Compaq chooses KDE

The KDE Project on Wednesday released the latest version of its Linux/Unix desktop software, with enhancements intended to boost application startup speeds and increase its support for Java. The company also announced that Compaq Computer Corp. will offer KDE 2.2 as an interface for its Tru64 operating system.

KDE and Gnome are the two leading desktop packages for the Linux and Unix operating systems that give users a Windows-like GUI (graphical user interface) and various tools for working with the OS.

With KDE 2.2 users should find that applications load more quickly than previous versions of the software, the KDE Project said in a statement. In addition, tools have been added to smooth HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) rendering and increase support for JavaScript. Users will also find plug-ins for a Babelfish translator, image gallery generators, an HTML validator and a Web archiver, the group said.

Users should also see faster boot times for their system along with a wizard for personalizing their KDE desktop, the KDE Project said. Version 2.2 supports 34 languages and ships with core KDE libraries and about 100 applications, the group said.

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