On Tuesday at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, KDE founder Matthias Ettrich was awarded the Software Tools User Group award, shared jointly with Miguel de Icaza of GNOME. The award is in recognition of the impressive work of the Unix desktop projects over the last 9 years.
In the award speech the Usenix Board director mentioned that only when Matthias Ettrich, together with an ever growing number of open minded developers and contributors, started the KDE project that the inferior UNIX GUIs started to compete with and overtake those of other platforms.
A primary strength of KDE is how it allows the traditional philosophies of UNIX to map nicely to a modern graphical interface, providing easy access to underlying features.
Martin Konold, who received the award on behalf of Matthias, was pleased at being greeted with Konqueror equipped workstations running KDE at the USENIX registration desk and the ongoing appreciation of the KDE project.
Martin commented: "The fact that KDE gets appreciated this much and that KDE is the market leader in UNIX and Linux desktops today is negligible compared to the extremely important effort to create a single specification of the free desktop environment with multiple implementations including the GNOME effort as done within the framework of freedesktop.org. Plurality of the implementations while adhering to common agreed upon standards is crucial for acceptance by both users, solution providers,
3rd party open source developers and ISVs offering proprietary applications. The history of operating systems and graphical user interfaces shows us that going for a monoculture at the expense of healthy ecosystems is wrong and consequently KDE also puts a significant effort into making sure that it runs nicely on all GNU/Linux, *BSD and UNIX systems"