New KDE Release for Linux Desktop

New Version of Leading Desktop for Linux and Other UNIXes Ships

December 5, 2000 (The INTERNET). The KDE Team today announced the release of KDE 2.0.1, a powerful, modular, Internet-enabled desktop. KDE 2.0.1 is a translation and bug-fix release and follows six weeks after the release of KDE 2.0, which constitutes the next generation of the award-winning KDE 1 series. KDE is the work product of hundreds of dedicated developers originating from over 30 countries.

The primary goals of the 2.0.1 release are to improve documentation and provide additional language translations for the user interface. As a result of the dedicated efforts of hundreds of translators, KDE 2 is now available in 33 languages and dialects, including the addition of Japanese in this release. Code development is currently focused on the branch that will lead to KDE 2.1, scheduled for release in first quarter 2001, so only a few significant code fixes and improvements are included in this release. A list of these changes and a FAQ about the release are available at the KDE website.

KDE 2.0.1 includes the core KDE libraries, the core desktop environment, the KOffice suite, as well as the over 100 applications from the other standard base KDE packages: Administration, Games, Graphics, Multimedia, Network, Personal Information Management (PIM), Toys and Utilities.

All of KDE 2.0.1 is available for free under an Open Source license. Likewise, Trolltech's Qt 2.2.2, the GUI toolkit on which KDE is based, is also available for free under two Open Source licenses: the Q Public License and the GNU General Public License.

More information about KDE 2 is available on the KDE 2.0.1 Info Page, an evolving FAQ about the release, in a slideshow presentation and on KDE's web site, including a number of screenshots, developer information and a developer's KDE 1 - KDE 2 porting guide.

Downloading and Compiling KDE

The source packages for KDE 2.0.1 are available for free download at or in the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server mirrors. KDE 2.0.1 requires qt-2.2.1, which is available from the above locations under the name qt-x11-2.2.1.tar.gz, although qt-2.2.2 is recommended. KDE 2.0.1 will not work with versions of Qt older than 2.2.1.

For further instructions on compiling and installing KDE, please consult the installation instructions and, if you encounter problems, the compilation FAQ.

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 2.0.1 will be available for free download under or under the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server mirrors. 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 distribution.

KDE 2.0.1 requires qt-2.2.1, the free version of which is available from the above locations usually under the name qt-x11-2.2.1, although qt-2.2.2 is recommended. KDE 2.0.1 will not work with versions of Qt older than 2.2.1.

At the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available for:

Please check the servers periodically for pre-compiled packages for other distributions. More binary packages will become available over the coming days and weeks.

About KDE

KDE is an independent, collaborative project by hundreds of developers worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop environment employing 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 web site.

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