KDE 3.0 Is Big on Usability

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-01-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I've predicted that 2002 will bring with it more usable brands of desktop Linux, thanks in part to KDE 3.0 and GNOME 2.0 desktop environment releases.

Ive predicted that 2002 will bring with it more usable brands of desktop Linux, thanks in part to KDE 3.0 and GNOME 2.0 desktop environment releases. After putting the initial beta release of KDE 3.0 through its paces, Im feeling secure with my prognostication.

Most of the differences in the feel and operation of KDE 3.0, as compared with Version 2.2.2, appear courtesy of the Qt-3.0.1 framework from which this KDE release is built.

Windows users will find the interface more familiar than in past versions, since KDE functions such as file save dialogs are now more Windows-like.

The KDE 3.0 beta also has improved IMAP handling in its messaging application, KMail, as well as support for multiple monitors.

KDE 3.0 is slated for release midway through this year, but if youd like an early look, the source code for KDE 3.0 is freely downloadable at 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. Jason's 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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