Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jan 2008 12:00 UTC
KDE KDE 4.0.0 has been released onto the world. "The KDE Community is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of KDE 4.0. This significant release marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the beginning of the KDE 4 era." KDE 4.0 is the first release of "KDE 4", but take note that the developers have clearly stated that KDE 4.0 is not KDE 4, but more of a base release with all the underlying systems ready to go, but with still a lot of work to be done on the user-visible side. Download it from the KDE 4.0 info page. Update: Screenshots.
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by backdoc on Fri 11th Jan 2008 13:58 UTC
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I think it will be really cool when I can go to the KDE home page and download a Windows Installer. I'd love to be able to use the same environment at home and work with all (almost all) of the same apps.

Some will say that this will cause people to have no impetus to move to a free OS if they can get all of their apps on Windows. They have a point, but I think they are wrong. I think it will simply remove another barrier for people moving from Windows to a free OS.

Really... if you stop and think about it... why shouldn't the OS be just another abstraction like your sound card, your video card, motherboard or your monitor? If you make the OS a commodity, you really prop up free OS's. Think about it. Why would you pay for a sound card if you could obtain it for free? Similarly, why would you pay for an OS when you can get it for free (once it becomes just a commodity -- basically like vmware).

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