KDE 4.10 RC2 Features a New Screen Locker, Download Now

Many other features have been implemented in this version

By on January 5th, 2013 09:36 GMT

The KDE Project just announced the immediate availability for download of the second RC of KDE Software Compilation 4.10 branch.

Unlike the previous RC which was more like a Christmas present, this new version has been planned and awaited by a lot of people.

Moreover, the developers have also announced that a new RC, besides this one, will be released in the first week of February 2013.

Highlights of KDE 4.10 RC2:

• QtQuick is now available in Plasma Workspaces. Plasma Quick, KDE's extensions on top of QtQuick, allows deeper integration with the system and more powerful apps and Plasma components;
• A new screen locking mechanism, based on QtQuick and which brings more flexibility and security to Plasma Desktop, has been implemented;
• A new QtQuick-based wallpaper engine has been added so that animated wallpapers are now much easier to create;
• A technique called tiled rendering allows Okular to zoom in further while reducing memory consumption;
• An improvement in the Nepomuk semantic engine now allows a faster indexing of files;
• The new Tags kioslave allows users to browse their files by tags in any KDE-powered application;
• Gwenview now supports color correction and it can be adjusted to the color profile for different monitors;
• Plasma's notifications are now rendered using QtQuick;
• The setup of printers and monitoring jobs has been improved;
• Kate, KDE's Advanced Text Editor received multiple improvements based on user feedback and now it can use Python plug-ins;
• KDE's touch-typing learning utility has been rewritten and now features a better interface;
• KSudoku now allows printing puzzles.

Check out the official announcement for a complete list of changes and improvements.

Download the KDE 4.10 RC2 sources right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.