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Look Back at KDE 2008

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The big news this year is the beginning of the KDE 4 series. On January 11, 2008 KDE 4.0 was released. KDE 4.1 was released on July 29, 2008.

I wrote last year at this time that "probably this time next year we will have a version that we can recommend to our grandmothers". My perfect skills at prognosticating have again been validated. The coming 4.2 release will be ready for grandmothers everywhere.

So we have Plasma working well, Phonon simple and working. Akonadi will wait for 4.2 along with many other neat things. Much of the infrastructure is in place, some things not quite there yet, but coming. The user experience is getting better. Not too bad for a broken development system.

Any change as large as that will engender feelings.




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