KDE 3 Development Platform / Libraries
Fedora now features KDE 4.0, and no longer offers KDE 3 as a full desktop environment. Fedora does provide the following KDE 3.5 library packages to run and build the many existing KDE 3 applications:
qt3-*packages): Qt 3.3.8b
kdelibs3-devel: KDE 3 libraries
kdebase3-devel: KDE 3 core files required by some applications
In addition, Fedora offers a
kdegames3 package which includes games not ported to KDE 4 yet, and a KDE 3 version of
libkdegames required by some third-party KDE 3 games.
Moreover, the KDE 4
kdebase-runtime package, which provides
khelpcenter, also sets up
khelpcenter as a service for KDE 3 applications, so help in KDE 3 applications works. The KDE 3 version of
khelpcenter is no longer provided, and the KDE 4 version is used instead.
These packages are designed to:
- comply with the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS), and
- be completely safe to install in parallel with KDE 4, including the
In order to achieve this goal, Fedora KDE SIG members have made two changes to the KDE 4
- The library symlinks are installed to
/usr/lib64/kde4/develdepending on system architecture.
makekdewidgetstools have been renamed
These changes should be completely transparent to the vast majority of KDE 4 applications that use
cmake to build, since
FindKDE4Internal.cmake has been patched to
match these changes. The KDE SIG made these changes to the KDE 4
kdelibs-devel rather than to
kdelibs3-devel because KDE 4 stores these locations in a central place, whereas KDE 3 applications usually contain hardcoded copies of the library search paths and executable names.
kdebase3 does not include the following:
- A complete KDE 3 desktop (workspace) which could be used instead of KDE 4; in particular, KDE 3 versions of KWin, KDesktop, Kicker, KSplash and KControl are not included.
- The KDE 3 versions of
kdebaseapplications such as Konqueror and KWrite, which are redundant with the KDE 4 versions and would conflict with them.
libkdecorationslibrary required for KWin 3 window decorations, as those window decorations cannot be used in the KDE 4 version of KWin.
libkickermainlibrary required by some Kicker applets, as there is no Kicker in Fedora 9 and thus Kicker applets cannot be used.
Please note that, as with any backwards-compatibility library, developing new software against the legacy API is discouraged.