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

Anne Wilson cannewilson at
Thu May 28 07:11:33 BST 2009

On Thursday 28 May 2009 06:58:13 Dotan Cohen wrote:
> 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.
> [1]
> [2]

It is agreed that KDE has developed to be much more than originally defined.  
There is currently discussion on how that definition should change to more 
accurately reflect the breadth of KDE.

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