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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
2<!DOCTYPE sect1 PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.3//EN"
3 "" [
4 <!ENTITY % general-entities SYSTEM "../general.ent">
5 %general-entities;
9<title>Introduction to <acronym>KDE</acronym></title>
11<para><acronym>KDE</acronym> is a comprehensive desktop environment that
12builds on an <application>X</application> Window System and
13<application>Qt</application> to provide
14a window manager and many user tools, including a browser, word processor,
15spreadsheet, presentation package, games, and numerous other utilities. It
16provides extensive capabilities for customization.</para>
18<para>The <acronym>KDE</acronym> instructions are divided into two parts. The first part, the
19core packages, are needed for the rest of <acronym>KDE</acronym> to work. The second part
20presents additional packages which provide functionality in various areas
21(multimedia, graphics, etc.).</para>
23<para>There are two alternatives for installing <acronym>KDE</acronym>. Option one, that
24is used by most of the commercial distributions, is to
25install <acronym>KDE</acronym> in the standard system prefix: <filename>/usr</filename>.
26This option allows the use of KDE without the need for any additional configuration such
27as modification of various environment variables or configuration files. Option two is
28to install it in a unique prefix such as <filename>/opt/kde</filename> or
29<filename>/opt/kde-&kde-version;</filename>. This option allows for easy removal of
30the package.</para>
33<para>All the <acronym>KDE</acronym> packages are comprised of various components.
34The default is to
35install most of the components. If specific components are to be eliminated, the
36official way is to set the variable <envar>DO_NOT_COMPILE</envar>.
37This comes in handy when there are problems compiling a particular
40<screen><userinput><command>DO_NOT_COMPILE="component1 component2" \
41 ./configure --prefix=&kde-dir; ...</command></userinput></screen>
43<para>The core <acronym>KDE</acronym> packages also honor this variable, but omitting components
44from the core packages is not advisable since it may result in an
45incomplete <acronym>KDE</acronym> installation.</para>
48<note><para>In each of the packages,
49one other option to <command>configure</command> can be added:
50<parameter>--enable-final</parameter>. This option can speed up the build
51process, but requires a lot of memory. If you have less than 256MB of RAM,
52this option may cause swapping and significantly slow compilation.</para></note>
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