Yet another failed KDE release?

Kevin Krammer krammer at
Tue May 7 17:50:19 BST 2013

On Tuesday, 2013-05-07, Mirosław Zalewski wrote:
> On 07/05/2013 at 18:06, Doug <dmcgarrett at> wrote:
> > I thought KDE was short for "K Desktop Environment," a replacement for a
> > Unix CDE--Common Desktop Environment?
> It is not for over a three years now. KDE is simply KDE and the meaning is
> "entire community". Software is called KDE SC, which means KDE *Software
> Compilation* - emphasis is put on fact that there are many programs, not
> just one.

Not quite.
The distinction is far older than the initiative to enhance the accuracy in 

Also the software is not called KDE SC, that name refers to the bundle 
containing all of KDE's software products. It was added as a compromise for 
occasions when even a list of product categories was deemed to long.
Usage of that term will probably be discontinued though, it has created 
misconceptions on its own.

As I mentioned in a different message to this thread, this is usually easily 
understood when comparing with vendors with a range of products of their own.

Good example, as mention earlier, being Adobe.
Adobe being the name of the vendor, often also used as a prefix on product 
names, e.g. Adobe Photoshop.
Adobe's product range has dozens of items, one for example being Photoshop. 
That product is also available as part of a product bundle called Creative 


Adobe -> vendor
Adobe Creative Suite -> bundle of products by vendor
Adobe Photoshop -> one product by vendor, also available as part of a bundle

KDE -> vendor
KDE Software Compiliation -> bundle of products by vendor
KDE Digikam -> one product by vendor, also available as part of a bundle

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