Version 4.5 of the KDE SC (Software Compilation) is just weeks away from being formally released as the six-month refresh to this multi-platform, open-source desktop stack. KDE SC 4.5 brings a lot of new features and improvements to the table, but if you're too impatient to wait around or want to see that this release comes together nicely, the second release candidate is now available for testing...
KDE4's base tech will remain largely ubchanged for the ten years after the 4.0 release as been said on the launch conference at the Google talks and it is so versatile that unless 3D holographics comes around the corner it will stay the same.
SVG, rotation, OpenGL, compositing, widgets, data engines, OS abstraction... What else do you need, realy?
I have been using KDE 4.5 since beta 2 and I have had only couple crashes - both were dolphin related so no big deal. So it seems that this is really going to be pretty stable relase. Not that I would have had big problems with earlier relases either.
I'm running 4.5 since RC 1 and so far it is running great. Only had a few crashes which I reported and all but one got marked as fixed in bugzilla. SO I guess when I install Rc2 all should be more or less fine.
I guess I was more lucky than others. I'm using 4.5 since RC1 came out (a week or so ago) and didn't have even a single crash. I have that "nepomuk" stuff ("semantic desktop") disabled completely at build time though (Gentoo.)
4.5 should be more stable as its RC2 already and more regorious fixed are made. 4.4.5 is just the fifth temporarily bug fix for a temporary code pool. Besides 4.5 is almost done and about to make the 4.4.x obsolete so unless you want to go ahead and compile this for yourself, real who cares?
So basically, everyone is saying KDE 4.5 RC2 > 4.4.5? I've been hearing about the stability of KDE 4.5 since it's first beta.
Has anyone used both?
I didn't try 4.5 yet, but 4.4.5 is rock stable on my box. Like I said I didn't experience a single crash (maybe just broken dbus caused some crashes before). As KDE devs focused on stability in 4.5 it shouldn't be worse.