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LinuxToday.com.au: You Ought To Be Kongratulated!

Nov 01, 2000, 08:19 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

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"It might not have generated the kind of media circus associated with a Microsoft product launch, but last week's release of KDE 2.0 was big news in the Linux community. As most readers will already know, KDE 2.0 is a tightly integrated set of office productivity application tools along with an easy-to-use graphical desktop. It massively simplifies Linux for non-technical users and is aimed at making the sometimes cryptic operating system accessible to everyday users...."

"At the core of KDE is the excellent Konqueror web browser, which doubles as a file manager in much the same way Microsoft's Internet Explorer can double as a file manager. This is an interesting move for a couple of reasons. First, it legitimizes Microsoft's argument that a web browser is not a separate application but an integral part of any operating system. Speaking personally and from a user point of view, I can't actually see why integrating a browser with an OS is regarded as controversial. I'm not bothered by Microsoft integrating explorer with Windows, I am concerned about the way Microsoft actions reduce consumer choice ­ but that's another issue."

"The other interesting point about Konqueror's web/OS integration is the way the software underlines the Internet's role as a giant computer system accessible from any desktop. Of course this conceptual leap is possible with Explorer, but somehow Konqueror manages to make the move from local files to HTML to remote files seem like a seamless experience."

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