KDE 4.10 and GNOME 3.8 are almost in a race to the finish line it seems, with new features added to the beta GNOME 3.7 series, and KDE 4.10 nearing release. The next version of the flashy desktop environment has just received the final release candidate, for now, and comes with all the major features that will be present in the full version.
Here’s the full list from the release announcement:
• Qt Quick in Plasma Workspaces — Qt Quick is continuing to make its way into Plasma Workspaces. Plasma Quick, KDE’s extension on top of Qt Quick, allows deeper integration with the system, as well as more powerful apps and Plasma components. Plasma Containments can now be written in QML (the declarative language in Qt Quick). Various Plasma widgets have been rewritten in QML. Many performance, quality and usability improvements make Plasma Desktop and Netbook Workspaces easier to use.
• New Screen Locker — A new screen locking mechanism based on Qt Quick brings more flexibility and security to Plasma Desktop.
• Animated Wallpapers — Thanks to a new Qt Quick-based wallpaper engine, animated wallpapers are now easy to create.
• Improved Zooming in Okular — A technique called tiled rendering allows Okular to zoom in closely while reducing memory consumption. Okular Active, the touch-friendly version of the powerful document reader, is now part of the KDE combined releases.
• Faster indexing — Improvements in the Nepomuk semantic engine allow faster indexing of files. The new Tags kioslave allows users to browse their files by tags in any KDE-powered application.
• Color Correction — Gwenview, KDE’s smart image viewer, and the KWin window manager all now support color correction and can be adjusted to the color profiles of different monitors, making for more consistent representation of photos and graphics.
• Notifications — Plasma’s notifications are now rendered using Qt Quick. Notifications themselves, especially power management, have been improved.
• New Print Manager — Printer set up and job monitoring have been improved thanks to a new implementation of the Print Manager.
• Kate, KDE’s Advanced Text Editor, received multiple improvements based on user feedback. It is now extensible using Python plugins.
• KTouch — KDE’s touch-typing learning tutor has been rewritten and features a clean, elegant user interface.
• KDE Games improvements — Many parts of libkdegames have been rewritten. Porting instructions for third party developers are available.
• KSudoku now allows for puzzles to be printed.
• KJumpingCube has seen many improvements that make the game more enjoyable.
Download KDE 4.10 RC3 from the website.