Slacky Diary: KDE4 is up and running!

In Windows, and even other Linux flavors such as Ubuntu, you don’t get to build what you want. It’s hard to imagine that I’m running on a full-blown GUI like KDE4 without a glitch today compared to the black-and-white command line system two weeks ago. Doing a minimum install from CD1 was perhaps one of the best decisions I’ve made.

So one of the things that differentiate between Linux and Windows is that in Windows, you get everything installed right after 30 minutes (even things you don’t like such as IE). But in Linux, you’ve got complete control over what goes in and what’s not. Slackware is perhaps one of the distros that still maintain this tradition. And when you get things up and running the way you like them to do, it’s a very special feeling, sort of fulfilment. It’s your hard work paying off. All the typing, consulting, asking around and being scolded off by people who “‘ve had enough with your silly questions”.

I failed to set up KDE4 the first time because I thought just installing all the packages in the /testing/packages/kde4/kde branch. The splash screen managed to pop-up then died afterwards. Too many error messages to be taken a look at.

It turned out I also needed “extragear”, “deps”, and “kde-compat” packages, which I had to use the Australian mirror to download with gFTP. Now I’ve realized that if FPT is generous enough, they should also provide an FTP mirror besides HTTP. That makes life a lot easier.

If you ever attempt to install KDE4 yourself, be sure to read the ‘README” file, of utmost importance. Now things all look good and I’m getting used to KDE. Having been in Gnome for a while makes the transition a bit harder but since it’s just mouse clicks, it won’t take long. Overall, I’m very impressed with the look-and-feel of KDE4, a few more releases and it will be awesome. The new Amarok is fantastic. Best music player ever. And I’ve also found out about the Dragon movie player. It plays Resident Evil Degeneration quite well :-)

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