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KDE is a network transparent contemporary desktop environment for UNIX workstations, which seeks to fill the need for an easy to use desktop for Unix workstations, similar to the desktop environments found under the MacOS or Microsoft Windows. The KDE Project, an Open Source organisation believes that the UNIX operating system is the best operating system available today and has been the undisputed choice of the information technology professional for many years. When it comes to stability, scalability and openness there is no competition to UNIX However the lack of an easy to use contemporary desktop environment for UNIX has prevented UNIX from finding its way onto the desktops of the typical computer user in offices and homes. UNIX dominates the server market and is the preferred computing platform for computing professional and scientists. Without UNIX the internet would not be. But UNIX did not address the needs of the average computer user.

The Desktop Environment

With KDE there is now a contemporary desktop environment available for UNIX. Together with a free implementation of UNIX such as GNU/Linux, UND(/KDE constitutes a completely free and open computing platform available to anyone flee of charge including its source code for anyone to modify. While there will always be room for improvement the KDE project believe they have delivered a viable alternative to some of the more commonly found and commercial operating systems/desktops combinations available today. It is hoped that the combination UNIX//KDE will finally bring the same open, reliable, stable and monopoly free computing to the average computer user that scientist and computing professionals world-wide have enjoyed for years.

The Application Development Framework

Authoring applications under UNIX/X11 used to be an extremely difficult and tedious process. KDE recognizes the fact that a computing platform is only as good as the amount of first class applications available to the users of that particular platform. In view of these circumstances the KDE Project has developed a compound document application framework, implementing the latest advances in framework technology and positioning itself in direct competition to such popular development frameworks as for example Microsoft's MFC/COM/ActiveX technology.

KDE The Office Application Suite

Leveraging the KDE application development framework a great number of applications have been built for the K Desktop Environment. A selection of those applications is contained in the KDE base distribution. At this moment KDE is developing an office application suite based on KDE's KParts technology consisting of a spread-sheet, a presentation application, an organizer, a news client and more.

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