launched KDE 4.11, which is the latest KDE 4 , nuanced of which will realize below. Because first things first …
The truth is that KDE 4.11, 4.11 or KDE Software Compilation Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform, as you prefer to call it, is not a particularly exciting release in terms of new features, but if any Hayles. This release is more a “reinforces that we are” in the sense that they are increasingly components to be carrying to the technologies of the future that will use KDE 5, while will refine the set.
taskbar has been ported to QML / QtQuick, preserving options, improving fluency and behavior and leaving the road a bunch of bugs (more information ). KickOff menu , his eternal companion, includes the option to display recently installed applications (openSUSE users will not notice a difference with this change).
notification manager, or rather the very notifications , incorporate a button configuration, which significantly speeds up the process, despite the redundancy, the configuration (of the type of notification you want to receive).
battery monitor has also been renovated and now has support for managing lighting keypads, displays the battery charge you have connected peripherals (keyboard, wireless mouse, etc.), and done with a more refined look.
Another component that is not far behind KMIX, sound manager , which is more polished than ever and having a novelty that many had been looking forward to: integrated control media players. A round of applause, that the road has been hard. But I have to warn you that this novelty not seen in Kubuntu, which I’m testing KDE 4.11. If anyone has information, please let us broadcast it in the comments.
KWin, KScreen and Nepomuk
KWin, the window manager and KDE composition, it becomes undisputed star once again as far as improvement is concerned (how GRASSLIN note since Martin was hired to work full-time KWin Blue Systems) .
The explanation is purely technical, not suitable for the end user: XCB protocol support, OpenGL 3.1 and OpenGL ES 3.0, experimental support for Wayland, improved scripting interface … Besides many fixes and optimizations, which means … You guessed it: that Kwin is better than ever .
Even if there are a couple of details that are worth mentioning, is that the first thing that jumps out is the new lighting “hot corners” of the screen when the cursor approach , drag a window or not (as you have configured).
also function to place the windows by dragging to one side of the screen can now assign the range of “active edge” available (in “System Preferences> Workspace Behavior> Screen edges “). It’s hard to explain and not very useful, but there it is.
To finish the windows, there are no concrete improvements in the handling of multiple monitors and a new very specific utility, KScreen, incorporated the traditional module “Display and Monitor” in “System Preferences” with the following: smarter multimonitor support , automatic configuration of new screens and displays persistent configuration manually added, all in a simple interface, where you can organize work spaces with drag and drop.
Nepomuk, the semantic desktop engine, receives “massive performance improvements, and a set of optimizations that enable data reading up to six times faster”. In other words, 4.10 KDE Nepomuk highlighted by a significant advance in the management of resources, does KDE 4.11 speed.
As expected, there is a technical explanation behind the progress made by Nepomuk, but I do walk the user much interest you: simply go faster, something that is noticeable even with the new files indexed creation.
Moreover, it has also improved the system backup and restore, and as icing Nepomuk adds to its list of formats indexing support for ODF and DOCX documents (if it works as the text files, this would mean that Nepomuk can search the text of these documents, not just in the title or metadata, which would be awesome … But it is not confirmed that it is. If someone has proven that we count in the comments).
Other minor improvements can be noticed in the keyboard shortcuts for web . Many of the default included have been updated with domain addresses secure (HTTPS), while some of the obsolete have been deleted. More information.
Following the review of the official notes, Dolphin is one of the darlings in KDE 4.11. The browser and file manager has received a lot of love in the form of small fixes and optimizations. Now faster loading folders with many items at the same time saves memory by 30% and reduces their impact on the CPU. And that’s that show the icon unknown file, it is automatically assigned an icon related.
productivity suite Kontact looks in this section in the same terms, providing a more stable user experience and better performance. But there are also new features accompany this release, for example, the new editor KMail headers or programmer messages, among others.
curiosity, release note mentions Blogilo , the blog editor, which carried a worrying time of abandonment. Does the news? Web support is improved thanks to QtWebkit editor. Not that it was most necessary in this case, but, again, there’s that.
end this section with common reference that many more applications that premiere news, but we can hardly name them all. Stroking the surface we find new tools in the document viewer Okular , WebP format support in Kolourpaint image editor , improvements in many games and educational applications and many .
In short … And what happens from now
In short, KDE 4.11 stands out as the strongest of the desktop version to date , for stability, features, performance and user experience. It would not be so unusual, of course, because the work of years has to be noticed by force. But, KDE developers are now offering a product that, even with its hardships and deprivation, it is competent to value level (ie, what you can do with it).
But is this all? How KDE 4 has come here? Yes and no. KDE 4.11 is the latest major release itself from the current branch, and that is not going to continue with the development of desktop based technologies. On the other hand, and apart from minor updates that await (KDE 4.11.1, 4.11.2 … until KDE KDE 4.11.5), entire software suite will be kept for two years . This results in error correction, but no new features. In fact, since KDE KDE Platform 4.9 brings no new features.
For example, KDE 4.11 is translated into 54 languages, this will rise in subsequent maintenance updates, which will also bring more complete translations of manuals and others.
However, while the “heart and brain” KDE is from and no more news, the huge catalog of desktop-bound applications continue developing , so it is quite possible that get to see the release of KDE KDE 4.12 or 4.13, but only application.
eye because it is not ruled out those two years not support extending extended if necessary. Everything will depend on how the development and acceptance of KDE 5, needless to say. The only certainty is that KDE 4.11 is the most advanced version of the desktop environment, but will by far the most stable of all .
At this point, remember that the source code for KDE 4.11 is at your disposal, but it makes sense-and comfortable-is to wait for your package the package distribution, redundant, and I will serve on a platter, rolling-release distros except via extra repositories.
Without going any further, for Kubuntu is available since last night (of outstanding times the update and correction, a round of applause for the people of Kubuntu). Instead compiling in openSUSE packages are still out, and although it has already been announced for a blog update method, I recommend waiting a day or two at least to avoid problems.
And here we come. And we left many small details of those to be discover as you use the desktop and always left out of the press releases. An example of this I’ve found in the “Desktop Preferences”, which presents a dialog “Select Screen” (you know, wallpaper, presentation, etc.) and visual renewed. As I have said on more than one occasion, it is impossible to cover everything in KDE.
4.11 KDE release is dedicated to the memory of Atul Chitnis, recognized personality in the world of free software who died last June.