New Linux Graphical Environment Ships

The K Desktop Environment rolled out a new version of the Linux graphical desktop application KDE this week that adds features such as a full-featured browser and file manager.

KDE 2.0, code-named Kopernicus, also adds standards compliance to its Konqueror Web browser and Koffice integrated desktop productivity suite. It also includes easier configurability and a new help system, as well as development tools.

The Konqueror Web browser can view any local, Web, FTP, Unix Network File System or Windows file or group of shared files, directories or volumes. It also is compatible with Java, JavaScript, the Secure Sockets Layer and the Content Scrambling System (CSS). In CSS, the data on the disk is encrypted, and software must negotiate a secure channel to transfer data over using the CSS challenge/protocol.

Kopernicus also includes the KDE libraries, an improved desktop environment, the KOffice suite, as well as over 100 applications such as games, network, personal information management.

Caldera Systems Inc., SuSE AG, Mandrakesoft Inc. and Corel Corp. have all announced support for KDE 2.0 in their Linux distributions.

KDE 2.0 is available for free under an Open Source license and can be downloaded from www.kde.org

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