KDE 3.4 Release Cycle Starts with KDE 3.4 Alpha 1 ("Leverkusen")

For those who can't live without a bleeding edge KDE, but don't dare to run CVS, we have packaged KDE 3.4 Alpha 1. As you can read on the KDE 3.4 release schedule, this is only the start of the fun, so please hammer on it over the end of year holidays and add your contributions. We welcome code patches, translations, documentation, great icons, detailed bug reports - any kind of help.

Get it from or try Konstruct.

As always we ask you not to use binary packages for Alpha 1, please compile it yourself using debugging options, so your bug reports will be as helpful as possible.


leverkusen ? hehe, what is the naming scheme for this release ? champions league winners ?

By chris at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

If so, the final release should be named "Real Madrid" :)

By ET at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Sorry, but I think it was FC Porto from Portugal ;)

By Jorge Castillo at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Pardon, Sir, but it ought to be "Extremadura CF".

By c0p0n at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

as an FC Porto fan and Portuguese ...

do you know what you are talking about , or just trying to make a bad joke ?

By Yagami at Sat, 2004/12/11 - 6:00am

Why not Boca Juniors? We still're the champions of the world :D

By Angel at Tue, 2004/12/14 - 6:00am

What about Bayern Muenchen then? :-))

By Michael Thaler at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

It is obvious, that the next releaee will be named by Coolo mapping to one of the remaining quarter finalists. The one after will be a semi-finalist. Then one of the finalists. Last the champion.

But Coolo -- why do you predict Leverkusen will be be out by the time of the semi-final? It is obvious that you can't have the same name twice. I could agree that Leverkusen won't make well as a "champion" name -- so no reason to save that name for the "Gold" release.

But dismissing them already now? Pfffft...... (Coolo may be an excellent Release Dude -- but he has no clue about European soccer.)

By open mind at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Bah! Who says I stick to champions league? Germany got plenty of soccer teams I can pick from. And Aachen sounds like a good second choice :)

By Stephan Kulow at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

lol, Oche Al..pha II

By Carlo at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Who says you have to stick to Germany? Or to silly useless non-descriptive confusing names in the first place? :)

By Rob Kaper at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

as long as no release is named "bielefeld"...

By Mathias Homann at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Im proud to be a Leverkusener

By Oliver Schliebs at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

I am a Leverkusener too.
But naming an alpha-release after this town is IMHO a bit... strange.
Are any Developers coming from this town?


By Benjamin Nelson at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

What's wrong with Bielefeldt? I lived there for a couple of years!

By Moose from Sweden! at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Obvious question:

For those of us who don't speak german, what does leverkusen mean?

By Paul at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

I think in Germany it is just a city name. In danish on the other hand it means liver-cunt (seriously).

By carewolf at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

...and yesterday, their professional soccer team "Bayer" made it into the semi-semi-semi-final of the European Champions League! ;-)
(along with Werder Bremen and Bayern Muenchen).

By open mind at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

No it doesn't. "Lever" means liver that is correct but "kusen" means nothing in Danish. If it had been "kussen" then it would have ment liver-cunt, but for those of us who actually speaks Danish (and can spell it too) this is not the case.

By Kim at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Funny... Dutch 'kussen' means 'kisses' or 'pillow'. Must make for some marital misunderstandings in mixed Danish-Dutch marriages.

By Boudewijn Rempt at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

I kiss liver all the time.

By ac at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

It's a city in Germany near Cologne.

By Christian Loose at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

And not too far from Perfume in Luxembourd...

By Aaron Krill at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

For those of you who can speak German, here is an explanation, what Leverkuse actually means:

By Michael Thaler at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Leverkus was man and his profession apothecy.

He discovered something big, I forgot what, and Leverkusen became named after him and a big center for chemical and pharma industry.

Bayer is the megacorp there.

Yours, Kay

By Debian User at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

The "something big" Dr. Carl Leverkus "discovered" - more exactly: founded - was a color factory which was bought by Bayer which was founded by Friedrich Bayer.

By cyberpatrol at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

By Andreas Born at Sun, 2006/08/27 - 5:00am

Leverkusen is a Town near Cologne.

By jambo at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

I can only say: Yes, it's a city. Near cologne. And I gotta know it: I live in Germany ;)

BTW: Is there a changelog available?

By terra1 at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Best thing you can get is but beware it can be VERY outdated

By Albert Astals Cid at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Thank you...

By terra1 at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

You can forget about Leverkusen the city. But Leverkusen is also the team that beat Real Madrid 3:0 ;)

By Stephan Kulow at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Hehe, but the team that won against Madrid came from the city Leverkusen ;)..

By terra1 at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Leverkusen is also the team that did LOST the final against Real Madrid.....

By Javier Llorente at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Anyone got some screenshots of the new features? I'm interested in the Kicker work that's been done.

By standsolid at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Congratulations for the first post not talking about the codename.

By Anonymous at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Who, me?

By Leverkusen at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Posting from Kde 3.4, just have kdebase build, will post screenshot here tomorow.

One question, why kpdf is not the new full featured kpdf?

By Cédric Bellegarde at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Because the really cool (in opposite to just cool :) new features are still in the kpdf_experiments branch only and not in HEAD.

By Anonymous at Thu, 2004/12/09 - 6:00am

Hey, the release is named Leverkusen.

The main reason for using such names is distractiong readers from the feature list. So everybody talks about the names and nobody complains about the releases.

By gerd at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Because we (ok, more Enrico than me) still have to polish the experimental kpdf a bit before merging to HEAD. I hope will have it for Beta1.

By Albert Astals Cid at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Will the new kdf support the various transition
effects in a pdf document created by latex prosper
class, like Acrobat reader in windows does ?


By Ask at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Adrian Leverkuhn is the main person
of one of Thomas Mann's masterpieces,
the novel "Doctor Faustus"...


By samiel at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Probably no, but we haven't tested any document like that. Could you please provide a link to one of them?

By Albert Astals Cid at Sat, 2004/12/11 - 6:00am

Although I think that these transistion effects are not really important features: A latex prosper generated pdf containing transition effects is availible at

By furanku at Sat, 2004/12/11 - 6:00am

well... IMHO those animations *are* important features. People wants big buttons. Sleek graphics. Cool effects.
Let's give them all, to conquer them.
Uh... konquer! :)

By superfebs at Tue, 2004/12/14 - 6:00am

I have compile KDE 3.4 from
KMAIL is not installed.
Where is KMAIL ?

By JF Digonnet at Tue, 2005/01/04 - 6:00am

KMail is suppose to be in KDEPIM.

Have a nice day!

By Nicolas Goutte at Tue, 2005/01/04 - 6:00am