The Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) project is a feature rich desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems with a primary goal of retaining the overall KDE 3.5 computing style. TDE is a fast, stable and mature desktop for Linux.
The current stable release of TDE (14.0.3) was released 2016 February 28. Current development is on 14.1.0.
Trinity is an independent fork of KDE 3.5 using a separate developer community. Continued development by the Trinity Project has polished off many rough edges that were present in the final release of KDE 3.5.10. Many new and useful features have been added to keep the environment up-to-date.
R14 is intended to be a true TDE release with all branding, artwork, and graphics changed and updated for this project rather than using holdover KDE3 stock images. The significant improvements and changes to the R14 codebase have been backported to 3.5.13-sru. The desktop functions on current graphics libs, systemd, libusbx, udisk2 and other newly implemented hardware paradigms.
Build from source
As of July, 2015, there are no Arch LInux Trinity packages, so you will need to create your own. See Creating packages for more information on how to create Arch packages.
To download the R14 source tarballs, follow the Download Source Tarballs link near the bottom of the Trinity R14.0.0 Release page.
The sources are in a git repo. More info on cloning it is at their GIT information page.
The suggested build order is specified in the How to Build TDE page.
Building with Michael's PKGBUILD files
Build the packages in the following order, for example:
#!/bin/sh git clone https://github.com/michael-manley/Trinity_ArchLinux_PKGBUILD.git trinity cd trinity/R14.0.3 dir=$PWD for pkg in tqt3 tqtinterface arts dbus-tqt dbus-1-tqt tqca-tls libart-lgpl avahi-tqt tdelibs tdebase tdebindings tdeaccessibility tdeutils; do cd "$dir"/tde-"$pkg" makepkg -Lsci done
In TDE R14.0.3, the tdebindings package will not build with the current R14.0.3 Release Notes claim to have "Added ruby 2.2 support". In particular
tdebindings/qtruby/rubylib/qtruby/Qt.cpp seems to not be compatible with either package. Remove the ruby package while building tdebindings and re-install afterwards.
Then also, consider your preference for path ordering, whether
/opt/trinity/bin should come before or after
/usr/bin. This will give priority to one or the other of the KDE applications available through both Trinity and KDE/Plasma, if KDE/Plasma is also installed. The PATH environment variable may need to be modified in
Both these files can be selectively enabled by wrapping their content with:
if ps -C starttde,starttrinity &>/dev/null ;then ... fi
Start and configuration
After a successful install of TDE, the tdm desktop manager can be used to start TDE (and all other desktops) in the same manner kdm is used to start KDE Plasma. The init script for the display manager has been renamed from
tdm to avoid conflicts. TDE includes a tdm.service file allowing systemd to start tdm at boot. TDE can also be started from the command line by including the path to starttde in your ~/.xinitrc. Either way launching tdm or TDE is straightforward.
Enable tdm.service in systemd to start tdm at boot
If systemd is configured to boot the default
multi-user.target (default), all that is required is to configure tdm to start at boot is to enable
If you encounter any problem, the
default.target may have manually configured. See Display manager#Loading the display manager for resolution.
Configure to work with startx
Trinity provides a normal
starttde. If you've followed the Arch packaging guidelines, it will be in
/usr/bin. The easiest way to start Trinity is to simply add
starttde at the end of
~/.xinitrc. If you do not presently have
~/.xinitrc, then simply copy it from
/etc/skel or create it with the following entry:
Then from the command line, just type
startx. More about xinitrc.
Refusing to give up the Trinity "Kicker" panel
If you simply must have the Trinity "kicker" Desktop Panel and Applets while running Plasma5 or some other Desktop Environment, create this script and activate it. For Plasma5, use "System Settings -> Startup and Shutdown -> Autostart -> Add Script".
#!/bin/bash /opt/trinity/bin/tdeinit /opt/trinity/bin/kicker /opt/trinity/bin/tdebuildsycoca --noincremental
# chmod 755 panelstart
- Getting Involved with Trinity Development https://trinitydesktop.org/helpwanted.php
- Main Project Site: http://trinitydesktop.org
- TDE GIT Repository: http://git.trinitydesktop.org/cgit/
- Bug Reporting: http://bugs.trinitydesktop.org
- Mailing Lists: http://trinitydesktop.org/mailinglist.php
- Developers Web: https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/Category:Developers
- QT and TQT Tutorials and Documentation: https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/Category:Developers#Tutorials_and_Documentation_for_QT_and_TQT
- How To Build: https://wiki.trinitydesktop.org/Category:Developers#Building_and_Distributing_Trinity