By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-04-23 Print this article Print

.1.1"> KDE 2.1.1

The latest version of KDE Projects K Desktop Environment delivers the sort of smooth, predictable user experience vital to the future of Linux as a desktop operating system. KDE 2.1.1 is also a little less rough around the edges than GNOME, although another release of GNOME expected by the end of the year could close that gap.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // KDEs interface will be familiar to users of Windows but will, nevertheless, require a measure of retraining.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // KDE 2.1.1 could pave the way for wider eventual acceptance of Linux on corporate desktops.

Uses improved Konqueror file manager; allows desktop file preview; includes inproved theme support, giving users more control over the appearance of their desktop interface; anti-aliased fonts improve display quality.

Inconsistent support for cut-and-paste operations.

KDE Project, Gilbert, Ariz.; (480)732-1752; www.kde.org

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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