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[News] K Desktop Environments 4.3 Already in Beta, Akademy 2009 Coming

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KDE 4.3 Beta 1 Out For Testing 

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| The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.3 Beta 
| 1, the first preview of the 3rd iteration over the KDE 4 desktop, 
| applications and development platform.  
| KDE 4.3 focuses on polishing and completing the user experience by providing 
| a modern and beautiful Free working environment. KDE's award-winning tools 
| and applications are available in more than 50 languages. The KDE team is now 
| in bugfixing mode in order to provide a smooth KDE 4.3.0 to end users in late 
| July.     


Akademy 2009: The reason to go.

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| When I look back at each installation of our annual global conference, 
| Akademy, the purpose for attending was pretty obvious. 
| There are the generic reasons, which make not only Akademy but all KDE 
| face-to-face events worth attending: building personal bonds with people in 
| our community, working out answers for the hard questions that can take hours 
| (or even minutes) in person instead of weeks or months (or never) by email 
| and irc, trying new ideas out in a collaborative environment, pushing hard to 
| put polish, finish and completion at the end of a long push of development.     



KDE 4.3: First Widget for Social Desktop

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| A widget has been included in KDE 4.3 as the first implementation of the
| „Social Desktop“ which allows the user to view other KDE users in his or her
| city or region.


KDE 4.3 - early preview

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| Like it or not, KDE 4.3 will be a great leap forward in this environment’s
| development. I won’t hesitate to say, it will be a bigger one than KDE 4.1 to
| 4.2. Interestingly enough, my compilation of development snapshot worked
| stable and jerk-free - no major issues there.


wallpapers and other bobbles for 4.3

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| We have a number of new Plasma components lining up to make it into 4.3. Not
| least among them is a geolocation DataEngine, making it absolutely trivial
| for anything Plasma to get at the information either via a GPS device or by
| looking up the location of your network address if you are online. Along with
| a handful of new widgets, some I've already written about recently, we also
| have no less than six new wallpaper plugins that may make it into 4.3!


Air and KDE 4.3.

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| Air was the wallpaper we introduced in KDE 4.2, but that is just the
| beginning of something larger. Air is supposed to be different than what
| Oxygen is, something that tries to appeal to a user base looking for a
| more "sexy" experience than Oxygen (yeah I know you are out there :) ), but
| to still have the capability of merging nicely with what we have now.


Five Improvements For KDE 4.3

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| The new year has already brought us a nice treat in KDE 4.2. I found it to be
| a very solid desktop, yet with some issues that keep it from 100% perfection.
| I’m happy to say that 4.2 occupies all of the computers that I use, yet there
| are still some serious problems that remain. Last year I did an article
| similar to this one, detailing the things I feel would make the KDE desktop
| rise to a higher level of perfection, and now that KDE 4.2 is released, it’s
| time to do it again.


Straight from KDE 4.2.60 (KDE 4.3 trunk)

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| I guess this is everything for this week, as you can see KMail is pretty
| useful, easy to set up (if you use the first run wizard) and, with some
| tweaks here and there, you can get a impressively clean, uncluttered, yet,
| useful interface :-)

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