Introduction

This page is aimed at journalists and (web) publishers who would like to write about KDE. It offers some guidance on how to write about Free Software and the KDE community in particular and where to find relevant and up-to-date information.

General information about Free Software and KDE

About KDE

KDE is an international community that creates Free Software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, and comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites. KDE offers hundreds of software titles in many categories including web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development.

KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE4's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.

The KDE technology platform consists of 3 distinct parts::

It is important to make the distinction described above. An application written with the KDE Development Platform can run anywhere and not just in the KDE Workspace, fitting in well on a Windows, Mac or Gnome desktop. Likewise, the KDE Workspace works well even with applications not written with the KDE Development Platform. It integrates application notifications and other such functionality thanks to extensive efforts to support standardization on the Free Desktop.

KDE is legally represented by the KDE e.V., a German-based but otherwise international non-profit association. The association aids in creating and distributing KDE by securing financial, computer hardware and other donations, using them to aid KDE development and promotion. It also provides legal support to developers when needed. The KDE e.V. consists of over 200 members of the KDE community, is chaired by a board elected by the members and has 1 paid administrative employee. Note that 'the e.V.' has no influence on development whatsoever but only facilitates the community.

Information on KDE

A list of official KDE announcements can be found on the KDE announcement page.

If you are looking for a KDE logo or other clipart have a look at the kde logo and image page. Trading and branding with the KDE Logo is subject to our trademark licence. For more details on their usage please see the KDE CIG Logo page.

Screenshots of KDE can be found on the KDE screenshot page. If you need any more images or anything graphics related you can contact the KDE artist team with information found on this page.

This page offers information on writing articles about KDE including pointers to resources and culture of the KDE community. It is highly recommended to read through it if you want to write or talk about KDE.

Further questions, interview requests, conference and meeting information or other general inquiries can directed to kde-promo@kde.org.

Finally, we offer a few facts & numbers about KDE:


* 'most measures' being, amongst others, the KDE and Gnome Commit digests, Ohloh and markmail.