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2010

Software Compilation 4.4 now available for Windows

Continuing their impressive record of quick delivery of fresh KDE software, the KDE Windows team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of packages with the latest KDE release for the Windows platform.


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The installer provides not only most of the applications from Software Compilation 4.4, but also the latest versions of a number of independently released KDE applications. Highlights include the latest stable version of digiKam (and the KIPI plugins) and Konversation. Although Amarok is not yet included in the installer there is progress being made.

Packages have been split from the KDE modules allowing easy installation of just what you want to use. The KDE Windows developers are also introducing metapackages that make it possible to easily install groups of popular applications from for example KDE Graphics, the KDE Software Development Kit and KDE Games. Metapackages are not yet functional in the installer but are expected in a future release.

As always, you can install KDE applications on your Windows platform using the latest installer (Windows executable). Please remember that KDE software on Windows is still a work in progress, so not all applications are suitable for day to day use at the moment.

Comments

Call me a heretic, but I'm going to continue to call it "KDE".


By Brandybuck at Sun, 2010/02/21 - 3:43am

Feel free to call it how you want, but the whole effort of rebranding wasn't because some of us woke up in the morning and thought about changing everything: it was to give more visibility to the applications themselves (you don't need the workspace for them), and because now those also run on other platforms (but they don't replace the current shell, hence it's improper to call it "desktop environment").

In short, it was done to get rid of the notion "KDE is a desktop environment". Because it's much more than that nowadays.


By Luca Beltrame at Sun, 2010/02/21 - 1:47pm

"Software Compilation" is not a name, it's a generic description. Dropping the KDE name is like dropping "Ford" in favor of "Motorized Conveyance".


By Brandybuck at Sun, 2010/02/21 - 6:23pm

That's why we often use "KDE Software Compilation". However, on *KDE* Dot News, talking about the *KDE* Windows team I think we can take it for granted we're talking about KDE software. The question is which software: SC 4.4 and some latest versions of some non-SC apps.

To borrow your analogy, it's a bit like going to your local Ford dealer and saying "I'd like to buy a 5 door family hatchback" not "I'd like to buy a Ford" since maybe they guessed that already.


By Stuart Jarvis at Sun, 2010/02/21 - 11:58pm

I agree Brandybuck, you can't change it now. It would be like suddenly calling a
Tax Calculator
a revenue share splitter.


By Callum at Sat, 2010/07/03 - 12:38am

Look, I'm full aware that The Dot isn't the totally correct place to ask questions (PLEASE point me in the right direction as long as that isn't to an IRC chan):

How do I stop KDE (SC...) 4.4 from auto-sorting my desktop icons?

Right-click Desktop --> Sort Icons: Nothing is enabled/checked

Cachew --> Folder View Activity Settings --> Sorting: Unsorted
(same place) Arrangement: AH! There is no option for "Never Arrange". The only options are for them being along one of the four screen edges.

I can put my icons somewhere, but if I create something new on my Desktop, all my icons get lined up along the left side with Folders being first (even though Folders first is *DIS*-abled) and alphabetically after that (again, disabled).

Please, is there some way to stop KDE (SC) 4.4 from moving my Desktop icons? Locking Icons doesn't work, they still get lined up along the left side.

Thank you.
M.

P.S.
Just to say it, I've been using KDE since around 0.8 or 0.9. In addition, I can get "under the hood" and play with rc files if needed. I've already looked at plasma-desktoprc and plasma-desktop-appletsrc. I see where it's being set as the config GUIs say they should be, but is there something that can be typed in? Ya know, like having close buttona ON Konq's tabs. That can be typed in.


By Xanadu at Mon, 2010/02/22 - 4:40am

Try the forums at http://forum.kde.org/


By odysseus at Mon, 2010/02/22 - 10:24am

Thank you. I've now done exactly that.

M.


By Xanadu at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 1:07am

Hi.
I'm using Windows at work on an offline corporate network. Is it possible to download all files and later install offline?


By Andreas Joseph Krogh at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 11:13am

The installer has option for download only, and option to install from local files. So it should work.


By Morty at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 11:50am

My computer which has access to the Internet runs Linux, are you proposing to use Wine to execute the client and choose "download only"? Why not a tar-file or something which wraps the whole installer-thing?


By Andreas Joseph Krogh at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 1:28pm

You can browse the files at http://www.winkde.org/pub/kde/ports/win32/repository-4.4/ (or similar on one of the mirrors). However, you likely don't need everything, which is why the installer is good to get just what you want. A Linux front-end for your use case could be nice though, I guess...


By Stuart Jarvis at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 2:55pm

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By 1stukgent1111 at Wed, 2010/06/02 - 5:54am

Does that mean I can now tell Windows using friends of mine that they can just download this great multi-protocol chat program (kopete) or the powerful editor (kate) and they will run for them?

(same for many other great apps, kopete and kate are chosen semi-randomly :) )


By Arne Babenhauserheide at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 1:52pm

Perhaps ;-)

Not everything is working perfectly yet and some apps are much better than others - just depends if there is Linux specific stuff in that app that hasn't been noticed yet. I found Kopete worked pretty well for me in 4.3, though I think it was lacking XMPP support at the time (I might be wrong).

Best would be to test them yourself (if you have access to Windows) or suggest them to your friends as something to try - but explain that this is early work and things might not be perfect, to manage their expectations and not put them off KDE software if they have one bad experience :-)


By Stuart Jarvis at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 2:58pm

you can :)


By Mark Kretschmann at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 3:00pm

Yes, but be aware it's not like installing normal Windows software, I'd agree with trying the installer for yourself and see how it all works, and decide if that's suitable for your friends. The installer is still a bit techie, but they are working on that.


By odysseus at Tue, 2010/02/23 - 7:04pm

This is good job and I loved the reading. It is happening in all countries .. thanks for sharing this informtion Kids Games
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By shamslive at Tue, 2010/07/06 - 8:26pm

hi there,

i know this is not the right place to report bugs, but kde on windows crashes with my install from today everywhere.

seems like seom central component - i dont know where to file a bug there as it seems its windows related.


By wintersommer at Wed, 2010/02/24 - 10:45pm

You can use the genera KDE Bugzilla (bugs.kde.org) - just choose MS Windows binaries for the Distribution Method when filling in the form. Or you can ask on the kde-windows mailing list if you're not sure (https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-windows- bug reports get copied there anyway, I think) or IRC: kde-windows on freenode


By Stuart Jarvis at Sat, 2010/02/27 - 11:40am

am i right that there is no way having crash dumps automatically sent like in linux ?


By wintersommer at Sun, 2010/02/28 - 6:19pm

I've been using KDE since around 0.8 or 0.9. In addition, I can get "under the hood" and play with rc files if needed.
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By 1stukgent133 at Wed, 2010/07/07 - 9:22am

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By harsh7 at Sat, 2010/06/05 - 7:59am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQm3sY-NiWU

Link above is for a short featurette/tutorial of Plasma in KDE 4.1

The most built up features of Plasma, that being the heavy integration, never made it into the beta. I don't know if it has been included yet.

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By Lwilliams at Mon, 2010/06/21 - 11:08pm