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get the latest tar files or rpmīs from somewhere, and install the packages you want upgraded. you dont have to upgrade all of them, just make sure and read either where you downlad it from or in a readme included with the files themselves in which order the packages have to be installed. i believe you have to install kdebase first and kdelibs last, and in between those packages you can install whichever packages in whatever order you want, im not sure on this though. also to upgrade software from an rpm
the appropriate command is īrpm --upgrade ...ī
where ... is the file.
In my experience, when I upgraded to KDE3 I think it ended up "writing over" kde2. Not sure, but it sure seems that way. I can't seem to pull up kde2 at all.
But if that's what you want to do, here is what I did:
I d/l all the RPM's for Mandrake for KDE3 from the KDE FTP site. Got them all into a directory, and then used kpackage to install them all. Unchecked "check for dependencies" and checked "update files". I think this is why it "over wrote" kde2. Anyway, then I installed them all, starting with kdebase and ending with kdelibs (just like perp said). So far so good. Been running it for about a month or so now with no problems. I DO NOT suggest doing it my way, but it did work for me.
As has been previously stated, dependency check is good. I am sure that Acid would stone me if I didn't put that disclaimer in there.
HERE is the install guide. You will want to read that before downloading THESE (Those are the src files, I didn't see RH specific ones). In the Install guide though, it will tell you exactly what you are REQUIRED to download, and what is OPTIONAL.
I hate to be a curmudgeon, but do NOT install KDE 3.0. It's too unstable for a newbie. The same goes for KDE 3.0.1.
If you're moving from proprietary software (ie Windows, Mac) you've spoiled by relatively good x.0 releases.
(kill the trolls, people - I knew x.0 software often has major problems with it, but in comparison to many freeware projects, they're much more stable)
KDE 3.x looks to be very slick once they've got the kinks out, but until then don't bother. KDE 3.0.1 has been released so the experts can toy with it and make it solid. As a newbie, unless you extremely motivated, it's not worth your time.
I would disagree about KDE 3.0 being too unstable for a newbie, there are just too may folks who have followed the install instructions and have absolutely no problems with KDE 3.0 itself. There are undoubtedly improvements that need to be made and the fact that it installs by default in /opt rather than /usr, can be a problem for SOME. The software itself is plenty good enough for most uses and users.
Probably the secret is in finding and following the instructions.
I am not sure about those 2 questions. But if you are just looking to change the face, maybe you should look for some new skins and icons. There are tons out there. Also, maybe you should check out the other windows managers.
I don't know if I would upgrade them. If I were just going to install new themes, then I wouldn't worry about any upgrades to KDE. Also, they may or may not be compatible (probably are, but I am not sure) with the other KDE2 components. If you are looking for more than just a new face, then go for the whole package, not just the 2 files. But if you are just looking for a nicer look, check out those themes, there are 55 of them! And they are very easy to install.
You d/l the tarballs and untar em to a directory of your choice. Then open up KDE, go to KDE Look and Feel, choose theme, and then locate the file.