Today, the KOffice team has released the first, and hopefully the only, release candidate for KOffice 2.0, bringing more than three years of work to a temporary conclusion. Compared to Beta 7, this release candidate brings a multitude of bug fixes and not a single new feature, as it should be!
Do note that KOffice 2.0 is not intended to replace KOffice 1.6 or OpenOffice for daily usage. While confident that the applications can be used for real work, we squarely aim the 2.0 release at the enthusiast, the tinkerer, the curious, the bold and the adventurous. For them, there is plenty to explore and investigate: this release contains many years of work.
For instance Gabor Lehel's 2006 Summer of Code project, a flexible document structure docker with three views finally bears fruit in this release. The design work we started in March 2006 in Deventer now provides us with a flexible framework that at the moment already turns KOffice into the most flexible application suite in existence, you already get Marijn's Musical Notation Shape with 2.0. Try to imagine what will be possible! One thing is certain: flake gives us a solid foundation to build upon for a long, long time.
Deciding to make a release, one in a long row of alpha and beta releases into a release candidate is not a light decision, but while we know there are still bugs, and missing features "every" office suite provides and usability issues and other infelicities, we are confident about our decision. On to 2.0.1 and 2.1, and many, many releases after that!
Contained in this release are KWord, KPresenter, KSpread, Karbon, Krita and KPlato. Kexi and Kivio will return in later releases (there is good progress being made especially on Kexi, volunteers are welcome for Kivio!), while KChart has returned as a flexible shape, instead of an independent application. The same is intended for KFormula, but that shape will only be released in a later version.
There are no known release blockers in this release candidate. We hope for strong testing from the user community, and if that testing uncovers new critical bugs, we will release another release candidate.
One issue to note: if your distribution provides LCMS 1.17 with recent security patches, Krita will not be able to load files or act as a paste target, instead it will crash and die horribly. Convince your distribution to upgrade to LCMS 1.18.