Setting up a minimal KDE
bourne.identity at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 11 16:32:13 UTC 2017
On my tertiary box, I was facing multiple problems with FreeBSD 11
Release. Rather than fix each one, I decided to try a new, daring
approach - a minimal KDE atop FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT r316508.
Comments, suggestions, tips and experimentation requests are open to
I installed FreeBSD CURRENT and then installed kde via 'pkg install
kde'. After kde installation was over, I realized that I was running
against my original aspiration of a minimal KDE. So I did the following
to remove KDE :
pkg delete -R kde
Then I installed lightweight KDE using :
pkg install kde-baseapps kde-workspace kde-runtime
The above setup has the following components built-in : konsole, kate,
kdm. It was missing okular, k3b and kolourpaint, but these easily be
installed via pkg.
I now have a fully functional KDE and a box that, despite being CURRENT,
works well. There are glitches, however. If anyone has tips to help
resolve the glitches, it shall lead to the perfect KDE setup :
1) This is the more serious glitch. Taskbar icons in the KDE panel, for
some reason I cannot guess why, are rendered horribly. Fonts everywhere
else are pretty much the same as before, but iconified taskbar fonts in
the panel are very, very ugly.
2) Because my network interface is statically configured, I want to turn
off dhclient entirely, so that it does not work on each reboot
automatically. DHCPDISCOVER packets cost me about a minute on system
start-up. I have tried putting the following in /etc/rc.conf, but this
does not seem to have any effect : 'dhcpd_enabled=NO"'.
3) I can't figure out how to remove nepomuk-core. 'pkg delete
nepomuk-core' says it would also lead to removal of kde-baseapps, which
would obviously be a very bad idea.
Thanks for any help. If anyone has experimentation requests with FreeBSD
CURRENT and/or KDE, please feel free to ping me.
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