Matthias Ettrich Receives German Federal Cross of Merit

“Matthias started the KDE project on October 14, 1996 with his
now infamous email. The project grew in leaps and bounds, creating
one of the most active and innovative Free Software communities
today, and helped redefine the expectations users have from free
software in general. Indirectly, the KDE community influenced the
development of the whole Free Software ecosystem, shifting the
focus from Unix as a server system to Unix as a powerful end-user
desktop, pushing the boundaries until today.”

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