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.
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