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Here's Something you don't see every day, KDE SC 4 on Windows 7

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While working on my friends computer today I decided to mess with him, and was going to replace his Shell with KDE plasmas Shell...but that doesn't work so great by itself, so I set plasma to start with windows, which works extremely well, as you can see here, this is my machine with windows 7, running KDE SC 4.7. Not every day you see KDE widgets and Win 7 widgets working side by side. I tried to get kicker and windows start menu to both be open at the same time to grab a screenshot of that, but it just wasn't happening :).

 

The only downside to this, The KDE SC doesn't use kwin :(, but I find it rather neat none the less.

 

If any one is interested in running KDE on windows, I download the installer from here, and found the plasma-desktop.exe and started it up. They have directions on their site to replace explorer.exe with plasma, but I couldn't get it to work correctly, but it be interest to hear from any one who plays around with this and can completely replace explorer.exe shell with KDE :).


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As much as I think it's cool. I think they should not be spending time on such blasphemy. If we lose the appeal of "exclusive" DEs that are better than Windows then what else do we have that is so easy to demonstrate and make people want to try Linux?
     
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As much as I think it's cool. I think they should not be spending time on such blasphemy. If we lose the appeal of "exclusive" DEs that are better than Windows then what else do we have that is so easy to demonstrate and make people want to try Linux?


At this point, the "coolness" factor is greater than its usefulness factor.

 

but it does bring some really good programs from KDE SC to windows, like kate and dolphin, that seem to work extremely well (as i prefer dolphin or nautilus over that of windows file manager).

 

It seems a lot of the widgets for KDE are either very linux centric or require libs that have yet to be ported (or that i need to install), as I keep getting a lot of python errors, so I will see about installing python and try again.

 

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Looks good! Not really linux, but good. I wonder what other shells we can run. Unity? Gnome?
 
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Looks good! Not really linux, but good. I wonder what other shells we can run. Unity? Gnome?


from what i've discovered in my searches, KDE is the only "modern" linux DE thats been ported, well partially ported. there is something called "blackbox" that you can use to completely replace the windows shell. there was a gnome 4 win project, but it looked like it died out in the 1.x days, there was a gnome-cigwyn that ended sometime in the early 2.x days.

 

I'd imagine it just isn't a matter of  cross compiling, that a lot of back end tweaking goes on to get KDE to that much of usability.

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A hell of a lot of background stuff.

Kde is only portable because kdelibs was built with intention of being cross platform and that's only possible because Qt is already cross platform. However even then, the kde team had to work around the lack of xserver, and various Linux messenging systems (which is probably why win kde doesn't support kwin) .

The problem with gnome is that it was never built with the back end API s to be as modulised as kde4 was, so the dependencies are a much bigger issue. This is also the reason bsd devs constantly ***** about porting gnome and the lack of love that open sourse de's show none Linux unix-like os's
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