KDE 3.2 Reaches Final Stage: Announcing Release Candidate 1

After over a year of development we're ready to announce the release of the first (and hopefully last) release candidate for KDE 3.2.0. Get it from download.kde.org or use Konstruct if you don't feel like calling configure by yourself. Due to the time constraints, don't expect distribution binaries, but they may pop up at download.kde.org URL too.


The new release is VERY sharp. I've been using it for a day on a SuSE 9 desktop, and it has performed very well so far. However I'm trying to get SVG support to happen, and can't figure out if there's a knob I need to twist or something.

I've gone so far as setting the plugin search path to include /opt/kde3/lib, etc, but that just causes the plugin search to fail. I'm trying to show off here :-) Any help?

Thanks for another great release!

By xrayspx at Wed, 2004/01/21 - 6:00am

Can't comment on ksvg as it seems to be missing from the Slackware binaries I'm using, but if you want a plugin, the latest Linux build of Adobe's SVG Viewer now works well under Konqueror. [You wait for ages, then 2 come along at once.]

By Peter Robins at Wed, 2004/01/21 - 6:00am

KSVG is a KPart, not a Netscape type Plugin.

So, just right click on the icon for any SVG file and select the KSVGPlugin in the: "Embedding" tab. If you can find it -- since it is now well hidden in order to make KDE easier to use.

An OT note: the Adobe SVG Mozilla plugin also works with Konqueor-3.2.


By James Richard Tyrer at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

That seems like the answer, seems to be embedding correctly now. I'm unsure which plugin it's using (ksvg or Adobe), but it seems to work somewhat better.

Thanks for both of your help.

By xrayspx at Mon, 2004/01/26 - 6:00am

the new default kopete icons are awesome, thanks!

By Mark Hannessen at Wed, 2004/01/21 - 6:00am

I can't install KDE-3.2 RC1 via konscruct
I got message like this:
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 66: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 74: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 82: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 107: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 108: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 109: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 110: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 111: Need an operator
"../../gar.conf.mk", line 112: Need an operator
"../../gar.lib.mk", line 272: Need an operator
"../../gar.lib.mk", line 274: Need an operator
"../../gar.lib.mk", line 277: Need an operator
"../../gar.mk", line 64: Need an operator
"../../gar.mk", line 66: Need an operator
"../../gar.mk", line 68: Need an operator
Error expanding embedded variable.

What i do wrong?
Please help me :)

By Beton at Thu, 2004/01/22 - 6:00am

Do you use make instead of gmake?

By Yevgen Muntyan at Sun, 2004/01/25 - 6:00am

Hi, i've found some rendering problem in konqueror.
Try to open this site http://www.culm.org
and try to open the same url with mozilla...

By Psyk[o] at Thu, 2004/01/22 - 6:00am

Read http://konqueror.org/investigatebug/, create a test-case and report it to http://bugs.kde.org

By Anonymous at Thu, 2004/01/22 - 6:00am

I know a lot of people don't like this setting, however, in 3.2-rc1, I can't find the setting for placing the menu bar at the top of the screen like in MacOS. In prior releases of KDE, you can find this setting under style and then selecting the misc tab. Where has this setting moved to? Aside from this annoyance, KDE-3.2-rc1 is _great_. I'm using it in FreeBSD 5.2-RELEASE and in SuSe 9.0.

I also have another bug, when I right click an icon, the colors become distorted. I have the same problem when I turn on menu transparency (regardless of the transparency effect I choose). I am using ATI's linux drivers for Xfree 4.3.0 for a radeon 9800. I don't have any of this trouble in FBSD and I'm currently using a generic vesa driver and I built rc1 for FreeBSD manually. Thanks.

Fortunately I don't like to use menu transparency, I decided to see if there any changes with it.

By Hiryu at Thu, 2004/01/22 - 6:00am

I guess I'm not among those "a lot of people" who don't prefer a global menu bar instead one in every single application. =)

The global menu bar is now a Kicker applet so for creating a menu bar at the top of the screen you do following:
Right click on Kicker > Add > Panel > Child Panel and move it to the top
Right click on this new child panel > Add > Applet > Menu
Add anything else to the panel, resize it etc.

For making the menu applet actually show a menu you'll need to tweak another option:
Right click on the desktop > Configure Desktop... > Behavior > Menu Bar at Top of Screen (should be renamed to "Global Menu Bar" now imo) and choose "Desktop menu bar" or "Current application's menu bar" (the currently available option "None" is irritating in this context, I know)

Ready. Cheers. =)

By Datschge at Thu, 2004/01/22 - 6:00am

How did you figure all that out? That's a lot more complex than it should be.


By Hiryu at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

Hallo, I have successfully compiled 3.1.5 & 3.2beta2. However, on the same machine in trying to build 3.2RC1 via konstruct I got a interesting error(which results in a build halt including the rest of the packages not already compiled) during the compile of kdeartwork. "libtool: link: '/usr/lib/libGL.la' is not a valid libtool archive." Viewing that file it notes, "Please DO NOT delete this file! It is necessary for linking the library. This file was generated by the nvidia-installer: 1.0.5." Trying to build the package by itself results in the same error. If anyone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.


By klug at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

I ran into this too. I found the answer here:


Basically, libtool searches for a particular pattern in .la files and gives up if it doesn't find it. Replace the line:

# Generated by nvidia-installer: 1.0.5


# Generated by nvidia-installer: 1.0.5 (for use by libtool)

By Shane Hathaway at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

Ah, thank you very much! That edit worked perfectly.


By klug at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

I installed the suse rpms, but kmail is missing. Then I compiled and installed the knetwork-3.1.95 source package myself, but still no kmail. In which package is this supposed to be?
Kmail from 3.1.4 won't start cause it can't find libkdenetwork.so.2(.0.0).

Thanks for any help in advance.

By W. Dobbe at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

You must install the SuSE rpm kdepim3, see below

george@georgelaptop1:~> rpm -qf /opt/kde3/bin/kmail

By GeorgeMoody at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

The only way I seem to be able to get JuK any more is to download the kdemultimedia CVS and compile from source - the .tar.gz and various rpm packages don't have it any more. Actaully, the only refs to JuK in the kde-redhat packages are:
warning: kdemultimedia-3.1.95-0.fdr.0.1.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID ff6382fa

Now, I don't mind compiling JuK, but I thought it was part of KDE now...

By Duncan at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

JuK is in the kdemultimedia tarball so complain to your distributor/packager.

By Anonymous at Fri, 2004/01/23 - 6:00am

Last night, I was rebuilding the Fedora SRPM of kdemultimedia (to add support for ALSA and mp3s), and I noticed that configuration disables JuK if "taglib" is not installed. Since Fedora doesn't package taglib (actually, I couldn't find an RPM anywhere, had to install the tarball), JuK won't be built as part of kdemultimedia, even though its source is there.

Probably an issue to raise with Redhat?

By MEF at Wed, 2004/01/28 - 6:00am

you can find fedora's taglib RPM at KDE's download servers.
it became a habit for me, for each new KDE release I download the SRPM and the src, modify the spec file to build mpeglib (and for 3.2.2 I set juk on too)

good luck

By Zeeyed at Tue, 2004/05/25 - 5:00am

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By k@LIy at Sat, 2004/01/24 - 6:00am

I am still have the problem I reported already here: http://dot.kde.org/1070894366/1071609698/. Nothing changes from previous beta release. It exists on 3 different computers with RedHat9, ASPLinux9 and Fedora Core 1. And I wonder why nobody else reports about this problem?

By Alexander Malashenko at Sat, 2004/01/24 - 6:00am

What is with KPM? Why it is not actual KDE releases? It was vary nice tool. Is here a replacement for this tool?

By sd at Sat, 2004/01/24 - 6:00am

it used to be in kde releases.. it was depreciated in favor of the more capable ksystemguard, which is included with kde.

By anon at Sat, 2004/01/24 - 6:00am


By sd at Sat, 2004/01/31 - 6:00am

I'm using Nvidia driver 1.0-5328-pkg1.
I have fix libGL.a(add (for use by libtool) ), but I tried to compile kdearts,kdebase and I get:
/usr/lib/tls/libGLcore.so.1: undefined reference to `_nv000026gl'
/usr/lib/libGL.so: undefined reference to `_nv000030gl@LIBGLCORE'
/usr/lib/libGL.so: undefined reference to `_nv000028gl@LIBGLCORE'
/usr/lib/libGL.so: undefined reference to `_nv000040gl@LIBGLCORE'
/usr/lib/libGL.so: undefined reference to `_nv000031gl@LIBGLCORE'
/usr/lib/libGL.so: undefined reference to `_nv000027gl@LIBGLCORE'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[3]: *** [kswarm.kss] Error 1

Can you help me?

By Iskren Stoynov at Sun, 2004/01/25 - 6:00am

You need to link arts against the xfree glx, not the one provided by nvidia.

In gentoo you would type
# opengl-update xfree

Outside of gentoo your mileage will vary. Consider reinstalling xfree and running ldconfig.

Then reload your nvidia driver after your compile.

By Stephen Fairchild at Mon, 2004/01/26 - 6:00am

I'm using Fedora core 1
I reinstalled xfree and now I ger this:
/home/iskren/qt-x11-free-3.2.3/lib/libqt-mt.so: undefined reference to `glXGetConfig@LIBGL'
/home/iskren/qt-x11-free-3.2.3/lib/libqt-mt.so: undefined reference to `glOrtho@LIBGL'
/home/iskren/qt-x11-free-3.2.3/lib/libqt-mt.so: undefined reference to `glXUseXFont@LIBGL'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[3]: *** [kappfinder_install] Error 1Untitled 1
make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/iskren/tmp_kde/kdebase-3.1.95/kappfinder'
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/iskren/tmp_kde/kdebase-3.1.95/kappfinder'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/iskren/tmp_kde/kdebase-3.1.95'
make: *** [all] Error 2

By Iskren Stoyanov at Tue, 2004/01/27 - 6:00am

I´ve missed Debian packages yet!

Do you know if there are any yet?
If not, could someone do anything about that?!!!

By gAlDiR at Sun, 2004/01/25 - 6:00am

you can look at wiki.debian.net on the DebianKDE section. You'll find some info about debian packages.

By Swissnux at Mon, 2004/01/26 - 6:00am

Konsrtuct chokes on uic compiling qmake_image_collection.cpp with core dump on RHEL 3. Too bad.

Here is what I see:
QThreadStorage: thread bf1cc8a0 exited after QThreadStorage destroyed
make[8]: *** [qmake_image_collection.cpp] Segmentation fault (core dumped)
make[8]: *** Deleting file `qmake_image_collection.cpp'

Sergey Kosenko

By Sergey Kosenko at Tue, 2004/01/27 - 6:00am

Really you should be a bit more upbeat about things.

By Bill Eidson at Tue, 2004/08/17 - 5:00am

can somebody explain what is this pop up window good for? Whenever I open konqueror I get several of them. I want to disable it. Anybody has this problem too?

By ph at Tue, 2004/01/27 - 6:00am

I had some friends over the other night with their two children, a lively daughter about 4 and a somber son about 5 or 6 years old. We were looking something up on my computer with the children watching and the daughter piped up with "the computer is pretty" (referring to the screen). The son then said "All the windows are much better looking than the ones at home". They use XP at home.

FWIW, KDE seems to appeal to the young demographic. :)

Also, I am helping one of them start a balloon arrangement business, and many of the documents are being produced in KWord.


By Evan "JabberWok... at Wed, 2004/01/28 - 6:00am

dunno what to say....grabbed 3.1.95 as soon as it was out...
it is pure beauty...genius...can't find words sufficient enough to honor it =)
I love you guys...all of you who contributed to this outstanding project...
thank you, each and every one of you for providing me such a great desktop envoironment =D
KDE now is my second love straight after bash ^^

By poison at Wed, 2004/01/28 - 6:00am

Hi everybody,

I have Suse 9.0 and I used konstructor to download and install kde3.2-rc in my laptop. Once I compiled all the sources I was not able to start the kde because I followed the instructions from the README file and I export KDEDIRS=~/kde... when the correct variable is KDEDIR. Once I put the correct variable, all runs ok, and quickly!!!

Best regards,


By Daniel Alomar i... at Thu, 2004/01/29 - 6:00am

It may be that a script added by your distribution uses KDEDIR, KDE itself should run fine with only KDEDIRS set.

By Anonymous at Thu, 2004/01/29 - 6:00am

I just have upgraded form 3.1.94 to 3.1.95 and I love this version!!! It's fast, stable and beautifull (oh, that tiny bumping cursor as application's start feedback)!!!
This is really a great job!!! Congratulations and a big thank you!!!

By pawel at Thu, 2004/01/29 - 6:00am


With my Suse 9.0 and kde3.2-rc I can't use the Qt designer tool. When I try to launch it, it fails and shows me "segment violation".

kde3.2-rc is installed on /home/daniel/kde3.2-rc and although I had Qt 3.2 I had to download and compile the Qt 3.2 from konstruct.

The only thing that I found that doesn't work is the Qt "designer".

Any idea?

By Daniel Alomar i... at Fri, 2004/01/30 - 6:00am

By Anonymous at Sat, 2004/01/31 - 6:00am

Sorry, but I change the style and I continue having the segment violation....

Maybe something else than the style??

By Daniel Alomar i... at Mon, 2004/02/02 - 6:00am

I had the same Problem with KDE3.2.1
Using gdb I found out this happens while loading the plugins.

After deleting all plugins in my
the designer started.
( This is no real solution )

But after many gdb traces I found out that the
Designer crashes in KLocales::isLanguageInstalled..

The Solution for me was to install all Languages with konstruct.
( Initially I only did this for "de" )

now The Designer works with all plugins

Hope this Helps ;-)

By Christian Storm at Thu, 2004/03/25 - 6:00am

I have to say that.
You made really great job.
Now its possible to use Linux on Desktop.

By Marcin Pisarski at Fri, 2004/01/30 - 6:00am

It appears that kmail 1.6 is still not capable of filtering mail back to imap mailboxes. This is seriously dissappointing. I understand that a lot of you feel that this should be done on the server, and I don't disagree, however the main email server on campus, and many others across the net do not support any form of server side filters.(sigh) back to the lizard...

By Garett Shulman at Fri, 2004/01/30 - 6:00am

You mean http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=50997? Seems that it may be contained in the kdepim 3.3 release.

By Anonymous at Sat, 2004/01/31 - 6:00am

I kdebase rpm requires themer>=1.40 where I can find themer 1,40???

By Iskren Stoynov at Sat, 2004/01/31 - 6:00am

What distribution? Ask your distributor.

By Anonymous at Sat, 2004/01/31 - 6:00am

Fedora Core 1

By Iskren Stoynov at Sat, 2004/01/31 - 6:00am

I have installed arts-1.1.94,kdelibs-3.1.94,kdebase-3.1.94,kdebindings-3.1.94
but now I get:

startkde: Starting up...
ksplash: relocation error: /usr/lib/libkdeui.so.4: undefined symbol: _ZN9QGroupBox10setEnabledEb
kdeinit: relocation error: /usr/lib/libDCOP.so.4: undefined symbol: _ZN6QGList5eraseEP6QLNode
startkde: Could not start kdeinit. Check your installation.
Warning: connect() failed: : No such file or directory
ksmserver: relocation error: /usr/lib/libkdeui.so.4: undefined symbol: _ZN9QGroupBox10setEnabledEb
startkde: Shutting down...
Warning: connect() failed: : No such file or directory
Error: Can't contact kdeinit!
startkde: Running shutdown scripts...
startkde: Done.

By Iskren Stoynov at Sat, 2004/01/31 - 6:00am