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KDE 4: The Komplete Desktop?

Jun 04, 2009, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Smart)

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"KDE stands for the K Desktop Environment and was first released in 1998 by Matthias Ettrich, who was a student at the time. Ettrich saw a need for the Unix world to have a unified desktop environment which had a consistent look and feel, rather than just multiple applications looking and behaving however they wanted to. When it was originally conceived, KDE was written in C++ using the Qt toolkit for its graphical interface and to this day, remains true to its heritage.

"Now in its 11th year, KDE has come a long way in a short amount of time and recently celebrated the release of version 4.0, marking a turning point in the development of the project. The major reason for the major update was the implementation of Qt 4, which resulted in a complete rewrite of the project. KDE 4.0 stable was released in January 2008 with much fanfare, with the project announcing: “This significant release marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the beginning of the KDE 4"

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