install impossible!

Harold Marshall haroldmarshall at
Thu Apr 15 19:52:28 CEST 2004

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ralf Habacker 
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 08:37:33 +0200 
To: For developers interested in porting KDE to Windows using Cygwin 
Subject: Re: install impossible! 

> On Wednesday 14 April 2004 04:32, Robin Fairey wrote: 
> > I'm attempting to install KDE for my copy of cygwin - the windows installer 
> > is not available, the cygwin netinstaller fails half way through 
> downloading, 
> If the download breaks while downloading a kde or qt package, this should be 
> fixed now. There was a performance problem with the used sourceforge mirror 
> (, now we have switched over to, which goes 
> much faster. 
> > and the first wget in the manual unpack instrucions gets a 
> > refusal of connection. 
> We can't help you, if you don't provide more informations. 
> > I am running winXP, and cygwin on its own works just fine. 
> > 
> > How can I proceed!??! 
> Ralf 
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    You know, I'm no longer able to resist commenting...For the last couple of months I've been following this list, hoping to learn from the example of others, because I frankly have little experience with cygwin, and none with KDE. I originally installed cygwin alone, then became intrigued with the IDEA of KDE-cygwin, and attempted a fuller install from your site. The KDE portion has never worked and my problems have mirrored those of other writers making inquiries to the list. I have tried reinstalling numerous times, as well as attempting some of the "fixes" you have suggested to others. Each attempt has led to frustrating failure. But now I think I've come up with a solution.
    The idea that I have just begun to grasp is this: KDE-cygwin is just a poor attempt to emulate Linux in the Windows environment, so why not just install Linux? Of course, for the time being it will have to be dual-boot, but at least I'll actually have access to some of the things I want to work with. I know that no one charged me for KDE-cygwin's use, so in that sense I got my money's worth. What I can't afford is all the time I've spent "beating a dead horse".
    One last thing, Ralf. You need to work on your technique of "support". As a former tech support person myself, I know that it doesn't help to begin the conversation with, "What did you do to cause this problem?" Relax and listen, don't be defensive, and maybe you'll get a sense of what is wrong. Well, it's been an experience...
                                                                              Harold Marshall

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