Seven Years of KDE!

In this article (french), LinuxFrench reveals that 7 years ago, October 14th 1996 to be exact, Matthias Ettrich announced and detailed a new project that was in search of contributers. The project was temporarily dubbed the Kool Desktop Environment, later to simply become the K Desktop Environment. Of course, 7 years later and KDE is about to reach version 3.2, consists of 4.5 millions lines of code and represents the effort of nearly 1400 man-years. So Happy Birthday KDE, and long live Konqi!


Just want to say thanks to all who have made KDE what it is today, an awesome desktop.

Many thanks!

By jpaqman at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Thank you, and for only this long KDE has certaubly grown incredibly, especially recently.

By Patrick O'Keefe at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Yay for KDE! Thanks so very much everyone!

By Rayiner Hashem at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Thanks to everyone who's worked on KDE. It's amazing the accomplishments in such a short time!

BTW, where's the cake?

By Timothy R. Butler at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

We've come so far, yet have so far to go.


By anon at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Just do it!

By Pieere Pi at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Aye Karamba!

Let's hope for another successful seven years :o).

By Eike Hein at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

now i finally now where the K is from...
thanks kde for all those great years!!

By Mark Hannessen at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

yeah, so it should actually be cde
anyway, beginning almost every app with a K is uncool with a C

thanks for kde anyway

By ac at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

AFAIK CDE was the common desktop environment and ran on UNIX(TM), so KDE was called the *Kool* Desktop Environment to make fun of this. (I think this is somewhere on KDE myths). As KDE gathered life the Kool was shortened to K since it looked silly. (Personally i prefer Kool.)

P.S. I love the app-naming konvetion :).

By Konrad D. at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

I guess I'm an `ak` poster around here then ;)

By ac at Wed, 2003/10/22 - 5:00am

i ve just donated 50€ Euro to kde e.v. as an birthday present!!!

By gunnar at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

You all are doing excellent work. KDE is my favorite desktop of all time. I even prefer it over Apple's OS X desktop. Please keep up the great job you are doing.

By David Parks at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

I like this quote from Matthias Ettrich original Announcment.
"I admit the whole thing sounds a bit like fantasy."
Looks like KDE is quite real after 7 Years.
Keep up the good work!

By Calle at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Congratulations to all those that have made KDE so amazingly successful !

By Nassos Koyrendas at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Happy Birthday, KDE! A great effort.

P.S. Can you say "person-years"? I know you can!

By Jonathan Smith at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

...is about to reach version 3.2....

Can you please tell us when?!

BTW, nice job and thanx!

By step at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Probably sometime in december.

Beta1 real soon now.

By anon at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Happy Birthday!

By Torsten Rahn at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Thx to all kde ppl, for making a great piece of software!

By Dion Mes at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Thanks to KDE, integration with file types and other applications becomes a piece of cake!

And Konqueror has the most excellent HTML/CSS rendering :--)


By Darkelve at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am


By Gerry at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

KDE Rules. It is a superior desktop to anything I have seen (may be with the exception of two: Amiga and Max OSX). KDE needs more documentation and it is ready to top the world.

By Tom at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Happy Birthday!! I was a long time advocate of the "simple" Window Managers, but KDE has bacome my all time favourite!! :-)

By John at Mon, 2003/10/20 - 5:00am

Happy Birthday! :)

By Jorge Adriano at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

...and we will prevail.
anyways, happy birthday to KDE, this is a great step in history. And I've looked at the post that started it all, well, it quite got what it should. I am using KDE 3.1.4. (for everydaystuff) on my freshly compiled Gentoo together with Gnome 2.4. (adminning) and it is beautiful, hell fast, and it rocks XP right out of the box. Gee, phun came back to computers, thank you KDE guys and have a good 3.2 release :)
regards, Marcel

By Marcel Partap at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

Way to go to the KDE team.

Fabulous job.

By Gregory Carter at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

Rules! :-)

By Eugene at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

Many, many thanks to Matthias & KDE contributors for a truly awesome desktop environment that just keeps getting better! :-)

By Tom Hayward at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

Good job guys! Let's see KDE strong for another 7 years...

And to think, I use to think GNOME was the best desktop around :P

By nite at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

¡KDE es mi aplicación desktop favorita!!

¡Felíz cumpleaños, KDE!

Happy birthday!

Gratulere med dagen!

By R.A.P.P. at Tue, 2003/10/21 - 5:00am

happy burthday!

By Georgi at Wed, 2003/10/22 - 5:00am

I've been using it since 1.0beta2. It sucked back then, but it sucked less than the other desktop environments available. The reason I started using it was that I came from a windows environment and I wanted the basics to behave like in windows. For example, I was used to using ALT+F4 to close a window and I didn't want to learn another shortcut just because some project descided aother shortcut was more logical.

Today KDE is awesome and still provides an easy way for newbies that come from MacOS or Windows to start using Linux and it gives a lot of power to experienced users.

KDE developers: THANK YOU!

By KW at Wed, 2003/10/22 - 5:00am

Actualmente na minha casa, toda a gente usa o linux, e o desktop é kde. Uma prova viva de que o kde está cada vez mais perto do sonho de se tornar um desktop de massas. Parebéns a todos e muito obrigado!

By Daniel Silva at Thu, 2003/10/23 - 5:00am

... and a great Kongratulation to the whole developer group AND the faithful and supportive user base. Way to go people!

By Vajsravana at Thu, 2003/10/23 - 5:00am

Thanks to everyone who involved in this project, it is simply the best desktop environment. Keep up the good work!

By Happy KDE User at Thu, 2003/10/23 - 5:00am

And the thing that makes me happier is that it's getting better and better with age. Kde 3.2 will be great, and I can't even imagine how good KDE will get when it reaches it's 10th anniversary.

Maybe we can get a special version then? :)

By Iuri Fiedoruk at Sat, 2003/10/25 - 5:00am

Good Work!

By Jooram at Sat, 2003/10/25 - 5:00am

A marvelous work.Thanks to all contributors.

By Liu Xiao Gang at Sat, 2003/10/25 - 5:00am

A marvelous work.Thanks to all contributors.

By Liu Xiao Gang at Sat, 2003/10/25 - 5:00am

Thank you for this great work and thank you for your open minds,
all people around the world can use KDE equally and it is really wonderfull :)

By Davoud Seyedin at Tue, 2003/10/28 - 6:00am

I must also throw my two cents into the ring. To all those who have worked on making KDE as good as it is, THANKS! You've done a fine job.

By Howard Coles Jr. at Wed, 2003/10/29 - 6:00am

I've been using KDE from 1.x on ...and i have to say it's getting better and better :D

I'd like to thank all the devs (old and new) and express my great love and gratitude towards KDE!!!

Keep up the great work, guys (and gals!)

By Matija "hook" Suklje at Wed, 2003/10/29 - 6:00am