For some, the 1st of the month is something to rejoice about, but unlike checks from the Department of Welfare, KDE brings nothing but good tidings and cheer with this latest series of updates, one day later.
Significant bugfixes include improvements to the Kontact Suite, bugfixes in Dolphin, Plasma and many more corrections and performance improvements all over the place. KDE’s development platform has received a number of updates which affect multiple applications. The changes are listed on Bugzilla. For a detailed list of changes that went into 4.9.2, you can browse the Subversion and Git logs. 4.9.2 also ships a more complete set of translations for many of the 55+ supported languages. To download source code or packages to install go to the 4.9.2 Info Page. If you would like to find out more about the KDE Workspaces and Applications 4.9, please refer to the 4.9 release notes and its earlier versions.
Significant improvements are always welcome, especially for something that is billed as a minor point release. At the same time, it is exciting to be only months away from KDE 4.10, which will bring a sorts of niceties like updated notifications. At this point, each release is just one release closer to KDE 5.0 which has a lot of people on the edge of their seats! It has been discussed many times that KDE 5.0 is not going to be a major departure from 4.x as 4.x was to the 3.x series. Rather, they’ve decided to make sure everything is working as users would expect them to in Qt5.
As per usual, users of Kubuntu are encouraged to app the official Kubuntu PPA to their systems in order to install this latest release. Doing so is easy:
Installing KDE 4.9.2
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update && upgrade
So, are all of you 12.04 Kubuntu users already using 4.9 or have you taken the safe road an d remained with 4.8? Tell us all about it in the comments.