Hooray, it's a 4.1.1!

After last week's update to the KDE 3.5 series, today's KDE release updates the stable KDE 4.1 branch to KDE 4.1.1. It bears the codename "Cebidae" referring to an in-joke often made during Akademy 2008. With only a good month of development time -- and Akademy in between -- the changelog is still impressively long. Pretty much all applications have received the developers' attention, resulting in a long list of bugfixes and improvements.

The most significant changes are:

  • Significant performance, interaction and rendering correctness improvements in KHTML and Konqueror, KDE's webbrowser
  • User interaction, rendering and stability fixes in Plasma, the KDE4 desktop shell
  • PDF backend fixes in the document viewer Okular
  • Fixes in Gwenview, the image viewer's thumbnailing, more robust retrieval and display of images with broken metadata
  • Stability and interaction fixes in KMail

To find out more about KDE 4.1, please refer to the KDE 4.1.0 and KDE 4.0.0 release notes. KDE 4.1.1 is a recommended update for everyone running KDE 4.1.0. It will be followed up by more x.y.z updates over the next months and ultimately by a new feature release, KDE 4.2.0 this coming January. Enjoy KDE 4.1.1 and let us know your findings.


KDE 4.1 is a dream that came true!

I really love the new release cycle :)

(Except Akonadi usage and an Akonadi plug-in for opensync - the only thing I'm missing. But I'll just not sync my PDA until it's there. I just love KDE 4 and Kontact 4 too much to stay with 3.x)

By fhd at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

You named it "ce bidet"?

I must try to make it to Akademy 2009.

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By Niharika at Mon, 2008/12/29 - 6:00am

Reading through the release notes... it seems that all KWin bugfixes were not backported and KWin 4.1.1 is exactly the same that KWin 4.1.0. I'll wait for 4.2 then.

By Ernesto Manríquez at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

What's wrong with Kwin? And what makes you think that it received no updates?

By Janne at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

From the "can't figure out how to view the history of a directory dept":

By Ian Monroe at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

With the following command, you can see what happened in KWin between 4.1.0 and 4.1.1:

svn log -r 836925:853709 svn://

There are 5 closed bugs in there, and some other stuff. (167935, 168435, 169045, 156312 and 168160)

The changelog on the websites is not always complete, since it takes an extra step to record changes there.

By Sebastian Kügler at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Oh, thank you. I didn't really know that the changelog wasn't complete. So, my apologies and my thanks go to the KWin department.

It's good to be wrong sometimes.

By Ernesto Manríquez at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

Err, that is completely inaccurate.

KWin isn't kdeplasma-addons, so those numbers are not at all correct.

By THIBOLOT at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

indeed; it should have been svn://, and i count 7 bugs closed and a couple additional important backports such "Make sure idling does not actually cause big load by a repeating
quick timer caused by dynamically adjusting the next repaint
when using vsync." and "Don't lose the desktop submenu in Alt+F3."

By Aaron Seigo at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

Actually it should have been svn://

By Kevin Kofler at Mon, 2008/09/08 - 5:00am

I'm already running Mandriva 2009 cooker with KDE 4.1.1 packages and I'm loving it so far. Great job all people!

By Tsiolkovsky at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Has the background color problem with icons in tray been fixed, or is the background color still different from the tray background? For example, if the panel background color is gray, the icon background is white (no transparency).

By Matic at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

this likely won't be properly fixed until 4.2 when we get a new systray widget (currently in playground, and a lot more interesting for the future as well ..)

By Aaron Seigo at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

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By stemplar at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Anyone else experiencing broken desktop effects? They used to work on my OpenSUSE 11.0 install before the update and I'm positive the Nvidia-driver is still working fine, but now KDE is lacking all 3D-infused bling.

By Anonymous at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Same problem here. I'm also using openSUSE 11.0. (x64 version)

By Franck at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

and here too. I use with 32-bit OpenSuse 11.1.1 efect, no traculate, no shadow, no wiggly (?), etc... nothing 3-D

By Jake at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

little more... before it works well - only plasma crashes! with GeForce 7600 GS if I will do someting with OpenOffice

By Jake at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Same here. No desktop effects on openSuse 11.

By PA3MEP at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

and calender broken too

By Jake at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

perhaps your calendar problem is related to this bug:

By taerde at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

using opensuse 11.1 means you are using an alpha so it will have problems

I'm on opensuse 11. and have no problems.

By anon at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

On openSuse 11.0 I updated KDe at this moment and can confirm the bug.

By Sebastian at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

sorry, I mean openSuse 11.0 and KDE 4.1.1

By Jake at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

same here no desktop effects

By yakub at Tue, 2008/10/21 - 5:00am

It works for me but I have re-enable the effects after any reboot.

After a reboot they do not work, so I have to go through the hassle of re-enabling them, thankfully I don't reboot very often

openSUSE 11.0 32bit

By Bruce at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

I'm having the same problem openSUSE 11.0 32 bit, I haven't tried to re-enable all of the effects but I am on a laptop so reboot is a common thing.

By Adam at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

By kailed at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Now that NVIDIA fixed their drivers to work with KDE 4.1.0...
Seems they are on pressure when each new KDE release makes their drivers fail.

Lubos Lunak asks for affected user who don't use NVIDIA. Are there any?

By Sebastian at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

I'm using ATI and having this problem, currently commenting in the bug report to Novell.

By Adam at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

Works perfectly for me, got all the shadows and bling bling.
Using Kubuntu 8.04, Nvidia 8400 GS, Nvidia driver 177.67

By Peppe Bergqvist at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

I have all desktop effects working on Kubuntu 8.04.

By Tony O'Bryan at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

It's the same for me. I'm using openSUSE 11.0 x86_64 with Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT, driver 173.14.12, no 3D at all.

By axel at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

Same here on OpenSuSE 11.0 (kernel,x86_64) with Nvidia-driver version 173.14.12; Compiz-git works, all 3D works but no "3D-infused bling".

By flark at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

It seems that openSuse has backported a patch to Kwin that 'checks' the features of the graphics driver. Either the check is buggy or the driver...

By Sebastian at Thu, 2008/09/04 - 5:00am

Fixed in kwin-4.1.1 package revision 57.1.

By Sebastian at Fri, 2008/09/05 - 5:00am

Yep, thanks for the quick and great work

By axel at Fri, 2008/09/05 - 5:00am

:/ Broken here. I'll live without em till mandriva backports the fix from the latest svn or whatever. Mandrive 2009.0 RC1 Intel IGP

By ryaxnb at Fri, 2008/09/05 - 5:00am

Thx to all the KDE developers for the great work they do!

By Franck at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Many of us are waiting for 4.whatever to stabilize before adopting it. I am not going to switch until I know that the apps I need are ready for use. So, while I'm happy with the long list of things that have been worked on, what I need to know is what areas are yet to receive attention so I can see if there are any show stoppers for me.

I don't mean, either, an exhaustive list of every bug, but one in general categories. Tell me, for example Kpilot is working. Or that all the major bugs in KDE PIM are fixed. Or that 90% of the major bugs and 60 % of the minor ones are fixed for a category.

That would go farther to encourage people to switch or try 4.x than a list of the latest items that are fixed, which may or may not include the specific apps we're interested in.

Thanks for your efforts...Bob

By Bob Smits at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

"Tell me, for example KPilot is working."

"Yes, master, of course, master, anything you say master: KPilot is working."

Anything else?

By KDEler at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

it's a little unrealistic to expect that kind of customized communication, i think.

for starters, different people care about different things. i don't use kpilot, so it doesn't matter to me personally. but others, such as yourself, rely on it and as such that could be a showstopper for you.

covering every possible issue would be a rather large task and you'd still be left sorting and sifting through all the information to find the important bits for you.

this is no different than in kde 3, either. it's simply the scope of the project and the number of users combined (both being in the category of "very large").

as for KPilot, i think that's on the rails for 4.2 (a bunch of work happened during or since Akademy iirc). as for KDE PIM, i dont' know about all major bugs (they aren't fixed in 3.5, either), but i'm using KDE4's Kontact for my daily work and it's solid. still, there will be configuration changes coming for 4.2 so if you haven't jumped yet, you may want to hold off until then if you wish to avoid some of that pain (essentially ou may need to re-enter some of your SMTP, POP and/or IMAP settings from what i understand).

By Aaron Seigo at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

ah, one other note: there's hardly any area that isn't being worked on right now. the amount of activity in svn is just insane (in a good way); it's a question of how much progress is being made and along which metrics. but yeah .. i don't really know of many key pieces that aren't being worked on.

it's a great time to get involved with KDE as the hive is buzzing with activity....

By Aaron Seigo at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Many thanks to all the devs for the work on kde4

But as you stated in the reply before this one: to be sure most of the bugs repair and features are in place wait for kde 4.2

So i think that we can safely say before the kde3 users Pa and Ma and the cat can switch to kde4 we will have release Kde4.3 or further

Otherwise we still have to switch forth and back between kde3 and kde4
and that for sure with plasma.

Question: why not a plasma what acts the same as kde3 just 1 desktop icons on desktop icons in panel as kde3 and icons in general as in kde3 no svg
So you would not see any difference between kde3 and kde4
Make it a install option.

By susegebr at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

If you don't want plasma, nor, svg, and are perfectly happy with kde3, why not use it?

I think it will some day be possible to have a kde3 clone with plasma. I wouldn't want one, I began to love plasma the way it is, but a desktop is only really cool if you can make it look like a different OS or environment :)

Oh and yeah, Pa and Ma will probably not be using KDE 4 until 4.3 I guess, which will be in one year, pretty early.

KDE 4 is probably not debian-stable-stable, and I wouldn't install it for my wife. She has that envyious look on her face seeing my funky plasma though :)

By fhd at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

Regarding Pa and Ma ...
Not exactly that relations but M$ users, wife, teenager and K-age daughters, have "suffered" KDE 4.1 f(under Arch) during the month of August, and i have had no complains in almost all their uses (big Kudos to Kopete and DragonPlayer's team)

By asshur at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am

"If you don't want plasma, nor, svg, and are perfectly happy with kde3, why not use it?"

KDE3 is quite buggy, and those bugs aren't going to get fixed. That is why I, as well as many other people, are waiting for a stable KDE 4 to replace KDE3 with. Now, someone is going to say, why not go for the more stable GNOME then? The answers is, I at least personally prefer the way KDE works, and would like to check a stable KDE 4 first before making such switches to a whole new desktop environment.

By Tero at Sat, 2008/09/06 - 5:00am

> can switch to kde4 we will have release Kde4.3 or further

having seen many already switch to 4.1, this doesn't seem accurate. 4.2 will undoubtedly be even better .. but we'll be able to say that about every future release.

> why not a plasma what acts the same as kde3

already possible in trunk (which will become 4.2)

By Aaron Seigo at Wed, 2008/09/03 - 5:00am