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KDE 4.8 adds adaptive power management, new windowing tricks
Jan. 27, 2012

Version 4.8 of the KDE desktop environment and software bundle was released, featuring improved, adaptive power management and new windowing layouts. KDE 4.8 is also faster and more stable, and offers new features like Qt Quick-based Plasma widgets and the KDE Telepathy IM framework, says the community.

KDE 4.8 release continues in the KDE tradition of providing appealing visual quality, while also adding "new features, improved stability, and increased performance," according to the community. The release includes an enhanced version of the Plasma Workspaces UI environment, available in desktop and netbook versions. Plasma's Window Switcher now supplies six Alt-Tab shortcut layouts, and the KWin window manager and compositor has been revamped for better performance, says the KDE community.

The other big Plasma enhancement is a redesigned power management function. A revised UI offers three presets, and under the hood, adaptive technology adapts to the user's current activity. The 4.8 release also updates the desktop's bundle of KDE applications, including a new version of the Dolphin file manager with an updated display engine and the KDE Telepathy real-time communication and collaboration IM framework, says the project.

The full KDE 4.8 story and links to downloads may be found in this LinuxDevices report.

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