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Linux.com: K Desktop Environment

Sep 19, 1999, 14:10 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David J. Kuntz)

"KDE stands for"K Desktop Environment." What does the "K" stand for? Just K, according to the KDE web site http://www.kde.org. But what is it? KDE is a graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. KDE provides features such as drag and drop functionality to Linux - just like Windows, kids. Unlike Windows, KDE is free software, released under the GPL. So you won't have to kick another buck to BillG@microsoft.com when the "upgrade" comes out. And if you need to customize it, say for a specific work environment, you don't have to pay big bucks to Redmond then, either."

"If you bought or downloaded a recent release of Linux, it's a good bet you already have KDE on your PC...The KDE team generally makes RedHat RPM and Debian DEB packages available, as well as source code so you can compile your own binaries. Not sure how to compile a binary? It's actually simple, but it can be intimidating for the newbie, so . . .you can also check the home page of your particular ditribution. Caldera, for instance, makes RPMs available at it's FTP site, so you can easily install the whole shebang and be sure that it all works. It's a good bet your ditribution does, too, so check it out."

"You'll need to install at least the KDElibs and KDEbase packages, but you already know this because you looked at the instructions at the KDE web site, right? You'll want to install more than that - like games, and other fun stuff."

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