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Linux Magazine: Compiling and Installing KDE 2.0

Dec 23, 2000, 11:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

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"...if you are a perfectly sane person, you'll probably want to go straight to your favorite Linux distribution's support Web site or ftp.kde.org, right this minute, and look for the appropriate KDE 2.0 binaries. Of course, if you're the daring type and feel that you haven't experienced that warm and cuddly Open Source Software experience unless you've spent several hours compiling a GUI environment yourself, or if you want to fully appreciate the kinds of nutty things those Krazy software developers have to put up with, then by all means, read on."

"...since the sources were not available via FTP at the time of this writing, we had to get it the hard way -- via CVS and CVSup. ... While retrieving source code from CVS and CVSUP servers is probably not the easiest way of obtaining the code, it's still the best way to ensure that you're getting the latest and greatest source (that bleeding edge stuff we were talking about before). Usually, you can assume that the developers who upload have tested their code and that it should actually work. Unfortunately, in our case, it took several days of trying before we found a KDE 2.0 code snapshot that would actually compile..."

"OK, you've got the files. Now the fun part comes. The first thing you'll want to do is compile the QT 2.2.0 library. It's the prerequisite for everything. QT is located in the /qt-copy subdirectory of whatever directory all your source code is in. You'll want to read the README and README-qt-copy files in that directory. They have detailed instructions on how to install it and compile Qt."

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