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Old 02-09-2004, 12:53 AM   #1
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KDE 3.2 on Mandrake; Did it start up?

So I installed it. Fun.

Anywho, I use Mandrake 9.2. I installed it with the konstruct program so I didn't overwrite the last version. I logged out, and didn't see anything new under the sessions bar (which contains the WM, such as KDE, gnome, blackbox).

So I looked up some stuff and came across this 'switchdesk' thing.

Well, apparantly it is not a Mandrake command.
If it is, someone please send me a link as to how to download it. I
could only find RH RPMs.

So, after a while of 'X && startkde' and 'startkde && X', I cried in the corner for a bit.

I soon edited good ole' ~/.xinitrc to state the following:

exec /home/matt/kde3.2/bin/startkde"

so at the command prompt I typed 'startx' and clicked enter

And HEY! whatta worked...kind of. So it booted KDEx.x (what version, I do not know), and it looked similiar, my hotkeys the same, the background the same, taskbar size the same, but my fonts were different.

*note*It didn't really show a splash-screen, it was just a white screen*note*

The 'right-click' and the special 'left-click' menus had smaller fonts.

So I went into the good old "Configure your desktop" program and saw the following:

"KDE version: 3.1.3" and again cried

Then I thought, hey, maybe the fonts just changed for some reason. That wasn't it because I booted up to my other version of KDE and it was the same as before.

So now, my fellow Homo sapiens, I ask, what can I do to get KDE 3.2 to start up? Was the "Configure your desktop" program just looking at the other version? Was I, infact, on KDE3.2? Is there a command to find out what version of KDE I am currently running? Does .999... = 1?

Old 02-09-2004, 02:25 PM   #2
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Review the konstruct Readme file; there are specific instructions on how to start up kde 3.2. IIRC you have to boot into text mode and run a series of "export" commands from a terminal before "startkde" will give you kde3.2.


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