|Subject:||KDE 1.0 Released|
|From:||Bernd Johannes Wuebben (wueb...@math.cornell.edu)|
|Date:||Jul 13, 1998 7:31:51 am|
T H E K D E S K T O P E N V I R O N M E N T
July 12, 1998
An integrated Desktop Environment for the Unix Operating System
We are pleased to announce the availability of release 1.0 of the K Desktop Environment.
KDE is a network transparent, contemporary desktop environment for UNIX workstations. KDE seeks to fill the need for an easy to use desktop for Unix workstations, similar to the desktop environments found under the MacOS or Window95/NT. We believe that the UNIX operating system is the best operating system available today. In fact UNIX has been the undisputed choice of the information tech- nology professional for many years. When it comes to stability, scalability and openness there is no competition to UNIX. However, the lack of an easy to use contemporary desktop environment for UNIX has prevented UNIX from finding its way onto the desktops of the typical computer user in offices and homes.
With KDE there is now an easy to use, contemporary desktop environ- ment available for UNIX. Together with a free implementation of UNIX such as Linux, UNIX/KDE constitutes a completely free and open computing platform available to anyone free of charge including its source code for anyone to modify. While there will always be room for improvement we believe to have delivered a viable alternative to some of the more commonly found and commercial operating sys- tems/desktops combinations available today. It is our hope that the combination UNIX/KDE will finally bring open, reliable, stable and monopoly free computing to the average computer. Please visit:
for more information about the KDE Project.
KDE The Application Development Framework
Authoring applications under UNIX/X11 used to be an extremely tedious and laborsome process. KDE recognizes the fact that a com- puting platform is only as good as the number of first class appli- cations available to the users of that particular platform. In view of these circumstances the KDE Project has developed a first rate compound document application framework, implementing the latest advances in framework technology and thus positioning itself in direct competition to such popular development frameworks as for example Mircrosoft's MFC/COM/ActiveX technology. KDE's KOM/Open- Parts compound document technology enables developers to quickly create first rate applications implementing cutting edge technol- ogy. KDE's KOM/OpenParts technology is build upon the open industry standards such as the object request broker standard CORBA 2.0.
KDE The Office Application Suite
Leveraging the KDE application development framework a great number of applications have been built for the K Desktop Environment. A selection of those applications is contained in the KDE base dis- tribution. At this moment KDE is developing an office application suite based on KDE's KOM/OpenParts technology consisting of a spread-sheet, a presentation applications, an organizer, an email and news client and more. While some of those components are still in alpha developement others are approaching release status rapidly. KPresenter, KDE's presentation application was success- fully used at the 5th international Linux congress in Cologne, Ger- many to deliver a KDE presentation. A preview of KOffice has been made available at
For more information on KDE, its components and architecture as well as KDE development, please visit:
Screen-shots of a typical K desktop and some of its core components can be found at
Screen-shots of KOffice, KDE's office application suite can be found at
Where to get KDE:
for a list of ftp sites holding release 1.0 of KDE.
Caldera, Delix, SuSE as well as FreeBSD have precompiled and customized version of KDE available for their particu- lar distributions. For more information on these precom- piled version, please visit the above mentioned URL.
KDE was primarily developed under the Linux variant of the Unix operating system. However it is known to compile with- out, or with very few, problems on most Unix variants.
At the moment we explicitely support Linux (Intel , Alpha, Sparc) and FreeBSD. We have success reports for IRIX, OSF, SunOS, HP-UX. and others.
The KDE libraries are licensed under the LGPL, to allow for the development of commercial applications for KDE. KDE applications are licensed under the GPL.
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We sincerely believe that we have initiated a new era for the Unix operating system and hope you will share our excitement. We hope that KDE will allow you to get your work done faster and more efficiently than ever. Please consider joining and supporting the project.
The KDE Core Team (In alphabetic order):
Roberto Alsina Kalle Dalheimer Mark Donohoe Christian Esken Matthias Ettrich Steffen Hansen Matthias Hoelzer Martin Jones Sirtaj Singh Kang Martin Konold Stephan Kulow Richard Moore Sven Radej Reginald Stadlbauer Stefan Taferner Uwe Thiem Mario Weilguni Torben Weis Robert David Williams Bernd Wuebben Markus Wuebben
As during previous beta releases, expect ftp.kde.org to be rather busy. Please take note of the list of official mir- rors of ftp.kde.org available here: