And it can be called with the following syntax:

kdeLoadMozilla %u new-window


kdeLoadMozilla %u new-tab

Instant mozilla satisfaction!

Let me know if you still want it.

by Jesse D. Guardiani (not verified)

I've decided to make this script available for download via anonymous FTP.

You can get it here:




by Brian (not verified)

When you set up the command for KMail to run in your file association, simply put:

/usr/bin/mozilla -remote "openurl(%u,new-tab)"

The openurl thing needs to be in quotes to work. Hope this helps.

The link given above seems to be down.
Here's a solution using the script :

if $MOZILLA -remote "ping()" 2>/dev/null
echo "Mozilla already launch"
exec $MOZILLA -remote "openURL($1$location)"
exec $MOZILLA "$@"
exit 1

Change MOZILLA acording to your need.
Then put this in your file associations :
/path/to/fire.sh %u


by mario (not verified)

I am running Red Hat 7.3, I'm having a horable time getting my DVD drive to work and my flakey sound.

I'm a windows convert. Please dont bash me. Least I'm trying here to get away from Microsoft. These packages are totaly confusing.. Cant they make a single installer to upgrade? This package wants that installed first.. OIE... I'm trying but its just so cryptic.

Please help me!!!