New Features For KDE 4.4 Desktop
Phoronix: New Features For KDE 4.4 Desktop
KDE 4.4 is scheduled to be released in early February of 2010 as the six-month feature update to KDE4 and now its feature plan has surfaced. KDE 4.4 is poised to pickup a number of exciting new features along with various bug-fixes and other updates...
There's also the announcement of Project Timelord that is hopefully going to improve Kubuntu, which isn't as polished as the Gnome's Ubuntu.
I hope that I am wrong, but it looks like this is going to be the fourth major release of kde4 with poor bluetooth support.
How is it that kde is not aiming at feature parity with gnome on this front? I cannot believe there is such little request for exploring/transferring photos and the files on the handy phone from the kde desktop.
Kde is doing great on many aspects of its new desktop. However, I keep thinking that it should be prioritizing a few things in a different way.
Currently a big effort seems to be put in polishing new functionalities for which alternative easy approaches do anyway exist (improved search bars, social desktops, etc...). However, there are functionalities that one takes for granted in other desktops (and used to take for granted in kde 3.5) for which an easy replacements does not exist. If these are completely missing (support for managed printing for legacy applications, exploring mobile devices via bluetooth to name a couple) the appeal of the desktop is reduced, notwithstanding its innovation.
Please, now that the new foundations are in place, address regressions and feature parity with other desktop environments /before/ adding new stuff.
kdebluetooth4 works just fine....
mmm... good to see I was not up to date. But neither is the kde-apps page then, since for kbluetooth4 says that currently there is no
Originally Posted by thefirstm
- kio obex module (so it is impossible to browse remote filesystem)
- support to pair audio devices (for Device Manager and Wizard)
nor my system that got updated to kde 4.3.2 has such functionality. Is kbluetooth distributed separately from the main kde packages?
To get some of those features, you have to use an unreleased version. I think the latest SVN has some of these features.
So it is probable that they will get into kde4.4 in spite of the planned features not mentioning them! Great!... but they should have the doc about the new features enriched then!
Originally Posted by thefirstm
Originally Posted by callegar
If it's not in the list of new features it doesn't mean it doesn't exists; quite the contrary. Real hackers don't like PRs, most of the wonderful features are always not publicized at all. Just dig in the mailing list and you'll discover a whole new world!
I know that's a pain, but it looks like marketing is not something open source project are able to do very well!
Another great not so publicized thing is webkit in konqueror. From reading dev mailing list kdewebkit seems to be in review for kdelibs so with kde 4.4 we may get an alternative engine to khtml. With that kde may finally have a good webbrowser that works with sites tha khtml does not.
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