The K Desktop Environment

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KDE is a modern network transparent desktop environment which uses the Qt cross-platform GUI toolkit. It contains a base set of applications such as a window manager (called kwm), web browser, instant messenger, and integrated help system, all with a consistent look and feel, and translations for over 50 languages.

Also included is an application development framework to facilitate the creation of new applications, and the KOffice application suite which includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation application, chart drawing, and many more.

As of March 2005, the latest stable release is KDE version 3.4, which has a major focus on accessibility improvements, including a text-to-speech framework.

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(last updated: Tue Oct 31 12:00:00 GMT 2006)