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Two Years Ago....

  • July 12, 2000
  • By Dennis E. Powell

It's wonderful to be wishing KDE a happy third birthday--the day it was released being its first birthday--but even more exciting is anticipation of KDE2. A bunch of guys named Stephan and Matthias--and Harri, and David, and Don, and Mosfet, and now there's even an Emily, and hundreds more--are producing a desktop so innovative that it will cause anyone who approaches it with an open mind to rethink much of his or her own approach to computing. Konqueror and KOffice are simply remarkable. Lots of things have changed, almost all for the better. (Though I still want my taskbar at the top of the screen, KDE-1.x style, dammit.) Though it does much more than KDE-1.x ever hoped to do, it still manages to be accessible to the inquisitive user. I'm not saying that everyone should rush out to grab the latest KDE2 source code and build it today, because much of it ain't soup yet. But it's clear that KDE2 is going to be a tremendous accomplishment indeed. The KDE developers have followed their own clear vision, embracing features that make sense and eschewing ones that have become defacto standards for no apparent reason.

Which is why, two years after that initial release, the K Desktop Environment leads the way in whole broad areas of desktop design.

It will be exciting, too, to see what these folks cook up a year, two years, five years down the line. Will their inspiration stick with them? Will they continue to resist the pressure to make KDE less than it could be? Just how many rabbits does that hat contain, anyway?

However things turn out, the people of KDE have already achieved a very great deal. If you're one of the millions of happy KDE users, it might be a nice thing to take a minute today to drop a note to one or another of the KDE developers, just to say thanks.

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