KDE to Celebrate 15th Birthday

by Susan Linton - Oct. 05, 2011Comments (3)

kdeKDE is having a global birthday party to celebrate 15 years and everyone is invited. Well, since we all can't actually get together in one spot, they'd like to inspire a bunch of parties happening simultaneously across the globe on October 14.

It all began much the way Linux began, with a message to a Usenet usergroup. Matthias Ettrich posted, "Programmers wanted!" for a "New Project: Kool Desktop Environment (KDE)". The rest is history. 15 years ago Ettrich was looking to create an interface for endusers - the regular desktop user and he and his fellow developers succeeded. KDE became the most popular desktop environment for free Unix desktops and remained so until the rise of Ubuntu propelled GNOME into that position. It will be interesting to see where the dueling desktops end up in the coming years.

Ettrich said at the time, "The idea is to create a GUI for an ENDUSER. Somebody who wants to browse the web with Linux, write some letters and play some nice games." But it became much more. It really became a complete graphical computer environment. It added applications and improved configurability to the point where one might consider it the consummate package.

KDE and Me

I recalling testing some early versions as I attempted to make my transition to Linux. Version 1.x was used in the distros I first tested and coming from Windows I felt so lost and confused. But when I was finally able to make the switch with Mandrake 7.2, KDE 1.99 was the shipped version (yes, Mandrake 7.2 shipped with a developmental version). I often give Mandrake the credit for facilitating my move to Linux, but KDE deserves a large share of that credit. Its good looks and ease of use paved the way. After I became more proficient using Linux, I looked forward to compiling every new KDE release - each better than the last. I was a fan.


KDE 2.x Desktop, December 2001


Back to the Party

KDE wants you to "help make it a BIG EVENT. The entire KDE community can't get together in person. So we're partying virtually. All day, all around the world, on October 14th."   Suggestions:

● Have a party
● With a KDE birthday cake!
● Celebrate your commitment to freedom with Kool photos
● Go big like they're doing in Spain
● Bring the KDE community to your party with status updates and other social media
● Email your plans, photos and event happenings to 15@kde.org
● Volunteer to translate the October 14th and follow up Dot stories. Think global. Party local.
● Invite others in your community to share the bounty and beauty of KDE
● Test 15 bugs to see if they're still relevant
● Make a gift of €15 or contribute in some other way
● For 15 minutes-test an app and file bugs, update KDE userbase, answer questions on the forum, hang out at #kde on freenode IRC
● Use hashtag #kde15 to share your plans and partying


Happy Birthday KDE!



In related news, KDE 4.7.2 was released with improved Kontact performance.

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No word on Steve Jobs considering the apple's contribution (though very few) to Open Source.

Still posting KDE's birthday when IT legend passed away.

shame on you ostatic.

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Im impressed by your Linux history.

But I dont think Ubuntu was when Gnome bypassed KDE.

A lof of BS went through that whole Qt isnt free enough and that I think was more a reason for the difference, not Ubuntu 5-6 yrs ago.

I think its hilarious that one of the main architects of that 'KDE isnt totally free so we will start our own'was Miguel Icaza who basically did a 180 degree switch a decade later and the better part of the latter of the decade crapping on free software wherever he could.

He was an absolutist then who not stand the idea of non-free-libre so much that he pushed back the Linux desktop a good 4--5 years with the splitting of the devs into two camps. A decade later, he is on the other side and is vociferous against anyone who has the same attitude he used to have.

We all become our fathers eventually, Miguel just did it faster and went from one extreme to another.

PS: I think that having multiple desktops is our strenght because not everyone loves chocolate, some like vanilla. In the long run this has helped us but the KDE split to create Gnome for idealogical reasons held us back and misused our resources.

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oh yes, lets all praise the genius of Jobs by all means. no disrespect to the dead but if you want to talk about free software and apple, then we could spend hours discussing KHTML and that whole saga which reflects well Jobs contempt for collaboration or the open source methodology.

you want to talk about openDarwin and its slow predictable death which is another example of how Apple cant play nicely with the other kids?

You want someone to drool over such Apple 'inventions' such as the mp3 player, flat screen phones, tablets, apps store and online music store, then you can find tons of sites who will claim all these prior inventions as his very own.

I prefer my tech news with a bit of truth and yes, I do believe that someone who popularizes a product should get some credit but NOT so much that history is rewritten. The amount of newscasts which talked about his vision about having a portable music player likethe Walkman are an absolute joke.

I covered the Diamond lawsuits (maker of the Rio) in my school paper so I know that the lawsuit by the RIAA was in 1998 and that the ipod came out in 2001.

Like I said, I like my tech news without the historical revisionism so feel free to go to jizzmodo or those other sites.

Apple likes surprises, and is one of the most secretive companies in existence. Free software, in contrast, relies on open development, and surprises are impossible. Apple can't make surprises while allowing external developers access to their codebase.

As a dev, it is of little interest to me.

And honestly, its not like you cant find coverage anywhere else.

Do you go to a lesbian site and whine that they had no articles on the death of Charlie Sheen?

good article. we will never speak of the screensaver ever again which is a very Apple thing to do so there you go.

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