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Old 04-16-2003, 12:40 AM   #1
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what does KDE really stands for?!


what does KDE stands for??

when i go to KDE>org i get htis answer:

KDE stands for the K Desktop Environment which itself is intended to be a collection of small tools, a window manager, a file manager and tools that bring all this together. It is created to make your life with UNIX® easier.

what i want to really know .. is what is the letter K ? whey is it choosen .. what does it mean ... why not just say MDE if M doesn't really point to a specific meaning ..?

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i'm sure if they wanted to, the name MDE would of taken off
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the answer....

As given to me by a startup tip today, the K doesn't stand for anything.


I searched the startup tips, and voila :

"The K in KDE does not stand for anything. It is the character that comes before L in the Latin alphabet, which stands for Linux. It was chosen because KDE runs on many types of UNIX (and perfectly well on FreeBSD). "

There you have it.

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Old 04-16-2003, 03:57 AM   #4
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i don't really know either

maybe because all of their app's sounded good with a K (like Konqueror) so they chose K... DE
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It originally stood for Kool Desktop Environment. It was a play on CDE (common desktop environment), a non-free predecessor.

Gnome in contrast stood for GNU Network Object Model Environment.

Now you know why nobody admits what they stood for
Old 04-16-2003, 05:40 AM   #6
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thanks everybody .. especially fallchild6

well .. in linux they choose the abbreviations in a very strange way

GNU mean ..GNU Not Unix .. when you ask, ok what does GNU mean inthe GNU Not Unix? the answer is GNU Not Unix! and so on till somebody dies! LoooooooL
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back around kde .9 or 1.0 or so it would say
Kool Desktop Environment
Old 04-16-2003, 07:57 AM   #8
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Originally posted by murshed
GNU mean ..GNU Not Unix .. when you ask, ok what does GNU mean inthe GNU Not Unix? the answer is GNU Not Unix! and so on till somebody dies! LoooooooL
Yep, those silly geeks and their recursive acronyms... They love pranks like this

The fun part is that it gets perpetuated into lots of other software. Konqueror, Kate, Konsole... all of which start with that absolutely arbitrary K.
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The K doesn't mean anything. I think they said it's the second letter of the Greek alphabet or something.
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No, not kool, not konqueror... K in KDE means Konqui. It is the mascot of the KDE. Its a green little dragon.
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Keew Desktop Environment
Kiwi Desktop Environment
kaleidoscope Desktop Environment
kangaroo Desktop Environment
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Kind of an old thread. really old

It is K and DE.

So if you believe the authors post here.!ms...s/zv_D_2ctS8sJ it is thus. The Kool Desktop Environment (KDE)


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