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The Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) project is a computer desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems with a primary goal of retaining the overall KDE 3.5 computing style. The project was founded by and is still led by Timothy Pearson. Timothy is an experienced and skilled software developer and was the KDE 3.x coordinator of previous Kubuntu releases.
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. The old stable 3.5.12 release was packaged as an updated kdemod3.
- 1 The difference between 3.5.13 and 14.0.0
- 2 Installation
- 3 Start and configuration
- 4 PKGBUILDs for Trinity - current git code
- 5 Contributors
- 6 Development 14.0.0 status
- 7 Known issues
- 8 See also
The difference between 3.5.13 and 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 conflict. 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.
Currently development packages for Arch Linux are available for both 3.5.13-sru and 14.0.0. Server space has been graciously provided by maevius.
For stable 3.5.13-sru snapshots add to your
[tde3513] Server = http://archlinux.us.to/3.5.13/$arch
For development 14.0.0 snapshots (expected by 9/1), add to your
[tde1400] Server = http://archlinux.us.to/14.0.0/$arch
Meta package installation for tde is provided under the name
tde-base. Simply install with:
pacman -Sy tde-base
tde-sip4-tqtare direct replacements for the
python2-sippackages. They simply contain additional extensions for TDE. If you encounter these conflicts, the recommended install is:
pacman -Rdd sip python2-sip pacman -Sy tde-base
libart-lgplpackages are equivalent. The
kdebase-workspaceconflict is with
/etc/ksysguarddrc. Both are in the process of being eliminated.
Start and configuration
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
tdm to avoid conflicts.
Configuring Trinity to work with startx
Trinity provides a normal
/opt/trinity/bin (symlink provided 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
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 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 and Packaging
- Timothy Pearson: Project administrator, primary developer, build farm administrator, Debian/Ubuntu packaging maintainer.
- Darrell Anderson: 3.5.13 -> 14.0.0 Lead coordinator for development and rebranding. Build system preprocessor improvements.
- Slávek Banko: 3.5.13-sru developer, GIT maintainer, R14 backport selection and integration.
- Serghei Amelian: General functionality enhancements, CMake build system developer/maintainer.
- "Woodsman": Vanilla build testing, Slackware packaging maintainer.
- Francois Andriot: Developer, Redhat/Fedora packaging maintainer.
- David Rankin: 3.5.13-sru and R14 development, upstream library change implementation, graphics, Arch Packaging.
- 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.
Trinity build order
The required build order is specified in the Trinity-HowToBuild. After building tdebase, you can start the desktop.
(1) 'sudo mkarchroot -u $CHROOT/root' # update the chroot (2) 'sudo makechrootpkg -c -r $CHROOT' # build first package with the -c option (3) 'sudo makechrootpkg -r $CHROOT' # build remaining packages without update
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.
Development 14.0.0 status
The following packages have been successfully built from the TDE GIT tree for the upcoming release.
Required AUR packages
AUR AUR AUR AUR
Complete packages - 14.0.0 and 3.5.13-sru
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
TDE GIT application in need of packaging/updating
The following is a list of packages that need PKGBUILDs create and/or 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.
adept bibletime compizconfig-backend-kconfig desktop-effects-tde filelight-l10n fusion-icon kaffeine-mozilla kbfx kchmviewer kcmautostart kcpuload kdbusnotification kdpkg keep kerry kile kio-apt kio-umountwrapper kiosktool kmyfirewall kmymoney knetworkmanager8 knetworkmanager9 knights knowit kopete-otr kpicosim kpilot kpowersave-nohal kradio kstreamripper ksystemlog ktechlab ktorrent kvirc kvkbd kvpnc piklab potracegui qt4-tqt-theme-engine smartcardauth smb4k soundkonverter tde-guidance tde-style-lipstik tde-systemsettings tdesudo tdesvn tellico libtqt-perl pytdeextensions python-trinity tdebindings tdesdk
Issues for 3.5.13-sru
The following are issues that are specific to the 3.5.13-sru release:
KHelpCenter documentation from packages built with autotools are installed in
/opt/trinity/share/doc/HTML while documentation from CMake packages are installed in
/opt/trinity/share/doc/kde/HTML. This means roughly one-half of the help files are missing from the khelpcenter browser. This is currently being fixed in the GIT tree and the next set of packages will have all help documentation in the chosen standard location of
/opt/trinity/share/doc/tde/HTML. This also insures a future
/usr install will not conflict with any KDE help files. As a workaround in the mean time, after installing 3.5.13-sru:
cd /opt/trinity/share/doc/kde/HTML/en for i in ../../../HTML/en/*/; do ln -s $i; done
tde-tdesvn for x86_64 had been built with libpath
/opt/trinity/lib64/trinity , but there was no any records in libpath about them. Then, starting
kdesvn you get error
libkdesvnpart.la not found in paths. As a workaround you may copy/symlink libraries from
/opt/trinity/lib/trinity respectively or try to create libpath record and
ldconfig after it.
Issues for 14.0.0
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-devel 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
- TDE GIT Repository: http://git.trinitydesktop.org/cgit/
- TDE GIT SCM Manager: http://scm.trinitydesktop.org/scm/
- Bug Reporting: http://bugs.trinitydesktop.org
- Mailing Lists: http://trinitydesktop.org/mailinglist.php
- 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