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KDE 4.0-alpha1: still a proof of concept

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You should know by now: KDE 4.0-alpha1 "Knut" was released on May 11.

I've downloaded the openSUSE "KDE Four Live" CD that features it (it's KDE-Four-Live.i686-0.1.0.iso, redirecting to a list of mirrors; MD5: 029d80aeb4d0fc15c27a06f4f74ed1d5; user: linux, password: linux), and I tried it, hoping it's really more advanced than KDE 3.80-3 to bear the Alpha1 status.

It is not that advanced.

I am not impressed by anything. Maybe the KDE 3.5 project is something that started too many years ago to be:

(1) ported to a new Qt;
(2) cleaned to match the KDE Human Interface Guidelines;
(3) enriched with completely new application and features;
(4) completely redesigned under the hood: Oxygen, Plasma, Decibel, Phoron, Kross, Solid; in a such small amount of time.

Full Story.

It's Early Alpha1

Will KDE 4.0 be ready by October 31st? I've had doubts myself, and I've been guessing December 31st.

I think KDE 4.0 will be very good. KDE 4.1 should be wonderful. The new Qt tools are much improved, and KDE 4's speed will reflect this.

I think Beranger may be overly pessimistic about KDE 4's development--or maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part. At any rate, I think it's too early to tell.

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