KDE 4.5 Draft:
KDE is a full featured desktop environment known for its well integrated applications, like Konqueror, Dolphin, Plasma, KWrite and Konsole.
- 1 Arch Linux specific notes
- 2 Smooth Upgrade
- 3 Installation
- 4 Starting KDE
Arch Linux specific notes
KDE 4.5 Software Compilation is the current major release of KDE that includes a number of improvements and bug fixes. The Arch package set for KDE makes it possible to only install those applications you like.
KDE SC 4.5 is split into several packages to allow a more customized installation. For more Information see KDE Packages.
Qt uses the Gstreamer backend for Phonon by default. Other backends like phonon-xine can be installed optionally.
Meta packages ensure a smooth upgrade and emulate the old monolith packages for those who prefer them.
explain how to make a smooth upgrade from kde 4.4
Installing full KDE SC
To install the entire KDE set, first fully upgrade your system:
pacman -S kde
If you need language files:
pacman -S kde-l10n-yourlanguagehere
e.g. kde-l10n-de, for the German language.
If you want to have a minimal installation of the KDE SC:
pacman -S kdebase-workspace kdebase-konsole
Running KDE depends on your preferences. Basically there are two ways of starting KDE. Using KDM or xinitrc.
Using KDM (KDE Display Manager)
Starting KDM as a daemon
Add "kdm" (without the quotes) to daemons array in
DAEMONS=(dbus hal syslog-ng network netfs crond ... kdm)
Starting KDM through /etc/inittab
/etc/inittab and comment out:
id:5:initdefault: [...] x:5:respawn:/usr/bin/kdm -nodaemon
The meaning and usage of xinitrc is very well described here.
/.xinitrc. Then uncomment:
After a reboot or/and login, each execution of Xorg (startx or xinit) will start KDE automatically.