KDE 4 Beta 3 "Cicker" Ready for Testing

The KDE Community is happy to release the third beta for KDE 4.0. This beta, aimed at further polishing of the KDE codebase, also marks the freeze of the KDE Development Platform. We are joined in this release by the KOffice project which releases its 4th alpha release, bringing many improvements in OpenDocument support, a KChart Flake shape and much more to those willing to test. Read on for more.

Since the last beta, most of KDE has been frozen for new features, instead receiving the necessary polish and bugfixing. The components which were exempt from this freeze saw significant improvements as planned, and Aaron Seigo notes, "It is amazing to see the Plasma community growing. The pace of development is amazing, and we're getting really close to having all the features we want for KDE 4.0 available. After that, we have a solid foundation for implementing new and exciting user interface concepts for the Free Desktop".

KDE 4 is the next generation of the popular KDE Desktop Environment which seeks to fulfil the need for a powerful yet easy to use desktop for both personal and enterprise computing. The aim of the KDE project for the 4.0 release is to put the foundations in place for future innovations on the Free Desktop. The many newly introduced technologies incorporated in the KDE libraries will make it easier for developers to add rich functionality to their applications, combining and connecting different components in any way they want.

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by Boudewijn Rempt (not verified)

Qt3Support is not the same thing as Qt3; it's 2.9 mb little library that makes next to no difference in the big scheme of things. Sure, it'll be neater if it weren't used anymore. But judging from the above list, the public API is clean as clean.

by Ahmad Yasser (not verified)

Is it me or is Dolphin and some other apps heading to look the same way like KDE 3.5, in terms of complexity?
I certainly hope they're not headed that way :P

by Gian Luca Bellini (not verified)

this is well deserved and much needed: YOU GUYS ROCK, thank you for another beta release! :-D I'm getting really excited about the upcoming release!!!!