KDE 4.11 Beta 1 Released

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KDE 4.11 Beta 1 Released

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KDE 4.11 Beta 1 Released

The 4.11 releases include the following highlights and more:

Qt Quick in Plasma Workspaces—Qt Quick is continuing to make its way into the Plasma Workspaces. Plasma Quick, KDE"s extensions on top of Qt Quick, allow deeper integration and more powerful apps and Plasma components. One of the central Plasma widgets, the task manager, was completely rewritten in Plasma Quick. It got quite a few bug fixes on its way to the new QML version. The Battery widget was overhauled. It now shows information about all the batteries (e.g. mouse, keyboard) in a system. And the battery icons can now show a finer-grained load-status.

Faster Nepomuk indexing—The Nepomuk semantic engine received massive performance optimizations (e.g., reading data is 6 or more times faster). Indexing happens in two stages: the first stage retrieves general information (such as file type and name) immediately; additional information like MP3 tags, author information and similar is extracted in a second, somehow slower stage. Metadata display is now much faster. In addition, the Nepomuk backup and restore system was improved. The system also got new indexers for documents like odt or docx.

Kontact improvements—Kontact got a faster indexer for its PIM data with improvements to Nepomuk, and a new theme editor for email headers. The way it handles email images now allows it to resize pictures on the fly. The whole KDE PIM suite got a lot of bug fixes, such as the way it deals with Google Calender resources. The PIM Import Wizard allows users to import settings and data for Trojita (the Qt IMAP email client) and all other importers were improved as well.

KWin and Path to Wayland—Intial experimental support for Wayland was added to KWin. KWin also got many OpenGL improvements including support being added for creating an OpenGL 3.1 core context and robustness from using the new functionality provided by the GL_ARB_robustness extension. Numerous KWin optimizations are aimed at reducing CPU and memory overhead in the OpenGL backend. Some desktop effects have been re-written in JavaScript to ease maintenance.

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Re: KDE 4.11 Beta 1 Released

Post by phill1978 »

Im interested in to where the graphics sub systems are going with mint / kde.

I belive Ubuntu is going Mir. Therefore although extremley simular (if not the same) Weyland will break from ubuntu. But then again, mint is ubuntu based.. so with KDE going weyland how will the mint team react?

Also Nvidia has already built the stack for Mir. Therefore as they currently stomp all over AMD's driver efforts it will be the case that to play on steam / steam-box (probably the biggest gaming thing that has or ever will have happened to linux gaming / graphics development) You will require a Nvidia GPU for the best results.

So does this mean Mint are moving away from appealing to the linux gamers? (who uses an OS just for productivity all the time???) Or does it mean Mint team will have to port adapt Mir to Weyland every step of the way ?

Surley going with Mir is a better idea.. but guess what, canoical seem to have the grips on this. This could really screw things up? or am i misunderstanding the situation?

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Re: KDE 4.11 Beta 1 Released

Post by 3mutts »

^ I really hope Canonical makes MIR Wayland compatible or else they won't have too many programs working on the distro (such as KDE for Kubuntu), but we shall see.

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