KDE 2.2

The K Desktop Environment (KDE), which constitutes one-of the two-major

Linux desktop environments, released their latest version, KDE 2.2. The

release includes over 100 productivity applications and raises the bar

of Linux desktop software.

One of KDE 2.2's main features is an enhanced version of the Konqueror

Web and file browser. Konqueror combines the traditional Web browsing

functionality with file browsing. But, you can do more than just browse

files on disk. Konqueror supports a number of network protocols to

present files as if they were located on your hard disk. Konqueror

supports the Network File System (NFS), SMB Windows shares, the File

Transfer Protocol (FTP), HTTP Web servers, LDAP servers, digital

cameras, and audio CDs.

In addition to its file-browsing capabilities, Konqueror also supports

a larger set of Web standards and pseudo-standards including media

formats such as Flash, RealAudio, RealVideo, and Shockwave. The

Shockwave plug-in is actually the ActiveX plug-in for Windows.

Konqueror supports a few such ActiveX plug-ins, making it easier to

browse the Web from a non-Windows box.

Download the KDE 2.2 sources from http://www.kde.org, or you can

download pre-built binary versions for major Linux distributions. See

http://www.kde.org/announcements/announce-2.2.html for links to

download the binary versions. These include special versions for

Caldera, Connectiva, Debian, Linux-Mandrake, Red Hat, and SuSE Linux,

as well as FreeBSD, IBM AIX, and Compaq Tru64 UNIX.

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