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KDE 4.5 Draft:
KDE 4.5 Draft:

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KDE 4.5 Draft:


KDE is a full featured desktop environment known for its well integrated applications, like Konqueror, Dolphin, Plasma, KWrite and Konsole.

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.

Splitted packages

KDE SC 4.5 is split into several packages to allow a more customized installation. For more Information see KDE Packages.

Phonon backend

Qt uses the Gstreamer backend for Phonon by default. Other backends like phonon-xine can be installed optionally.

Meta Packages

Meta packages ensure a smooth upgrade and emulate the old monolith packages for those who prefer them.

Smooth Upgrade

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 -Syu

and then:

pacman -S kde
Warning: In case you encounter dependency problems regarding Qt/kdelibs/phonon while upgrading KDE, follow this section.

If you need language files:

pacman -S kde-l10n-yourlanguagehere

e.g. kde-l10n-de, for the German language.

Note: KDE 4.x is modular; you can install your preferred KDE applications without having to install an entire set of packages. See KDE Packages for more information.

Minimal Install

If you want to have a minimal installation of the KDE SC:

pacman -S kdebase-workspace kdebase-konsole

Starting KDE

Running KDE depends on your preferences. Basically there are two ways of starting KDE. Using KDM or xinitrc.

Using KDM (KDE Display Manager)

It is highly recommended to get familiar with the full article concerning display managers, before you make any changes. See also KDM Wiki page.

Starting KDM as a daemon

Add "kdm" (without the quotes) to daemons array in /etc/rc.conf

DAEMONS=(dbus hal syslog-ng network netfs crond ... kdm)

Starting KDM through /etc/inittab

Edit /etc/inittab and comment out:

#x:5:respawn:/usr/bin/xdm -nodaemon

Then uncomment:



x:5:respawn:/usr/bin/kdm -nodaemon
Note: In both methods KDM loads Xorg automatically.

Using xinitrc

The meaning and usage of xinitrc is very well described here.

Edit /home/your-username/.xinitrc. Then uncomment:

exec startkde 

After a reboot or/and login, each execution of Xorg (startx or xinit) will start KDE automatically.

Note: If you want to start Xorg at boot, please read Start X at Login article.