KDE is a project aimed at building a fast and coherent desktop environment for the X Window System.

The project already includes a window manager (kwm), file manager (kfm), application launcher and organizer (kpanel), terminal emulator (kvt), and a system-wide hypertext help system (kdehelp). Embedded support for networking is included. From the filemanager (for example), a user can transparently access an ftp site in exactly the same way that they open a local file.

In addition to these basic elements, there is also a core library of routines (libkdecore) that developers can use to build KDE applications. Current applications include an editor (kedit), a ghostscript previewer (kghostview), and a dvi file viewer (kdvi).

A scripting language is also in the works, which would allow users to write small applets and glue existing applications together. This scripting language may also allow users towrite macros within KDE applications.

KDE is based on the Qt library. Since Qt provides a C++ API, the dominant development language for KDE is C++. Since most of the KDE developers are Linux enthusiasts, the current focus of the KDE project is Linux.

Current Version:   2.0.1

License Type:   GPL

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   Yes
  • RedHat RPM Package:   Yes
  • Other Packages:   Yes (.tgz)

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Software/Hardware Requirements:

Qt library (which has slightly more restrictive license).

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