Sneak preview for coming KDE SC 4.5

KDE SC 4.5 is in feature freeze right now. Therefore, I decide to share some of early screenshots with you. In General there are no major changes. It is all about polishing and fixing bugs. There is a lot of under-hood changes in libs which as enduser we cannot see. KDE SC will be release in August 2010. Now I will let you enjoy the screenshots.

Bangarang The new KDE media player

Most KDE4 users know the default KDE media player Dragon player. It is simple and easy. In this post I will introduce you a new media player for KDE4 which intends to be simple in stylish way, more integration with KDE4 technologies like phonon and Nepomuk, and has more features than Dragon player. It is Bangarang.
The word Bangarang comes from Jamaican Patois language and it means noise, chaos, or disorder. Bangarang media player has many features like:

  •  Play your media (Media files, CD and DVD).
  •  Restrained interface that puts your media front-and-center.
  •  Media library functions that allow you simple, effective browsing and categorization for all your media including: Music, Audio streams, Audio clips, Movies, TV Shows, and Video clips
  •  Rating and play count tracking
  • Search functions
  • Saved media lists including:
    • Save media lists for any media type
    • Save media list “views” – Save any view while browsing, including search results. Views are “live” – when you add that new Muse album to your library, your saved media list view will automatically reflect it.
  •  Employs core KDE4 technologies including:
    • Nepomuk – Uses and shares media data with the rest of your desktop.
    • Phonon – Whatever the phonon backend plays, Bangarang plays.

Bangarang is currently in a beta stage. The latest beta version, 1.0~beta3, can be downloaded from opendesktop.org. For OpenSUSE 11.2 user you can use this 1-Click Install
The version 1.0 of Bangarang aims to introduce a basic functionality feature set.  New features will be considered after the 1.0 release.
Bangarang is open source software licensed under GPLv3.  If you would like to participate or even just submit a one-time bugfix, see the Bangarang project page at gitorious.org. The wiki page there contains information on project goals, design and hacking guidelines.