"February 3, 2004 saw the long-awaited release of KDE 3.2, a
leading free/open source software (FOSS) desktop solution often
used for Linux desktops.
"The K Desktop Environment project has come a long way to this,
its eighth major release. The KDE project had been first announced
over seven years ago by Matthias Ettrich:
"So one of the major goals is to provide a modern and common
look & feel for all the applications. And this is exactly the
reason, why this project is different from elder attempts.
"Since then a lot of work has been invested in building up the
core foundation of the environment. Between KDE 1.1 and KDE 2.0 the
use of external components in the framework had been dropped in
favor of lighter and more-integrated native implementations. These
framework components since then have been actively maintained,
used, and extended. This stable foundation allows for easier
development of new applications. Recent projects now allow the
usage of such components in non-KDE applications..."