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KDE Frameworks 5.0: What it means for KDE

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There have been some rather interesting announcements from the KDE community that give an idea of where the desktop environment is headed. In very short, KDE Frameworks 5.0 will begin development soon!

There might be a few groans from those who “suffered” from the massive changes in KDE 4.0, however this is not as major an announcement or change as that of KDE 4.0, and to understand why, we need to take a look at what has been happening with Qt recently.

KDE 4.0 and previous versions were all based on the Qt library, a cross-platform framework that allows creating applications for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. KDE 1 was based on Qt 1, KDE 2 on Qt 2, KDE 3 on Qt 3, and finally KDE 4 in Qt 4. It was purchased by Nokia in 2008, and was slated to become the one true way to create applications that could run in Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian phones and MeeGO phones. However with Nokia’s move to Windows-based phones, the future of Qt seemed uncertain.

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