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Monday, June 21, 2004

LINUX: Deep inside the K Desktop Environment 3.2

Deep inside the K Desktop Environment 3.2

A quick introduction to KDE

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 ...

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