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Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) is a fork of KDE3 developed by Timothy Pearson (trinitydesktop.org). The goal of this project is to keep the KDE3.5 computing style alive, as well as polish off any rough edges that were present as of KDE 3.5.10. Along the way, new useful features have be added to keep the environment up-to-date. The current stable release of TDE (3.5.13) was released Nov 1st 2011. A software release update (SRU) for 3.5.13 is planned in late 2012. Current development is on 14.0.0. Both 3.5.13(sru) and 14.0.0 build on Arch with all current libraries.
- 1 The Difference Between 3.5.13 & 14.0.0
- 2 Trinity Packages for Arch
- 3 Binary Packages
- 4 Starting and Running Trinity on Arch
- 5 Contributors
- 6 Trinity Resources
- 7 14.0.0 Development Status
The Difference Between 3.5.13 & 14.0.0
The versioning change between 3.5.13 and 14.0.0 signifies that backwards compatibility with 3.5.X has been dropped to allow TDE/TQt to install along side KDE4/Qt4 without confict. 14.0.0 will continue to rely on HAL, but subsequent releases will do away with that dependency. 14.0.0 contains the first prototype of media:/ kioslave as a replacement for HAL. 3.5.13 continues backwards compatibility with KDE 3.5.10 code and provides an alternative choice for those that prefer. The 3.5 13 branch will be maintained for the forseeable future.
Currently the remaining TQt name changes are being implemented after which a tentative code 'freeze' is anticipated to allow user testing and bug identification. 14.0.0 will be a true TDE release with all branding, artwork, and graphics changed and updated for this project rather than using the holdover KDE3 stock images. All in all, the desktop functions beautifully on current graphics libs, systemd-tools, libusbx, udisk2 and other newly implemented hardware paradigms.
Trinity Packages for Arch
Currently development packages for Arch Linux are available for both 3.5.13-sru and 14.0.0. If server space is available for hosting, binaries can be provided for testing for both i686 and x86_64.
Server space has been graciously provided by Axilleas Pi. Install repositories are shown below. Meta package installation for tde is provided under the name 'tde-base'. To install TDE on Arch, simply install with:
pacman -Sy tde-base
Repositories for stable 3.5.13-sru snapshots:
Example /etc/pacman.conf settings:
[tde3513] Server = http://archlinux.us.to/3.5.13/i686/
Repositories for development 14.0.0 snapshots (expected by 9/1):
Example /etc/pacman.conf settings:
[tde1400] Server = http://archlinux.us.to/14.0.0/i686/
Starting and Running Trinity on Arch
After a successful install of TDE, starting TDE from the command line or configuring /etc/inittab to launch tdm is straightforward. The init script for the display manager has been renamed from kdm to tdm to avoid conflicts.
Configuring Trinity to work with startx
Trinity provides a normal ‘starttde’ in /opt/trinity/bin. (symlink in 3.5.13) The easiest way to start Trinity is to simply add ‘/opt/trinity/starttde’ entry at the end of ~/.xinitrc. If you do not presently have ~/.xinitrc, then simply create it with the following entry:
Then from the command line, just type ‘startx’
Configuring Trinity kdm Greeter
Trinity provides a great looking tdm graphical interface. The tde-tdebase PKGBUILD has been updated to install the trinity.desktop file in /etc/X11/sessions. In order to automatically lauch tdm on boot, all that is needed is to edit /etc/inittab and change the runlevel 5 x startup to:
If you modified inittab in runlevel 3, you can use ‘# telinit 5’ to initialize the runlevel 5 services from the command line.
If you experiment with other display managers (slim, etc..) please drop a quick howto here.
PKGBUILDS for Trinity - Current GIT Code
For a snapshot of PKGBUILD sources for building against the current GIT tree, see: http://www.3111skyline.com/dl/dt/tde/src (R14) and http://www.3111skyline.com/dl/dt/tde/src3513 (3.5.13-sru), AND READ http://www.3111skyline.com/dl/dt/tde/src/README-building.txt
At present, the Trinity project for Arch Linux is just beginning. Interest in the project and the list of contributors is growing. Anyone wanting to help can simply join in. Please email Calvin Morrison.
- Calvin Morrison: Trinity and Arch a/k/a "mutantturkey", PKGBUILD development and collaboration.
- Kaiting Chen: Arch Linux - server space for testing Trinity binaries in the past.
- Albert Vaca: kdemod3 updated based on Trinity Stable codebase.
- David C. Rankin: 14.0.0 (3.5.13-sru) Development & Packaging
- Timothy Pearson: Project administrator, Primary developer, Build farm administrator, Debian/Ubuntu packaging maintainer.
- Darrell Anderson: 3.5.13 -> 14.0.0 Development and rebranding.
- Slavek Blanko: 3.5.13 software release update and backporting.
- Serghei Amelian: General functionality enhancements, CMake build system developer/maintainer.
- "Woodsman": Vanilla build testing, Slackware packaging maintainer.
- Francois Andriot: Redhat/Fedora packaging maintainer.
- David Rankin: Upstream library change implementation, graphics development
- University of Idaho: Mirror 1 [United States]
- Jens Dunzweiler: Mirror 2 [Germany]
- Inga Muste: Kubuntu LiveCD mirror
- Calvin Morrison: Website design.
- Inga Muste: Website design.
The Trinity site has a number of good resources available. As with any rapidly developing project, the documentation is somewhat sparse, but it does provide a good basic road-map to follow here. The mailing list has approximately the same volume as the arch-user list, so it will not overwhelm your inbox. If you want to help with this project, it is strongly recommended that you also join the trinity-user mailing list. All of the following links are available from the Trinity project site. A quick list of helpful links to the project follows:
- Main Project Site: http://trinitydesktop.org
- Developers Web: http://trinitydesktop.org/wiki/bin/view/Developers/WebHome
- Trinity Qt4 Conversion: http://trinitydesktop.org/wiki/bin/view/Developers/TrinityTQtforQt4Conversion
- How To Build: http://trinitydesktop.org/wiki/bin/view/Developers/HowToBuild
- Bug Reporting: http://bugs.trinitydesktop.org
- SVN Web Access: http://websvn.kde.org/branches/trinity/
- Mailing Lists: http://trinitydesktop.org/mailinglist.php
Trinity Build Order
The required build order is specified in the Trinity-HowToBuild. After building kdebase, you can start the desktop.
Trinity Build Issues
Build in a new Arch chroot
Set up your chroot for building by referencing DeveloperWiki:Building in a Clean Chroot. Make sure you configure your 'local' repository in $CHROOT/root/repo and add each package built to the repository as outlined in the DeveloperWiki.
14.0.0 Development Status
The following packages have been successfully built from the TDE GIT tree for the upcoming 3.5.14 release.
Required AUR Packages
hal 0.5.14-14 hal-info 0.20091130-7 libutempter 1.1.5-8 wv2 (dependency for koffice)
Completed Packages - 14.0.0_dev (on gcc 4.7.1 + libpng15)
tde-abakus tde-amarok tde-arts tde-avahi-tqt tde-basket tde-dbus-1-tqt tde-dbus-tqt tde-digikam tde-dolphin tde-filelight tde-gtk-qt-engine tde-gwenview tde-k3b tde-k9copy tde-katapult tde-kaffeine tde-kbarcode tde-kbookreader tde-kdiff3 tde-kdirstat tde-kgtk-qt3 tde-kima tde-kio-locate tde-kipi-plugins tde-kmplayer tde-knemo tde-knetload tde-knetstats tde-knutclient tde-koffice tde-konversation tde-kpowersave tde-krename tde-krusader tde-ksplash-engine-moodin tde-libart-lgpl tde-libcaldav tde-libcarddav tde-libkdcraw tde-libkexiv2 tde-libkipi tde-libksquirrel tde-python-tqt tde-rosegarden tde-sip tde-sip4-tqt tde-soundkonverter tde-tde-style-qtcurve tde-tdeaccessibility tde-tdeaddons tde-tdeadmin tde-tdeartwork tde-tdebase tde-tdeedu tde-tdegames tde-tdegraphics tde-tdelibs tde-tdemultimedia tde-tdenetwork tde-tdepim tde-tdesdk tde-tdesvn tde-tdetoys tde-tdeutils tde-tdevelop tde-tdewebdev tde-tqca-tls tde-tqt3 tde-tqtinterface tde-twin-style-crystal tde-wlassistant tde-yakuake
Packages Requiring Fixes (libpng15)
The following is a list of packages that need code fixes to build with current libraries. If you can help with the project and code updates then please join us on the trinity-devel list (email@example.com). Visit http://www.trinitydesktop.org/mailinglist.php for more information.
koffice (wv2 & libpng15)