KDE on Cygwin: KDE 3.1.4 Available

One step closer to all-platform-support. The KDE on Cygwin project announced its KDE 3.1.4 release for Cygwin/XFree. New is native sound support, windows executables are usable in Konqueror, prelimary printing support using Ghostscript and much more. Together with recent Cygwin and Cygwin/XFree releases you will enjoy font and pixmap caching speedups together with a multi-windowed display mode. Beside the basic packages this release contains additional packages like kdevelop 3.0, kdeedu, quanta, kdenetwork
(alpha version) and kde-i18n for 45 languages. Packages for kdegames and kdesdk (umbrello) are planned next. See the KDE 3 on Cygwin page for further information.


Subject says it all.

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

Agreed. Cygwin alone rocks for those of us who have to use Windows at work, and getting a desktop and familiar apps that we can use really helps. Kudos to the dev team.

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

It runs slower than in Linux (obviously), but it's really amazing to see it in action. Plus, the instalation is automatic, so every newbie out threre can set it up.

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

who cares about speed. it's already so slow on Linux anyways. i just wish i didn't need an x-server to run it now :)

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


which version of QT is it using?

Yours, Kay

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

3.2.3 using gcc3.3

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

Probably the GPLed X11-Version and not the non-commercial QT2

By Hans-Joachim Daniels at Sat, 2004/01/24 - 6:00am

Yes, because KDE 3.x requires qt 3.x and currently there is no (l)gpled native qt3 available.

There is some work in progress to port a native qt 3. See http://kde-cygwin.sourceforge.net/qt3-win32/ for further informations.


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

I fail to find the installer to set it up... Or do I have to get the
zillions of bz2 files?
TIA for a link

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

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

I know it's been over a year, but I've been to "http://kde-cygwin.sourceforge.net/kde3/installation.php", and it directs to another server, which just has the tar.bz2 files and rather non-luser-friendly instructions -- has the install-executable come and gone?

By luser? at Wed, 2005/07/13 - 5:00am

you can find install instructions here:


easy to follow, though not as user-friendly as a windows install file.

By david gunnells at Tue, 2005/08/02 - 5:00am

I like this project very much, and I don't want to sound like a whiner, but all they have ever released was a Beta version. Sure, a 3.1.4 beta is cool, but I'd rather have a 2.2.2 stable ...

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

The beta-ness comes not from the KDE version, but from the porting effort to Cygwin ... it wouldn't have been any quicker to get KDE 2.2.2 working stably than KDE 3.1.4, so it makes sense to rather get the latest version working...

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

Is there a HOWTO describing how to replace Windows-GUI with an entire KDE?

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

In http://lists.kde.org/?l=kde-cygwin&m=103072530327420&w=2 David Fraser reported how to replace explorer with kde.


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

Hi! I tried the link in the previous posts and there is't any hotwo on installing KDE on cygwin, there is just the ftp link. Could anyone tell me where I can find a howto or smth to help me install KDE? Thanks.

By Priest at Tue, 2007/02/20 - 6:00am