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  • 1994: Original author Timothy M. Shead began work on what became K-3D on an Amiga computer. At that time the program was called Equus-3D and was developed as a closed-source project. Work was subsequently moved to the Windows PC platform following the collapse of Commodore Business Machines. The program continued to evolve, and the name was changed to K-3D.
  • 1999: Tim ported K-3D to GNU/Linux and released the sources under the free-as-in-freedom GNU General Public License, which led to K-3D's Seven Degrees of Freedom slogan. The CVS server and web site were hosted on a home machine until they moved to the SourceForge platform. A logo contest led to the selection of the official K-3D Logos, contributed by Jotham Ritorze.
  • 2002: Tim took an extended leave-of-absence, returning to the project at the end of the year. During this period the project was hosted briefly at savannah.nongnu.org before returning to SourceForge.
  • 2003 - 2005: K-3D matured significantly, developing its powerful Visualization Pipeline architecture and plugin system, plus a completely-revamped graphical user interface.
  • 2005 - Present: Recent developments include the switch to a CMake-based build system, a wiki-based website, adoption of test-based development principles, and ports to all major operating systems. Most recently, K-3D developers have participated in the Google Summer of Code program, mentoring students in the creation of Free Software.
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