THE DESKTOP ENVIRONMENT KDE has been updated with over 1,700 new features and 16,000 bug fixes.
The cross platform application project best known for its desktop environment that is shipped by many Linux distributions has issued this major update a month after the rival project Gnome put one out. The latest KDE update features integration with Webkit in applications such as Konqueror, the default KDE web browser.
The browser itself has gotten numerous tweaks that, according to the project, should help speed up browsing by parallel downloading of content. General application performance is aided by the introduction of Kshareddatacache, which previously had been used for icons and exhibited "noticeable speed-ups".
A healthy rivalry between the two most popular desktop environments, Gnome and KDE, has gone on for years. Though Canonical prefers to ship Ubuntu with Gnome, Kubuntu offers a KDE alternative. Other Linux distributions such as Fedora, Opensuse, Mandriva, Gentoo and Mepis all support KDE as one of the default environments, often alongside Gnome. It is likely that when those distributions issue their next major releases they will incorporate KDE 4.5.
One of our eagle eyed readers and a contributor to the Fedora project informed us that there is an 'unofficial' KDE packaging project that aims to simplify KDE installation on RPM or Debian based Linux distributions.
Those on Fedora, CentOS or other distros not wanting to compile from source should head on over to the project's website and follow the simple instructions allowing installation through yum or apt. µ