KDE SC 4.5 Release

    After 6 months of development, KDE SC 4.5 was released.
    High-quality games, educational and office software, and simply useful programs - they all got new features, while at the same time becoming easier to use.
    Major changes:

    Redesigned notification area. The old system tray has been replaced with a new one based on D-Bus. For all applications and tools, a single view and a consistent scheme of their interaction are now guaranteed.

    KWin-Tiling mode, like WM such as Ion and XMonad, allows you to automatically arrange the windows so that they fill the workspace completely, without overlapping and leaving no gaps. Now you can group windows. At the same time, graphic effects are intended to make the work more enjoyable and fruitful.


    New Blur Effect.

    A new plasmoidviewer utility that allows you to run widgets as separate applications (and in separate windows). To do this, run the utility from the console and add the necessary plasmoids to the window through the selection menu.

    Plasma Netbook received significant acceleration and minor improvements in the interface.

    Room Manager is now used instead of ZUI to manage rooms.

    You can create JavaScript templates that describe the placement of widgets.

    The widget browser displays the names in full, and does not crop them to the width of the icon.


    Users who prefer WebKit instead of the KHTML used in Konqueror can now install WebKit components and switch Konqueror to use WebKit as a means of rendering websites. WebKit components for Konqueror are available from KDE's Extragear repository, are based on KPart components, and are fully integrated with the password manager, content blocking and other features used by Konqueror. Work continues on KHTML, in particular, support for XPath queries has been added. Improved parallel loading from different servers, which allows you to display pages more quickly.

    A more informative indicator of the networkmanager.

    Much attention is paid to the little things and the convenience of the interface. The focus was on improving stability and increasing productivity (in fact, the release can be considered bugfix).

    Preview and screenshots

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