KDE 4.0 Alpha Arrives

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-05-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(DesktopLinux.com) Linux fans are finally getting what many hope will be the next Linux desktop box-office smash hit: KDE 4.0. On May 11 the KDE community released its first alpha, which has a completely renovated desktop appearance.

Analysis—Some people have been anxiously waiting for the summer blockbuster movies to arrive. Many Linux fans, on the other hand, have been waiting impatiently for what they hope will be the next Linux desktop box-office smash hit: KDE 4.0. On May 11, the KDE community released the first alpha of KDE 4.0—aka "Knut"—which will boast a completely renovated desktop appearance. The appearance is based on the Oxygen theme. Oxygen, in turn, has been influenced by Apples Mac OS Xs Aqua desktop interface. Underneath this layer, youll find TrollTechs latest Qt 4.3 GUI development environment. This revised C++ GUI framework includes better OpenGL support for 3D visualizations, support for SVG (scalable vector graphics) and other improvements. At a higher level, KDE 4 provides new application frameworks. Solid provides improved hardware integration, while Phonon will improve multimedia integration for both developers and end-users.
Under the hood, perhaps the biggest change will be in the IPC (interprocess communication), which is moving to D-Bus. This provides both a system daemon and a per-user-login-session daemon. Its designed to improve interoperability between Linux desktop applications. D-Bus has already been adopted by the Portland Project for its forthcoming DAPI (desktop application programming interface).
Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Read the full story on DesktopLinux.com: KDE 4.0 alpha arrives!
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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