KDE 4.2 Beta 1 availble for Intrepid

Nigel Ridley nigel at prayingforisrael.net
Sat Dec 6 15:44:28 UTC 2008

Lindsay Mathieson wrote:
> Instructions on how to upgrade here:
>   http://www.kubuntu.org/node/58
> Warning! unlike neon this will update your current KDE install - there is no 
> backing out.
> Having said that I *really* like it, KDE 4.2 is going to be awesome. Actual 
> New and improved features in KMail!
> However it is quirky, I had a lot of problems getting kmail running. The 
> Akonadi server was broken to start off with and eventually I had to disable 
> akonadi altogether.
> The problem with columns loosing their settings and getting random widths is 
> worse than ever.
> If you have custom plasma applets they will probably be broken. Installation 
> from source can fix this if you'r game :)
> Right click spelling suggestions inline with Konqueror!
> Heaps of UI tweaks which I quite like on the whole. Definitely a big step 
> forward, like from 4.0 to 4.1

On the web page: http://www.kubuntu.org/node/58 it says not to report bugs.... OK. Just to let 
you all know that I found an annoying one: Try resizing the Panel (maybe it's an NVidia related 
bug) it causes 4 5th's of the screen to go black - with no apparent way to get the [plasma] 
desktop back again (without logging out and then back in again).

Apart from that it really looks a lot better and has already fixed some rendering issues such as 
the icons on the Panel not displaying properly. There are also lots more plasmoids/widgets 
available - the 'Weather' one is really useful -- careful of the 'Bouncing Ball' widget, if you 
enable the 'Physics' option -- it bounces all over the place and it's real fun trying to 'catch' 
it to reconfigure it!!




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