KDE 4.11 is currently on the horizon – the next big version of one of the most popular desktops in open source history. However, there’s been little confusion in the community over what exactly is happening with the development of 4.11, the next KDE and other technologies that make up the desktop environment.
First of all, KDE 4.11 will be an LTS release, supported for two years by KDE. There will be no new features added to 4.11 during this time. This will lead way to the 5.x series of KDE products, which will begin to split off from each other, allowing for development for individual components to be on their own timeframe. This includes Frameworks 5, Qt5 and Plasma Workspaces 2.
Frameworks is the successor to KDE 4, while Plasma Workspaces 2 is the temporary name for the next version of the desktop, based off of the Frameworks 5 technology. The first preview of the Frameworks will be released by the end of the year, while the desktop will be released by middle of next year. You can check out the full schedule of the development cycle, and more details about the different elements, on the KDE blog.
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