KDE The K Desktop Environment

KDE, which is included with Kubuntu, has been available for Linux, Xorg, and XFree86 since 1996. KDE is a graphical desktop environment that offers a huge suite of clients, including a free office suite named KOffice. KDE clients are located under the /usr/bin directory, and nearly all clients have a name that begins with k.

The .kde directory in your home directory contains custom settings and session information. You can use KDE's Control Center, as shown in Figure 6.5, to customize desktop settings. You can launch this client by clicking the Control Center menu item from KDE's desktop menu (hosted by the panel along the bottom of your desktop, known as the kicker) or from the command line, like so:

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