The GNOME desktop project turns 25 this week, and the developers released GNOME 43.beta . On August 15, 1997, two developers, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero, announced the development of a set of user-friendly applications and desktop tools, similar to CDE and KDE, but based entirely on free software. The first major version, GNOME 1.0, was released on March 3, 1999, and the GIMP ToolKit (GTK+) was chosen as the basis for GNOME. Another desktop environment, KDE, chose Qt, but Qt was not GPL licensed at the time, so Red Hat refused to bundle KDE with its distribution. While GTK is fully licensed under the GPL, the Red Hat Linux distribution has chosen the GNOME desktop.
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