From the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) project page:
- TDE is a complete software desktop environment designed for Unix-like operating systems, intended for computer users preferring a traditional desktop model, and is free/libre software. Born as a fork of KDE 3.5 back in 2010, TDE is now a fully independent project with its own personality and development team, available for various Linux distributions, BSD and DilOS.
TDE still depends on an old version of Qt, which they now maintain themselves, since it is deprecated. The Trinity applications and applets should also work with other desktop environments.
As of September 29, 2021 binary packages for 14.0.10 are now available from Trinity. Install the tde-tdebase package from the trinity repository.
Build from source
Trinity Packaging repository contains PKGBUILD files for most Trinity packages in the "arch" folder.
The sources are in a git repository. 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 the PKGBUILD files from upstream
Recommended to run in a clean chroot the build.sh script. This will build the packages in the proper order and create a repository for you to add to pacman.
Building with Michael's PKGBUILD files (older info may not be applicable now)
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/R14.0.4 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
/etc/profile.d/trinity.sh. Otherwise the alternative Desktop will fail horribly when the "QT" and "XDG" environment variables are redefined in these files!
Both these files can be selectively enabled by wrapping their content with:
if ps -C starttde,starttrinity &>/dev/null ;then ... fi
To start Trinity from the Linux console:
$ startx /opt/trinity/bin/starttde
See xinit for more.
tde-tdebase comes with TDE Display Manager. To start it at boot, enable the
Tips and tricks
Trinity "Kicker" panel with other desktop environments
To use the Trinity "kicker" Desktop Panel and Applets with another desktop environment, create this script and make it executable. 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
TDE Display Manager
If you encounter any issues, the
default.target may have manually configured. See Display manager#Loading the display manager for resolution.