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KDE 4.2: Codenamed Caterpillar, Promising a Butterfly

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If the first beta of KDE 4.2 is any indication, then the final release of the popular GNU/Linux desktop should be the release in which KDE 4 comes into its own.

Featuring numerous small enhancements to system settings and standard applications, as well as improved customization and features on the desktop and panel, 4.2 is a significant upgrade by any standards. Codenamed Caterpillar, the release offers hopeful hints of the butterfly that is scheduled to emerge in January.

For both developers and users, this milestone has been a long time coming. When KDE 4.0 was released eleven months ago, it sparked a user-revolt when distributions shipped it before it was ready for general release.

Between the radical new desktop features and the lack of customization, KDE 4.0 provoked strong, even abusive dislike in many users. Much of the controversy died with the release of version 4.1, but a vocal minority continued to condemn KDE 4, comparing it unfavorably with the highly-customizable KDE 3.5.9. Now, KDE 4.2 offers a strong chance of silencing the remaining criticism.

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