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Linux Journal: The K Desktop Environment, Version 1.0

Jan 26, 1999, 01:20 (7 Talkback[s])

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Review by Bill Cunningham.

"KDE is primarily a complete, windows-based graphical operating environment for UNIX platforms. The KDE Core, also called kdebase, comes with a highly configurable window manager, control panel, file manager and virtual terminal. A user can download and install just the core package and be up and running in fine style. All your original X Window System applications will still work as before."

"... to fully benefit from KDE, one can additionally install specialized, interoperative application suites..."

"One objection to KDE is that it looks a lot like MS Windows 95. Once you use it for a while, though, you realize KDE is not much like Windows 95 at all... every aspect of KDE's appearance is configurable..."

"Some have also said that KDE represents a moving away from the low-level workings of the operating system. For many people, this is actually good news. For the programmers and kernel hackers, Linux is still underneath it all..."

"If Linux is to be a vibrant, mainstream, ``world dominant'' operating system, it needs conveniences for the average user: straightforward installation, good applications, good looks and ease of use. KDE is a quantum step in this direction."

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