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KDE 4.1 is scheduled for release at the end of July 2008. This is a significant milestone for the KDE 4 series and for KDE in general, but as an early
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release in the KDE 4 cycle, it does have some known issues which will not be fixed in KDE 4.1. Huge progress has been made in KDE 4.1 which is listed in the [[Schedules/KDE4/4.1_Feature_Plan|KDE 4.1 Feature Plan]].
Some of the more obvious issues are listed below. If these issues are important to you, you should stay with KDE 3.5 (KDE 3.5.10 is scheduled for release in [[Schedules/KDE_3.5_Release_Schedule#August_2008:_Expected_release_date_of_KDE_3.5.10|August]]) or KDE 4.0 until KDE 4.2 when most of these issues are scheduled to be resolved.
It is possible that distributions will work around some of these issues before distributing to users. KDE 4.2 is currently scheduled for release
in February 2009.
== The Desktop ==
The desktop in KDE 4.1 will mark the start of some significant user interface changes. This is a step away from the way the KDE 3 desktop was
designed, but everything possible on your KDE 3.5.9 desktop will also be possible on your KDE 4 desktop. For KDE 4.1, however, some features
are not yet complete, but should be ready for KDE 4.2.
=== FolderView ===
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FolderView is a new technology on the KDE 4 desktop which allows more than one collection of icons on your "desktop".  However, it can still be configured to behave much like KDE 3 did. See [http://blog.lydiapintscher.de/2008/06/14/folderview-is-the-awesome/ this blog entry by Lydia Pintscher] for some more information on FolderView.
The following issues are known and are scheduled to be resolved in KDE 4.2 next February:
* Icons do not need to be in a grid. You can drag them to any point within the FolderView. However, the location you leave them in is not saved, so they will be in a grid again the next time you start the desktop.
* You can have a full screen "desktop with icons", but if you do, you can not have a desktop background. See also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhYinDOKbE8
* You can have a desktop background, but then you must use the FolderView in regular, not entire screen mode (as shown in Lydia's blog above).
=== Panels and workspaces ===
Some panel issues can be resolved before KDE 4.2. Because of the modular design of Plasma, a new panel could be quite easily written with autohide functionality. This would likely be written by a distribution team or a developer on kde-apps.org.
* Autohiding of panels is not yet configurable.
* It is not possible to set different desktop wallpapers for different virtual desktops.
* The Mac-style menu bar is not available.
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=== Session management ===
* For a number of applications, e.g. Konsole, sessions do not get restored, as you're used to from KDE 3.5
== Applications ==
=== New and missing applications ===
Some KDE 3 applications have not yet been ported to KDE 4. Most distributions still package KDE 3 versions of these applications with their KDE 4 desktop. Some notable applications which will not be included in KDE 4.1 are listed below:
'''Projects with a different release schedule than KDE4.'''
Project (Current Version - Final Release Date)
* [http://www.digikam.org/ digiKam] ([http://www.digikam.org/drupal/node/356 Beta 1] - Unknown)
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* [http://www.krusader.org Krusader 2.0] ([http://krusader.org/down.php#development Beta 1] - Unknown)
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* [http://www.koffice.org/ KOffice 2.0] ([http://www.koffice.org/news.php#itemKOffice20alpha9released Alpha 9] - Late 2008)
Binaries are available for all three major platforms.  The developers are looking for volunteers to help put together screenshots for [http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/3545 visual changelogs].
* [http://amarok.kde.org/ Amarok 2.0] ([http://amarok.kde.org/en/node/529 Alpha 2 "Aulanerk"] - October 2008)
Nightly builds are available through [http://amarok.kde.org/wiki/User:Apachelogger/Project_Neon Project Neon].
* [http://k3b.plainblack.com/ k3b 1.1]  (Pre-Alpha - Unknown)
An alpha release of 1.1 (the KDE 4 port) is forthcoming, but not yet released.
* [http://kaffeine.kde.org/ Kaffeine] (Pre-Alpha - Unknown)
The KDE4 port is under way but requires major rewriting to support Phonon and other new features. No releases scheduled at this time.
* [http://konversation.kde.org/ Konversation 2.0] (Pre-Alpha - Unknown)
The KDE4 port will not be released to sometime after version 1.1, which will be the last KDE3 release.
*There are also several [http://games.kde.org/ KDE games] that do not have a KDE 4 port yet. Among these are kasteroids, kfouleggs, ksirtet.
* [http://www.kdevelop.org/ KDevelop 4.0]  (Pre-Alpha - Unknown)
An alpha release of 4.0 (a rewritten from scratch version)  [http://www.kdevelop.org/mediawiki/index.php/KDevelop_4/KDev3_KDev4_comparison_table is forthcoming], but not yet released. Normal users should continue to use the [http://www.kdevelop.org/index.html?filename=3.5/download.html stable KDevelop 3.5.2] version for the time being.
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== Misc. Features ==
* HTTP proxy support hasn't been ported yet. SOCKS proxies should work fine, however.

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