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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
2<!DOCTYPE partintro PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.4//EN"
3 "http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/xml/4.4/docbookx.dtd" [
4 <!ENTITY % general-entities SYSTEM "../general.ent">
5 %general-entities;
6]>
7
8<partintro>
9 <title>Introduction to KDE</title>
10
11 <para><application>KDE</application> is a comprehensive desktop environment
12 that builds on an <application>X Window System</application> and
13 <application>Qt</application> to provide a window manager and many user tools,
14 including a browser, word processor, spreadsheet, presentation package, games,
15 and numerous other utilities. It provides extensive capabilities for customization.</para>
16
17 <para>The <application>KDE</application> instructions are divided into
18 three parts. The first part, the core packages, are needed for the rest of
19 <application>KDE</application> to work. The second part presents additional
20 packages which provide functionality in various areas (multimedia, graphics, etc.)
21 The third part provides resources for software and web developers.</para>
22
23 <para>There are two alternatives for installing <application>KDE</application>.
24 Option one, that is used by most of the commercial distributions, is to install
25 <application>KDE</application> in the standard system prefix:
26 <filename class="directory">/usr</filename>. This option allows the use of
27 <application>KDE</application> without the need for any additional configuration such
28 as modification of various environment variables or configuration files. Option two is
29 to install it in a unique prefix such as <filename class="directory">/opt/kde</filename> or
30 <filename class="directory">/opt/kde-&kde-version;</filename>. This option allows for
31 easy removal of the <application>KDE</application> version or maintenance of
32 multiple versions for testing.</para>
33
34 <tip>
35 <para>All the <application>KDE</application> packages are comprised of various
36 components. The default is to install most of the components. If specific components
37 are to be eliminated, the official way is to set the variable
38 <envar>DO_NOT_COMPILE</envar>. This comes in handy when there are problems
39 compiling a particular component.</para>
40
41<screen><userinput>DO_NOT_COMPILE="component1 component2" \
42 ./configure --prefix=&kde-dir; ...</userinput></screen>
43
44 <para>The core <application>KDE</application> packages also honor this
45 variable, but omitting components from the core packages is not advisable since
46 it may result in an incomplete <application>KDE</application> installation.</para>
47 </tip>
48
49 <note>
50 <para>In each of the packages, one other option to <command>configure</command>
51 can be added: <option>--enable-final</option>. This option can speed up the build
52 process, but requires a lot of memory. If you have less than 256MB of RAM,
53 this option may cause swapping and significantly slow compilation.</para>
54 </note>
55
56</partintro>
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