Today KDE released the second release candidate for its Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and other polishing. Highlights of 4.9 will include:
Qt Quick in Plasma Workspaces. Qt Quick continues to make its way into the Plasma Workspaces. The Qt Quick Plasma components, which were 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 more attractive, easier to enhance and extend and behave better on touchscreens.
- The Dolphin file manager has been improved in its display and sorting and searching based on metadata. Files can now be renamed inline, giving a smoother user experience.
Deeper integration of Activities for files, windows and other resources. It is now easier for users to associate files and windows with an Activity, and enjoy better Workspace organization. Folderview can now show files related to an Activity, making it easier to organize files into meaningful contexts.
Many performance improvements and bugfixes improve the overall user experience, making KDE Applications and Workspaces more productive and fun to use than ever before.
More improvements can be found in the 4.9 Feature Plan. There are many changes, so 4.9 needs a good testing in order to maintain and improve quality and to deliver an exceptional user experience.