2003 KDE 3.x on Sun Solaris

Corey Liu has written an article about running KDE 3.1 on Solaris based workstations. He covers installing KDE, using KDE and running KDE apps under the CDE environment. The article is available over at Sun's website. Some screenshots are also included.


And where are Stefan Teleman's packages? I've read about these recently somewhere...

What's the benefit of these (other than their more recent versions)? Are they "better packaged" and have some "extra KDE flavor" with them? -- /methinks that it is a big waste of time to package these, if Sun does the job the same....

By Anonymous Coward at Mon, 2003/12/29 - 6:00am

Well, Sun's versions tend to lag behind somewhat. I'd go with the KDE-packaged Solaris packages instead of Sun's. I think this article is just for promoting Sun's freeware site.

And yes, Solaris runs KDE pretty nice. It certainly blows CDE away any day :)

By Emiel Kollof at Tue, 2003/12/30 - 6:00am

Now, I'm using the Stefan Teleman's KDE 3.1.4 packages and it runs very well, only a few problem with dtlogin (it was not appear like an option ;-), resolve with nake-dtlogin from and at least, I have a modern desktop in my Sun Sparc Ultra 5 like in my Linux box :-)

Now, I'm trying to put the screen with 16 bits depth instead the default 8 bits. It's very dificult for a Solaris newbie like me ;-). I try with several howtos but anyone works. I'm still trying.

By Pedro Jurado Maqueda at Tue, 2003/12/30 - 6:00am

if you have an ultra 5 with on board graphics, it can only do 8 bit colour depth.

You need to get a creator 3D or something to get decent colour depth.



By Paul Mitcheson at Tue, 2003/12/30 - 6:00am

Yes, I have an Ultra 5, with on board graphics?. I don't know, but xdpyinfo gives me this information:

name of display: :0.0
version number: 11.0
vendor string: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
vendor release number: 6410
maximum request size: 262140 bytes
motion buffer size: 256
bitmap unit, bit order, padding: 32, MSBFirst, 32
image byte order: MSBFirst
number of supported pixmap formats: 4
supported pixmap formats:
depth 1, bits_per_pixel 1, scanline_pad 32
depth 8, bits_per_pixel 8, scanline_pad 32
depth 16, bits_per_pixel 16, scanline_pad 32
depth 24, bits_per_pixel 32, scanline_pad 32

The last four lines confusing me, but the important thing is that I have KDE in my Sun Sparc, so I'm happy enough.

One last question, is kde-i18n-es package avaliable for Sparc? Thanks and sorry for the off-topic

By Pedro Jurado Maqueda at Tue, 2003/12/30 - 6:00am


I believe kde-i18n-es is available in the kde-i18n huge
package (please correct me if i'm wrong). I did not upload
the whole kde-i18n because it's very big, and it wouldn't
be useful to force someone to install the whole thing when
they are probably only interested in a few languages anyway.

It's available for download from the source download site(s).

About the video card:

try running:

m64config -help

(IIRC m64config is the video card config utility on Ultra 5).
i am not sure if this works with an on-board video card, though.


By Stefan Teleman at Tue, 2003/12/30 - 6:00am

Yes, with the command

m64config -res 1024x768 -depth 24

works perfectly.

Thank you very much :-)

By Pedro Jurado Maqueda at Wed, 2003/12/31 - 6:00am


Sorry - I stand corrected. I was sure that the onboard graphics didn't have enough memory for 43 bit colour.



By Paul Mitcheson at Wed, 2003/12/31 - 6:00am

The first generation of Ultra 5's could only do 8-bit. They then released versions with the PGX24, which is capable of 24-bit graphics, although only at 1152x900. Above that, it's 8-bit.

By Tony at Sat, 2004/01/03 - 6:00am