These are the generic installation instructions for the Trinity
Desktop Environment. Please complement your reading with the
INSTALL text files that
come along with the package. Please read them carefully and try to
help yourself if anything goes wrong. If you need further
assistance, consider joining the TDE mailing lists
(see our web site instructions for joining the TDE
To the would-be converts
You have heard rumors about TDE. Or you have seen screenshots. You want test TDE. Yet you know next to nothing about this whole alternate operating system business. Don't worry! You only need to do some (well, maybe not some) reading, that's all!
TDE does not run on any version of Microsoft Windows. To run TDE, you need to have a Unix-like operating system. Please refer to Q:2.2 for more details.
Decide on a platform and set it up for your system. This FAQ can not help you with this, since TDE is intended to run on many Unix-like platforms.
To obtain TDE, please refer to Q:3.1. If you encounter problems while installing TDE, please do not hesitate to make use of the TDE mailing lists. No question is too silly to ask, but remember to first look for answers in this FAQ.
Good luck and have fun!
What kind of hardware do I need to run TDE ?
To run TDE consider at least a Pentium III processor, 512MB of memory, and 500MB of free disk space for a basic installation. A full installation will require about 3GB of hard drive storage space. While TDE will run on slower hardware, performance likely will require some patience. Generally, if your computer runs other desktop environments then the hardware probably is capable of running TDE.
Available package formats
You can find binary and source packages for
different distributions and operating systems on the
Trinity web site.
The binary packages are made by dedicated members of the TDE community.
The only official release is the source tarball
packages. Please refer to the
You need the Qt library as provided by the TDE developers. Previous versions of Qt will not work with the latest TDE. Please ensure you download the correct Qt. You will also need the header files, if you want to compile TDE yourself. They are all available, at no cost, from the TDE repository. There are optional libraries that might improve TDE if installed on your system. An example is OpenSSL which will enable Konqueror to browse web pages securely. These additional packages should be provided by your distributor.
Description of the base packages
The base distribution currently consists of several packages. Some are required, while others are optional. Each package is available in each of the aforementioned package formats.
Information about compiling all packages is available at the Trinity wiki.
Most package management tools will let you put all these packages in one folder and install them all at once, figuring out the dependencies as they go.
Installation instructions for the different package formats
As TDE is intended for many Unix-like systems, please consult the installation procedures and package management document for the system being used.
There should be nothing to do after installing the packages except use them! Nonetheless, should problems arise, there are some common problems to consider:
This should present you with a new TDE desktop. You can now start to explore the wonderful world of TDE. In case you want to read some documentation first, there is a recommended "A Quick Start Guide to the Desktop" available in the TDE Help Center. Furthermore, every application has an online help that is available via the Help menu.
Should I remove old version xyz before installing a new one?
In principle, this is not necessary. The various distro package managers should handle all dependencies.
If you compile the source code yourself, you should take more care.
How do I start TDE?
There are only two methods of starting TDE: using a login
manager such as TDM or from the command line, using startx.
The respective startup scripts should contain a reference to the
starttde fails with can not connect to X server. What is wrong?
You probably tried to start TDE directly with starttde rather
than letting the login manager or startx process run that script. From the command
line the X server is started with startx.
starttde is the
script that should be run from your
Will I lose my current settings when I update TDE?
You shouldn't. TDE should transport your settings intact. All settings should be safe.
I updated TDE and all seemed to go fine, but when I start TDE, I get a blank gray screen, and nothing happens. There are errors in the console about DCOPserver. What's going on?
TDE uses several temporary files during its operation. Usually these directories and files are found in the following locations:
If the symlinks get broken, such as when
cron or a shutdown script is emptying the
If you are only getting a gray screen when you start TDE, or if you get an error message telling you to Check your installation, then shut down X and delete all the files listed above, then try to restart X.
Normally (i.e. when not updating between TDE versions) it's quite safe to leave these files intact, and you may shave a few seconds off your TDE startup time by doing so.
Is TDE backwards or binary compatible with KDE 3?
While many programs originally designed for KDE 3 will compile on Trinity, binary compatibility with KDE 3 is not a goal of TDE developers.
Is TDE backwards or binary compatible with previous releases of TDE?
Possibly, but binary compatibility is not a project goal with major point releases. A package that built on a previous version of TDE but no longer builds on the current release should be brought to the attention of the developers.
Is my KDE 3 profile directory compatible with Trinity?
Not quite, but don't worry. Some "scrubbing" cleanup is required to migrate a KDE 3 profile. For new users or those with little customization we recommend creating a fresh profile. For those long-time users who cringe at the thought of recreating their desktop, we provide a migratekde3 shell script. That script copies a $HOME/.kde3 profile directory to $HOME/.trinity and performs the required "scrubbing" cleanup. Although the script has been tested we provide the tool "as is" with no warranties or guarantees. (The script works really well, actually. :-))
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