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KDE 3.4 released

A new version of the very good and popular desktop environment is now available for most Linux distributions. The distribution Kubuntu has made a live-cd with KDE 3.4 available for those two want to try it out before installing anything on their computer.

KDE 3.4 at a glance:

  • Text-to-speech system with support built into Konqueror, Kate, KPDF and the standalone application KSayIt
  • Support for text to speech synthesis is integrated with the desktop
  • Completely redesigned, more flexible trash system
  • Kicker with improved look and feel
  • KPDF now enables you to select, copy & paste text and images from PDFs, along with many other improvements
  • Kontact supports now various groupware servers, including eGroupware, GroupWise, Kolab, OpenGroupware.org and SLOX
  • Kopete supports Novell Groupwise and Lotus Sametime and gets integrated into Kontact
  • DBUS/HAL support allows to keep dynamic device icons in media:/ and on the desktop in sync with the state of all devices
  • KHTML has improved standard support and now close to full support for CSS 2.1 and the CSS 3 Selectors module
  • Better synchronization between 2 PCs
  • A new high contrast style and a complete monochrome icon set
  • An icon effect to paint all icons in two chosen colors, converting third party application icons into high contrast monochrome icons
  • Akregator allows you to read news from your favourite RSS-enabled websites in one application
  • Juk has now an album cover management via Google Image Search
  • KMail now stores passwords securely with KWallet
  • SVG files can now be used as wallpapers
  • KHTML plug-ins are now configurable, so the user can selectively disable ones that are not used. This does not include Netscape-style plug-ins. Netscape plug-in in CPU usage can be manually lowered, and plug-ins are more stable.
  • more than 6,500 bugs have been fixed
  • more than 1,700 wishes have been fullfilled
  • more than 80,000 contributions with several million lines of code and documentation added or changed

The Linux distribution Ubuntu has a Live CD available for Windows users who want to try the latest Linux desktop without touching their existing systems.

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