KDE 4 is the next generation of the popular KDE Desktop Environment which seeks to fulfill the need for a powerful yet easy to use desktop for both personal and enterprise computing. The aim of the KDE project for the 4.0 release is to put the foundations in place for future innovations on the Free Desktop. The many newly introduced technologies incorporated in the KDE libraries will make it easier for developers to add rich functionality to their applications, combining and connecting different components in any way they want.
The BIC was necessary for a specific set of changes in kdelibs:
- The new KConfig
- KIO::JobFlags changes
- kdeprint lib, kprint dialogs changes
- KSSL changes (if there are any)
There was also a set of changes planed for the BIC kdebase wise:
This Beta has mostly been focussing on finalizing the design of the libraries in preparation for the release of the KDE Development Platform. Yet, many user-visible changes have gotten in as well. While new features and usability improvements were added, bugs were found and fixed in KDE and the stability of Beta 3 has improved much compared to the previous Betas. In the following sections, we will try to highlight some visible improvements in Beta 3 compared to Beta 2. Since work has been done all over KDE, please note that this is not a complete overview of all changes!