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Last change on this file since 6732c094 was 6732c094, checked in by Randy McMurchy <randy@…>, 15 years ago

Updated all the XML files (and the one stylesheet) to use the 4.5 version of DocBook XML DTD

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