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=End User FAQ for KDE systems=
 
  
This page with frequently asked questions (FAQ) has been gathered from questions in the #kde IRC channel. This list isn't comprehensive and may grow.
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==Helping the KDE Community== <!--T:18-->
  
Since this list might become quite long in the future, feel free to browse the table of contents below or use your browser's Find feature to search for a certain topic.
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===How can I help in development? Do I need to learn how to code?=== <!--T:19-->
  
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There are many ways to help the KDE community, not only through programming. There are other areas of contribution that need talent of other kinds. All that's necessary is the desire to help and some commitment. Of course, if you want learn how to program in order contribute, we will be more than willing to get you started as well.
  
==What about KDE 3?==
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===Is KDE 3 going to be abandoned?===
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Some other ways to help include
  
No. There is no EOL (end of life) planned for KDE 3. It will continue to exist and be used as long as there are people using it. However, there is no guarantee of bug fixes and maintenance for KDE 3.5 other than that given by your vendor and possible support contracts.  Further development is not planned.
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* End-user support - if you are experienced, consider joining a mailing list or [http://forum.kde.org the Forum] to help support newer users.
  
===Is it necessary to upgrade to KDE 4?===
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* If you are able to help with translation as part of the official team, consult [https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/ this list] to find a contact point.  If you would like to help with UserBase translation, use the sidebar link to get a translator account, then read [[Special:myLanguage/Tasks_and_Tools|the Tasks and Tools page]].
  
KDE 3 will continue to exist and be used for a long time. But whether you will have to upgrade will mostly be dependent on your distribution's setup. Please consult with your distribution for more information.
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* English documentation is also needed, and here on UserBase is a good place to start.
  
If you wish to stay with KDE 3 and your distro moves on, there are still distros that use KDE 3.5.  With time, of course, the number of these is diminishing.  By now the most likely place to find KDE 3.5 is in the Enterprise Linux distros, such as CentOS, White Box or Scientific Linux.
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== Login questions == <!--T:26-->
  
===Will I be able to keep using KDE 3 or KDE 3 apps?===
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Q: When I log in to KDE, some programs are/are not started and I want to change this. How can I do this?
  
Yes, you will be able to continue using KDE 3 or KDE 3 apps as long as the necessary dependencies are installed. As the changeover to KDE 4 software progresses some of those dependencies will be missing.  However, at the same time, most applications are either getting new versions to run with the more up to date dependencies, or similar, new packages are being written.
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A: See [[Special:myLanguage/System_Settings/Startup_and_Shutdown#Autostart|Autostart]]
  
How KDE 4 and KDE are set up depends on your distribution. Please consult with your distribution for more information. Some distributions allow both KDE3 and KDE 4 SC to be installed on the same system.  However, since the release of KDE 4.3 that is less frequently found.
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== Keyboard shortcuts == <!--T:46-->
  
==General How-tos==
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Q: When I take a break, I just want to hit the <keycap>Break</keycap> key and the desktop should be locked. How can I achieve this?
  
===How do I install themes? How can I change the way my desktop looks?===
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KDE 3 Theming guide: [http://docs.kde.org/kde3/en/kdebase/userguide/customizing-desktop.html User Guide - Customizing your Desktop] is a good guide for KDE 3.
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A: Open [[Special:myLanguage/System Settings|System Settings]].
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Select <menuchoice>Shortcuts and Gestures -> Custom Shortcuts -> Edit -> New -> Global Shortcut -> Command/URL -> Trigger</menuchoice>. Click on the '''Shortcut''', type the key you want to associate (<keycap>Break</keycap> in this example). Click on <menuchoice>Action</menuchoice>. As '''Command/URL''' enter {{Input|1= /usr/lib64/kde4/libexec/kscreenlocker_greet}} Then click on <menuchoice>Apply</menuchoice>.
  
While the KDE 4 desktop comes with a set of default themes, there are also ways to install your custom theme. In general, additional artwork is made available through the kdeartwork module where you can find colorschemes, cursors, icons and so on. Additional Plasma widget themes can be downloaded through GetHotNewStuff. Open the "Desktop settings..." dialogue and click on the "New theme..." button to see a list of available themes. Note that you need to be connected to the Internet for installing new themes.
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===How can I make my GTK apps look like KDE apps?===
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[[Special:myLanguage/Workspace_Configuration/Desktop_Configuration|General configuration of your workspace]]
  
You can use the [http://gtk-qt.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ GTK-Qt Engine] to make GTK apps use the current Qt/KDE style. Instructions on how to use are on the website. Please refer to your distribution for packages.
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[[Special:myLanguage/Desktop_Effects_Performance|Desktop Effects FAQs]]
  
===How can I make KDE SC apps look like GTK apps?===
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[[Special:myLanguage/KMail/FAQs_Hints_and_Tips|KMail FAQs, hints and tips]]
  
Since qt 4.5 release, there is support for gtk themes for Qt GUI styles.
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[[Special:myLanguage/Rekonq/FAQs|Rekonq FAQs]]
  
=== Firefox integration ===
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[[Special:myLanguage/Plasma/Krunner#Tips.2C_Tricks_and_FAQs|Plasma K~Runner FAQs, hints and tips]]
  
====How can I make Firefox more integrated into my Plasma desktop? How can I make Firefox use the KDE-designed file or print dialogs? How can I make Firefox use KDE SC programs?====
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[[Special:myLanguage/KPilot#FAQs, Hints and Tips|KPilot FAQs, hints and tips]]
  
The forum post [http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=17786 how to integrate Firefox into KDE] and its follow-ups help you change Firefox's appearance, and use kget as its download manager
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[[Special:myLanguage/KCalc#FAQs, Hints and Tips|KCalc FAQs, hints and tips]]
  
Also, there's a similar guide in the Gentoo Wiki archives, [http://www.gentoo-wiki.info/HOWTO_Integrate_Firefox_with_KDE HOWTO Integrate Firefox with KDE].
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[[Special:myLanguage/Browser_Configuration|Configuration hints and tips for various browsers]]
  
This blog '''[http://thebluemint.blogspot.com/2009/11/making-firefox-3x-look-at-home-in-kde4.html Making Firefox 3x Look at Home in KDE4]''' tells how one user tackled the problem
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[http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/index-gen.html KMyMoney FAQs]
  
===How do I install programs additional KDE software?===
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[https://docs.kde.org/stable/en/kdeedu/kstars/faq.html KStars FAQs]
  
Installing software on your computer, whether with KDE SC or GNOME, largely depends on your distribution's software management system. Please consult with your distribution for more information.
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[http://www.digikam.org/?q=faq/digikam digiKam FAQs]
  
===How do I install drivers for wifi/video/other hardware?===
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[[Special:myLanguage/Gwenview/Hidden_Configuration_Options|Hidden settings in Gwenview]]
  
Installing hardware drivers for networking or video is a task that most distributions take care of. Different distributions use different tools for configuring hardware. Please consult with your distribution first for more information.
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[[Special:myLanguage/Color_Management|Colour Management FAQs]]
  
===How do I use Compiz with Plasma Desktop?===
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<p>Install compiz. Open System Settings, choose the "Session Manager" module in the Advanced tab, choose compiz in the "Window Manager" combobox and restart your desktop.</p>
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[[Special:myLanguage/KolorManager|KolorManager configuration]]
  
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[[Special:myLanguage/KDevelop4/FAQ|Hints and tips for using KDevelop4]]
  
==KDE 4 installations==
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[[Special:myLanguage/Umbrello/FAQ|Umbrello FAQs]]
===Getting KDE 4 software===
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===How do I install the new KDE systems? Where can I get Plasma Desktop?===
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The best place to start looking would be in your distribution's packages. The KDE community doesn't provide distribution-specific packages, only source code. Also, the method of installing your Plasma Desktop and associated software, as well as the setup, varies from distribution to distribution.
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===Can I build KDE software from source?===
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You can follow the guide found in [http://techbase.kde.org/Getting_Started Techbase - Getting Started].
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===How do I build KDE software? Where do I go if I encounter build problems?===
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Guides to building KDE can be found in [http://techbase.kde.org/Getting_Started Techbase - Getting Started]. Please read and follow them very carefully. You can ask questions in the usual support channels such as IRC, mailing lists, or forums.
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===Plasma Help===
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You can find information and configuration tips on [[Plasma/FAQ|the Plasma FAQ page]]
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There are screencasts of how to perform many plasma tasks at [[Plasma/FAQ/HowTo |this How-To page]]
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===KWin Howtos===
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====How do I get KWin effects working====
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The use of Desktop Effects is controlled by KWin.  You can see more information about them on the [[KWin]] page
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====How do I make Konqueror the default file manager in KDE 4?====
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In System Settings, go to the Advanced tab and click on File Associations. In the list of Known Types, go to the inode/directory type. In the General tab at the right side of the window, select Konqueror in the Application Preference Order and click on the Up button until it is at the top. Click on Apply to save the changes.
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==== I have sound problems ====
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In order to understand KDE sound, you have to understand Linux sound (this chapter assumes you are running your KDE on Linux). There are two types of sound systems that run on Linux: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Linux_Sound_Architecture ALSA] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Sound_System OSS]. Both provide their own sound card drivers. ALSA only runs on Linux, OSS runs on many UNIX systems. ALSA allows several applications to access the sound card at the same time, OSS not. OSS provides a device for sound output. This device can only be accessed by one application at a time. To decrease confusion, ALSA emulates OSS and also provides a device as interface to the sound card. As well ALSA as OSS call the device for the sound card /dev/dsp usually.
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* You cannot play sound because you are using an application that tries to access the sound device /dev/dsp, but this device is already in use by another application.
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* You cannot use the system-wide mixer kmix to adjust the volume of an application using the sound device /dev/dsp.
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* Different applications play sound using different devices.
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Solutions<br />
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There is no silver bullet solving all your sound problems. The solution depends on the application you use to play sound. As an example, you can use mplayer with ALSA and OSS. For more info, see mplayer's documentation by calling
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===Changes in KDE 4===
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====Will KDE be using WebKit? How can I use WebKit in Konqueror?====
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Currently, there are no plans on replacing KHTML in Konqueror. KHTML continues to be developed actively. As Qt as of 4.4 also offers webkit, KDE applications can make use of Webkit. A KPart that can be used in Konqueror instead of the KHTML KPart is being developed currently, but not ready for production use yet. KHTML will not be removed in the KDE 4's lifespan due to compatibility policies, for one reason. It will be possible to use WebKit as an alternative viewer in Konqueror with the webkitkde project. The source code is available in KDE SVN [http://websvn.kde.org/trunk/playground/libs/webkitkde/ Playground].
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====Why was the old KDE menu replaced by Kickoff?====
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The traditional application starting menu from KDE3 had various usability issues. First and foremost, people tend to use no more than 6-10 applications regularly. Having those applications buried in deep menu structures makes it a lot of effort to start them. Those favourite applications can with Kickoff be moved into their own tab so they're easilly accessible. Kickoff might, for new users be more complicated to use since the "browsing applications" usecase has a less central position. For mid- to long-term users, Kickoff will increase productivity for the most common cases.
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For users who prefer the traditional application launcher menu, it can easily be changed by right-clicking on the Kickoff button and choosing "Switch to Classic Menu Style".
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====Why a new desktop implementation? The old one isn't broken.====
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The code in kicker, kdesktop and the minicli (The "Run Command" dialogue you get when you press ALT+F2) has been around for a long time. As usecases and technical capabilities shift, the code became unmaintainable and wasn't flexible enough to move KDE forward at a reasonable pace. Moreover, few people dared diving into kicker to extend it. When someone wanted to create a new panel implementation, it has happened multiple times that kicker was just copied and changed. This lead to various forks of kicker and additional maintainance burden for developers. While kicker and kdesktop used to look fine to casual users, they're pretty much a dead-end street in terms of feature development and long-standing, hard to fix bugs.
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While Plasma has been rewritten from scratch, and therefore might not yet be able to fully replace kdesktop and kicker for some users, it offers a route to innovation, better collaboration between developers, designers and usability experts. Plasma technology is also built with different formfactors in mind, so it might run on your mobile phone, media center, internet tablet or whatever you can imagine in the future.
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There are many ways to help in KDE, not only through programming. There are other areas of contribution that need talent of other kinds. All that's necessary is the desire to help and some commitment. Of course, if you want learn how to program in order contribute to KDE, we will be more than willing to get you started as well.
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Helping the KDE Community

How can I help in development? Do I need to learn how to code?

There are many ways to help the KDE community, not only through programming. There are other areas of contribution that need talent of other kinds. All that's necessary is the desire to help and some commitment. Of course, if you want learn how to program in order contribute, we will be more than willing to get you started as well.

Some other ways to help include

  • End-user support - if you are experienced, consider joining a mailing list or the Forum to help support newer users.
  • If you are able to help with translation as part of the official team, consult this list to find a contact point. If you would like to help with UserBase translation, use the sidebar link to get a translator account, then read the Tasks and Tools page.
  • English documentation is also needed, and here on UserBase is a good place to start.

Login questions

Q: When I log in to KDE, some programs are/are not started and I want to change this. How can I do this?

A: See Autostart

Keyboard shortcuts

Q: When I take a break, I just want to hit the Break key and the desktop should be locked. How can I achieve this?

A: Open System Settings.

Select Shortcuts and Gestures -> Custom Shortcuts -> Edit -> New -> Global Shortcut -> Command/URL -> Trigger. Click on the Shortcut, type the key you want to associate (Break in this example). Click on Action. As Command/URL enter
/usr/lib64/kde4/libexec/kscreenlocker_greet
Then click on Apply.

Other FAQ pages

General configuration of your workspace

Desktop Effects FAQs

KMail FAQs, hints and tips

Rekonq FAQs

Plasma K~Runner FAQs, hints and tips

KPilot FAQs, hints and tips

KCalc FAQs, hints and tips

Configuration hints and tips for various browsers

KMyMoney FAQs

KStars FAQs

digiKam FAQs

Hidden settings in Gwenview

Colour Management FAQs

KolorManager configuration

Hints and tips for using KDevelop4

Umbrello FAQs


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