KDE Announces 4.9 Beta2

Written for KDE SC by yurikoles on 2012-06-13

Today KDE released the second beta for its renewed Workspaces, Applications,
and Development
Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's
focus is now on fixing
bugs and further polishing new and old functionality. Highlights of 4.9 will
include, but are not limited to:

* Qt Quick in Plasma Workspaces -- Qt Quick is continuing to make its way into
 the Plasma Workspaces, the Qt Quick Plasma Components, which have been
 introduced with 4.8, mature further. Additional integration of various KDE
 APIs was added through new modules. More parts of Plasma Desktop have been
 ported to QML. While preserving their functionality, the Qt Quick
 replacements of common plasmoids are visually more attractive, easier to
 enhance and extend and behave better on touchscreens.

* The Dolphin file manager has improved its display and sorting and searching
 based on metadata. Files can now be renamed inline, giving a smoother user

* Deeper integration of Activities for files, windows and other resources:
 Users can now more easily associate files and windows with an Activity, and
 enjoy a more properly organized workspace. Folderview can now show files
 related to an Activity, making it easier to organize files into meaningful

* Many performance improvements and bugfixes improve the overall user
 experience, making the KDE Applications and Workspaces more productive and
 fun to use than ever before.

More improvements can be found in the 4.9 Feature Plan. As with any large
number of changes, we need to give 4.9 a good testing in order to maintain and
improve the quality and our user's user experience when they get the update.

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