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Monday, 20 June 2016 10:07

KDE Desktop project finally fixes 13-year-old bug


A bug in the KDE Desktop Environment, a popular desktop for Linux users, has been fixed after 13 years, according a post from one developer for the project.

Christoph Cullman wrote that he had moved the bug to the kxmlgui in 2003. It was first reported in September that year and was causing xmlgui items from merge sections — like the toolbar and menu items  to move or disappear.

The fix was put in place at KDE's Randa Meeting, an annual sprint for fixing such issues, held last week.

Cullman pointed out that when it was first reported the Linux kernel version was 2.6.31. The current kernel version is well into the 4.0 series.

A commenter said the kernel version was 2.4.22 and the 2.6 series was released only in December 2003.

Cullman also pointed out that when this bug was raised, Windows XP was the Windows version in use, with Vista still three years away. Since then, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 have come and gone and Microsoft is up to Windows 10.

He added that the top two GNU/Linux versions at the time were Red Hat and Mandrake. The latter is now no more in existence, but forks of it survive.

The KDE Desktop project was started in 1996 by Matthias Ettrich to provide Linux users with similar functionality as that which existed on the Windows desktop of the time. It is now in version 5.0 and boasts an extremely sophisticated working environment.

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