KDE 3.5.7 Improves PIM and More

today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.7,
a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and
powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. This release brings a renewed focus to KDE-PIM applications.
KOrganizer and
KAlarm received
attention with bugfixes, while
KMail additionally
witnessed the addition of new features and improvements with both interface work and
IMAP handling: it can manage IMAP quotas, and copy and move all folders. Read on for more details.

KDE now
supports 65 languages,
making it available to more people than most non-Free
software and can be easily extended to support more languages by communities who wish
to contribute to the Open Source project.

Several other applications have seen feature improvements:

  • KPDF shows tooltips for links when
    hovering over them, correctly displays more complex PDF files (like this
    ) and reacts to commands for opening the Table of Contents pane.
  • Umbrello now can generate and
    export C# Code and has added Java 5 generics support.
  • KDevelop gets a major version upgrade
    to version 3.4.1. New features include much-improved Code Completion and
    Navigation, a more reliable debugger interface, Qt 4 support and better
    Ruby and KDE 4 development support.

In addition to the new features there were many bug fixes across the board,
especially in the Edutainment
and Games packages and
Kopete. Kopete also received a major performance improvement for its chat windows.

As KDE users have come to expect, this new release includes continued work
on KHTML and KJS, KDE's HTML and Javascript engines. A new and interesting
usability feature in KHTML makes the mouse pointer indicate if a link wants
to open a new browser window or not.

Packages are available for Arch Linux, Debian Unstable, Kubuntu Feisty, Mandriva 2007.1, Pardus and openSUSE. You can also get the source directly or compile with Konstruct.

For a more detailed list of improvements since the
KDE 3.5.6 release
on the 25th January 2007, please refer to the
KDE 3.5.7 Changelog.


The "KMail" link in the announcement links to a page that is both broken and marked deprecated. looks much better.

By Adhominem at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

Thanks for pointing that out. I've removed the broken content and made stuff redirect automatically.

By Adriaan de Groot at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

Cool, but, when will I be able to sync my blackberry to the K suite?!?

By EMoShunz at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

By Martin at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

OK -- your question was not "if" but "when".

That's easy. As soon as you implement it. Giving a blackberry to a developer *might* also do the trick.

By Martin at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

I may be able to gain access to a blackberry I could give to a developer, but I find it hard to believe that not a single linux hacker out there has a blackberry...

By EMoShunz at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

Well, restrict that further to "a single KDE hacker with spare time" and you might have your answer :)

By Paul Eggleton at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

I think you could do that already if you are willing to try the alpha opensync plugin that is part of barry since the latest v0.7 release. I have not tried it yet...

Barry is a project to allow syncing of blackberries.

You can also use barry's bcharge to charge a blackberry (already merged into the newest kernel, not required there anymore).



By Moritz Moeller-... at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

That is some great information, thanks!
btw...which kernel has the upgrade? I am running kubuntu 7.04 and I can not charge.

By EMoShunz at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

search for "charge" - so, the answer is, "2.6.21" :)

By richlv at Mon, 2007/05/28 - 5:00am

Thanks for another release and kudos to all the maintainers for, well, maintaining KDE 3.5 despite the effort to get KDE 4 out of the door :-)

Hopefully KDE 3.5 will receive further updates in the future as I suspect that business owners and governments will hesitate to move to KDE 4 for some time and with an almost feature-freeze the current branch is shaping up to be a rock-solid working environment.

I was a little disappointed that kmail still does not support email accounts via IMAP. With all the announced fixes I was hoping that this one would be among them. Ah well, one can still hope that one day I'll get rid of the behemoth that is Thunderbird ;-)

Cheers !

By Matthias at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

KMail + email accounts + IMAP works fine for me since ages. Sometimes there are some timeouts, but normally it's works like a charm.

By Dunedan at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

The same is right for me. I also use KMail and since this year and had no problems.

By mathias (one t) at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

Ah well, must be something wrong with my configuration then. The authentification always fails and I never really found out why. I blamed KMail since Thunderbird and M2 work like a charm.

By Matthias at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

In case that the "it works for me since ages" comments are not sufficiently helpful:
Use server on on port 993 with the following security options
encryption: SSL, Authentication: text

By Stefan at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

Does anyone know if fish:// and sftp:// are still broke in 3.5.7? This broke just this weekend (with a Gentoo update invorporating KDE "fixes" from upstream).




By Xanadu at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

(I guess I should've finished reading the Changelog(s) before posting...)

There's no mention of "fish" or "ssh" in the short & pretty Changelog or the longer text one. I guess fish/sftp has not been fixed in 3.5.7?

By Xanadu at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

I think it is a problem specific to Gentoo.

I'm running KDE on Debian and fish:/ works perfect.

I've attached a snapshot

By Ritesh Raj Sarraf at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

Why do you specify port 22? Is this to seem cool?

By Joe at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

Whats wrong with specifying a port in a url?

By whatever noticed at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

It's a bit unnecessary.

By Tim at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

In other words: Nothing is wrong.

By cm at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

Gentoo specific problem, as it works for me on other distros. Bug your packager or check if gentoo has a KDE forum someplace. I think they have an irc channel on freenode, #gentoo-kde or somesuch, but I could be wrong.

By Troy Unrau at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

If you would have had a look at the bug report, you'd have noticed that it's not Gentoo specific.

By Carlo at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

I actually RTFBR and it's specific to 64-bit. That might be mentionable. Stops all the whining.

By Joe at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

I have only 32-bit machines, as is also mentioned in the kde bug page and the gentoo page I linked to. The problem is there too. I hate to be a jerk, but:



By Xanadu at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

I'm reading the bug report now, and see nothing saying it's not 64bit specific. But it looks like a beast to track down, so it may be some time before you see a fix of any sort.

And it works perfectly here, 64bit.

By Nicholas Robbins at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

sftp:// works for me both in KDE 3.5.6 and 3.5.7.

By Mark at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am


etc. does not work anymore with Dolphin but I havent's rebooted yet.

By hag at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

I have kubuntu feisty 64bit edition and I could not replicate this bug under 3.5.6 or 3.5.7. Just wanted to give you that as a datapoint. I wonder why some have this as a 64bit only issue but I am definitely running a 64bit compiled kde under a 64bit linux system without these issues. Got to love tracking down weird bugs. Just so you know I tested fish and sftp to another linux server that I have.

By Kosh at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

If you (or anyone reading) check back with the bug report(s), I updated it with this finding:

If you're running kernel 2.6.21 it's broke. With .19 it's fine. I didn't have .20 on any of my machines so I can't comment on that version.

By Xanadu at Fri, 2007/05/25 - 5:00am

KAddressBook is still an applications with many many bugzilla entries and the question is why? The applications looks very simple.

Is it really well designed?

By ben at Tue, 2007/05/22 - 5:00am

Why don't you go find out instead of asking nebulous questions in forums?

By Joe at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

Is the philosophy against composing HTML messages changing at all with the new version? I would really like to be able to add proper hyperlinks to my messages.

By Axiom at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

I would pleased if Kmail would allow me to forward an HTML mail. Right now, the only way I can find to do so is to forward a received HTML email is to do so as an attachment. But that retains the originating senders address. I don't want that, I want to respect their privacy. We have enough #@&! spam already without needlessly exposing people's email addresses.

If forwarding as an attachment stripped the headers, perhaps as a separate option, that would suffice.


By Rob Fargher at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

No SuSE 9.3 rpms available anymore :(
Seems like it's time for me to upgrade my system...

By Someone at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

You better do, there is also no security fixes support anymore for it.

By Anonymous at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

«A new and interesting usability feature in KHTML makes the mouse pointer indicate if a link wants to open a new browser window or not.»

Cool, though I would be more interested in KHTML ignoring the open in a new window links and let me decide.

By blacksheep at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

Agreed, it's an ill-thought feature..

By renox at Wed, 2007/05/23 - 5:00am

I changed everything to open in new tabs. much nicer, imho.

By Chani at Thu, 2007/05/24 - 5:00am

That, plus you can choose "Open in this window" in the context menu for links that would normally open in a new window or tab. Very handy, sometimes.

By Jakob Petsovits at Thu, 2007/05/24 - 5:00am