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KDE 3.5.7 Release Announcement


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KDE Project Ships Seventh Translation and Service Release for Leading Free Software Desktop

KDE 3.5.7 features translations in 65 languages, improvements to KDE PIM suite and other applications.

May 22, 2007 (The INTERNET). The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.7, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. KDE now supports 65 languages, making it available to more people than most non-free software and can be easily extended to support others by communities who wish to contribute to the open source project.

This release has a renewed focus on KDE PIM applications. KAddressBook, KOrganizer and KAlarm received attention with bugfixes, while KMail additionally witnessed new features and improvements with both interface work and IMAP handling: it can manage IMAP quota and copy and move all folders.

Several other applications saw feature improvements:

  • KPDF shows tooltips for links when hovering on them, displays correctly more complex PDF files like this Firefox advertisement and reacts to the commands for opening the Table of Contents pane.
  • Umbrello now can generate and export C# Code and has added Java 5 generics support.
  • KDevelop got a major version upgrade to version 3.4.1. New features include much improved Code Completion and Navigation, a more reliable debugger interface, Qt4 support and better Ruby and KDE4 development support.

In addition to the new features there were many bug fixes across the board, especially in the Edutainment and Games packages and Kopete. Besides bugfixes Kopete also got a major performance improvement on chat rendering.

As KDE users have come to expect, this new release includes continued work on KHTML and KJS, KDE's HTML and Javascript engines. A new and interesting usability feature in KHTML makes the mouse pointer indicate if a link wants to open a new browser window or not.

For a more detailed list of improvements since the KDE 3.5.6 release on the 25th January 2007, please refer to the KDE 3.5.7 Changelog.

KDE 3.5.7 ships with a basic desktop and fifteen other packages (PIM, administration, network, edutainment, utilities, multimedia, games, artwork, web development and more). KDE's award-winning tools and applications are available in 65 languages.

Distributions shipping KDE

Most of the Linux distributions and UNIX operating systems do not immediately incorporate new KDE releases, but they will integrate KDE 3.5.7 packages in their next releases. Check this list to see which distributions are shipping KDE.

Installing KDE 3.5.7 Binary Packages

Package Creators. Some operating system vendors have kindly provided binary packages of KDE 3.5.7 for some versions of their distribution, and in other cases community volunteers have done so. Some of these binary packages are available for free download from KDE's download server at http://download.kde.org. Additional binary packages, as well as updates to the packages now available, may become available over the coming weeks.

Package Locations. For a current list of available binary packages of which the KDE Project has been informed, please visit the KDE 3.5.7 Info Page.

Compiling KDE 3.5.7

Source Code. The complete source code for KDE 3.5.7 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE 3.5.7 are available from the KDE 3.5.7 Info Page.

Supporting KDE

KDE is a Free Software project that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether its help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

About KDE

KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.

Trademark Notices. KDE® and the K Desktop Environment® logo are registered trademarks of KDE e.V. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and copyrights referred to in this announcement are the property of their respective owners.

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