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K Desktop Environment 1

K Desktop Environment 1
K Desktop Environment 1.0
Developer(s) KDE
Initial release 12 July 1998 (1998-07-12)
Stable release 1.1.2 / 13 September 1999 (1999-09-13)
Development status Superseded by K Desktop Environment 2
Written in C++
Operating system Unix-like with X11
Platform Qt 1[1]
Available in Multiple languages
Type Desktop environment
License GNU GPL
Website .orgkde

K Desktop Environment 1 was the inaugural series of releases of the K Desktop Environment. There were two major releases in this series.


  • Pre-release 1
  • K Desktop Environment 1.0 2
  • K Desktop Environment 1.1 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


K Desktop Environment Beta 3

The development started right after Matthias Ettrich’s announcement on 14 October 1996 (1996-10-14) to found the Kool Desktop Environment.[2] The word Kool was dropped shortly afterward and the name became simply K Desktop Environment.[1]

In the beginning, all components were released to the developer community separately without any coordinated timeframe throughout the overall project. First communication of KDE via mailing list, that was called[3]

The first coordinated release was Beta 1 on 20 October 1997 (1997-10-20) – almost exactly one year after the original announcement.[4] Three additional Betas followed 23 November 1997 (1997-11-23), 1 February 1998 (1998-02-01), and 19 April 1998 (1998-04-19).[5]

K Desktop Environment 1.0

Release schedule
Date[5] Event
20 October 1997 (1997-10-20) KDE Beta 1 released
12 July 1998 (1998-07-12) KDE 1.0 released
4 March 1999 (1999-03-04) KDE 1.1 released
3 May 1999 (1999-05-03) 1.1.1 Maintenance release
13 September 1999 (1999-09-13) 1.1.2 Maintenance release
On 12 July 1998 (1998-07-12) the finished version 1.0 of K Desktop Environments was released:

This version received mixed reception. Many criticized the use of the Qt software framework – back then under the FreeQt license which was claimed to not be compatible with free software[1][7][8] – and advised the use of Motif or LessTif instead. Despite that criticism, KDE was well received by many users and made its way into the first Linux distributions.[9]

K Desktop Environment 1.1

K Desktop Environment 1.1

An update, K Desktop Environment 1.1, was faster, more stable and included many small improvements. It also included a new set of icons, backgrounds and textures. Among this overhauled artwork was a new KDE logo by Torsten Rahn consisting of the letter K in front of a gear[10] which is used in revised form to this day.

Some components received more far-reaching updates, such as the Konqueror predecessor kfm, the application launcher kpanel, and the KWin predecessor kwm. Newly introduced were e. g. kab, a software library for address management, and a rewrite of KMail, called kmail2, which was installed as alpha version in parallel to the classic KMail version. kmail2, however, never left alpha state and development was ended in favor of updating classic KMail.

K Desktop Environment 1.1 was well received among critics.[1]

At the same time Trolltech prepared version 2.0 of Qt which was released as beta on 28 January 1999 (1999-01-28).[11] Consequently, no bigger upgrades for KDE 1 based on Qt 1 were developed. Instead only bugfixes were released: version 1.1.1 on 3 May 1999 (1999-05-03)[12] and version 1.1.2 on 13 September 1999 (1999-09-13).[13]

A more profound upgrade along with a port to Qt 2 was in development as K Desktop Environment 2.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ Matthias Ettrich: New Project: Kool Desktop Environment. Programmers wanted! on Usenet, 14 October 1996 (1996-10-14)
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  5. ^ a b KDE History – Time table
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