"KDE 4.0 was a bit rough around the edges, but KDE 4.1
was released in July that brought forth many refinements. The KDE
community is currently preparing for the release of KDE 4.2 in
January with even more features. Trolltech had also released the Qt
tool-kit used by the K Desktop Environment under the GPLv3 license
this year, was acquired by Nokia, and then renamed to Qt Software.
"When the WINE project began as a compatibility layer to run
Windows programs atop Linux, the Windows 3.1 operating system was
dominating the market. It took fifteen years for this free software
project to come out with a version 1.0 release, but it reached this
milestone in June. WINE now is able to run many Windows programs
out there, and even many OpenGL / DirectX video games, but the
development community has been continuing in a steadfast manner
working to prepare the WINE 1.2 stable release for next year. WINE
is now even being used by Google for their Picasa Linux port as
well as other uses."