Yet another failed KDE release?

Kevin Krammer krammer at
Tue May 7 17:22:29 BST 2013

On Tuesday, 2013-05-07, Doug wrote:
> On 05/07/2013 11:49 AM, Kevin Krammer wrote:
> > On Tuesday, 2013-05-07, dE wrote:
> >> There is no misconception.
> > 
> > Yes, there is. Sometimes people don't know that KDE is the name of the
> > software vendor, not of a product and that this vendor has in fact dozens
> > of products.
> > 
> > S
> /snip/
> I thought KDE was short for "K Desktop Environment," a replacement for a
> Unix CDE--Common Desktop Environment?

Yes, initially.

That initiative then attracted a lot of talented people from all kinds of 
interest areas, experts and enthusiasts from a wide range of problem domains, 
who all started contributing to their software needs as part of a larger 

Nowadays the desktop environment product, often also referred to as the 
desktop workspace product, is one of many, produced by dedicated group of 
individuals who find themselves intrigued by the graphical shell domain :)

> If KDE is a software vendor, what else do they make?

The product range is quite wide, see
Productivity and Creativity applications, teaching and learning, 
entertainment, etc.

Used by users of KDE's workspace products, other vendor's workspaces, free and 
proprietary operating systems, some even available on mobile devices (e.g. I 
have Kanagram, KHangman and Marble on my Nokia N9 smartphone).


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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