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technofile: KDE interface for Linux needs better help files

Dec 12, 1999, 07:08 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Fasoldt)

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"Most current versions of Linux come with the KDE graphical interface. KDE is the slickest and in some ways most advanced desktop environment for Linux, but it scores a Big Zero in one area: Documentation."

"Figuring out how the KDE desktop is supposed to work can be very frustrating. Figuring out how individual KDE programs are supposed to work can be impossible. I'm making that distinction because refugees from Windows probably have a hard time understanding what KDE really is."

"Let me explain. The K Desktop Environment is not an essential part of the Linux operating system. It's an optional extra; Linux never needs any part of KDE to work. This is also true of the other graphical environments for Linux. KDE provides a desktop and the things that go along with a desktop -- icons, a launch menu, a taskbar, a system tray and so on. KDE also supplies a way for programs to communicate with each other, so that clicking on the icon of a text file within one KDE program might launch a word processor that is itself another KDE program. (In fact, KDE works so well that part of this requirement isn't even necessary; the word processor that automatically opens up the text doesn't have to be a KDE program. And of course we're not just talking about word processors here. There are hundreds of KDE programs of all kinds.)"

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