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KDE (K Desktop Environment) was founded in 1996 by Matthias Ettrich, who was then a student at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. At the time, he was troubled by certain aspects of the Unix desktop. Among his qualms was that none of the applications looked, felt, or worked alike. He proposed the formation of not only a set of applications, but rather a desktop environment, in which users could expect things to look, feel, and work consistently. His initial Usenet post spurred a lot of interest, and the KDE project was born.[1]

The name KDE was intended as a word play on the existing Common Desktop Environment, available for Unix systems. CDE was an X11-based user environment jointly developed by HP, IBM, and Sun, through the X/Open Company, with an interface and productivity tools based on the Motif graphical widget toolkit. It was supposed to be an intuitively easy-to-use desktop computer environment.[2] The K was originally suggested to stand for "Kool", but it was quickly decided that the K should stand for nothing in particular. Additionally, one of the tips in certain versions of KDE 3 incorrectly states that the K currently is just meant to be the letter before L in the Latin alphabet, the first letter in the word Linux (which is where KDE is usually run).[3]

  1. http://groups.google.com/group/de.comp.os.linux.misc/msg/cb4b2d67ffc3ffce | news:de.comp.os.linux.misc | news:53tkvv$b4j@newsserv.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de
  2. http://bubl.ac.uk/ARCHIVE/subject/computing/misc/coseup6.htm
  3. http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-bugs-dist&m=99123156103826&w=2
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KDE 4.0 branch
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X Window System
KDE 1.x Followed by
KDE 2.x
Xerox Star (8010) branch
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Xerox Star (8010)
KDE 1.x Influenced
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Mac OS X branch
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Mac OS
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OS/2 Warp 4.0 branch
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IBM OS/2 Warp 3.0
KDE 1.x Influenced
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Windows XP branch
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Windows
KDE 1.x Influenced
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WordPerfect X4 branch
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KDE 1.x Influenced
WordPerfect 7.x

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