KDE 2.1 is officially out! This is a solid release with major improvements to Konqueror and KMail, the addition of the excellent IDE KDevelop, as well as the modular new multimedia player noatun. It has a whole slew of improvements over 2.0; you can find the change log here. The full press release is attached. Enjoy -- I already installed it and it rules!
DATELINE FEBRUARY 26, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New KDE Desktop Ready for the Enterprise
KDE Ships Leading Desktop with Advanced Web Browser for Linux
and Other UNIXes
February 26, 2001 (The INTERNET).
Project today announced the release of KDE 2.1,
a powerful and easy-to-use Internet-enabled desktop for Linux. KDE
features Konqueror, a
state-of-the-art web browser, as an integrated
component of its user-friendly desktop environment, as well as
an advanced IDE, as a central component of KDE's powerful
This release marks a leap forward in Linux desktop stability, usability
and maturity and is suitable for enterprise deployment.
The KDE Project strongly encourages all users to upgrade to KDE 2.1.
KDE and all its components are available for free under
Open Source licenses from the KDE
and its mirrors and can
also be obtained on CD-ROM.
KDE 2.1 is available in
33 languages and
ships with the core KDE
libraries, the core desktop environment (including Konqueror), developer
packages (including KDevelop), as well
as the over 100 applications from the other
standard base KDE packages (administration, games,
graphics, multimedia, network, PIM and utilities).
"This second major release of the KDE 2 series is a real improvement in
terms of stability, performance
and features," said David Faure, release manager for KDE 2.1 and
KDE Representative at
"KDE 2 has
now matured into a solid, intuitive and complete desktop for daily use.
Konqueror is a full-featured and robust web browser
and important applications like the mail client (KMail) have greatly
The multimedia architecture has made great strides and
this release inaugurates the new media player noatun,
which has a modular, plugin design for playing the latest audio and
For development, KDE 2.1 for the first time is bundled
with KDevelop, an outstanding IDE/RAD which will be comfortably familiar to
developers with Windows development backgrounds.
In short, KDE 2.1
is a state-of-the-art desktop and development environment,
and positions Linux/Unix to make significant inroads in the home and
"KDE 2.1 opens the door to widespread adoption of the Linux desktop
and will help provide the success on the desktop that Linux already
enjoys in the server space," added Dirk Hohndel, CTO of
"With its intuitive
interface, code maturity and excellent development tools and environment, I am
confident that enterprises and third party developers will realize
the enormous potential KDE offers and will migrate their workstations
and applications to Linux/KDE."
"KDE boasts an outstanding graphical design and robust functionality," said
Sheila Harnett, Senior Technical Staff Member for IBM's Linux Technology
"KDE 2.1 significantly raises the bar for Linux desktop
functionality, usability and quality in virtually every aspect of the
KDE 2: The K Desktop Environment.
is KDE 2's next-generation web browser,
file manager and document viewer.
Konqueror has a component-based architecture which combines the features and
functionality of Internet Explorer/Netscape
Communicator and Windows Explorer.
Konqueror supports the full gamut of current Internet technologies,
(Cascading Style Sheets), SSL (Secure Socket Layer for secure communications)
and Netscape Communicator plug-ins (for Flash, RealAudio, RealVideo
and similar technologies).
In addition, KDE offers seamless network transparency for accessing
or browsing files on Linux, NFS shares, MS Windows
SMB shares, HTTP pages, FTP directories, LDAP directories and audio CDs.
plug-in nature of KDE's file architecture makes it simple to add additional
protocols (such as IPX, WebDAV or digital cameras) to KDE, which would
then automatically be available to all KDE applications.
KDE's configurability and customizability
touches every aspect of the desktop.
KDE offers a unique cascading
customization feature where customization settings are inherited through
different layers, from global to per-user, permitting enterprise-wide
and group-based configurations.
KDE's sophisticated theme support
starts with Qt's style engine, which permits developers and artists to
create their own widget designs.
KDE 2.1 ships with over 14 of these styles,
some of which emulate the look of various operating systems.
KDE includes a new theme manager and does an excellent job of
importing themes from GTK and GNOME.
Moreover, KDE 2 fully
supports Unicode and KHTML is the only free HTML rendering engine on
Linux/X11 that features nascent support for BiDi scripts
such as Arabic and Hebrew.
KDE 2 features an advanced, network-transparent multimedia architecture
based on aRts, the Analog Realtime Synthesizer.
ARts is a full-featured sound system which
includes a number of effects and filters, a modular analog synthesizer
and a mixer.
The aRts sound server provides network transparent sound support for
both input and output using MCOP, a CORBA-like network design, enabling
applications running on remote computers to output sound and receive
input from the local workstation.
This architecture provides a much-needed complement
to the network transparency provided by X and for the first time permits
users to run their applications remotely with sound enabled.
Moreover, aRts enables multiple applications (local or remote) to
output sound and/or video concurrently.
Video support is available for MPEG versions
1, 2 and 4 (experimental), as well as the AVI and DivX formats.
Using the aRts component technology, it is very easy to develop
Besides the exceptional compliance with Internet and file-sharing standards
mentioned above, KDE 2 is a leader in
compliance with the available Linux desktop standards.
KWin, KDE's new
re-engineered window manager, complies to the new
Konqueror and KDE comply with the Desktop
Konqueror uses the
standard for its bookmarks.
KDE 2 largely complies with the
X Drag-and-Drop (XDND)
protocol as well as with the
X11R6 session management protocol (XSMP).
KDE 2: The K Development Environment.
KDE 2.1 offers developers a sophisticated IDE as well as a rich set
of major technological improvements over the critically acclaimed
KDE 1 series.
Chief among the technologies are
the Desktop COmmunication Protocol (DCOP), the
I/O libraries (KIO), the component
object model (KParts), an XML-based GUI class, and
a standards-compliant HTML rendering engine (KHTML).
KDevelop is a leading Linux IDE
with numerous features for rapid application
development, including a GUI dialog builder, integrated debugging, project
management, documentation and translation facilities, built-in concurrent
development support, and much more.
KParts, KDE 2's proven component object model, handles
all aspects of application embedding, such as positioning toolbars and insertingthe proper menus when the embedded component is activated or deactivated.
KParts can also interface with the KIO trader to locate available handlers for
specific mimetypes or services/protocols.
This technology is used extensively by the
KOffice suite and Konqueror.
KIO implements application I/O in a separate
process to enable a
non-blocking GUI without the use of threads.
The class is network and protocol transparent
and hence can be used seamlessly to access HTTP, FTP, POP, IMAP,
NFS, SMB, LDAP and local files.
Moreover, its modular
and extensible design permits developers to "drop in" additional protocols,
such as WebDAV, which will then automatically be available to all KDE
KIO also implements a trader which can locate handlers
for specified mimetypes; these handlers can then be embedded within
the requesting application using the KParts technology.
The XML GUI employs XML to create and position
menus, toolbars and possibly
other aspects of the GUI.
This technology offers developers and users
the advantage of simplified configurability of these user interface elements
across applications and automatic compliance with the
and Style Guide irrespective of modifications to the standards.
DCOP is a client-to-client communications
protocol intermediated by a
server over the standard X11 ICE library.
The protocol supports both
message passing and remote procedure calls using an XML-RPC to DCOP "gateway".
Bindings for C, C++ and Python, as well as experimental Java bindings, are
KHTML is an HTML 4.0 compliant rendering
and drawing engine.
will support the full gamut of current Internet technologies, including
(Cascading Style Sheets), SSL (Secure Socket Layer for secure communications)
and Netscape Communicator plugins (for
RealAudio, RealVideo and similar technologies).
The KHTML class can easily
be used by an application as either a widget (using normal window
parenting) or as a component (using the KParts technology).
KHTML, in turn, has the capacity to embed components within itself
using the KParts technology.
Downloading and Compiling KDE 2.1
The source packages for KDE 2.1 are available for free download at
http://ftp.kde.org/stable/2.1/distribution/tar/generic/src/ or in the
equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
KDE 2.1 requires
qt-2.2.4, which is available in source code from Trolltech as
KDE 2.1 should work with Qt-2.2.3 but Qt-2.2.4 is recommended.
For further instructions on compiling and installing KDE 2.1, please consult
instructions and, if you encounter problems, the
Installing Binary Packages
Some distributors choose to provide binary packages of KDE for certain
versions of their distribution.
Some of these binary packages for KDE 2.1
will be available for free download under
or under the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
Please note that the
KDE team is not responsible for these packages as they are provided by third
parties -- typically, but not always, the distributor of the relevant
KDE 2.1 requires qt-2.2.4, the free version of which is available
from the above locations usually under the name qt-x11-2.2.4.
should work with Qt-2.2.3 but Qt-2.2.4 is recommended.
At the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available for:
- Caldera eDesktop 2.4: i386
- Debian GNU/Linux:
- Linux-Mandrake 7.2: i586
- RedHat Linux:
- SuSE Linux:
- 7.1: i386 and Sparc; please also check the i18n or noarch directory for common files
- 7.0: i386 and PPC; please also check the i18n or noarch directory for common files
- 6.4: i386; please also check the i18n or noarch directory for common files
- 6.3: i386; please also check the i18n or noarch directory for common files
Please check the servers periodically for pre-compiled packages for other
More binary packages will become available over the
coming days and weeks.
What Others Are Saying
KDE 2.1 has already earned accolades from industry leaders worldwide.
A sampling of comments follows.
"We welcome the release of KDE 2.1," stated Dr. Markus Draeger, Senior Manager for Partner Relations at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "The release introduces several important new components, like KDevelop and the media player noatun, and overall is a major step forward for this leading GUI on Linux."
"We are very excited about the enhancements in KDE 2.1 and we are pleased
to be able to contribute to the project," said Rene Schmidt, Corel's
Executive Vice-President, Linux Products. "KDE continues to improve with
each release, and these enhancements will make our easy-to-use Linux
distribution for the desktop even better."
"A greater number and availability of Linux applications is an important
factor that will determine if Linux permeates the enterprise desktop,"
said Drew Spencer, Chief Technology Officer for Caldera Systems, Inc.
"KDE 2.1 addresses this issue with the integration of the Konqueror
browser and KDevelop, a tool that allows developers to create
applications in C++ for all kinds of environments. Together with the
existing tools available for KDE, KDevelop is a one-stop solution for
"With the 2.1 release, KDE again demonstrates its capacity to offer rich
software and provide a complete and stable environment for everyday use",
added Gaël Duval, co-founder of Mandrakesoft. "This latest release
has paved the way for KDE on user's desktops in the enterprise as well
as at home. From the full-featured web browser to the friendly
configuration center, it provides all the common facilities many
computers users need to abandon Windows entirely."
KDE is an independent, collaborative project by hundreds of developers
worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop environmentemploying a component-based, network-transparent architecture.
KDE is working proof of the power of the Open Source "Bazaar-style" software
development model to create first-rate technologies on par with
and superior to even the most complex commercial software.
For more information about KDE, please visit KDE's
More information about KDE 2 is available in two
presentations and on
KDE's web site, including an evolving
FAQ to answer questions about
migrating to KDE 2.1 from KDE 1.x, a number of
screenshots, developer information and
KDE 1 - KDE 2 porting guide.
KDE and K Desktop Environment are trademarks of KDE e.V.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
Unix is a registered trademark of The Open Group.
Trolltech and Qt are trademarks of Trolltech AS.
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Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Flash is a trademark or registered trademark of Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.
RealAudio and RealVideo are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.
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I use gnome AND konqueror.
It' s no problem to use a gnome application with
KDE or a KDE application with gnome.
So I don't understand the discussion KDE versus
GNOME. Both are cool.
Plus, it's really free (unlike KDE, which uses software from TrollTech).
Last I knew, the QPL was pretty darn free. If you don't believe me, go to GNU's website and look at what licenses RMS himself considers to be free. In any case, isn't it clear we're having fun celebrating 2.1 here? You don't like KDE, write some bug reports or something; don't whine. As for the coolness factor, perhaps you haven't heard of klegacyimport. *sigh*
KDE2.1 is GPLed, so it is just as free as Gnome.
Anyway, you must be trolling, so I won't respond further.
While we are all entitled to our own opinions, that is no reason for you to be a troll. While I prefer GNOME as a desktop, I still like KDE and I find that the main apps I use are from KDE (namely Konqueror and Kmail). A major reason I chose GNOME in the first place was because of QT's restrictive licensing. This, however, has been rectified, with QT now having a GPL-compatible license. There is no longer any real political reason to choose one over the other. Both are technically brilliant, and I hope that the competition between the two continues so that they push each other to new heights. This doesn't mean that they cannot cooperate on simple things like drag and drop.
In short, congrats to the KDE team for version 2.1 and good luck to the GNOME team for version 1.4. And long live free software!
I am against TrollTech. I will troll all I want because I hate TrollTech and there stupid not really free Qt development kit.
It is free. It is GPL:ed
There is absolutely no need to hate Trolltech. They are marvelous programmers, they have created the best toolkit ever in the history of computer science and they put it under GPL license, so what do you want more from them???
If you want, you can use their toolkit for free, absolutely free. Talking about stupid development kit, I personally think that, if any of the two, GTK+ fits more to this description than QT. QT is really OO, has clean interface, implements some features that are not in the GTK+ (yet), ... I also don't understand why you complain in the KDE site about this. If you don't like it, just don't use it and please stop critisizing people who put their free time into creating better, GPL-ed desktop. Instead, they deserve praise and admiration from all of us.
QT is available under the GPL. Unless you are a BSD fanatic, that should be as free as you can get. If you are a BSD fanatic, you won't like Gnome's licence either.
You sir, are an idiot. Oh, and a troll...but you even admit that (I'm surprised you've got the two brain cells to rub together for that level of honesty).
In the off-chance that your semi-literate whining is in some way real, let me just say that -you- are a prime example of why the Linux community is going rapidly down the toilet.
Qt is GPL'd. GEE-PEEE-ELLL'd. In other words, for you Slashdorks out there, "Free as in speech" and "Free as in beer".
People like you seem to be desperate for 'something' to hate TrollTech for, now that they've released Qt under the GPL....I bet you miss the good old days of the Cold War, too! You're so desperate to find a villan to hate...well let me tell you, TrollTech has done a LOT for the Linux community, despite the mountains of heaping BS that has been foisted on them by ungrateful mouse-jockeys like yourself over the past several years.
So please...do us all a favour...return to Slashdot, LUsenet or whatever your favourite cesspool hangout is.
LOL i think i'm in love. I'm sick of the "slashdorks" as well.
QT is not free for windows, nor dos it work well. GTK is free for Windows and it works well. GTK is better, faster, cooler, freeer, than QT. KDE is the worst thing for Linux. They get a bunch of good developers behind them and make sophisticated programs that are all meant to be used only under KDE. KOffice, Konquerer, etc, could have been made for X desktops in general and with the Krap left out, even using the Qt toolkit, having a different name/about/etc and be much more useful to the Linux/BSD community.
You just want to dig yourself deeper, don't you?
QT is not free for windows
So port the X11-version to Windows, nobody's stopping you.
, nor dos it work well. GTK is free for Windows and it works well. GTK is better, faster, cooler, freeer, than QT
This removes any possibility, that you have actually tried to program with either one.
KDE is the worst thing for Linux. They get a bunch of good developers behind them and make sophisticated programs that are all meant to be used only under KDE.
How bout trying to come up with something more substantial than that general handwaving?
KOffice, Konquerer, etc, could have been made for X desktops in general and with the Krap left out
That "Krap" you want removed is exactly what makes these programs so sophisticated. Konqueror for example is, for most part, just a wrapper to this "Krap". Go back under the rock, troll.
I never, never was!
You obviously don't use KDE, or even like it. So the fact that you are prepared to go out of your way to venture onto this site and say what you're saying proves that you are only here to:
1) cause trouble
2) demonstrate to everyone your complete lack of respect for others who support of the Open Source way!
3) show us what a complete moron you are
Get lost!! We don't want your kind on this forum.
We have the KDE developers and TrollTech.
You're just a troll (not tech). Kid, grow up. If you don't like it, just don't use it.
KDE users unite agaist the rabid slashdorks!!! LOL
Hmm, as far as I know, QT is dual licensed. Either GPL or QPL. Choose what you like. Please explain what's more free than free. I you don't have to pay a single cent for a pice of GPLed Software. How can there be something that's more free than that?
Of course when we talk of free we mean source code and not cost. But that's by the by.
It is GPL, therefore free as in speech as well as free as in beer.
I really don't think anyone is impressed with your comments.
Krash = bug-buddy aren't they the same?
Anyways there is room for both Kde and Gnome, so do me a favor and just go troll around gnome.org there should be something of interest for you there.
Have a nice day and hopefully I won't see you around! :o)
Clean interface??!!! KDE2 has a much better and cleaner interface. Gnome is just a fucking mess. Too many gnome apps have too many little windows floating around. KDE2 is genereally cleaner because everything is neatly organized in one window.
Gnome need a installer because it was such a pain to install. KDE has allways been easy. Just download the rpms and type : rpm -ivh *.rpm.
How hard is that??
And Gnome doesn't look much much better. It looks like shit. The widgets are layd out terrible (probably because Gtk's layout manager sucks). The shape and sizes of buttons and widgets are almost allways wrong. Either too small or too large. The icons is disgusting with their military brown green color. And since KDE2 can use Gnome themes I don't see why Gnome can look better.
Qt is free you moron.
And get depressed.
Clean my #$%?. Its the most depressing interface I've seen (And believe me I've seen lots.).
Apps? I'm trying to find a simple PCB design tool that works correctly under GNOME.
And Mr. Rip-Van-Winkle The new QT has ben made free way back. You should read more often.
GNOME at best is good to prove that people should continue using KDE2.
GNOME crashes and since all crashes are unrecoverable its no use giving an app like KRASH. I ran out of patience recording GNOME bugs and said "Forget it!! Why bother?"
GNOME might be best used to play FREECELL for two hours (Cause it crashes after that).
cool... RMS trolls on dot.kde.org...
this gnome seem's like a little guy
who try to be important by making much noise.
nowadays, everybody likes to use KDE and GNOME at the same machine. I am not the exception, I like both.
Of course, this war is good for Linux/Unix. KDE and GNOME are growing very fast and they are improving too.
THE SOLUTION ARE BOTH.Both are really cool.
I'm having some trouble with the RH 7.0 RPMs. The kde-multimedia package, fails to find some dependencies. any ideas?
Everything else works great... Thank you.
libartsc.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
libartsflow.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
libartsflow_idl.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
libkmedia2_idl.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
libkmid.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
libmcop.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
libqtmcop.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
libsoundserver_idl.so.0 is needed by kdemultimedia-2.1-0.70.2
I have the same problems and found, that the same applies to kdelibs-sound-2.1-0.70.2.i386.rpm
I have some strange problems. I've lost my settings for sound and in superuser mode, I finally got sound to work but it was strange and don't know how exactly I did this. Biggest problme was finding a way for midi. I could see one selection that wasn't set, and did it.
However, when not in superuser mode, settings are gone and can't figure it out. I tried doing the same thing when I was in superuser mode but nothing shows up to select!
Could somebody tell me how to get my sound settings back?
Also, something happened in the installation and I also the sounds settings for Gnome! Help!
the reason is that artsd is missing in the red hat 7.0 packages.
Best solution I could find was to pull the arts.rpm file from the last 2.1beta2 rpm directory for RH 7.0. Perhaps a bit backlevel, but it works fine and resolved all those dependency issues... Regards, Diego
Yes, I'm having trouble also! On Suse 7.1, I downloaded all the RPMs needed to upgrade to KDE 2.2, and I try installing kdelibs-2.2.0-1.i386.rpm first (since the install instructions say to install that one first).
I get the error message:
libartsflow.so.0 is needed by kdelibs-2.2.0-1
libartsflow_idl.so.0 is needed by..... (etc...)
If you get a resolution to this, please let me know!
:)... just install audiofile.rpm which you can download from SuSE server...
When do you think it will be ok to remove the word "will" from the KHTML description?
It makes it seem like it does not support everything that is listed yet.
It might be better to say that it supports most of them.. ?
Hello developers. Congratulations! Now a question. I just upgraded my CVS sources to the KDE_2_1_RELEASE tag. But I noticed the module kdesdk I got with cvs co was downgraded to admin/ and various *.desktop files. Doing a cvs status -v Makefile.cvs (thanks Johannes!) I see there are KDE_2_1_RELEASET (shouldn't it be KDE_2_1_RELEASE ?), KDE_2_1, and KDE_2_1_BETA2 tags.
BTW, KDE 2.1 should build without major problems with the upcoming gcc 3.0 (no, I won't use the snapshots) ?
The release says that a precompiled package is available for FreeBSD. I'm trying to decide if I want to try it, or build kde from source. I've had problems with binaries (on Linux Mandrake) in the past (they were *slow*) so I'm wondering what this batch is like.
Compiling from source is always a safe bet I would say. Also, I fear those binary packages are a myth.
We really need a kde-freebsd list to make sure KDE is always kosher.
I've been using it since this morning on my FreeBSD 4.2-STABLE and I haven't find any significant bugs. Everything works great and fast. I think there's no reason to compile from source unless you want to make some optimizations (like -mpentiumpro and so on).
I'd like to thank all the KDevelopers! Thank you guys, KDE rocks! :)
I just upgraded from 2.0.1 to 2.1. I was using the Redhat Wolverine XFree 4.0.2 and qt which gave me nice AA'd fonts on 2.0.1. I didn't upgrade qt - only the KDE packaged and the AA fonts have dissappeared. Is there an option in 2.1 to switch them back on?
They still appear in kdm and in the splash screen BTW.
K > Settings > Look N Feel > Style
(the names may not be the same as i described, i'm using kde in pt_BR)
>> K > Settings > Look N Feel > Style
I don't see anything there relating to AA fonts. I'm using the RH7.0 RPMS for KDE2.1 BTW.
hum.. if you have XFree86 4.0.2 and qt-2.2.4-4 you need the wolverine packages.
Makes sense. Thanks - I'll try that.
That worked! Cheers.
I am having this same problem with redhat 6.2
Anyone have any ideas?
What is "wolverine"? Can I download XFree-4.0.2 with AA-fonts RPMS somewhere?
What is "wolverine"? Can I download XFree-4.0.2 with AA-fonts RPMS somewhere?
It's the latest Redhat 7.1 Beta test. With a few downloads I got the XF86 4.0.2 RPMS to work under RH7. With this and the wolverine qt rpms I magically got AA fonts with KDE 2.0.1.
Get wolverine here (or mirrors) ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/beta
I want use NS plugins. I read that I should go to "Preferences/WebBrowsing/Netscape plugins". But there is (at preferences/webbrowsing) no any item like "netscape plugs" :( what's wrong?