Starting KDE from the command prompt
To start KDE from the command
prompt, you first need to modify your
cat > ~/.xinitrc << EOF
# Begin .xinitrc
exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch --exit-with-session startkde
# End .xinitrc
If you are not using ConsoleKit,
You can now start KDE using the startx command.
Starting KDE at boot
KDE comes with a graphical login interface called KDM (the KDE
Display Manager), which provides a customizable graphical login at
boot. To use KDM, you need to edit your
/etc/inittab file (as the
root user). First, setup run-level 5 to start
KDM (adjust the path to kdm according to your system):
cat >> /etc/inittab << EOF
Additionally, you need to change the default run-level from 3 to 5:
sed -i 's#id:3:initdefault:#id:5:initdefault:#' /etc/inittab
You can now restart your system and see the KDE login screen.
Installing further languages (l10n)
You may want to install support for your locale language. The l10n
packages can be found at http://download.kde.org/stable/4.14.3/src/kde-l10n/.
See Further KDE packages for build
instructions. If you are in a KDE session when installing a new
language and configure KDE to use it, the session needs to be
restarted, in order to see the effects.
Installing further KDE packages
Every subsequent package can be built while having KDE up and running, but remember to keep