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KDE 3.3 Beta 2 (Kollege) has been released. Here the announcement:

KDE Project Ships Second Beta of Next Major Release

July 22, 2004 (The Internet) - The KDE Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of KDE 3.3 Beta 2. The focus of this release, code-named Kollege, is to fix bugs in the run-up to aKademy in late August.

Getting Kollege

KDE 3.3 Beta 2 can be downloaded over the Internet by visiting download.kde.org. Source code and vendor supplied binary packages are available. For additional information on package availability and to read further release notes, please visit the KDE 3.3 Beta 2 information page.

Help the KDE team squash bugs

Kollege is very stable, and you can enjoy lots of new features and applications if you're still using KDE 3.2 or older. But many bugs remain, and though hundreds are being fixed each week, hundreds more are found. The KDE team asks you to try out this release, and to then help them by finding bugs, reporting them on the the bug tracking system, and helping developers fix them. If you reported bugs which are still open for past KDE versions, please report if they still can be reproduced with this version.

If you've not done this before, or you'd like to do more than enter the occasional wish or crash report, you might want to read the Quality Team Bug Report and Management HOWTO. It shows you how to use Bugzilla, including explanations of all the terminology, and it offers help on managing your reports while the developers try and fix them. To be really helpful, you can manage other people's reports as well, so that coders can focus on their work.

You can also help out the KDE Project in lots of other ways. For a good gateway into helping the project, whether you can write code, documentation report and manage bugs, do media work or just help developers communicate with users, visit the Quality Team web site for ideas. Or, if you're pressed for time, consider donating to the KDE Project.

KDE Sponsorship

Besides the superb and invaluable efforts by the KDE developers themselves, significant support for KDE development has been provided by MandrakeSoft,

TrollTech and SuSE. IBM has donated significant hardware to the KDE Project, and the University of Tübingen and the University of Kaiserslautern provide most of the Internet bandwidth for the KDE project. Thanks!

About KDE

KDE is an independent project of hundreds of developers, translators, artists and other professionals worldwide collaborating over the Internet to create and freely distribute a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop and office environment employing a flexible, component-based, network-transparent architecture and offering an outstanding development platform. KDE provides a stable, mature desktop, a full, component-based office suite (KOffice), a large set of networking and administration tools and utilities, and an efficient, intuitive development environment featuring the excellent IDE KDevelop. KDE is working proof that the Open Source "Bazaar-style" software development model can yield first-rate technologies on par with and superior to even the most complex commercial software.