KDE Applications and multiplatform
Posted Oct 21, 2011 9:29 UTC (Fri) by ber
Parent article: Fifteen years of KDE
Thanks for the nice article about the KDE initiative. I believe it is notable that the move to the KDE 4 Platform enabled applications to go multiplatform, e.g. to Windows and Mac OS X as you can see from the Kontact Screenshots by the Kolab Initiative.
During the time where KDE 3 meant the whole "software compilation" it was simple to say "I ran KDE", so I believe the rebranding of KDE as an initative was good. Many people still just comment on something they call "KDE", but often they get a mixture of KDE Plasma and some applications based on the KDE Platform. And the author of the article is right, the distributions play an important role in creating a good combination. On the other hand, some use applications based on the KDE 4 Plattform and do not know. Gpg4win2 comes with Kleopatra and is downloaded approximately 1 million times a year.
Applications shape the experience of users a lot and there are many of them for the KDE 3 Platform. While they are ported over to the new platform, users can just keep using the old applications. This is the more important when you hear that Kontact, the desktop email and groupware client from the KDEPIM package was finally fully ported to the new backend and released in June 2011. Users can and should continue using the stable applications under whatever windows environment they chose.
(Full disclosure: I am involved with KDE PIM, Kolab Systems AG and Gpg4win.)
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