An Acronym for K DesktopEnvironment.

KDE and GNOME are the two most popular DesktopEnvironments for Linux.

KDE is currently at version 3.5. It is easy to configure, and can look similar to MicrosoftWindows by default. Beginners can easily get around, while more advanced users can customize it extensively. It is also heavy on EyeCandy and considered as even more Bloated than GNOME. European LinuxDistributions tend to prefer KDE, while American ones often go with GNOME instead.

KDE is based on TrollTech's Qt ToolKit.

See also: KDENotes