OCT
13
2005

Kubuntu Breezy

Kubuntu Breezy is out. Grab it while it's fresh (and make sure you use a mirror that has synced).

http://kubuntu.org/announcements/breezy-release.php

There's some fun stuff in this releases, best of all is Adept the package manager. At long last .deb distributions have a decent package manager. It needs some extra features, usability review and a cut down version along the lines gnome-app-install but we have the ability to do all that now quite easily.

Also in there is Guidance, a set of system configuration tools. Guidance is one of the first non-trivial KDE programs not use C++, it's written in Python. That's caused a lot of bother from a packagers point of view but it's exciting to see KDE move in that direction.

We also replace KControl with System Settings which makes it a lot easier to find the things you want. It also means not all the modules fit on the screen, alt+drag is your friend.

Breezy is also the first place to get KDE 3.4.3 which umm, should have been released yesterday. The last minute addition has caused some problems like KMail not working with GPG and media:/ not using HAL, I'll get fixes for those in -updates as soon as possible. We didn't get KOffice 1.4.2 or Amarok 1.3.3 in unfortunately, those were too close (I'm really beginning to see the advantages of gnome's 6 predictable month releases).

The Kubuntu Live CDs come with some Free Software for Windows and 5.04 adds the best KDE Windows Free Software: Kexi, KAddressBook and KOrganiser.

The best bit of a new release is the hidden extra features. Not only can you now go ubw:Kubuntu in Konqueror and end up at the Kubuntu wiki page but the Google search box comes with Google suggest which is hours of fun. Katapult is the new item launcher and much better than minicli, alt+space is your new friend. Finally locate:/ works in Konqueror to quickly find files on your hard disk.

There was one other last minute addition, YaKuake was uploaded to Universe. It's a console that you launch by pressing F12 and it slides down from the top of your screen. It's modelled after the console in Quake. Now that's style.

Comments

I haven't been able to find much info about Katapult on the net. What does it do, and how can it possibly be better than the minicli?!?

Also, I see the 3.4.3 files on the KDE servers, but it's not announced anywhere...seems kind of twilight-zone...

And finally: Yakuake is awesome! I just started using it a couple of days ago and it works quite well for me.


By Nick Matteo at Thu, 10/13/2005 - 07:26

Ah, Kexi for win32 included too. Thanks!


By Jarosław Staniek at Thu, 10/13/2005 - 08:10

amaroK stable releases are plenty predictable - every two weeks. :P


By eean@drupal.org at Thu, 10/13/2005 - 18:29

Has katapult received any fixes from version 0.2? It started as a great application but unfortunately has not has a release by the developer sense February and has a number of bugs. Try typing something like man:ls and boom... its all gone. Heck type www.slashdot.org and it will crash.

Bobby


By Bobby at Fri, 10/14/2005 - 15:00

Do you happen to know when media:/ will be fixed? Going back to the "bad old days" with regards to removable devices is really depressing, not to mention challenging. It looks like Gentoo already has patches to make kde work with the newer versions of hal, maybe that would be helpful. I'm just sitting on the edge of my seat waiting :) Sadly, I didn't know about the media/HAL issue until after the upgrade was well underway on my machines, so I couldn't back out and wait patiently with kubuntu 5.4.


By glenn morse at Mon, 10/17/2005 - 20:46