KDE 3.4 is Out

KDE 3.4 has been released today. "After more than a half year of development the KDE Project is happy to be able to announce a new major release of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. Among the many new features that have been incorporated, the improvements in accessibility are most remarkable." Read the full announcement for an overview of the many changes. You can download source and binary packages from or use the Konstruct automatic build tool.

Lars Stetten from the accessibility user group Linaccess said about the release: "The new accessibility features in KDE 3.4 are an important step for the future, to enable disabled people to get to know the KDE desktop and to join its community."

As well as the new accessiblity features major improvements have been made to KPDF, groupware server support for Kontact and Kopete, HAL support for detection of removable media and the inclusion of Akregator RSS feed reader. In total 6,500 bugs have been fixed and more than 1,700 wishlist items fulfilled.

Many thanks to all of KDE's hard working developers, translators and helpers.


I don't like it either. It's just not useable and I cannot work as fast as I could in kde3.3! I like the way it was implemented in 3.3!

Anyway, thank you very much for this great release!

By hiasll at Fri, 2005/03/18 - 6:00am

> I just don't like it. On first glance I thought it was a bug. Inserting
> half a dozen recipient addresses makes the window look silly.

There is no need to add halve a dozen of recipient lines. Just add your recipients into the first "To: line".

Same behaviour as in the last version.

By Hans Chen at Sun, 2005/03/20 - 6:00am

Exit KMail. Open ~/.kde/share/config/kmailrc with an editor. Look for the [Composer] section. Change "RecipientsEditorType=1" to "RecipientsEditorType=0". Save the config file. Start KMail.

Note, that we will remove the old code at some point.

By Ingo Klöcker at Fri, 2005/03/18 - 6:00am

Thanks a lot. Even the old address chooser dialog is back!

How many beers woukd it take to make you re-think that last sentence?

By Flitcraft at Fri, 2005/03/18 - 6:00am

I installed KDE 3.4 onto Core 3 from sources, but the settings window in KMail is empty. Must track that down and see what's wrong.

By Mike at Fri, 2005/03/18 - 6:00am

mostly its from old config files :-( perhaps move your .kde somewhere else :-(

By chris at Sat, 2005/03/19 - 6:00am

This is offtopic and I know that the Suse 9.2 builds aren't Suse supported.
However, ever since I upgraded to Kde 3.4, the KFilePicker crashes in OO.o.

For instance if I choose to open anything it crashes, same if I try to save.

Anyone have any workaround?


By Anonymous Bastard at Fri, 2005/03/18 - 6:00am

I've heard of the same thing on Fedora Core 3. Only "fix" I know of is rebuilding against the newer KDE install.

By Rex Dieter at Fri, 2005/03/18 - 6:00am

I have spent a few hours playing around with the new release now - it seems noticeably faster in quite a few areas, logon and Konqueror launching in particular.

Well done guys :)

By Robert Knight at Fri, 2005/03/18 - 6:00am

Before KDE 3.4, Kopete would tell me that I had MSN Mail (Hotmail) waiting and when I clicked on it it would take me to view it in Konqueror. Now when I click on it I get an Konqueror opens and I get an error message that the tmp file cannot be found. Anyone else....?

By IronMan at Sat, 2005/03/19 - 6:00am

i can sign in to hot mail but it wont let me check my mail. and i cant check it thriugh aol or Iinternet explorer either for some reason.

By ariel tesher at Wed, 2005/04/20 - 5:00am

Kopete its still not sending/receiving email offline ?
"Kopete still neither support sending nor receiving offline messages."
this is something i read on Kde's site. If so, why the heck do they call this MSN messaging able !? why would this be included in "any" KDE apps ?
is this a KDE/Konkerer thingy?
what was wrong with Kmess ?
yahoo; skype anyone ?

By Rick at Mon, 2007/01/15 - 6:00am

ditto!, exactly, the same problems!
Kmess has no problem checking and viwewing my hotmail Inbox,... (its really just using web-mail) but fine atleats it works, amoongst others including Gaim.!

So, Hello Kopete!
where is the "CHECK your MAIL, or "Click to see your INBOX" box in Kopete? whats up with kopete and MSN/Hotmail.
KoPete is just KoPissing me off! -this is junk and its been what over a year! and still ?

By Richard Bollinger at Mon, 2007/03/26 - 5:00am

I'm having a minor issue with Kontact in this release that I will try to describe. I have an IMAP account that I access with Kmail/Kontact. When I start up Kontact, it contacts my IMAP server and I'm prompted for my password. However, at this point I get a busy cursor and cannot type anything into the password field. In the background, I can see the Kontact startup screen that says "Loading Kontact". All I can do is click the close box to close the dialog box. Once I close the dialog box, Kontact continues loading and I get the dialog box a second time prompting me for my password. At this point I can enter my password and then can access my IMAP account.

Any ideas as to why this is happening? By the way, if I load KMail standalone, this does not happen. It also did not happen in previous versions of Kontact.


By cirehawk at Sun, 2005/03/20 - 6:00am

On some of the screenshots of KDE3.4 that I have seen, there is a system icon on the desktop, which when opened shows system information (ie Home Folder, Network Folders, Applications, etc.). The rpm's for my distro don't seem to have this configured to show on my desktop. How do I go about setting that up?


By cirehawk at Sun, 2005/03/20 - 6:00am

Desktop context menu "Create New/Link to Location (URL)..." 'system:/'

By Anonymous at Sun, 2005/03/20 - 6:00am