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Linux Distros Have KDE2 Ready for Download

Oct 24, 2000, 12:53 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

By Brian Proffitt, Linux Today

Today's long-awaited release of KDE 2.0 marks an important new chapter in the life of the harried X desktop environment, and the response by the various Linux distributions shows it.

When asked last week about their plans for making KDE2 binaries available to their customers upon today's release, most of the distributions responded with definite plans for KDE2.

Debian's Ivan Moore announced to the Debian developer's list as early as October 18 that Deb packages would indeed be in place for KDE 2.0 today. Potato users may add the line

deb http://kde.tdyc.com/ potato  kde2

to /etc/apt/sources.list for an apt-gettable KDE2 distribution.

Gael Duval of Mandrakesoft emphasized that the Cooker development branch of Linux-Mandrake has always contained the latest versions of the KDE 2.0 betas and the official release would be no different. Though Duval previously stated that KDE 2 would be part of Mandrake 7.2's release, scheduled for later this month, others within Mandrake have since said that it is too late for the final version of the desktop environment to ship with the rest of the distribution. [ed .note: since running this correction, Gael Duval has responded in the talkbacks below to point out that KDE2-final binaries are available for download for Mandrake 7.2, we regret any confusion. ]

SuSE Linux also plans to have its own binaries up and available on their FTP site, in addition to the SuSE binaries that will be available on the KDE Web and FTP sites, according to SuSE spokewoman Xenia VonWedel.

No representative from Red Hat Inc. or Caldera Systems, Inc. responded in time for this article's posting, but precompiled packages for Red Hat Linux and Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 were available for the final release candidate for KDE 2.0, so it is safe to assume these final version packages for these distros will be made available as well.

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