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KDE is a community that produces free software, including a desktop environment called KDE Plasma for operating systems based on Linux or UNIX. This replaces the console, which is simply a black screen with text on it. KDE Plasma is a popular piece of software for users of Linux and UNIX.

K Desktop Environment
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A screenshot of KDE Plasma 5.16, showing the default desktop, with KDE System Settings and Kickoff Menu.
A screenshot of KDE Plasma 5.16, showing the default desktop, with KDE System Settings and Kickoff Menu.
Developer(s)The KDE Team
Stable release
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeDesktop environment
LicenseGNU General Public License and others
Websitewww.kde.org

Plasma 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 SC 4.0, many KDE programs also runs on Microsoft Windows.

KDE releasesEdit

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]

ApplicationsEdit

 
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:

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  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". Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  15. "KDE 4.1 Release Schedule". Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  16. "KDE 4.2 Release Schedule". Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  17. "KDE 4.3 Released". Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  18. "KDE 4.4 Released". Retrieved 2010-05-18.

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