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KDE History

The KDE project started on October 14th 1996 (and the project has thus celebrated its 15th birthday already) with a call for programmers in comp.os.linux.misc: the original announcement of the KDE Project in 1996 (use Google™ Groups to find the original posting).

At the 2003 Kastle conference Matthias Kalle Dalheimer gave a presentation about the history of the KDE project.

Contributor Meetings

There have been roughly yearly large-scale contributor meetings for the KDE community since very early in the project. Since the KDE e.V. was created the yearly meeting is a requirement of its bylaws, so we can count on it now.

Contributor Awards

KDE contributors have been awarding the so called 'aKademy awards' to fellow KDE contributors since aKademy 2005.

Timeline

  • KDE was founded in October 1996. Its announcement is dated 14th October 1996.
  • August 15, 1997: KDE-ONE in Arnsberg, Germany, 15 participants
  • December 1997: KDE e.V.i.G. was founded to shield core members from legal and financial liabilities
  • April 8, 1998: The KDE Free Qt Foundation was announced
  • Beta 1 Oct 20, 1997 - Beta 2 Nov 23, 1997 - Beta3 February 1, 1998 - Beta4 April 19, 1998
  • 1.0 was released on July 12, 1998
  • 1.1 was released on February 6th, 1999
  • 1.1.1 was released on May 5th, 1999
  • 1.1.2 was released on Sep 13th, 1999
  • KDE-Two meeting in Erlangen, Oct 7-10 1999
  • 1.89 was released on Dec 15th, 1999
  • 1.90 (KDE2 beta1) May 12th, 2000 - 1.91 (KDE2 beta2) June 14th, 2000 - 1.92 (KDE2 beta3) July 31st, 2000
  • KDE-Three Beta meeting in Trysil (Norway), July 9-19 2000
  • 1.93 (KDE2 beta4) was released on August 23th, 2000
  • Qt goes GPL September 04th, 2000
    More information on the The Qt Issue
  • 1.94 (KDE2 beta5) was released on September 15th, 2000
  • 2.0 Release Candidate was released on October 10th, 2000
  • 2.0 was released on October 23th, 2000
  • 2.0.1 was released on December 5th, 2000
  • 2.1 Beta 1 was released on December 16th, 2000
  • 2.1 Beta 2 was released on January 31st, 2001
  • 2.1 was released on February 26th, 2001
  • 2.1.1 was released on March 27th, 2001
  • 2.1.2 was released on April 30th, 2001
  • 2.2 Beta1 was released on July 4th, 2001
  • 2.2 was released on August 15th, 2001
  • 2.2.1 was released on September 19th, 2001
  • 2.2.2 was released on November 21st, 2001
  • 3.0 was released on April 3rd, 2002
  • 3.0.1 was released on May 22th, 2002
  • 3.0.2 was released on July 2nd, 2002
  • 3.1 Alpha1 was released on July 11th, 2002
  • 3.0.3 was released on August 19th, 2002
  • 3.1 Beta1 was released on August 21st, 2002
  • 3.1 Beta2 was released on October 2nd, 2002
  • 3.0.4 was released on October 9th, 2002
  • 3.0.5 was released on November 18th, 2002
  • 3.0.5a was released on December 21st, 2002
  • 3.1 was released on January 28th, 2003
  • 3.1.1 was released on March 20th, 2003
  • 3.1.2 was released on May 19th, 2003
  • 3.1.3 was released on July 29th, 2003
  • 3.2 Alpha 1 was released on September 10th, 2003
  • 3.1.4 was released on September 16th, 2003
  • 3.1.5 was released on January 14th, 2004
  • 3.2 was released on February 3rd, 2004
  • 3.2.1 was released on March 9th, 2004
  • 3.2.2 was released on April 19th, 2004
  • 3.2.3 was released on June 9th, 2004
  • 3.3 was released on August 19th, 2004
  • 3.3.1 was released on October 12th, 2004
  • 3.3.2 was released on December 8th, 2004
  • 3.4 was released on March 16th, 2005
  • 3.4.1 was released on May 31st, 2005
  • 3.4.2 was released on July 28th, 2005
  • 3.4.3 was released on October 13th, 2005
  • 3.5 was released on November 29th, 2005
  • 3.5.1 was released on January 31st, 2006
  • 3.5.2 was released on March 28th, 2006
  • 3.5.3 was released on May 31st, 2006
  • 3.5.4 was released on August 2nd, 2006
  • 3.5.5 was released on October 11th, 2006
  • 3.5.6 was released on January 25th, 2007
  • 4.0 Alpha 1 was released on May 11th, 2007
  • 3.5.7 was released on May 22nd, 2007
  • 4.0 Alpha 2 was released on July 4th, 2007
  • 4.0 Beta 1 was released on August 2nd, 2007
  • 4.0 Beta 2 was released on September 6th, 2007
  • 3.5.8 was released on October 16th, 2007
  • 4.0 Beta 3 was released on October 18th, 2007
  • 4.0 Beta 4 was released on October 30th, 2007
  • 4.0 Development Platform Release Candidate 1 was released on October 30th, 2007
  • 4.0 RC 1 was released on November 20th, 2007
  • 4.0 RC 2 was released on December 11th, 2007
  • 4.0 was released on January 11th, 2008
  • 4.0.1 was released on February 5th, 2008
  • 3.5.9 was released on February 19th, 2008
  • 4.0.2 was released on March 5th, 2008
  • 4.0.3 was released on April 2nd, 2008
  • 4.1 Alpha1 was released on April 29th, 2008
  • 4.0.4 was released on May 7th, 2008
  • 4.1 Beta 1 was released on May 27th, 2008
  • 4.0.5 was released on June 4th, 2008
  • 4.1 Beta 2 was released on June 24th, 2008
  • 4.1 RC1 was released on July 15th, 2008
  • 4.1 was released on July 29th, 2008
  • 3.5.10 was released on August 26th, 2008
  • 4.1.1 was released on September 3rd, 2008
  • 4.1.2 was released on October 3rd, 2008
  • 4.1.3 was released on November 5th, 2008
  • 4.2 Beta 1 was released on November 26th, 2008
  • 4.2 Beta 2 was released on December 18th, 2008
  • 4.1.4 was released on January 13th, 2009
  • 4.2 RC was released on January 13th, 2009
  • 4.2.0 was released on January 27th, 2009
  • 4.2.1 was released on March 4th, 2009
  • 4.2.2 was released on April 2nd, 2009
  • 4.2.3 was released on May 6th, 2009
  • 4.3 Beta 1 was released on May 13th, 2009
  • 4.2.4 was released on June 3rd, 2009
  • 4.3 Beta 2 was released on June 10th, 2009
  • 4.3 RC1 was released on July 1st, 2009
  • 4.3 RC2 was released on July 9th, 2009
  • 4.3 RC3 was released on July 22nd, 2009
  • 4.3.0 was released on August 4th, 2009
  • 4.3.1 was released on September 1st, 2009
  • 4.3.2 was released on October 6th, 2009
  • 4.3.3 was released on November 3rd, 2009
  • Rebranding of KDE on November 24th, 2009
    (KDE is no longer software created by people, but people who create software.)
  • 4.3.4 was released on December 1st, 2009
  • 4.4 Beta 1 was released on December 4th, 2009
  • 4.4 Beta 2 was released on December 21st, 2009
  • 4.4 RC 1 was released on January 8th, 2010
  • 4.4 RC 2 was released on January 25th, 2010
  • 4.3.5 was released on January 26th, 2010
  • 4.4 RC 3 was released on February 1st, 2010

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