September 2, 2014

Konfiguring KDE2 - page 3

Finding Help in the Right Places

  • June 2, 2000
  • By Dennis E. Powell

Instead, this is a call to hack. KDE2 now mostly builds without too much trouble, and runs fairly reliably for a very complicated system months away from release. Anybody can get the source (from and compile it. It isn't difficult, and if not all of it will build, enough will to keep you interested for quite awhile. And if you're not willing to compile it yourself, guruism is not beyond your reach; Christopher Molnar of Mandrake Software regularly compiles and makes available binary distributions at (What is beyond everyone's reach at the moment is the right to complain about stuff that doesn't work yet. It's not supposed to work perfectly yet.)

But by year's end, it will likely be the default desktop for many if not most Linux distributions, and is certain to become a standard (if not the standard). So if you want to amaze your friends, learn a great deal without a lot of effort, and become the resident KDE2 guru, now is the time to start.

Roll up your sleeves and dive right in! You can hack KDE2 without knowing a bit of code, because it's all there in plain text. Look in the /share/apps dirtectory. Open some files. try some things. Reconfigure stuff all over the place if you want. If you break some stuff and can't back out, just install again. (Or, if you're the careful sort, you can backup the working file before you "improve" it.)

Fact is, this doesn't apply just to KDE2. You can mess around with just about anything Linux and make significant customizations without having to write code or even compile it (though if you're going to use Linux, you're going to need sooner or later to compile an application or two or a dozen, so you might as well learn now).

And even if you're afraid to change anything, simply viewing these files (and the individual user configuration files) will give you more of an understanding of the way things work than you could ever imagine.

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