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Linux Magazine: KDE: The Korporate Desktop Environment

Jan 31, 2003, 19:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron J. Seigo)

"Moreover, companies think with their checkbooks, and the economic benefits of a Linux-based desktop system are not as easily or as immediately felt as the benefits of a Linux server. It's little wonder that desktop usage of Linux has lagged considerably behind server deployments.

"Fortunately, the prospects for Linux on the desktop are changing. Increasingly draconian licensing agreements, expensive software, and security nightmares are pushing users toward Linux. It also doesn't hurt that Linux has become highly respected, with IBM, Oracle, and HP (among others) building significant businesses on the shoulders of Tux. Most importantly, sophisticated desktop software is now available for Linux.

"KDE, the K Desktop Environment, version 3 (http://www.kde.org) is a cutting-edge desktop platform that's useful for both the average and sophisticated user. It's easy to use, robust, and full of features. Yes, it has cool icons, menus, and whiz-bang graphics. But, it also has a set of core features--namely, central configuration and resource sharing--that make it ideal for office use. If you want to switch your entire office--from server farm to front desk--to open source, KDE's common desktop features can bootstrap your effort..."

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