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Hands on: Plasma continues to advance in KDE 4.1 beta 1
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 29 May 2008 11:15
The KDE development community has issued the first official KDE 4.1 beta.

By Ryan Paul | Published: May 29, 2008 - 09:25AM CT

 This release includes the Kontact PIM suite and significant improvements to KDE's Plasma desktop layer. Many of the components in beta 1 are extremely unstable and subject to frequent crashes, but the overall level of polish and functionality in the environment is increasing at an extraordinary pace. We have been closely watching the evolution of the Plasma interaction layer during the 4.1 development cycle and have seen the addition of many exciting features. There are some particularly intriguing Plasma improvements in beta 1 that deserve scrutiny.

The Plasma-based KDE panel can now be configured interactively with simple drag operations. The user can access the configuration system by clicking on a small button on the right-hand edge of the panel. This will display the panel configuration block and sizer arrows. The user can resize the panel by dragging the blue and green arrows and can change its position along the screen edge by dragging the silver arrow or clicking the alignment buttons. To move the panel to another edge, the user simply clicks and drags the configuration block. This is a big improvement over the previous configuration system which consisted of a simple dialog window.  [ARS Technica...]   [Comments...]

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