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Linux Orbit: KDE 2.1, What's new, What's cool and Why you need to get it!

Mar 24, 2001, 14:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Facey)

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"For those not familiar with KDE (K Desktop Environment, the K stands for Kool ), it has been on Unix and GNU/Linux desktops for many years. With only a few exceptions, such as Red Hat and Turbolinux, most GNU/Linux distributions use KDE as their default desktop environment. Although GNOME and KDE compete for the desktop on GNU/Linux systems, for the most part, they also cooperate. This competition has been escalated to outrageous proportions by the popular media, while Linux users calmly use GNOME and KDE applications side by side. Some analysts point to KDE's familiar, almost Windows-like interface as the reason for it's popularity. Detractors also complain about these similarities, but for those converting from Windows to GNU/Linux systems, KDE can be a boon in easing the transition."

"With the release of KDE 2.0 on October 23, 2000, the KDE development team upped the ante in the bid for the hearts and minds of GNU/Linux desktop users. With major improvements in features and stability, KDE users couldn't wait for the next version. When KDE 2.1 arrived on February 26, 2001, few were disappointed."

"Reviewing something as comprehensive and large as KDE 2.1 is a daunting task. Rather than skim over everything, we'll try to focus on changes in this latest version and some of the basic features of the KDE 2.1 desktop. To begin, let's take a look at installing KDE 2.1."

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