"Remember the phrase "steep learning curve"? It wasn't all that
long ago that whenever the name "Linux" appeared, "steep learning
curve" also appeared, as if it were part of the name of the
"That's not so much the case anymore, thanks--dare I say it?
Okay, I will--to KDE, which no matter your opinion of it is as
close to a standard desktop as exists in the Linux world. KDE-1.0
was released two years ago today, and it changed everything for
"It certainly did for this user."
"...When KDE-1.0 was released, the pressures to be like
Windows were not there to the extent that they are today. KDE's
developers wisely anticipated an influx of Windows users and not
only provided for them but showed how the Windows UI could be
greatly improved upon. But now there is real, full-time pressure
for there to be what amounts to a Windows UI clone for Linux. Much
of that pressure is applied to KDE, because KDE is the
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