Another month, another maintenance release of the K Desktop Environment, proudly announced last night by the KDE community. However, the good news is that KDE 4.2.4 is (probably) the last version for KDE 4.2, and by the end of July you will enjoy the breathtaking KDE 4.3 release. Back to KDE 4.2.4, you should know that it brings you the usual bugfixes, especially for applications such as Okular, KMail, KAlarm, KGeography, KShisen and of course the KHTML engine, plus some patches in the core. Among the major features brought by KDE 4.2.4 we can notice that the default document viewer, Okular, receives improved support for page selection in the print dialog, when the PostScript backend is used. Last but not least, KDE 4.2.4 comes packed with even more translations. For a detailed list of changes, please visit the official and detailed KDE 4.2.4 changelog.
Currently the KDE 4 desktop environment ships with many packages, including web development applications, educational tools, administrative programs and more, all of which are available in over 50 languages. Everyone who is using KDE 4.2.0, 4.2.1 or 4.2.2, 4.2.3 is advised to update to the most recent version.
Highlights of KDE 4.2:
· New and improved applets;
· New system and application notifications;
· Efficient and smooth window management;
· New breathtaking desktop effects;
· Easier configuration;
· Tasks can be grouped;
· File manager-like desktop powered by Plasma;
· New and improved tools;
· Smart creation and extraction of archives;
· New and improved printer manager.
KDE is a powerful Free Software graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system. KDE is a network transparent contemporary desktop environment for UNIX workstations that seeks to meet the need for an easy-to-use desktop for Unix workstations, similar to the desktop environments found under the Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows.
If you want to test KDE 4.2.4 grab the Live CD built on top of openSUSE 11 right now from Softpedia.
If you want to compile KDE 4.2.4 from sources, download them right now from Softpedia.