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Month: December 2014

Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.0 Released!

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:31:15 -0600
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The Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) development team is pleased to
announce the immediate availability of the new TDE R14.0.0 release.  The
Trinity Desktop Environment is a complete software desktop environment
designed for Unix-like operating systems, intended for computer users
preferring a traditional desktop model, and is free/libre software.

Unlike previous releases TDE R14.0.0 has been in development for over two
years. This extended development period has allowed us to create a better,
more stable and more feature-rich product than previous TDE releases. R14
is brimming with new features, such as a new hardware manager based on
udev (HAL is no longer required), full network-manager 0.9 support, a
brand new compositor (compton), built-in threading support, and much more!

Version scheme change

Also new in this release is a change from the KDE v3.5.x series
versioning.  In line with our new, separate identity, and to avoid
incorrect comparisons with KDE SC based on version number alone, we are
dropping the old versioning scheme and replacing it with our new R-series
versioning scheme.  Each new release from this point forward will be
identified with three numbers prefixed with an R (standing for "Release");
the first number is the major series, the second is the minor series, and
the last is the Stable Release Update (SRU) identifier.  A stable series
will be indicated by a single Rxx.yy identifier, e.g. R14.0.  Major
overhauls of the codebase that significantly and permanently change the
way TDE functions, such as the transition from HAL to the TDE Hardware
Library or the new style engine, will only occur when the major series
number increments.  Normal, incremental development, including new
features, will be indicated with an increment of the minor version number.
 Bug fixes backported to a stable series (Rxx.yy)--with no new features or
changed functionality--will be indicated via an increment of the SRU
identifier alone.

Getting TDE

Installation instructions and binary packages are immediately available
for Debian and Ubuntu.  Packages for RedHat/CentOs, Fedora, Mageia,
OpenSUSE, and PCLinuxOS are being built by their respective maintainers
and will be made available at a later date.

Live CDs with TDE R14.0.0 preinstalled are available at .

Major Improvements from 3.5.13.x

The following is a list of the major improvements TDE R14.0.0 includes.
* New HAL-independent hardware support based on udev. HAL support is still
available for those systems (such as *bsd) that require it.
* Significant renaming of applications, libraries, and packages to avoid
conflicts with other desktop environments (most notably KDE).  This allows
TDE to be installed in parallel with other desktop environments without
significant negative interaction.
* Upgrades to TQt3 (TDE's fork of Qt 3.3.8).  TQt3 upgrades include a new,
modern style engine, multi-threading support, and improved speed and
* Support for network-manager 0.9 and newer.
* Switched compositor from Kompmgr to Compton-TDE, a fork of Compton with
TDE-specific features.
* Added builds for armel/armhf architectures on Debian and armhf on
Raspbian Wheezy.
* File mimetype detection system now based on libmagic.

To see more highlights of this release, please visit the TDE R14.0.0
information page at .

About TDE

The Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) was forked by Timothy Pearson in
2008 from the last official release of the K Desktop Environment's third
series (KDE3), version 3.5.10. It existed as a set of modified KDE3
packages for Ubuntu until 2009, when it was merged onto a proper source
control system (KDE SVN) and rebranded as TDE. Shortly thereafter, TDE's
core infrastructure was created utilizing spare computing capacity from
Raptor Engineering; these infrastructure resources currently include the
world's only Launchpad system based outside of Canonical Ltd. As the
project grew, the TDE team migrated off of KDE's SVN server onto our own
GIT server and has been completely independent from KDE from 2011 onward.

- From the beginning of the TDE project, individuals from around the world
have contributed to TDE, and our original desire to provide a powerful,
functional desktop environment in the traditional style has been upheld.
The TDE project still is led by Timothy Pearson utilizing Raptor
Engineering's computing resources. TDE currently is growing faster than it
ever has before, with many new contributors--and our dependable core team
of developers--helping to add new functionality, repair bugs, answer
questions on the mailing lists, and increase TDE's overall quality.

TDE fits into a niche similar to that of the MATE project for Gnome, but
TDE is geared more toward those who want a productive, efficient interface
with a high customization potential. Our dedicated team is continuing to
refine TDE instead of rebuilding it from scratch; this prolonged
development is something rarely seen in the open source applications
arena. While our niche position may not be as glamorous as some of the
larger projects such as KDE and Gnome we believe TDE is no less important
to those who rely on it and use it in their daily work, and we hope that
in the future our niche will continue to grow.

Developers Wanted

The TDE development team is small but friendly.  If you wish to
participate in the TDE development process, please visit for additional information.

User Feedback

Feedback from our users is an integral part of a large, user-experience
oriented project such TDE.  Whether you want to report a bug, suggest an
improvement, or simply let us know your opinion of TDE, please feel free
to contact us.  Two good places to start communication are the project's
mailing lists at and its
bug tracker at .

Contribute to the TDE Project

Creating TDE requires significant computing resources and bandwidth. 
Please consider helping to keep us online with a donation at .  Without your financial
assistance, TDE would not be possible!

Press Contact Information

Project Founder/Administrator: Timothy Pearson, kb9vqf@...
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