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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|
|License||GNU General Public License and others|
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.
Besides the desktop environment the KDE project also includes a large amount of software created using the same technologies as the KDE desktop.
The following table lists when each version of KDE was released.
|Timeline of when KDE was released.|
|14 October 1996||Project announced by Matthias Ettrich|
|12 July 1998||KDE 1.0 released|
|6 February 1999||KDE 1.1 released|
|23 October 2000||KDE 2.0 released|
|26 February 2001||KDE 2.1 released|
|15 August 2001||KDE 2.2 released|
|3 April 2002||KDE 3.0 released|
|28 January 2003||KDE 3.1 released|
|3 February 2004||KDE 3.2 released|
|19 August 2004||KDE 3.3 released|
|16 March 2005||KDE 3.4 released|
|29 November 2005||KDE 3.5 released|
|11 January 2008||KDE 4.0 released|
|29 July 2008||KDE 4.1 released|
|27 January 2009||KDE 4.2 released|
|4 August 2009||KDE 4.3 released|
|9 February 2010||KDE 4.4 released|
There are several major applications for KDE. These include:
- Amarok - Music player
- K3b - CD burner
- Kate - Text editor
- KDevelop - A program for making software
- Konsole - Terminal emulator
- Kontact - Personal information manager that has an e-mail client, a news client, a feed aggregator, To-do lists and more.
- Kopete - Instant messaging client
- Konqueror - File manager and web browser
- KOffice - Office suite
- Dolphin - File manager
- KDE - KDE SC 4.4 Release Announcement
- Matthias Ettrich original posting
- K Desktop Environment - KDE 1.0 Release Announcement
- KDE News Archive for February 1999 referring to the release of version 1.1
- K Desktop Environment - KDE 2.0 Release Announcement
- KDE press release for version 2.1
- KDE press release for version 2.2
- KDE press release for version 3.0
- KDE press release for version 3.1
- KDE press release for version 3.2
- KDE press release for version 3.3
- KDE press release for version 3.4
- KDE press release for version 3.5
- "KDE 4.0 Release Schedule". http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.0_Release_Schedule. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- "KDE 4.1 Release Schedule". http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.1_Release_Schedule. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
- "KDE 4.2 Release Schedule". http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.2_Release_Schedule. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- "KDE 4.3 Released". http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.3/. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- "KDE 4.4 Released". http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.4/. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
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