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" KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE Community in legal and financial matters. "
The Association's purpose is the promotion and distribution of free desktop software in terms of free software, and the software produced by the KDE community in particular, to promote the free exchange of knowledge and equality of opportunity in accessing software as well as education, science and research.
The Association aids in creating and distributing KDE by securing cash, hardware, and other donations, then using donations to aid KDE development and promotion.