KDE 4.1.3 Codename "Change" Released

The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of "Change" (also known as KDE 4.1.3), another
bugfix and maintenance update for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful
free desktop. Change is a monthly update to KDE 4.1. The info page points to the sources and the distros quick with their packaging: Debian, Kubuntu and openSUSE.

As a service release, the changelog
contains a list of bugfixes and improvements. Note that the changelog is
usually incomplete, for a complete list of changes that went into KDE 4.1.3, you
can browse the Subversion log. The most significant changes are:

  • Two crashes fixed in the Dolphin filemanager.
  • A large number of bugfixes and optimizations in the KHTML HTML rendering component.
  • Several bugfixes in the Kopete multi-protocol
    Instant Messenger.

KDE 4.1.3 also ships a more complete set of translations.


Totally agreed.

KDE 4 is getting cooler and, what's really the important matter, more efficient, robust and usable in each release, but that doesn't mean users can not "complain" in a well mannered way. Devs need to know that there are still many features which need to be implemented. I'm sure they are aware of most of them, but since in FOSS world there's no that stressful corporate competitiveness, fortunately, the pain-in-the-ass user complains are a good substitute, something needed for avoiding FOSS slow down its progress more than necessary.

Said that, there's also always a good moment to congratulate and thank KDE devs for their excellent work, dedication, and their patience with so many not very well mannered users. Thank you and keep improving and polishing this awesome KDE 4 of which I think you must feel very proud, :).

By Iñaki at Fri, 2008/11/07 - 6:00am

I Agree with you David Johnson, 100%. People keep defending the KDE4 developers for removing any semblance of the features we have come to depend on having in a useful, quickly accessible place.

But my question is: who needs this? I don't want any "Wow" factor, I just want a stable computing environment that doesn't consume much processor time. If they really wanted to make KDE4 something to speak of, and the way of the future, why not make it as customizable as the rest of Linux? Let us use the tools we like!

I've gone back to KDE3 because I like my steering wheel, and until I see a VAST improvement in KDE4 I won't be using it. People can say whatever they want to defend their KDE4, but the fact is that I loathe it and if things keep going the way they are currently, I'll be switching to Gnome and learning their tool set because this desktop just doesn't cut it. I have no incentive to use it, what-so-ever.

By Casper at Mon, 2008/12/15 - 6:00am

I upgraded the KDE4 games and they run fine, I'm amazed that breakout worked smooth on 300MHz. The blue water of kbattleship has turned brown, I assume it's an endian bug in caching also seen in kpat and klines.

kdebase kdebase-workspace libplasma2 were broken, some packages were not (yet?) installable. I would love to install a full kde4 desktop, yes PowerPC Debian folks your work is really used and appreciated.

I'm getting used to schroot and sux but would love to see an installation script for Lenny which would set up chroot and install kde4 and koffice from experimental and create an experimental menu entry with all the kde4 apps in kde 3.5 as that would really keep Debian Stable stable and continues up-to-date.

In the mean time running konsole and typing
sux - kde4
schroot -p
will have to do to play a kde4 game in Debian Lenny with KDE 3.5. But setting up a second Debian install on your /home harddisk partition requires some reading of schroot in Debian documentation.

By Dennis at Thu, 2008/11/06 - 6:00am

I don't see this bug in the changelog :

Hope the fix will be in 4.1.3 anyway because I see this as a major issue for keyboard usability.

By Fabien Meghazi at Thu, 2008/11/06 - 6:00am

In Kubuntu 8.04, you can launch the khotkeys of KDE3 (e.g., put it in the KDE4 Autostart). If you already configured khotkeys for KDE3, you would need to change the configuration file ~/.kde/share/config/khotkeysrc so that the keys may be associated with KDE4 applications instead of KDE3.

I am wondering what would happen with Kubuntu 8.10 where there is no more ~/.kde4. Anyone knows? I will not update to 8.10 until I am sure there is a way to have khotkeys running! I would rather wait for Kubuntu 9.04.
Related question: if Kubuntu 8.10 has no ~/.kde4, how does it handle the configurations for the KDE3 applications (that are still available, right?)? And should the ~/.kde4 from 8.04 be just moved to ~/.kde after upgrade?

By Hobbes at Thu, 2008/11/06 - 6:00am

First of all, KDE devs will not be fixing bugs from launchpad generally. KDE bugs belong in They should be reported there by downstream devs if it turns out a bug orinates in KDE itself and is not caused by distribution specific issues like backports or the like.

However, in the bottom of your launchpad bug, I see a mention of this probably having been fixed at 22/9/2008. That would imply, I would guess, that it would have made the cut for 4.1.3.

By Andre at Thu, 2008/11/06 - 6:00am

It is good to see KDE4 moving along. Unfortunately, it has a couple of showstoppers keeping me at KDE3:

* The task bar doesn't seem to be able to group similar tasks. This means it fills up almost immediately and is almost unusable from then on.

* The storage media mounter no longer lets me set mount points for my USB storage devices. For various reasons, I need predictable mount points (my podcatcher syncs to /media/mp3, for instance).

That's all, but it's more than enough, unfortunately. I hope these small defects will be fixed in time for 4.2.

By KDE fan at Thu, 2008/11/06 - 6:00am

At least for the taskbar i know it's fixed in kde 4.2, for the other one i have no idea

By Beat Wolf at Thu, 2008/11/06 - 6:00am

> he storage media mounter no longer lets me set mount points for my USB storage devices

Maybe this could help :-?

By Cyril at Sat, 2008/11/08 - 6:00am