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.


by David (not verified)

Subject says it all.

by Steve (not verified)

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 raditzman (not verified)

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 reoeken (not verified)

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 Debian User (not verified)


which version of QT is it using?

Yours, Kay

by Ralf Habacker (not verified)

3.2.3 using gcc3.3

by Hans-Joachim Daniels (not verified)

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

by Ralf Habacker (not verified)

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 ac (not verified)

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 luser? (not verified)

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 david gunnells (not verified)

you can find install instructions here:


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

by Vlad Petric (not verified)

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 David Fraser (not verified)

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 Micha (not verified)

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

by Ralf Habacker (not verified)

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


by Priest (not verified)

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.