Posted by: Garrick | September 10, 2007

KDE4 on Mac OSX Tiger

KDE4's new logo
KDE4 on Mac is Alpha Software.
Alpha means bugs.
Alpha means it may not even install.
Alpha means if it does install, it may not work.
Alpha software could brick your computer.
Did you back up your entire Hard Drive?
Good, Lets begin….

Ranger Rick has been working on porting KDE to OSX for some time now. I had a go with it on KDE3, but I spent so much time building and compiling, that once I was finished and it still didn’t work, I wanted to go on a killing spree (I mean really, whats a guy have to go through to get Konqueror and Amarok running on OSX).

With KDE4, they have actively been working on an OSX compatible environment (without the need for X11). Aplications run “natively” under Aqua and even show up on the dock.

No need for terminal work either, just install the packages via familiar Mac installer, and then double click the desired app (seriously, it’s that easy).

Now for the “bad” news. It is unstable. Get used to using Force Quit because the apps will freeze up on you. Most programs will run (there are over 150 programs from KDE4 included in the 3Gb compressed Disk image), but many are not stable enough to be functional. For example Amarok would run, but good luck getting it to play anything, or importing you library. Konsole seemed to work fine for my, and Konqueror works well as a file browser, just not a web browser.

Here is a screen grab from my Core Duo MacBook Running a few KDE Apps in OSX 10.4.10 along with Windows XP SP2 (under Parallels).

Ok, to Show how easy it was for me to get this running, here is my how-to:

  1. Download the torrent here. (This torrent contains EVERYTHING you need, if you want less, goto the KDE on MacOSX page to pick and choose.)
  2. Using you favorite bittorrent client, download the Disk image. Get some coffee, the image is over 3Gb.
  3. Double click the disk image and then open the installer named KDE.mpkg (or just mpkg if your extensions are hidden)
  4. Follow the installer instructions.
  5. Once finished, navigate your way to Mac HD -> opt -> kde4 -> bin and click on the desired app.

There you go, have fun and enjoy.


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