The KDE Community announces the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering primarily improvements and bugfixes. Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform are frozen and receiving only long term support; those teams are focused on the transition to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5.

KDE Applications 4.14 is not about lots of “new and improved stuff”. Many KDE developers are focused on the Next Experience (Plasma 5) or porting to KDE Frameworks (based on Qt5). Mostly, the 4.14 release is needed by aspects of our workflow (such as translations). This release offers more software stability, with little emphasis on new and less-proven stuff.

Most previous releases had highlights of new features and prominent applications. This gave some people the impression that KDE developers favored new-and-shiny over quality, which is not true. So for this announcement of the 4.14 Release, developers were asked for details—small, incremental improvements and bugfixes that might not even be noticeable to most users. These are the kinds of tasks that most developers work on, the kinds of tasks that allow beginners to make meaningful, mostly invisible contributions.

Here are a few examples of improvements:

  • Koppete support for SOCKS5 proxy in ICQ protocol (before only HTTP type was supported)
  • Cantor new Lua backend
  • Kanagram got a new QML User Interface and some features.
  • Okular got bugfixes, small features and internal refactoring
  • Kate got new highlighting rules for languages; bugfixes and improvements and improved VI mode
  • Dolphin’s highlighting of the current item in the Places Panel is prettier.
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    … and many more. You can see here the entire announcement.

     

    Upgrading or installing KDE SC 4.14

    If you already have KDE installed or you’re running Kubuntu, run the following commands in a terminal:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

    Or, if you’re running Ubuntu and/or DON’T have KDE installed, run these commands in a terminal:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

    Upgrade KDE Software Compilation 4.14 in (K)Ubuntu 14.04
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