Like the ticking of a Swiss watch, every month the KDE team brings you a new release. November's edition of KDE is a bugfix and translation update to KDE 4.3. With the KDE 4 series picking up in popularity, we're happy to encourage even more people to give KDE 4 another spin -- or just upgrade your existing KDE to KDE 4.3.3. As the release only contains bugfixes and translation updates, it will be a safe and pleasant update for everyone. Users around the world will appreciate that KDE 4.3.3 is more completely translated. KDE 4.4 is already translated into more than 50 languages, with more to come.
KDE 4.3.3 has a number of improvements that will make your life just a little bit better. Some of KWin's effects have been smoothed and freed of visual glitches, JuK should now be more stable, KDE PIM has seen its share of improvements while in the back-rooms of KDE, the developers are working hard on porting all applications to the new Akonadi storage and cache. The changelog has more, if not exhaustive, lists of the improvements since KDE 4.3.2.
Meanwhile, the KDE team is plugging away at KDE 4.4 with its feature freeze drawing closer. KDE 4.4 will see its first incarnation (KDE 4.4.0) in February 2010, two weeks later than initially planned in order to make it possible to release on top of Qt 4.6. KDE 4.4 will be based on, and using the new goodness in Qt 4.6 -- think of new layouting mechanisms in QGraphicsView, improved performance, the new animation framework, and many more pearls. KDE 4.4 will deliver a staggering amount of improvements and new features on top of this: improved desktop search, better privilege escalation, remote controllable Plasma widgets, and of course more polish to the existing code. Beta 1 is only one month away so stay tuned.