KDE – A Revolution in Programming X

Posted by robzwets on Feb 11, 2013 4:06 PM EDT
Linux User & Developer; By Richard Hillesley
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The Kool Desktop Environment, later known as K Desktop Environment or KDE, was launched after Matthias Ettrich issued a call for programmers on de.comp.os.linix.misc in October 1996, and soon had 40 programmers contributing. In the mid Nineties, Linux had X and a variety of diverse and ingenious window managers, but no unified toolkit for the development of applications with a common look and feel. A typical Linux desktop would use a window manager – probably FVWM, which looked a little like Windows 95 – and a scatter of applications, some of which ran in the terminal window while the rest used a variety of widget sets, no two of which looked alike or behaved in the same way.

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