KDE is one of the two major desktops for Linux and most of its applications have names beginning with "K". Kardashian manages to keep her name in the headlines all the time, most recently by releasing a sex tape which led to the calling off of her marriage to American sports personality, Reggie Bush.
KDE chief Matthias Ettrich told a press conference in Hamburg: "It's not often that we come across such a perfect fit. Where would you find a prominent person whose name and surname both begin with K? She's the perfect choice to promote KDE. She will give us exposure like nobody else can."
KDE applications have names like Konqueror (web browser) k3b (disc burning software), Konsole (terminal) and Kopete (instant messaging client).
"As our web page says, we have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems and creating a vibrant atmosphere open for experimentation," Ettrich said. "What could be more innovative than getting this big K to promote KDE?"
Ettrich said the project had approached Kardashian and received a favourable response.
The KDE move has not gone unnoticed by its competitor, the GNOME Desktop Project and the GNOME Foundation is now thinking of going one better and releasing its own sex tape. The idea came up at the latest board meeting and was discussed for about an hour - much longer than any technical ideas - but sources are reluctant to name the person who raised (no pun intended) the idea.
The GNOME chief executive, Stormy Peters, is understood to be opposed to the idea but, as she has been unable to come up with any other idea to raise the project's profile, has said she will stay out of the way if the idea is adopted. "After all this is open source and if someone wants to come up with an idea that is allied to forking, then I think I should not be standing in the way," Peters was quoted as saying. "However, if it is being done, we should do it for the next release."
Plenty of GNOME developers have put up their hands to star in the tape.