KDE Project History

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The KDE project started on October 14th 1996 (and the project has thus celebrated its tenth birthday already) with a call for programmers in comp.os.linux.misc: the original announcement of the KDE Project in 1996 (use Google™ Groups to find the original posting).

At the 2003 Kastle conference Matthias Kalle Dalheimer gave a presentation about the history of the KDE project.

Developer Meetings

There have been roughly yearly large-scale developer meetings for the KDE community since very early in the project. Since the KDE e.V. was created the yearly meeting is a requirement of its bylaws, so we can count on it now.

Developer Awards

The KDE Appreciation Awards, also known as the "aKademy Awards", are awards that the KDE community gives to KDE contributors. Their purpose is to recognize outstanding contribution to KDE. They are given in a yearly basis inside the yearly aKademy conference. There are three awards, best application, best contribution to KDE and the Jury's Choice Award.

aKademy Awards 2009 - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Jury: Mark Kretschmann, Nuno Pinheiro, Aaron Seigo.


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  • Best Application: Peter Penz for Dolphin.
  • Best Non-Application: Celeste Lyn Paul for her usability work.
  • Jury's Award: David Faure for greatest service to KDE.

aKademy Awards 2008 - Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium

Jury: Sebastian Trueg, Matthias Kretz and Danny Allen.


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  • Best Application: Mark Kretschmann for Amarok.
  • Best Non-Application: Nuno Pinheiro for Oxygen.
  • Jury's Award: Aaron Seigo for Plasma.

aKademy Awards 2007 - Glasgow, Scotland

Jury: Boudewijn Rempt, Alexander Neundorf and Laurent Montel.


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aKademy Awards 2006 - Dublin, Ireland

Jury: Albert Astals Cid, Enrico Ros, Lauri Watts, Stephan Kulow and Oswald Buddenhagen.


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aKademy Awards 2005 - Málaga, Spain

Jury: Aaron Seigo, Brad Hards, David Faure and Matthias Ettrich.


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