KDE 4.2.85 (KDE 4.3 Beta 1)

Yesterday Rex Dieter announced the landing of KDE 4.2.85 in kde-redhat/unstable for Fedora 11 (Fedora 10 coming soon).  Since I like to live on the bleeding edge, I decided to give it a try. Installing it was fairly easy. You just have to make sure that you’ve got the kde-redhat repositories installed and that the unstable repository is enabled. A simple yum update will do the rest.

Since I just installed it, I haven’t had the time to thoroughly test it. But, so far so good. 🙂 I haven’t seen any major problems yet.

Fedora 11 with KDE 4.2.85

Fedora 11 with KDE 4.2.85

If you decide to give it a try, a warning would be appropriate so I’m going to quote Mr. Dieter here;

expect it to eat babies and kittens. We’ve
done very little testing other than “woo it builds, SHIP IT!”. Enjoy.

CC BY-SA 4.0 KDE 4.2.85 (KDE 4.3 Beta 1) by Eelko Berkenpies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


  1. red says:

    Thanks for the quick review 🙂

  2. No problem! (I’d hardly would call this a review though ;))

    Here’s a little status update while I’m at it;

    – Amarok2 SVN doesn’t seem to work (reason unknown – I need to look into this).
    – The knotify icon is constantly visible in the systemtray which kinda annoys me. I like a clean systemtray.
    – My whole system feels a bit chunky due to nVidia proprietary drivers (I have to use the 173.14.18 ones due to an “old” video card). But it definitely feels no less chunky than using KDE 4.2.x. 🙂
    – The work that has been done on plasma is awesome (but I already knew this from recent KDE SVN builds).
    – A set of default actions seem to be missing from Klipper (Clipboard Actions). Perhaps this a know problem too. I need to dig into these kind of things.
    – Due to the crashes in Amarok I’ve had a good chance to look at the new crash handler which is huge an improvement over the old one. I guess they tried to make it more user-friendly which is good for the less experienced users.
    – kicker crashes on calculations (yet again I need to investigate this further).

  3. bepaald says:

    Hi, I was just wondering, why is there no cashew in the corner of your screen? Have they finally removed it in 4.3? I’ve seen similar screenshots for the 4.2 beta when that was available, but after installing it was obviously still there.


  4. Hi,

    It’s a plasma applet called “I HATE the Cashew” and Eli Wapniarski was so kind to package it for Fedora. “yum install kde-plasma-ihatethecashew” should do the trick for Fedora9, Fedora 10 and Fedora 11/Rawhide. Once you got the applet installed, don’t forget to add the widget to your desktop else it doesn’t work as expected. 😉

  5. Nate says:

    What plasma theme and background are you using in the screenshot?


  6. I’m not sure who created the artwork. I got it from PlanetKDE a while ago and I think (wild guess) that Nuno Pinheiro (pinheiro) is the original autor. I could share it somewhere if you like?

    The plasma theme is called Glassified and can be grabbed for the default theme installer (Desktop Settings -> Appearance -> New theme) or you could get it from http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Glassified?content=81388

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