KDE marches on
The group overseeing the free desktop software rolls out its latest
By Darryl K. Taft KDE 3. 5. 10 ships with ment) by the KDE project. and FSFE’s Freedom Task
Thekdecommunity a basic desktop and 15 The FLA is a copyright Force over the last 18
is continuing the other packages, including assignment that allows months.
aggressive release a PIM (personal informa- free software projects to “The FLA is a versa-schedule for its free desk- tion manager) package assign their copyrights tile document designed
top offering. and packages for admin- to a single organization to work across different
The group on Aug. istration, network, utili- or person. countries with different
26 announced the avail- ties, multimedia, games, Adriaan de Groot, vice perceptions of copyright
ability of KDE 3. 5. 10, a artwork and Web develop- president of KDE e.V., and authorship,” said
maintenance release of ment. said the organization is Shane Coughlan, FSFE’s
the free desktop for GNU Freedom Task Force coor-Linux and other Unix fla- The ABCs of KDE dinator.
vors. The KDE Community is aggressively Meanwhile, at the KDE
The KDE desktop is used rolling out releases of its free desktop Akadem y free soft ware
by a broad array of Linux offering. Key facts about KDE include: desktop summit, which
users, and although the KDE stands for K Desktop Environment ran Aug. 9 to 15 in Bel-KDE Community released and was founded in 1996 gium, Fabrizio Montesi,
KDE 4.1 at the end of July, KDE 1.0 was released in 1998 founder of ItalianaSoft-KDE e. V.—the nonprofit Community members want to offer a w a r e , d e m o n s t r a t e d
organization that repre- powerful and free desktop environment JOLIE, an open-source
sents the KDE Project— The KDE Project includes several stand- language for service-maintains the KDE 3. 5 alone applications based on KDE, including oriented programming.
series for its user base of KOffice, KDevelop, Kate, Kopete and K3b Montesi created JOLIE—
large organizations that which stands for Java
Source: e WEEK reporting
do not migrate to the next Orchestration Language
major release as quickly as Interpreter Engine—as a
others do. KDE officials said endorsing the use of a research project on ser-
The release of KDE users should expect to see particular FLA as the pre- vice-oriented computing.
3. 5. 10 follows the release the KDE 3. 5. 10 enhance- ferred way to assign copy- At Akademy, Mon-of KDE 3. 5. 9 in Febru- ments in the next release right to the association. tesi showed how JOLIE
ary. KDE 3. 5. 10 includes of their Linux products. “We recognize that brings new ways of
improvements in the KDE Most of the Linux distri- assignment is an option interaction through the
Kicker, which is the KDE butions and Unix oper- that individuals may wish network to KDE. One
application starter panel, ating systems do not to exercise; it is in no way example showed the sys-and KPDF, the desktop’s immediately incorporate pushed upon KDE con- tem’s media controller
PDF viewer. The panel new KDE releases, but tributors,” de Groot said. organizing control of the
improvements include will integrate KDE 3. 5. 10 “There are also other ave- KDE multimedia appli-better visibility on trans- packages in their next nues of copyright assign- cation—known as Ama-parent backgrounds, releases. mentavailablebesidesthe rok—through Web inter-themed arrow buttons in KDE officials also FLA, but we believe this faces, handheld devices
applets that were missing announced that the FSFE is the easiest way to get it and other applications.
them, and layout and anti- (Free Software Foundation done, with little fuss.” JOLIE handles the syn-aliasing fixes in various Europe) has welcomed KDE’s adoption of the chronizing of all those
applets. the adoption of the FLA FLA is the result of coop- different interfaces.