Exactly 15 years ago announced Ettrich to the project to create the place of many window managers and mature applications with a unified desktop environment.
As Ettrich on 14 October 1996, the work on the KDE desktop initiated , he probably could not have foreseen that the project would be so very long. In his previous announcement, he set out his basic ideas and called for interested programmers to collaborate.
That as a basis for the planned desktop environment chose the Qt toolkit from Trolltech, which was at that time, not free software, but by far not only found acceptance and led to the establishment of competing projects, including Gnome. After a few years, as had been done with the problem of the license, the projects were too far gone to pull a setting even consider.
According Ettrich were then Linux already some good free or inexpensive applications available. With a single, well ausssehenden Linux desktop environment would meet the needs of almost anyone. The hope of Ettrich ultimately fulfilled, but the KDE project, but grew up to be one of the most important projects of the free software world.