K Desktop Environment

What Does K Desktop Environment Mean?

K desktop environment (KDE) is a desktop working platform with a graphical user interface (GUI) released in the form of an open-source package. When KDE was first released, it acquired the name Kool desktop environment, which was then abbreviated as K desktop environment. The KDE GUI is equipped with everything users typically need, including a file manager, window manager, help tool and system configuration tool.

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The KDE project is still ongoing. Developers discuss their collaborative plans online through an official KDE mailing list, many newsgroups and Internet relay chat.

Techopedia Explains K Desktop Environment

The KDE project was first launched by Matthias Ettrich in 1996. Ettrich intended to offer a more convenient Unix-based desktop environment for novice computer users. Ettrich chose to use a GUI, which is more understandable and simple for Windows OS users. KDE is currently used with Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and LinuxPPC.

KOffice is considered a very popular suite among KDE applications. It includes a word processor and spreadsheet, image editing, vector drawing, and presentation applications. KOffice was first released in October 2000 as part of the KDE version 2.0 package.

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