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After six months of hard work following the launch of its previous version “major” SC KDE 4.7 comes with so much new as one might expect given the idiosyncrasies surrounding this massive project free software, but, unlike for example the KDE SC 4.6 and much more in line with what was SC KDE 4.5, most efforts have been aimed at refining the set , improve stability and speed of the system . Come straight to the bottom because there is much to tell.
visuals get better integration of the different sections that form from the new icons Oxygen (many did not like at all) to small details that enhance their consistency with the clock / calendar and system notifications to the head, not forgetting GTK Oxygen , which presents more complete version.
KWin , the desktop window manager has received extensive cleaning code and it runs on OpenGL ES , although for users with limited hardware that can not make use of it has implemented a new system of low-energy shadowing effects.
also includes a new KWin way to suspend the membership applications in full screen , winning performance especially in OpenGL games and video playback with GPU acceleration. However, this is a feature that developers must implement in your applications, default does not work (although it might).
One section of the desktop that more attention needed was the famous Activities , a really ambitious path than the previous version of the desk was far from reliable, “usable” and stable. We will have to prove it.
improvements are also
Plasma Connection Manager , already under experimentally NetworkManager 0.9, Bluetooth, 3G, VPN and MAC. KickOff , the main menu, now has the breadcums or breadcrumbs for easy movement between categories of applications, just as you can see in these lines:
One of the strengths of KDE could not be left without news, and although not as spectacular as usual, they will announce changes in a multitude of applications that have no presence in official announcements, but users with a immediately notice some experience (not surprisingly, the new version of KDE PIM , which we have spoken more than once, is included in the package).
Dolphin get clean in appearance with the hidden menu bar by default-no-capada improvements in the search for new files and plugins that increase their capabilities dramatically by can even create and clone repositories .
Gwenview , the image viewer “and more” on the desktop, has a new option for compare images , a bit confusing to understand the explanation but The following image may clarify a bit:
Many of the tools
KDE Edu also receive improvements, along with other weighing applications such as Kate text editor with more stability and plugins, KDevelop with new additions or Okular , you can now read a directory images , something I appreciate the fans of the comics.
digiKam 2.0 and 1.2
New versions of digiKam and Marble are the true stars as far as KDE applications SC 4.7 is concerned, the importance of them and because with each new release of its innovations are usually a considerable extent. That is why we thoroughly discuss these two applications for two other items would like this, we then to summarize its main features .
Marble , the globe on the desktop, includes a new wizard for creating route (car, on foot or by bike) and sharing a renewed bookmark manager, offline search and navigation with voice support in multiple languages , but is still working on the latter. For complete information about Marble 1.2 is released the list of changes.
digiKam 2.0 , the work has been just as intense on the road to the new version of the most complete photo suite that offers free software today, and among other new features include face detection and recognition version support for images and XMP metadata and various improvements in labeling normal and geographical including more than 200 bug fixes .
Along with digiKam 2.0
come Kipi-plugins , the essential added for better management of images across the environment and also of many other bug fixes updated export to various social services , so no more problems in this regard. Moreover, at the time of this writing has not yet released any information on the official website of the project, so the above developments are taken from advertisements SC KDE 4.7.
Obviously, the desktop and its tools are not only new features, too many bug fixes, up to 12,000 , including 2,000 directly related to the new version. Small improvements thousands come to refine the set but which are equally welcome. However, there are more technical wool.
, the KDE multimedia framework, support for Zeitgeist premiere , while the backend VLC reaches its steady state and recommended as an option to use multi-platform environments because GStreamer reaches steady state only in Linux (on Linux this is the best option) and Xine abandoned.
KDM joins the support Grub2 and users with different operating systems that make use of the still developing new version of the bootloader, will finally resume directly to other operating systems from the desktop , as can other users for quite some.
desktop Nepomuk semantic the front has “massive internal changes” that make it faster and more stable and Strigi indexer can read the metadata of the files on your process itself, resolving at least 35 errors in Dolphin or Konqueror “exploded.”
Finally, in paragraph Internet, various tweaks comment Proxy or KWebKitPart KIO , which among other things improves the support of the blocker, integrated SC appeared at KDE 4.6.
Yes, it was to name Telepathy KDE , a new family member on your side KDE technology that has not been included in any of the preceding paragraphs because it actually would fit into all of them: a new technology, application and integrates with the desktop …
KDE 4.7 comes SC native implementation of Telepathy , the communications framework sponsored by OpenDesktops.org and many GNOME users know through Empathy, but for now it takes the form of tests with a version 0.1 that on one hand say is usable but the other has not been packaged with the rest of their experimental state desktop. While this situation is resolved Kopete still in place and it works perfectly .
far we’ve come. Those interested in knowing all the details you can go to the official announcement, although I noticed that there not find anything new that comes with KDE SC 4.7; users with some experience at this desk will know it’s normal to find more than a detail which was not known after an upgrade, but had not written about it anywhere.
Except for the more adventurous users, distributions or distributions lesser known rolling release, the first of the large fly to KDE Kubuntu SC 11.10 4.7 shall be next October, closely followed by Fedora and openSUSE 16 12.1. Until then we will play a large majority wait to try everything offered by SC KDE 4.7 , but worth it because successive “minor version” will form a much more round if possible.