What is KDE?
Many long-standing Linux users associate the KDE project as a whole with the desktop environment, because of the project’s origin as Kool Desktop Environment. This name for the desktop was later abbreviated to
KDE and in 2009, the project shifted away from its desktop focus and now sees ‘KDE’ as the name for the community. This community is made up of hundreds of people who work on products broken into three key parts (detailed, right).