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KDE 1.0-beta2 Release Announcement

Sunday, 23 November 1997

           T H E   K   D E S K T O P   E N V I R O N M E N T


                                Beta 2
                           November 23, 1997

    An integrated Desktop Environment for the Unix Operating System

  We  are  pleased  to announce the availability of the second public
  beta "Neheim" of the K Desktop Environment.

  KDE is a powerful graphical desktop environment for  Unix  worksta-
  tions.   The  KDE desktop aims to combine ease of use, contemporary
  functionality and outstanding graphical design with the technologi-
  cal superiority of the Unix operating system.

  KDE  is  a  completely  new desktop, incorporating a large suite of
  applications for Unix workstations. While  KDE  includes  a  window
  manager,  file manager, panel, control center and many other compo-
  nents that one would expect to be part of  a  contemporary  desktop
  environment, the true strength of this exceptional environment lies
  in the interoperability of its components.

  Key KDE features:

        o Transparent Network Access:

          Most KDE components are inherently  Internet  aware.  KDE's
          folder  windows are in fact web browsers. You can open URLs
          and view HTML pages, download files by dragging  them  from
          the  folder  windows  onto your desktop or even edit remote
          documents by simply dragging them from a remote site opened
          in a folder onto KDE's editor.

        o Session management:

          KDE  supports  elaborate  session management. You can leave
          documents and applications open when you log out  and  ses-
          sion  management  aware  applications  will  be restored to
          their previous state on your next log in. KDE offers pseudo
          session management for legacy X11 applications.

        o Configurability:

          Most,  if  not  all settings are configurable through intu-
          itive GUI dialogs rather then the traditional cryptic  con-
          figuration  files.   The  configuration files are of course
          human readable.

        o Vast pool of KDE applications:

          A great number of applications have  already  been  written
          for  the KDE project. Some are supplied with the base pack-
          ages available for download from, others
          can be found in the 'apps' directory on and its
          many mirrors.  We proudly offer applications ranging from a
          postscript  viewer  to a CD player, a calculator to a sound
          system, and even a finite element analysis application.  We
          are confident you will be pleasantly surprised by the broad
          spectrum of applications available today.

        o Internationalization:

          Most of KDE's core components and many of the KDE  applica-
          tions  are internationalized. That is, they will operate in
          many languages.  We consider this a key feature in  gaining
          acceptance  among  a wide audience. Please consider helping
          us   translate   more   of    our    applications.    Visit
  for  more  information on the
          internationalization project.

  Screen Shots:

          Screen shots of a typical K desktop and some  of  its  core
          components  can  be  found  at
          shots.html We are certain you will like what you see.

  Where to get KDE:

          You   can   download   the   KDE   base    packages    from
  or  one  of  its  many  mirrors.
          Please visit our web site at  for  more
          info. The precise locations of the beta 2 packages are:

  Supported platforms:

          KDE  was primarily developed under the GNU/Linux variant of the
          Unix operating system. However it is known to compile with-
          out, or with very few, problems on most Unix variants.

          At the moment we explicitely support  GNU/Linux (Intel , Alpha,
          Sparc) and Solaris (Sparc) and we have success reports  for
          FreeBSD, IRIX, OSF, SunOS, HP-UX. and others.

  KDE Development:

          KDE  was  developed  by a world-wide network of programmers
          during the past 12 months. In fact the release of the first
          beta  coincided  roughly with KDE's first birthday, October
          16th 1997.

          KDE development is open to everyone. Please consider  join-
          ing  the  KDE  project.  If  you are a programmer, consider
          writing applications for the KDE  project.  If  you  are  a
          graphical  design artist consider creating icon sets, color
          schemes, sound schemes, logo's and other supporting art. If
          you  enjoy  writing, you are invited to join our documenta-
          tion project and help creating help documentation,  tutori-
          als  and other supporting documentation in the K documenta-
          tion project (KDP). Please visit our web site  for  further
          information  on  how  you  can help make KDE an even better
          environment than it already is.

          To the expert:

          KDE's development model differs deliberately from  that  of
          other  known  desktop  projects  in that it does not try to
          follow preconceived  handed-down  specifications.  We  have
          recognized the availablilty of an existing and usable desk-
          top at all stages of development as paramount to  the  suc-
          cess  of  the  project. Only in this fashion we are able to
          attract the large number of developers necessary for a pro-
          ject  of  this  enormous  scale.  KDE improves on an almost
          daily basis in an iterative cycle of design, coding,  test-
          ing,  revision,  redesign,  leading  to constant excitement
          and concrete tangible results at any  given  time.  We  are
          convinced  that  we have chosen the right development model
          prerequisite to running a successful Internet project,  and
          accommodating   the  special circumstances arising from the
          fact that all development is done on a  strictly  volunteer
          basis.  Please  give KDE a try, we believe that the results
          speak for themselves.


          The KDE libraries are licensed  under  the  LGPL,  and  the
          applications  are  licensed under the GPL.  KDE is based on
          the Qt GUI library which is free for the X  Window  System,
          provided  the  applications  developed with it are released
          under a free license such as  the  GPL.   More  information
          about Qt may be found at

  What does the 'K' stand for?

          Nothing.  It is simply named the "K Desktop Environment".

  Lastly: KDE is NOT a Window Manager

          KDE  is  not  just another window manager trying to imitate
          the look of an existing desktop environment, but rather  an
          integrated environment of which the window manager provided
          with KDE is only a small part. In fact if you so desire you
          can continue to use your favorite window manger, however we
          strongly encourage you to use the KDE  window  manager  and
          enjoy the functionality afforded by the interoperability of
          the KDE components. The KDE window manger provides all  the
          functionality you need and more.

          Additionally,  KDE  is  not  a  CDE, Windows or OS/2 clone.
          While some ideas may have originated  from  these  systems,
          KDE  is unique and we have no intentions of cloning another

  Bug Reports:

          Please submit your bug reports  to  Con-
          sider  subscribing  to  our mailing lists depending on your

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          We  would  like  to thank Troll Tech AS
          for creating Qt  and  our  sponsors  for  making   KDE  ONE
 in Arnsberg, Germany possi-


          We sincerely believe that we have initiated a new  era  for
          the  Unix  operating  system  and  hope  you will share our
          excitement. We hope that KDE will allow  you  to  get  your
          work  done  faster  and  more efficiently than ever. Please
          consider joining and supporting the project.

  The KDE Core Team



          We expect to be  rather  busy  in  the  future.
          Please  take note of the following list of official mirrors


          The packages will also be uploaded to:


          Expect the usual delays before all packages  are  available
          at all ftp sites.