KDE 4.0 RC2 was released yesterday and shows that KDE 4.0 final is very close now. At the same time the developers looked closer at which modules and programs are ready – and realized that KDE-PIM will simply not be ready for KDE 4.0
KDE 4.0 RC2 was just released and gives a clear message: KDE 4.0 will be here soon. There are only some bugs left until KDE can be released in a new, stable version. The KDE games team even created a shiny banner for it:
In this regard a look at the formerly mentioned list of show stopper bugs is worth it: while I would not bet that all entries are up2date a very worrying issue is totally fixed by now: Printing.
Also, the announcement comes along with screenshots which show Plasma applets embedded into the panel. While I was not able to do that with the daily builds image it is nice to see that it works and that there will be no (fundamental) regression in KDE 4.0 regarding the panel. And I’m really curious to see what new applets will be developed over time for Plasma!
However, not all news are good news: the KDE-PIM team decided not to release the first KDE 4 version of the PIM suite in time with KDE 4.0 because it is simply not ready. This will however not a too big issue since KDE-PIM 3 is supposed to run just fine in KDE 4. And as soon as KDE-PIM 4 is released in its first stable version all existing systems can be updated.
At the moment the discussion is still going on: if someone would find lots of time over the holidays and would be able to fix all remaining issues KDE-PIM could be shipped with KDE 4.0. However, that is very unlikely.