James Richard Tyrer
tyrerj at acm.org
Sat Jun 20 08:19:04 BST 2009
Robert Spangler wrote:
> How can I run more then one version of KDE on a single system?
> Is there any website that explain how to do this?
Unless your distro has provisions for doing this, if you want to install
KDE-4.x alongside KDE-3.5 to test it, you have to build it from source.
for installing KDE-4.x while you are still using KDE-3.5 as your working
desktop are somewhat outdated and not complete due to new developments.
Still the basic method is the same:
1. You need a separate user account for the KDE-4.x version. The user
account profile (.bash_profile) in this account must set all environment
variables to the correct values to run KDE-4.x. You can not run KDE-4.x
on your regular user account because once you do this, you will no
longer be able to run KDE-3.5 on that account.
2. You need to install KDE-4.x in a private directory (e.g.
/usr/local/KDE-4.3) along with KDESupport. You might also want to
install libraries specific to KDE-4.x in that directory but this isn't
critical as long as there is no interference with other libraries. Qt-4
can be installed in its default directory:
I am currently unable to start KDE-4.x from KDM (strange: it used to
work OK) and have to start it from a VT using "startx".
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