KDE 4.0 Release Candidate 1 Hits the Streets, Codename "Calamity"

The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the
first release candidate for KDE 4.0
. This release candidate marks that
the majority of the components of KDE 4.0 are now approaching release quality.

While the final bits of Plasma, the brand new desktop shell and panel in KDE 4, are falling into place, the KDE
community decided to publish the first release candidate for the KDE 4.0
Desktop. Release Candidate 1 is the first preview of KDE 4.0 which is
suitable for general use and discovering the improvements that have taken
place over the entire KDE code base. The KDE Development Platform, the basis for developing KDE applications, is frozen and is now of release quality. The source code for the KDE Development Platform can be found under the "stable/3.96" subdirectory, on KDE's FTP server and mirrors.

Building on this, the majority of applications included in KDE 4.0 are now
usable for day to day use. The KDE Release Team has recently underlined this by calling
on the community
to participate in reporting bugs during the time
remaining before the release of KDE 4.0 in December.

Meanwhile, preparations for the KDE 4.0 release events are ongoing, with the main event taking place January 2008 in Mountain View, California USA. Make sure you don't miss it!

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by The Vcar (not verified)

Is kppp working yet? This is a showstopper for me, as I have to rely on an external USB modem in my area. It would also be needed for people living in Third World countries.

by Kevin Krammer (not verified)

Definitely not a matter of Third World countries.

Here in Austria modem usage is on a new rise due to "mobile broadband" becoming wildly popular, i.e. dial-in services based on 3G/UMTS Modems.

by Coolvibe (not verified)

I use kppp as well, but in KDE svn it's still broken (it seems). You might want to check out wvdial instead for the time being.

by Kevin Krammer (not verified)

I spent some time today fixing KDE4 KPPP issues.

It now correctly works with the KDE3 KPPP setup, i.e. kppprc from my KDE3 session.

by The Vicar (not verified)

That is great! Many thanks.

by Eduardo (not verified)

I would really like to test this release, but there aren't any Slackware packages on it, and my box is too slow to build KDE4. If only you could provide a set of Slackbuilds, that would be really nice.

Meanwhile, the RC1 Info page said:

"For those interested in getting packages to test and contribute, several distributions notified us that they will have KDE 4.0-rc1 packages available at or soon after the release. The complete and current list can be found on the KDE 4.0-rc1 Info Page, where you can also find links to the source code, information about compiling, security and other issues. "

But still there aren't any other packages than OpenSUSE... how could we test the release if there aren't any packages? We are end users, after all...

by Håvard (not verified)

Have waited for KDE4 some time now and tried both Beta4 and RC1. Man I am disappointed. It looks like you have tried to copy MS and build the biggest chunk of software with 90% functionality few people ever need or think about. Also the user interface is too cluttered with big icons and applets and window decorations taking to much space, it just look messy. Even settings and icons are missing in what is called an RC-1??? I am surprised that this much development is still going on just 1-2 weeks before the final release. But most of all, I get the MS feeling when I have to download half the internet just to get a basic UI up and running.
This made me a bit worried because I like to use KDevelop both for work and private development. I have now switched to Eclipse/CDT and are very impressed with that IDE. So when I feel that KDE3 starts to become to outdated I guess I have no choice but to switch to Gnome or similar... :(

by Jason (not verified)

I think you meant "Kalamity"...
i really think so...

I can't wait!