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KDE 1.90 Release Announcement

Friday, 12 May 2000

KDE Desktop Available for Linux®

Beta Preview of Advanced Linux® Desktop May 11, 2000 (world, Internet). The KDE Team today announced the release of KDE 1.90, codenamed "Konfucious", a beta preview of KDE's next-generation, powerful, modular desktop. Following on the heels of the release of KDE 1.89 (Krash) in December 1999, Konfucious is based on Qt 2.1 and will include the core libraries, the core desktop environment, the KOffice suite, as well as most of the other standard base KDE packages: kdegames, kdenetwork, kdetoys and kdeutils. Konfucious is targeted at developers and interested users. For those compiling from source, please consult the compilation instructions.

"With KDE 2.0, Linux will be ready to tackle the corporate and consumer desktop," predicted Waldo Bastian, a core KDE developer. "This release presents a great opportunity for developers to prepare for the KDE 2.0 release and for users to preview and contribute to one of the most anticipated Open Source releases," added Kurt Granroth, KDE core developer and evangelist.

For the developer, KDE 1.90 provides a stable API which will enable developers to commence serious development of their application so they may time the release of their software to coincide with the release of KDE 2.0, scheduled for September 2000. It is anticipated that with the exception of aRts, the budding KDE 2.0 multimedia engine, and the KDE style engine, there will be few binary incompatible and fewer, if any, source incompatible changes in the core libraries through the 2.0 release. Further development will focus on finalizing aRts, fixing bugs, complying with the KDE Standards and Style Guides and maximizing performance, as well as completing testing of the other KDE base packages (kdenetwork, kdegames, etc.).

Konfucious offers a large number of major technological improvements to developers compared to the critically acclaimed KDE 1.x series. Chief among these are the Desktop COmmunication Protocol (DCOP), the i/o libraries (KIO), the component object model (KParts), an XML-based GUI class, and the standards-compliant HTML rendering engine (KHTML).

For the interested user, KDE 1.90 offers a fairly stable desktop suitable for a non-critical environment. Users who would like the opportunity to contribute to the further development of KDE can use this release as a basis for offering suggestions and bug reports, or those who are curious can evaluate the new frontier of the *nix desktop.

The attractions of Konfucious to users are manifold and impressive. The principal benefits to users lie in KDE's enhanced customizability, the KOffice suite, the cutting-edge technologies provided by Konqueror, and full Unicode support.


Konfucious source packages can be downloaded from:

Or one of its mirror sites.

Konfucious requires the recently released version 2.1 of the Qt toolkit.

The source package of Qt 2.1 is available at this location for your
convenience. Please note that this stable version of Qt has been officially released by Trolltech and is not part of the beta testing of KDE 1.90.

Konfucious does NOT work with Qt 1.x or Qt 2.0.

If your compilation of the sources does fail at some point please have a look at the Compilation FAQ.


Konfucious binary packages will are be available later this week from:

Currently you can find there rpms for Caldera 2.4 and Redhat 6.2.

Or one of its mirror sites.

About KDE

KDE is a collaborative project by hundreds of developers worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop environment employing a network-transparent, intuitive user interface. Currently development is focused on KDE 2, which will for the first time offer a free, Open Source, fully-featured office suite and which promises to make the Linux desktop as easy to use as Windows® and the Macintosh® while remaining loyal to open standards and empowering developers and users with Open Source software. KDE is working proof of how the Open Source software development model can create technologies on par with and superior to even the most complex commercial software.

For more information about KDE, please visit KDE's web site.

Press Contacts:
United States:Kurt Granroth
(1) 480 732 1752
Europe (French and English):David Faure
(44) 1225 471 300
Europe (German and English):Martin Konold
(49) 177 7473 202