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- Choose version
- Choose method of build
- Use and Test / switch between versions for use
- contribute your development back to the system
Getting the Source
- Anonymous SVN Quickstart Guide
- Using Subversion with KDE A more in depth look at accessing KDE source code with subversion, including the repository layout and working with revisions and patches.
- Amarok Git Tutorial Amarok has moved to Git (with the rest of KDE to follow), so it requires different steps to check out and develop.
- Daily Snapshots
- Browse code online, or search the code
Choose Version and Build Method
There are different KDE branches with different build requirements. For production use, we recommend using a stable version of KDE. You will probably want the latest stable version for which you have the prerequisites.
The TRUNK is the main branch where new features (and prerequisites) are added.
The steps to build most branches are very similar. You can configure kdesrc-build to build most versions. Need link to build kde3 versions
Troubleshooting information is similar between branches as well.
Also consider Project Neon, where you may be able to download recent-enough Trunk Kubuntu packages and build enviornment.
- KDE 4 (Development version, TRUNK)
- KDE 4.x (Stable version or 4.x SVN BRANCH)
- Upgrade KDE-4.4.x release version or KDE-4.4 SVN BRANCH)
- Other versions and FAQ Including information for building on non-linux systems
Troubleshooting the build
Compile and Linking errors are frequent sources of discouragement. make careful note of the first occurrence of an error in your build process. It could be as simple as a bad environment variable, an unexpected version of a library. Please review your logs and do searches for fixes. If you cannot find a solution, try: Build/KDE4/Errors and IRC channel.
Setting up the Environment
After KDE has been built, you'll want a good way to launch apps and perform your regular development tasks:
You may not need the latest bleeding-edge KDE to develop with, Much code will be similiar between versions and your patch might work, however Trunk is where major changes are introduced, and branches are mostly maintenance/bug fix.