KDE 4 is OUT!
So, to bring KDE 4 onto my computer for testing, I have installed Ubuntu-Server (Ubuntu minus a GUI), and have added the KDE 4 repository from Launchpad to my /ect/apt/sources.list file.
What I have installed is the KDE 4 desktop, without any other systems installed. I have also installed OpenOffice (from Launchpad’s repositories, KOffice has package uncompatibilities, for now) and Firefox for usability reasons.
KDE 4 has improved greatly since I last tested the RC2 version. The performance has been amazing, the graphics stunning, and the usability improved greatly. Since I am at almost a loss for words, here are some screenshots for you to see:
This screenshot comes from the default desktop, with two gadgets (SVG clock and News ticker) placed on the desktop. The paint pallete in the top-right corner is where i can add widgets to the desktop.
Speaking of Konqueror…
This is Konqueror, which seems to also have had some major improvements. For one, web browsing has been improved as well as file browsing, which has been simplified. Otherwise, it’s the same Konqueror everyone knows and loves.
This is one application that I have been waiting to test is the new “Marble” application. This application is not quite like Google Earth in the way that it is not a satellite image application. Marble allows you to zoom in on city locations (think Microsoft Encarta, circa 1998) and then see information (“Data Sheet” tab) about the location, such as geographical coordinates, flag of the country, as well as population. From the “Wikipedia” tab, you can see the wikipedia page regarding the location. It is a very good geography application which could be used for educational purposes…
KDE 4 is an amazing system — it is a major improvement to the KDE line, as with every other major release before it. The release brings KDE into the current, as well into the future. To think this is only the beginning of an even better KDE 4 line is amazing in itself. I give KDE 4 an 8 on a 1-10 basis for GUIs. That number will only improve as KDE moves on to version 4.1 and beyond.
Great work guys!