The KDE 4.0 Beta 3 release was shifted to October 10. Additionally the release team specified the KDE parts which have to be ready at the beta release date or which might otherwise be a showstopper.
Sebastian Kügler announced the new release date together with the Beta 3 Release Goals some days ago. The idea is to have a central place to collect information about the potentially troublesome areas within the KDE 4.0 development and also to discuss and draw attention to existing issues.
And while Dolphin is mostly in shape and the Plasma team already proved often enough that they are trustworthy, other areas might do need some more work. Printing for KDE 4.0 is one of these areas: there is not even an API yet decided for the new printing support, and of course the applications have to be ported to the new API once it is implemented. Cristian Tibirna also summarized the current state of KDE printing in his presentation (PDF, 180 kb) for this year’s OpenPrinting Summit in Montreal (which, btw., was from 24 till today): There were two projects dedicated to the new KDE printing system, but unfortunately the student which wanted to rework the GUI failed. At least the online driver loader was completed.
But there is also hope: Christian noted that there was more interest in this topic in the last weeks and that there is also the possibility to directly use the Qt infrastructure for the KDE 4.0 release. The major rework for the new GUI could be done afterwards for KDE 4.1.
Most of the other parts listed at the Beta 3 Release Goals page are interesting, but have active development groups behind them. Kate for example just got a shiny search dialog (I hope that one finds its way into kdelibs to become the main new search dialog for all programs). And the kde-pim team also mentioned often enough that they plan to release a kmail version for 4.0. I’m not totally sure what will happen to konqueror but I guess there are active developers as well.
The only thing I’m really missing so far is Kopete – it was never clearly stated if it will make it or not for KDE 4.0 and I wonder in what state it is. It would be a shame to have a KDE without Kopete.
Anyway, the list gives a pretty good overview about the state of the release-important parts of KDE and hopefully helps by addressing the last bits which are just not in shape yet. From the users point of view the list might lead to a Beta 3 release with all pieces in place and also working good enough to extensively test it. I’m looking forward to that!