The KDE Project on Wednesday launched the latest version of its desktop product for GNU/Linux and other Unix variants, KDE 2.2. The software features several improvements, such as greater stability, faster boot time and faster application launching, the group said.
KDE is a collaboration by hundreds of independent software developers working to create a graphical user interface for Linux and other Unix operating systems to compare with the usability of commercial operating systems. KDE, like Linux, is based on an open-source development model, meaning that source code for the software is freely available for alteration, and any improvements that are made must themselves be redistributed to other developers.
Linux and its attendant software is seen as a viable alternative to Microsoft's operating system monopoly, with the open source licence giving companies the ability to customise Linux to suit their needs. However, while Linux is said to account for as much as a third of the server market, it has yet to make much headway on the desktop -- partly because of the lack of an easy-to-use user interface.
The group will follow up the release later this month with the release of KOffice 1.1, a suite of productivity applications.
KDE 2.2 is available from KDE's Web site at www.kde.org.
See the Linux Lounge for the latest GNU/Linux and open source headlines.
See the Software News Section for full coverage.
Have your say instantly, and see what others have said. Click on the TalkBack button and go to the Linux lounge forum