Trinity Project keeping 3.5 alive

For people who prefer the KDE 3.5-style desktop, a new version of the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) has been released. Trinity is a continuation of the KDE 3.5 Desktop Environment with ongoing updates and new features. Trinity Desktop Environment 3.5.13 source code is available and the project also provides packages for Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora. Read on for an overview of what is new in Trinity 3.5.13!

Trinity screenshot

Features and fixes

There has been a number of changes and improvements to Trinity in the 3.5.13 release. The most visible of those are:

  • Added new "Monitor and Display" control center module for system-wide single/multi monitor and display configuration
  • Integration with applications like Firefox and NetworkManager with a new DBUS notification client
  • A new compositor is included and several applications including Amarok have been modified to take advantage of that
  • A new widget theme, Asteroid, has been added and the GTK-Qt theme engine has been improved
  • An optional Secure Attention Key has been implemented to further secure the login and desktop lock dialogs
  • The quicklaunch kicker applet has been improved and Kicker can now have "Deep Buttons"
  • KRandr now has DPMS support and Gamma configuration

There is also a number of new applications added to this Trinity release:

  • kbookreader
  • kdbusnotification
  • kmymoney
  • kstreamripper

Under the hood

The Trinity project is working hard to make TDE 3.5 easier to maintain. Many of the modules have been ported to CMAKE in this release. There have been cleanups of a number of libraries, and many stability fixes. For example, Flash no longer segfaults Konqueror and the lockups caused by OpenGL screensavers have been fixed.

The Trinity project also announced that they are taking over Qt3 maintenance from now on.

Congratulations to Trinity!

While the KDE community is focused on developing the 4.x series of KDE Platform, Plasma Workspaces and Applications, we welcome and support the efforts of the Trinity Project to provide a desktop environment for those who want to continue using the 3.x series!

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There are many people who prefer to use instruments/tools they used to [sic].

[troll-bage removed]

Thanks to Trinity for revitalizing Classic KDE.
Obviously, it's all about desktop environment, though.

by Anonymous (not verified)

KDE3 makes it possible to work real fast, and i have found no other ways to work efficient.
If you just learn few shortcuts, and some hidden features, you can do almost everything with some quick keystrokes on the keyboard.
The first things to do for new users, is to google for Konqueror Web Shortcuts: I have never found a web browser with so easy going user interface. Google and Apple and may be others, are using the web-engine from KDE and Konqueror in there browsers, but they are missing the best part of Konqueror: The user interface with all the shortcuts.
The next thing about KDE, is the file-dialog for opening and saving files: You can use almost any protocol to open files from remote hosts in almost any application. To open a file via ssh, you can write fish://username@hostname/folder/file in the location bar.
And konsole for kde3 is just amazing: If you are using a lot of tabs, with different settings, and connections to different ssh-servers, etc. you can just save the profile, and you can edit the profiles under ~/.kde/share/apps/konsole/profileskonsole. Later, you can start konsole with the -session option.

this is not the first time I see comments on, massively edited, or deleted altogether, because of "trolling", or "ranting", or such.

If censorship is a rule of this "community", who am I to debate.

But it would be nice to have a PUBLIC statement on this, and most of all I would like to know WHO is the dear big brother having fun with our posts.

Unless, of course, he/she prefer to remain anonymous. As the trolls he/she edits.

Or edit this post so I'll appear to be asking to wash your car, as you wish ;) is publicly posted. People visiting an official KDE website have a reasonable expectation that it will be followed.

The Code of Conduct specifically states:
"Leaders of any group, such as moderators of mailing lists, IRC channels, forums, etc., will exercise the right to suspend access to any person who persistently breaks our shared Code of Conduct."

I have deleted and edited comments, as have others with leadership responsibility. I will continue to do so in cases that don't fit with the Code of Conduct. Although it's not addressed directly in the Code of Conduct, troll content might also be deleted or elided.

While I had nothing to do with creating the Code of Conduct, I fully support it and have no wish to change it. Anyone is welcome to offer suggestions for changing it. Please join the KDE Promo mailing list and make your case.

Please provide support for your assertion that comments were "massively edited, or deleted altogether" because of "ranting".

How do you suggest handling content that offends the KDE Code of Conduct?

[edited by myself... trying a last attempt of resolving the thing politely]

Vajsvarana sent a private message containing the following...
"Thus, I hereby officially ask that your access as a moderator of this forum is removed."
There are various ways to make such an official request at I don't intend to make such a request myself.

User Vajsvarana had no constructive suggestions in that private message for how to handle content that offends the KDE Code of Conduct.

User Vajsvarana has just one right, constructive suggestion for you: when you have to weight "Freedom of speech" against whichever "code of conduit" in your life, well, screw the f***k up the code of conduit!

Or just continue as you have done so far. Great results you have, mh? How much positivity and respect around ...

by Anonymous (not verified)

The KDE Code of Conduct does not preclude criticism of any project or application. What it does require is respect for others. I cannot comment on messages I haven't seen, but if this one is a sample, you are certainly not showing respect, and I would support the moderator's removal of disrespectful comments, for the well-being of the community.

(To all contributors to these comments) Please try to limit comments to likes and preferences, which are legitimate, and please do not attack others for having opinions different to yours.

FWIW, my belief is that both KDE 4.x and KDE 3.x have their good points, and the Trinity project should be just another project within the KDE umbrella. I see no difference between that and multiple multimedia projects, other than it needs to be bigger, since it wouldn't interact with the 'newer' parts, but then I'm not a developer, and there could be other valid reasons.

Here, you are on KDE infrastructure, maintained by KDE people, for fun. You play by our rules - or you go away. It is as simple as that. Freedom of Speech* has NOTHING to do with it - you can have that wherever else you want, just not on OUR space. We respectfully decline to listen to your rants as they bore the heck out of us.

Please find yourself a nice, empty room where you can excercise your Freedom of Speech by yelling at the walls.

*Freedom of Speech is about being able to say whatever you want. But others still have the right not to listen to you. Or tell you to find your own place to rant as they'd like to keep their place free of you.

I stopped using Linux on the desktop when KDE4 came out. This might draw me back in.

I'm just super conservative with my UI like that. I'm currently using WinServer2008r2 with the classic widget style, and a program to make the start menu behave like the one in win9x (and not looking forward to win8)

by Anonymous (not verified)

KDE 4 runs fast on a computer running pentium 4 with 511 mbs of memory.

unfortunately it does depend a bit on what you do. With the number of mails I have, KMail2 alone eats 512 MB of ram easily. KMail1 would go up to about 250 so that one was better in this regard. Then again, KMail2 takes 5 seconds to check my imap accounts for new mail while KMail1 could spend 5 minutes on the same task. With bad network it would break and restart up to the point where I couldn't use it to read mail on most conferences.

Yup, it's two steps forward, one step backward. Just stick around until we've got that step backwards solved too :D