Today, the 3rd of May 2010, KDE SC 4.4.3 has been uploaded to Debian Sid (Unstable). This is the first of the 4.4.x series that Debian has had (outside of the Experimental repository and an unofficial repository), and so far the whole of it is awesome.
There is a new KDM login window which looks great. Upon logging in, Strigi and Nepomunk start up and begin the indexing of the local system (and, likely my FUSE-mounted drives, since it probably doesn't know better and I didn't stop it). Nearly everything has a new release, including a newer Kontact suite (4.4.3) for email and calendaring. I had to re-add my local file for my local address book, but the Akonadi (network-accessed) resources such as my home Kontact calendar and my Google address books all worked fine after the upgrade to KDE SC 4.4.3.
System Settings is cleaned up a bit, but I've not yet figured out how to change system-wide settings without launching it with 'kdesudo systemsettings'. I thought PolicyKit integration was supposed to help here, but I've not had the time to investigate it.
The only drawback at this time has been the slow response of the KRunner dialog, accessed with [Alt][F2], which I use constantly to launch apps, perform mathematical operations, and more. This could be related to the Strigi indexing of my files, which will slow the machine down until this is finished (and I am running a virtual machine in Virtual Box, slowing my system down further), so I hope performance of the KRunner increases after some time.
Overall, I am very impressed with KDE in general (I've always been a huge fan), and the 4.4.3 release seems to be running great. I've not yet had any time to investigate the improvements to the window manager, KWin, or to the other changes that have been made, but the overall refinement seems like a great amount of effort was put into KDE 4.4.3, and it really shines.
Anyway, this may be my last post with Bilbo Blogger, as it had been renamed to Blogilo and it is now an official KDE app, and so that app is available in the repos and I'll be installing it shortly.
Thanks for KDE everyone, it truly is Software for People.
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