KDE (K Desktop
Environment) is a free software project which aims to be a powerful
system for an easy-to-use desktop environment. The aim of the
KDE project is to connect the power of the UNIX operating systems (such
as Linux) with the comfort of a modern user
KDEis not a window manager. While KDE includes a
sophisticated window manager (KWin),
KDE is much more than that. It is a full-blown Integrated Desktop
The KDE project serves as an umbrella project for many
applications and smaller projects that are based on KDE technology,
such as Konqueror,
KDevelop, Amarok, and many more.
Many Linux distributions include KDE such as: Debian,
Hat Enterprise Linux, Slackware,
KDE's main competitor is GNOME.
KDE is primarily a volunteer effort, although various
companies, such as Novell,
Trolltech, and Mandriva
employ developers to work on the project. For example,
Sebastian Trueg, the maintainer of K3b
(a popular CD/DVD burning application),
is employed by Mandriva
allowed to spend part of his working day developing that software
KDE's tools and applications are available in 65 languages.
The following software is included in KDE:
| KDE 4.0.2
Free to download
4.2MB (for kdebase)
GNU General Public License and others
The KDE Team
For building KDE see Requirements
User Guide, KDE
Quickstart Guide, KDE-Forum.org,
Mailing Lists, KDE
Dot News, Planet
- aRts: Analog realtime synthesizer and sound
daemon. aRts enables playing multiple audio or video streams
concurrently, whether on the desktop or over a network. aRts is a
full-featured sound system, and includes filters, a modular analog
synthesizer and a mixer.
- KDE-Libs: Various run-time libraries
- KDE-Base: The base components (window-manager, desktop,
KWin supports advanced compositing features. Dolphin is KDE's new file
manager. Dolphin has been developed with usability in mind and is an
easy-to-use, yet powerful tool.
- KDE-Network: KNode,
KNewsticker, Kppp, ...
- KDE-Pim: KMail,
KAddressbook, KOrganizer, KPilot,
- KDE-Graphics: Graphics applications such as KDVI,
KGhostview, KPaint, KFax, and more. KDE 4 introduces okular,
the KDE 4 document viewer
- KDE-Multimedia: Noatun, KMidi, KSCD, ...
- KDE-Accessibility: applications to improve computer access
for disabled people...
- KDE-Utilities: KEdit, KCalc, KHexEdit, KNotes, ...
- KDE-Edu: Edutainment applications
- KDE-Games: KAsteroids, KPat, KTetris, ...
- KDE-Toys: The fun stuff
- KDE-Addons: Addons for Konqueror,
Kate, Kicker and Noatun
- KDE-Artwork: Additional icons, styles, wallpapers,
screensavers and window decorations
- KDE-Admin: Various tools to aid system administration
- KDE-SDK: Script and tools which simplify development of KDE
- KOffice: Integrated office suite
C/C++ Integrated Development Environment
- KDE-Bindings: bindings for various programming languages
- KDEWebdev: Web Development Tool
Two pseudo-packages not part of the official release are also
- KDE-Extragear: Extragear is a collection of applications
with the KDE project, not part of the official release for various
reasons. These are however still part of the project and can be
downloaded separately. This gives them higher visibility to Translators
and Documentation Writers.
- KDE-Playground: Similar to KDE-Extragear, this
contains software not part of the main KDE release.
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