11 Hour Installs on KDE?
cswiger at mac.com
Sat Jun 28 12:14:26 PDT 2003
Joe Pokupec wrote:
> I installed 5.1 on 2 separate machines yesterday. After the general install
> (which included all the Ports), I went to /usr/ports/x11/kde3 and did a:
> make install clean after reading tfm.
> The install has been going for over 11 hours now. It's not hung up, the text
> is scrolling by... On both machines...
> Is there something I should know?
X is huge and bloated. CDE was a graphic user environment designed by a
committee of Unix vendors: Sun had NeWS, OpenWindows, Motif/MWM and CDE choose
the latter rather than either of the former, HP had HP/UX and that wretched
bottom center console thing [a poor clone of the CMU 'wmc' console under
Andrew], who else? AIX & 'smit'? Anyway, since then, CDE has pursued the goal
of emulating aspects of the M$ Windows GUI.
KDE is the open source project attempting provide a familiar end-user desktop.
Which is a much kinder way of saying they're inheriting much of the mess found
by emulating the X/Open Group/SCO/whomever-owed CDE emulating Win 98. Did I
mention Qt yet?
Anyway, KDE and all of the dependencies can take a really long time to build.
[ I will not rant about X's lack of a unified imaging model and the screen vs.
printing issue. Or about font mechanisms, or alpha blending. The KDE Project
does a good job considering what it is they are working with. Apropos: in the
movie, "The Highlander", the apology made in Connor MacLeod's "famous duel on
Boston Common"...? :-) ]
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