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1<partintro>
2<title>Introduction to <acronym>KDE</acronym></title>
3
4<para><acronym>KDE</acronym> is a comprehensive desktop environment that
5builds on an <application>X</application> Window System and
6<application>Qt</application> to provide
7a window manager and many user tools, including a browser, word processor,
8spreadsheet, presentation package, games, and numerous other utilities. It
9provides extensive capabilities for customization.</para>
10
11<para>The <acronym>KDE</acronym> instructions are divided into two parts. The first part, the
12core packages, are needed for the rest of <acronym>KDE</acronym> to work. The second part
13presents additional packages which provide functionality in various areas
14(multimedia, graphics, etc.).</para>
15
16<para>There are two alternatives for installing <acronym>KDE</acronym>. Option one, that
17is used by most of the commercial distributions, is to
18install <acronym>KDE</acronym> in the standard system prefix: <filename>/usr</filename>.
19This option allows the use of KDE without the need for any additional configuration such
20as modification of various environment variables or configuration files. Option two is
21to install it in a unique prefix such as <filename>/opt/kde</filename> or
22<filename>/opt/kde-&kde-version;</filename>. This option allows for easy removal of
23the package.</para>
24
25<tip>
26<para>All the <acronym>KDE</acronym> packages are comprised of various components.
27The default is to
28install most of the components. If specific components are to be eliminated, the
29official way is to set the variable <envar>DO_NOT_COMPILE</envar>.
30This comes in handy when there are problems compiling a particular
31component.</para>
32
33<screen><userinput><command>DO_NOT_COMPILE="component1 component2" \
34 ./configure --prefix=&kde-dir; ...</command></userinput></screen>
35
36<para>The core <acronym>KDE</acronym> packages also honor this variable, but omitting components
37from the core packages is not advisable since it may result in an
38incomplete <acronym>KDE</acronym> installation.</para>
39</tip>
40
41<note><para>In each of the packages,
42one other option to <command>configure</command> can be added:
43<parameter>--enable-final</parameter>. This option can speed up the build
44process, but requires a lot of memory. If you have less than 256MB of RAM,
45this option may cause swapping and significantly slow compilation.</para></note>
46
47</partintro>
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