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Installing KDE4 on Windows : Step by step Guide

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Windows as we know is host to a large number of applications and every day we have knew applications being kde-logo-oxygendeveloped for it. But the Window applications are not open source as opposed to Linux. Linux applications are open source and have a port available for windows. So windows has its own applications as well as those  of Linux as well.

What is KDE ?

With qt4 being released , a platform was released under GPL for all platforms, so now all Qt applications can be ported to windows. Now we can have functioning build of KDE for windows with an easy to use installer.

KDE stands for K Desktop Environment and this is free software that provides an easy to use and application rich desktop environment.  KDE’s origins are rooted in Linux but the latest release brings with it support for both Windows and Mac.

This means to a limited extent we can get a KDE experience on windows. The KDE environment for Windows is not exactly the same as windows, rather it consists of certain applications of KDE. It uses KDE shell but with far limited functionality , it one can’t think of replacing the windows environment with KDE environment.

Different applications in KDE are available in separate packages , which share dependencies. It saves time and effort as two applications which may use some similar functionalities , the common stuff is installed only once.

Installation

The latest KDE4  for windows can be downloaded and installed using a installer from http://windows.kde.org/

After downloading the installer follow the given steps.

1. Install from internet option is already selected. If not select this option and click next.

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2. Browse to choose a destination folder.

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3. The ‘end user’ option is already selected. Click next to proceed.

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4. Choose a path for installation files of KDE4

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5. Configure how you connect to internet. You may use use IE or Firefox settings for ease.

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6. Select a mirror and download the packages.

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7. Pick the latest release.

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8. Choose and select application which you wish to keep.

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9. The installer then downloads the necessary packages.

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10. Now the actual installation begins.

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11. Thats it! Installation is done and KDE4 application can be launched from Windows start menu.

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After installation all KDE4 applications will be available in programs menu folder. Now you can start using KDE4 on windows.

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Shutter: Best screenshot application for Linux

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shutterlogoIt’s been a while I blogged because few things have kept me busy. I plan to get back to blogging on a regular basis. Up untill now I was using ksnapshot for screenshots in Ubuntu and I was pretty satisfied with it. Because it’s a KDE based application I was not too happy using it on my Gnome desktop.

There’s been some talk about shutter offlate and I gave it a try myself. My honest opinion, it’s a great tool and has a great potential.

Home Page

http://shutter-project.org/

Description

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

Shutter used to be called GScrot.

I am quite glad that the name’s been changed!

Installation

The installation is pretty easy. Either you can add PPA to your repository list, or you can do it easy way by downloading the deb file and double clicking it.

Go to GetDeb and download the two files namely libgoo-canvas-perl and shutter. Install both the files by double clicking them.

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This will install shutter on your Ubuntu distro. Following is a snapshot of shutter itself taken using shutter!

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Recommended features for upcoming versions

Image editor for editing the screenshot taken. Should be unobstrusive like snagit for windows.

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