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LinuxPlanet: KDE 2.1: A Desktop Aimed at Grownups

Feb 26, 2001, 15:49 (63 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"For a long time, the headline on the KDE organization's home page was, 's Unix ready for the desktop?'"

"With today's release of KDE 2.1, KDE's developers are no longer asking questions. Nor are they limiting themselves to the desktop. KDE, they now say, is ready for the enterprise."

"Instead of concentrating on features such at automatic upgrades and automatic provision of desktop content from the Internet, the developers of KDE-2.1 concentrated on stability, bug squashing, and improvement of the underlying technology. Additionally, they point to the development tools available such as KDevelop, the IDE that with the this release has been pronounced ready for prime time. (There are also KDE Studio from theKompany.com, and QT Designer, part of current QT distributions. These things, it is reasoned, will be of particular interest to the enterprise, where a way to provide slick front ends to custom applications is seen important, and where IT departments are not especially eager to have users automatically updating their software or pumping content onto their desktops. The tools, KDE developers believe, will also make it easier for independent developers outside of the enterprise to write new applications or port existing ones to the KDE desktop."

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