KDE 4.2 Compilation Requirements -- intended to be a comprehensive list of all external software needed to build a full-featured KDE 4.2.
Compiler Requirements. KDE is designed to be portable and hence to compile with a large variety of GNU/Linux, UNIX, Windows and MacOS compilers. However, KDE is advancing very rapidly and the ability of native compilers on various systems to compile KDE depends on users of those systems reporting compile problems to the responsible developers.
In addition, the C++ implementation in gcc, the most popular KDE compiler, has been advancing rapidly, and has also recently undergone a major redesign. As a result, KDE will not compile properly with older versions of gcc or their newest unreleased version.
|gcc||3.2 and older||Not supported|
|4.0||Supported||4.0.0 is not supported|
|Microsoft VisualStudio||6.0||Not supported|
|.NET 2002||Not supported|
|.NET 2005||Supported||Including the Express version|
|.NET 2008||Supported||No reports yet of success, but there shouldn't be problems|
|12||Ongoing||Support is being worked on|
|ALL||CMake >= 2.6.2||Required||CMake is a cross-platform make system used that forms the basis of the KDE4 buildsystem.||CMake is required to build all KDE4 code on all platforms.||ALL|
|Linux, Unix||Make or GNU Make||Required||Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.||Any version shipped with your operating system should be ok.||ALL|
Software Requirements, by Function
|Qt 4.4||Required||Qt is the C++ cross-platform GUI toolkit upon which the great majority of KDE is built.||Qt is required by all KDE4 code.||ALL|
|Shared-Mime-Info >= 0.20||Required||The freedesktop.org shared MIME database||ALL|
|FreeType||Recommended||A Free, High-Quality, and Portable Font Engine||Better DVI support in okular||kdegraphics|
|libxml2 >= 2.4.8||Recommended||Libxml provides an XML parser and toolkit. XML is a metalanguage to design markup languages, such as HTML.||Libxml is used for reading KDE documentation. Note that even though earlier versions of libxml2 may work, versions 2.4.26 through 2.4.28 have a bug which prevents their use in KDE.||kdelibs,|
|CUPS >= 1.1.9||Optional||CUPS (the Common Unix Printing System) is a modern printing architecture for UNIX systems.||CUPS provides enhanced printing administration, printing options and usability to all KDE applications. KDE provides tools to configure CUPS.||kdelibs,|
|pppd||Optional||Pppd is a PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) daemon. PPP is a common protocol for connecting to the Internet via a modem.||Kppp uses pppd to connect to the Internet using a computer POTS modem.||kdenetwork|
|LibVNCServer / LibVNCClient >= 0.9.1 (download)||Optional||LibVNCServer / LibVNCClient is a library for VNC support.||KRDC uses LibVNCClient for VNC client support. Krfb uses LibVNCServer for VNC server support.||kdenetwork|
|rdesktop >= 1.5.0||Optional||rdesktop is a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client.||KRDC uses rdesktop for RDP support.||kdenetwork|
|Java >= 1.3||Recommended||Java is a programming language designed for use in the distributed environment of the Internet. Since Netscape integrated Java into its browser, Java has become a popular language for websites.||Some websites require the use of Java for some or all of their services. In addition, Java bindings exist for KDE which enables writing KDE applications in the Java language.||kdebase,|
|OpenSSL >= 0.9.6||Recommended||OpenSSL is a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured and Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library.||KDE uses OpenSSL for the bulk of secure communications, including secure web browsing via HTTPS.||kdelibs,|
|OpenGL||Recommended||OpenGL is an industry-standard API for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications.||The 3D hardware acceleration available through the OpenGL API is used in applications ranging from graphics and modellers to screensavers and video players.||kdelibs,|
|Poppler-Qt4||Recommended||PDF rendering library||Adds PDF support to Okular||kdegraphics|
|libspectre||Recommended||PostScript library||Adds PostScript support to Okular (including support for printing preview in any KDE application)||kdegraphics|
|chmlib||Recommended||CHM library||Adds CHM support to Okular||kdegraphics|
|DjVuLibre||Recommended||DjVu library||Adds DjVu support to Okular||kdegraphics|
|libTIFF||Recommended||TIFF library||Adds TIFF support to Okular||kdegraphics|
|libjpeg||Recommended||JPEG library||Needed for PalmDB documents in Okular||kdegraphics|
|ebook-tools||Recommended||eBook tools||Adds EPub support in Okular||kdegraphics|
|CUPS lpr and/or lp||Recommended||CUPS version of lpr or lp commands||Needed for advanced printing of PDF, PS, or DjVu docments in Okular||kdegraphics|
|ALSA||Recommended||ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) provides audio and MIDI functionality for Linux.||ALSA provides advanced audio support for various KDE multimedia and audio applications||kdelibs,|
|Xine-lib||Recommended||The Xine libraries are a backend to decode and play various format of multimedia files (audio and video).||Phonon uses Xine as its main backend||kdebase-runtime|
Note: at least one Phonon backend must be compiled if you want to have any multimedia support.
|Subversion||Optional||Subversion is a revision control system like CVS.||KDevelop 3.0 can use Subversion to maintain a revision control repository for projects. There is also a kioslave for Subversion.||kdesdk,|
|CVS||Optional||CVS is a revision control system.||Cervisia is a graphical frontend for the CVS client.||kdesdk|
|OCaml + libfacile||Optional||Objective Caml is the most popular variant of the Caml language; a Functional Constraint Library||OCaml and libfacile are used to implement a chemical equation solver in kalzium||kdeedu|
|Python + Boost.Python||Optional||Python is a programming language.
Boost.Python is a Boost library to allow easy interface of C++ to Python.
|Boost.Python is needed for Python scripting in kig.||kdeedu|
|Readline||Optional||Readline is a library for having an input prompt.||It is used in KAlgebra's console version (calgebra).||kdeedu|
Software Requirements, by Module
|kdeadmin||No compilation requirements|
|Only xsltproc needed from the libXslt package|