"KDE Project today announced the immediate release of
KDE 3.0alpha1, the third generation of KDE's free, powerful and
easy-to-use free Internet-enabled desktop for Linux and other
UNIXes. KDE 3.0 is scheduled for its first beta release this
December and for final release in late February 2001.
This inaugural release of the KDE 3, which follows two weeks
after the stable release of KDE 2.2.1 series, is based on
TrollTech's Qt 3.0.0beta6. It ships with the core KDE libraries,
the core desktop environment, and over 100 applications from the
other base KDE packages (administration, multimedia, network, PIM,
The primary goal of the 3.0alpha1 release is to provide a
framework for developers to start porting their KDE 2 applications
to KDE 3 and to solicit developer feature contributions and feature
requests before the KDE 3 API is frozen for binary compatibility.
In addition, experimental KDE users who would like to try this
release can set up a KDE 3 system side-by-site with a KDE 2 system.
Instructions for doing so are available here."