Today the KDE Project released KDE 3.2. It is the result of a combined year-long effort by hundreds of individuals and corporations from around the globe. For packages, please visit the KDE 3.2 info page. At the moment binary packages for Conectiva Linux, Slackware (9.0, 9.1) and SUSE Linux (8.2, 9.0) are listed. Or compile the source either manually or with the help of Konstruct after reading the KDE 3.2 Requirements list. All changes can be found in the detailed KDE 3.2 change log or continue to read about the highlights.
Some of the highlights in KDE 3.2 at a glance:
- Increased performance and standards compliance
- Lowered start up times for applications and hundreds of optimizations
make KDE 3.2 the fastest KDE ever!
- Working in concert with Apple Computer Inc.'s Safari web browser team,
KDE's web support has seen huge performance boosts as well as increased
compliance with widely accepted web standards
- Increased support for FreeDesktop.org standards in KDE 3.2 strengthens
interoperability with other Linux and UNIX software.
- New applications
- JuK: a jukebox-style music player
- Kopete: an instant messenger with support for AOL Instant Messenger,
MSN, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, Gadu-Gadu, Jabber, IRC, SMS and WinPopup
- KWallet: providing integrated, secure storage of passwords and web form
- Kontact: a unified interface that draws KDE's email, calendaring,
address book, notes and other PIM features together into a familiar
- KGpg: providing an easy-to-use KDE interface to industry-standard
- KIG: an interactive geometry program
- KSVG: a viewer for SVG files
- KMag, KMouseTool and KMouth: accessibility tools for KDE
- KGoldRunner: a new riff on a classic game
- ... and many more!
- Thousands of incremental improvements and bug fixes
- During the development of KDE 3.2 nearly 10,000 bug reports were
processed via the KDE Bug Tracking System
- Approximately 2,000 feature requests were also processed, with hundreds
of requested features added to KDE applications and components
- An improved configuration system that opens the door to new
installation management possibilities, improved roaming support and
many improvements to the "KDE Kiosk" environment management system
- Inline spell checking for web forms and emails
- Improved email and calendaring support
- Powerful tabbed interface for the Konqueror file manager and web
- Support for Microsoft Windows desktop sharing protocol (RDP)
- Improved Usability
- Reduced clutter in many menus and toolbars
- Many applications, dialogs and control panels reworked for clarity and
- Enhanced appearance
- Plastik, a tastefully understated new look, debuts in KDE 3.2
- Hundreds of new icons improve the consistency and beauty of KDE
- Tweaks to the default look including new splash screens, (optionally)
animated progress bars, styled panels and more!
- New Tools for Software Developers
- Comprehensive API documentation extended for 3.2
- New versions of the powerful KDevelop IDE and Quanta web development
- Umbrello brings UML modeling for 11 different languages including C++,
Java, SQL, PHP, Python and Perl to KDE
More information and why you should use KDE 3.2 can be found in the KDE 3.2 announcement.