KDE

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K Desktop Environment
KDE logo.svg
KDE 4.png
A screenshot of KDE 4 showing the default desktop, with Dolphin and KMail.
Developer(s) The KDE Team
Stable release 4.4 / 9 February 2010[1]
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Desktop environment
License GNU General Public License and others
Website www.kde.org

KDE (short for K Desktop Environment) is a desktop environment for operating systems based on Linux or UNIX. This replaces the console, which is simply a black screen with text on it. It is known for how good it can look, and it is a very popular piece of software for users of Linux and UNIX.

KDE runs on top of the X Window System, which runs on top of any UNIX-like operating systems like Linux and Mac OS X, Since KDE 4.0, KDE also runs on Microsoft Windows.

Besides the desktop environment the KDE project also includes a large amount of software created using the same technologies as the KDE desktop.

KDE releases[change | change source]

The following table lists when each version of KDE was released.

Timeline of when KDE was released.
Date Release
KDE 1
14 October 1996 Project announced by Matthias Ettrich[2]
12 July 1998 KDE 1.0 released[3]
6 February 1999 KDE 1.1 released[4]
KDE 2
23 October 2000 KDE 2.0 released[5]
26 February 2001 KDE 2.1 released[6]
15 August 2001 KDE 2.2 released[7]
KDE 3
3 April 2002 KDE 3.0 released[8]
28 January 2003 KDE 3.1 released[9]
3 February 2004 KDE 3.2 released[10]
19 August 2004 KDE 3.3 released[11]
16 March 2005 KDE 3.4 released[12]
29 November 2005 KDE 3.5 released[13]
KDE 4
11 January 2008 KDE 4.0 released[14]
29 July 2008 KDE 4.1 released[15]
27 January 2009 KDE 4.2 released[16]
4 August 2009 KDE 4.3 released[17]
9 February 2010 KDE 4.4 released[18]

Applications[change | change source]

The Kontact personal information manager and Konqueror file manager/web browser running on KDE 3.5.

There are several major applications for KDE. These include:

References[change | change source]

  1. KDE - KDE SC 4.4 Release Announcement
  2. Matthias Ettrich original posting
  3. K Desktop Environment - KDE 1.0 Release Announcement
  4. KDE News Archive for February 1999 referring to the release of version 1.1
  5. K Desktop Environment - KDE 2.0 Release Announcement
  6. KDE press release for version 2.1
  7. KDE press release for version 2.2
  8. KDE press release for version 3.0
  9. KDE press release for version 3.1
  10. KDE press release for version 3.2
  11. KDE press release for version 3.3
  12. KDE press release for version 3.4
  13. KDE press release for version 3.5
  14. "KDE 4.0 Release Schedule". http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.0_Release_Schedule. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  15. "KDE 4.1 Release Schedule". http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.1_Release_Schedule. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  16. "KDE 4.2 Release Schedule". http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.2_Release_Schedule. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  17. "KDE 4.3 Released". http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.3/. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  18. "KDE 4.4 Released". http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.4/. Retrieved 2010-05-18.

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