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What's New in KDE 3.2?

  • March 15, 2004
  • By Kurt Wall

To run KDE 3.2, you will need, in addition to KDE 3.2 itself, the following minimal set of applications and libraries:

  • Qt 3.2.3 or newer
  • XFree86
  • Perl
  • Bzip2
  • zlib 1.1 or newer
  • Perl-Compatible Regular Expressions library (PCRE)
  • The libpng PNG reference library

There is a long list of additional packages marked as "Recommended" and another list of packages tagged "Optional." The "Recommended" packages, which include common applications such as Ghostscript and Gnu Privacy Guard and "standard" libraries such as OpenGL and libjpeg, enable you to take advantage of many of KDE's extra features, bells, and whistles. The "Optional" packages, which include less essential libraries such as LDAP and SDL, deepen KDE's abilities to interact with other applications and enrich the overall KDE usage experience, but are not necessary. You can find the complete list of requirements at http://www.kde.org/info/requirements/3.2.php.

If you will be building KDE 3.2 from scratch, the KDE Project recommends either GCC 3.3.1 or the compiler "shipped with a stable Linux distribution and which was used successfully to compile a stable KDE for that distribution."

For Slackware, at least, I downloaded the following packages from my favorite mirror site:

  • arts-1.2.0
  • kdeaccessibility-3.2.0
  • kdeaddons-3.2.0
  • kdeadmin-3.2.0
  • kdeartwork-3.2.0
  • kdebase-3.2.0
  • kdebindings-3.2.0
  • kdeedu-3.2.0
  • kdegames-3.2.0
  • kdegraphics-3.2.0
  • kdelibs-3.2.0
  • kdemultimedia-3.2.0
  • kdenetwork-3.2.0
  • kdepim-3.2.0
  • kdesdk-3.2.0
  • kdetoys-3.2.0
  • kdeutils-3.2.0
  • kdevelop-3.0.0
  • lcms-1.12
  • qt-3.2.3
  • quanta-3.2.0
  • taglib-1.0

They installed into /opt (installpkg *tgz, for the Slackware-challenged among you). To start it, I exited Blackbox (my current favorite window manager), dropped to a console window, typed startkde, and, after going through configuration wizard, eventually got to what's shown in Figure 1.

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