For users on Linux and Unix, KDE offers a full suite of user workspace applications which allow interaction with these operating systems in a modern, graphical user interface. This includes Plasma Desktop, KDE's innovative and powerful desktop interface. Other workspace applications are included to aid with system configuration, running programs, or interacting with hardware devices. While the fully integrated KDE Workspaces are only available on Linux and Unix, some of these features are available on other platforms. In addition to the workspace, KDE produces a number of key applications such as the Konqueror Web browser, Dolphin file manager, and Kontact, the comprehensive personal information management suite. The list of applications includes many others, including those for education, multimedia, office productivity, networking, games, and much more. Most applications are available on all platforms supported by the KDE Development. KDE also brings to the forefront many innovations for application developers. An entire infrastructure has been designed and implemented to help programmers create robust and comprehensive applications in the most efficient manner, eliminating the complexity and tediousness of creating highly functional applications.
Zero Install is a decentralized cross-distribution software installation system. It allows software developers to publish programs directly from their own Web sites, while supporting features familiar from centralized distribution repositories such as shared libraries, automatic updates, and digital signatures. It is intended to complement, rather than replace, the operating system's package management. 0install packages never interfere with those provided by the distribution.
autopackage allows developers to produce "install anywhere" packages for 3rd party Linux software. The resulting packages support both graphical and terminal frontends, support dependency checking and resolution, and use deep desktop integration. Additionally, tools to enhance the packaged software such as binreloc and relaytool are provided. By providing an autopackage, developers can ensure their users always have an easy way of installing the latest release of their software.
Luau provides a backbone for disseminating software updates throughout a software project's userbase. It differs from other autoupdate solutions (eg. apt, Red Hat Network) in that it works on a decentralized basis: developers provide a "Luau Repository" file describing all currently available packages and updates which is then downloaded and interpreted by the client. It is also more flexible in that individual developers can distribute not only software updates but messages throughout the userbase, which can be used to inform users of important security updates, new software roadmaps, or anything else the developer thinks is important for users of the software package. Also provided is an X front-end ('luau-x') and a console-based front-end ('luau') that allow the user to check for and download or install updates for all supported software.
rproxy is an extension to HTTP which allows transferring of differences between a web server and client, using an algorithm similar to rsync's. This works particularly well for dynamically-generated sites, where the pages are often similar but not the same on each visit. Transferring just the difference reduces network traffic and therefore loading time.
RACE (Remote Administration in distributed Computing Environments) is a library framework (and will be a set of applications) to aid the system administrator in deploying software and configuration updates to a large number of client computers. The administrator can easily treat intercommunities and respect differences between the individual computers. RACE uses RPM for package management, but it is designed to be easily extended for other package managers.