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Long time ago, users communicate with the computer using a console or DOS-like command line. But nowadays, we use mouse, click here and there on buttons, pop up new windows, etc. This is what I mean, putting GUIs to make a complete OS.
Keep in mind , I'm a noob myself , but here's what I think I know:
In order to do anything GUI-related in a *nix-environment, you need the X-server running. The most well-known(to me at least) is XFree86. There are others , but don't ask me what they're called...
KDE is not just a development-system ; It's a complete window-manager , Desktop-environment(The "DE" in KDE) and devlopment-environment.(And probably more as well , but that's beyond the scope of my knowledge)
In order to have it installed , you'd need gcc and QT installed first.
Edit- As a general tip: In several forums , there are so-called "stickies" at the start of the forum. These contain a lot of usefull info.
Also check the "extra Forum" in "General Linux" , called "Linuxquestions Answers Discussions".
Can't miss it ; It's right at the top.
Last edited by Megamieuwsel; 09-23-2003 at 03:09 AM.
Distribution: RedHat (RHEL, FC, CentOS), openSuSE, Mac OS X
There is KDE and KDEvelopment (and IDE - Integrated Development Environment).
To get a Graphic User Interface, you will need a few things, for one, you will need a driver module for your graphics card. You will need to tell the Xserver about that, so you will need a clue (like say, someone elses XF86Config file) or a configuration tool such as xf86config. Aside from this you will need XFree86 or something similar. Depending on how you intend to get that, you will need GCC and stacks of libraries.
Once you have a working X Server, you will need a DE (Desktop Environment) such as KDE or Gnome or IceWM or Enlightenment. In some instances you might need a Window Manager, as well as a DE ... Gnome used to use Sawfish as the Window Manager, with gnome being the interface (or something along those lines).
Point is, depending on your distro, you might be lucky and just type aptget install KDE ... and away you go.
Unless you already have all this. in which case you might need to simply go into runlevel 5 (for Slackware it's 4), and type startx. Depending on what happens when you do that you will need to decide what you need to do next.