Is KDE jsut a desktop environment? The KDe website thinks so.

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Thu May 28 06:58:13 BST 2009

>From this [1] page:
KDE or the K Desktop Environment, is a network transparent
contemporary desktop environment for UNIX workstations.

As it is often argued that KDE is a collection of technologies, and
that the desktop is just one of the KDE technologies, this description
seems wrong. My guess would be that that text is around since the time
when KDE was a CDE clone. However, the point that KDE 4.0 was the
release of stable KDE API's, and not the stable desktop, is important
when defining what KDE is. So, is KDE a desktop, in which case the 4.0
label really was misleading, or is KDE a collection of Qt-based
technologies whose products happen to include a desktop (as mentioned
on this page [2]).

Thanks for the clarification.


Dotan Cohen
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