So of course, while I’m spending a glorious and relaxing week hanging out in Boulder, Colorado, the KDE community is working overtime fixing a few showstopper bugs. Version 4.5 of the KDE Software Collection (also known as KDE SC) was released Tuesday, a week late from the original release plan, but it looks like a pretty good one.
Tyler Ballance over at OMG! SUSE! has a good overall summary of the highlights of this release. I got my Kubuntu laptop upgraded with only a little fussing with APT repositories (semi-inevitable on launch day). After just a day of playing around, I’m pretty happy.
This initial happiness is really centered on several small things:
- Boot time seems faster than it’s been. Haven’t clocked it, but login-to-start-working may take half the time it did in v4.4.x
- The external device notifier now appears by default in the main panel when there’s something in the USB port.
- The infernal announcement that Akonadi is installing its front end on every boot has finally gone away!
Yet, it is still a dot-zero release, and some weirdness has been puzzling me:
- Since I reset four of my virtual desktops with different wallpapers, an empty box appears in the upper left corner of the screen on boot. Clicking X makes the panel, and all the wallpapers, disappear. Logging out solves the problem, but I’m sure something short of that will fix it.
- One time I rendered my mouse unusable by apparently activating a gesture (I think) that added a plus sign to the cursor. No combination of clicks restored mouse functioning, and a again I had to logout/login (thankfully I could get KRunner to run logout!) to get back to normal.
More research required, but if anyone has an idea, I’m all ears.
Meanwhile, if you want to try KDE 4.5, instructions for some of the leading distros can be found here (thanks to Planet KDE):
I’ll have more on this release in the coming days. In the meantime, let me know what kind of experience you want or are having with KDE 4.5 in the comments.