Kubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) has been released by its developers and the Linux distribution is now available for download, along with its older brother, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
As it was to be expected, Kubuntu14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is based on KDE Plasma 4.13, which got its final version only yesterday. The Kubuntu developers managed to get their new LTS version out with the stable version in the nick of time.
“Major improvements are made to KDE's Semantic Search technology, benefiting many applications. With Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform frozen and receiving only long term support, those teams are focusing on the transition to Frameworks 5. This release is translated into 53 languages; more languages are expected to be added in subsequent monthly minor bugfix releases,” reads the official KDE 4.13 announcement.
KDE 4.13 features a long list of improvements. For example, KMail now comes with Cloud Storage and improved sieve support for server-side filtering, KNotes can now generate alarms and introduces search capabilities, users can now open multiple PDF files in one Okular instance thanks to tab support, a new Play button is included in presentation mode for Okular, Konsole brings some additional flexibility by allowing custom stylesheets to control tab bars, the sound mixer KMix introduced remote control via DBUS, and KDE's game and educational applications have received numerous updates.
On the Kubuntu side of things, GStreamer 1.2 is used as the default multimedia library, and a number of specific applications have been added: KDE Control Module Whopsie 14.04, KDE Runtime Language Support 14.04, Kubuntu Driver Manager 14.04, Kubuntu Notification Helper 14.04, and Ubiquity KDE.
Also, Muon Suite has been updated to version 2.2.0, (Muon Discover as well as Muon Updater), PAM KWallet has been updated to version git20140410, KDEConnect has been updated to version 0.5.1, KDE Touchpad has been updated to version git20140305, Phonon has been updated to version 4.7.1, and more.
As usual, users have two choices when it comes to installing the new Kubuntu. They can either upgrade from an older Ubuntu (12.04 at least) or they can get a new ISO and make a fresh install. The latter option is preferable and will provide a much better experience.
Kubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will be supported for the next five years with patches and security updates.