Make your Linux desktop look like it’s from 1998 with the KDE Restoration Project

Make your Linux desktop look like it’s from 1998 with the KDE Restoration Project

The KDE project was founded in 1996, and since then has been an important part of the Linux landscape. In addition to the well known desktop environment, it also includes a number of essential utilities and tools.

Now, a project wants to revive what KDE looked like in 1998, when the first ever release version of KDE came out.

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The KDE Restoration Project has taken the source code of KDE 1, and managed to get it running on a modern Linux system. Why, you ask, would anyone take up this insane task? One word. Nostalgia.

Already, it’s making some people reminisce over older, simpler time of computing. In a Hacker News thread, user inDigiNeous said it took him” back to sitting in front of a huge ass 19″ CRT monitor, setting up computers in a networked school class”. Another remarked that it was his first experience of Linux.

Linux desktops don’t have a reputation for being the most aesthetically pleasing. But the old-school KDE desktop has its charm. It’s undeniably utilitarian. This lack of pizzazz is in stark contrast to the current stable of Linux desktops, with all their bells and whistles.

If you want to try it yourself, the instructions are available here.

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