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Ars Technica: K Desktop Environment 1.1 Review

Mar 25, 1999, 15:38 (15 Talkback[s])

Thanks to Casey for this link.

"Personally, I believe that KDE 1.1 is a modestly extensible, quick, and stable environment, and I think you'll see from this review that KDE is putting a face on Linux that's bridging the gap between so-called established, "easy to use" OSes--like Windows and the MacOS--and Linux, the mythically evil, CLI-based realm of pain and suffering."

"There are other issues that bear mentioning, too. Distributed under the GNU General Public License, KDE is free for the taking, so long as the taking is compliant with the copyleft, of course. However, not all is happy in the world of "I'll decide what the word free means" Linux. KDE was built with, and requires, 'Qt' (KDE 1.1 requires Qt 1.42), a toolkit that some users find suspicious on account of its "commercialability." The fear had been that someday the developers of Qt would use their "ambiguous" license as a long arm into your pockets. Detractors sometimes focus on KDE's decision not to use LGPL'd (ostensibly "free") libraries while supporters have argued that Qt is just as functionally "free" and was a better choice, anyhow."

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