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Lightweight KDE based desktop
Lightweight desktops are cool, right? KDE 3 was great but those pesky KDE 4 hackers kept adding all these doodahs and whatchamacallums that nobody needs, yeah? But when you use XFCE there's always some little bit that you missed from your full fat desktop, and isn't LXDE getting heavier with every release?
This is a project to exploit the modularity of KDE to build a lightweight XFCE-class desktop environment, but that can be expanded as needed with additional features back to full KDE weight.
This should be of use in both server environments needing a minimal desktop for sysadmin; for fixed function users using browser based tools, and for knowledge workers/power users that want their own cocktail of mail client/calendar/productivity tools without having the KDE middleware for this function running in parallel.
The plan is to work on 3 fronts:
- Reduced footprint of default desktop by splitting packages and making components optional
- Speed up startup time
- Simplify configuration by installing a smaller set of configuration modules by default, by installing fewer plugins by default, and by providing simple config UIs for the options used by lightweight desktops.
- Will Stephenson originated this idea.
- Klaas Freitag
- Jos Poortvliet
- Raymond Wooninck
- Andres Silva
We made a pretty darn good start.
- A significant number of packages has been splitted and more work is taking place in the [OBS project] (https://build.opensuse.org/project/show?project=home%3Awstephenson%3Aworkbench%3Aklyde), an extension of the packages in KDE:Release:410. This is expected to go back to openSUSSE Factory.
- We've simplified System Settings and produced some configuration profiles that disable optional components when their packages are installed. This has already been discussed with upstream and is expected to be integrated.
- We've done a proof of concept native systemd user session that reduces login time (independently of packaging changes) by 1/3. Unit files at this github and this was discussed both with systemd maintainers and with the KDE community. The results of this analysis will be used for KDE Frameworks 5.
- We created a SUSE Studio image which has been shown off in several youtube videos and reviews already
- We had to deny that we were forking KDE or creating a new distribution, such is the level of public expectation around this project.
- [Introductory blog entry](https://lizards.opensuse.org/2013/04/11/hackweek9-lightweight-kde-desktop-project/]
- Update blog by Jos
A Trello board shows plans for the project.
Categories: desktop,distribution Tags: kde,helpwanted,enterprise,inprogress
In the news:
- Heise.de : Der Suse- und KDE-Entwickler Will Stephenson arbeitet an einem abgespeckten KDE-Desktop more... - 398 comments!
- lwn.net : Will Stephenson describes the KLyDE project, which is aimed at the creation of a lightweight KDE desktop. more...
- Phoronix: A SUSE Linux developer has started a new project called KLyDE. more...
- pro-linux.de: ...Doch erst jetzt hatte er im Rahmen der Suse Hack Week Zeit, sich intensiver damit zu befassen. Da die Aufgabe für eine Person zu groß ist, hat er zwei Kollegen zur Mitarbeit bewegt. more...
- slashdot.org: During Hack Week 9 at SUSE, longtime KDE hacker Will Stephenson started working on a project codenamed KLyDE. ...Better said, Stephenson was able to devote lots of time to it more...
- reddit.com: _The Coming of KLyDE, a Lightweight KDE-based Desktop Environment more... and more...
- Hacker News: _The Coming of KLyDE, a Lightweight KDE Desktop Environment more...
- the-h.com: KDE and openSUSE developer Will Stephenson is working on a slimmed down version of KDE that he calls KLyDE more...
- tweakers.net (Netherlands): Onder andere SUSE-ontwikkelaar Will Stephenson heeft het plan opgevat om KDE af te slanken more...
- muylinux.com (Spanish)
- Linux Magazin (DE): Klyde: Abgespecktes KDE
- Thoughts on 'Lightweight' galvanised by this project
- Linux Action Show (webcast): "This is the story of the week that excited me the most" more...
- mynavi.jp (Japanese)
- root.cz (Czech)
- Lupaworld (Chinese)
- Hungarian Unix Portal
- Linux.org.ru (Russia)
- Golem (German)
- Linux Magazine interview: KDE Gets a Refit more...
- Personal Computer World: Work began on KLyDE during a SUSE “Hack Week” event earlier this month. You can check out what's been accomplished so far through the openSUSE Build Service site more...
- Muktware (2nd article) KlyDE is using openSUSE as the base, which already offers one of the best KDE integration. more...
- Bitblokes (Germany): Zieht Euch warm an, Leichtgewichte – hier kommt KlyDEmore...
- oneopensource (Italian)
- Linux Outlaws (UK podcast, 50' in)
- Revista Espirito Libre: (Brazil)
- Muktware: Interview with Jos Poortvliet more...
- Linux Inside (Greece): http://www.linuxinside.gr/forum/8542/klyde-%CE%AD%CE%BD%CE%B1-%CF%80%CE%B1%CE%BD%CE%AC%CE%BB%CE%B1%CF%86%CF%81%CE%BF-kde-%CE%B1%CF%80%CE%BF-%CF%84%CE%B7%CE%BD-%CE%BA%CE%BF%CE%B9%CE%BD%CF%8C%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85-opensuse
- Muy Linux (Spain): http://www.muylinux.com/2013/04/22/ya-puedes-probar-klyde-el-kde-ultraligero/
Other things to notice:
- Users from other Linux distributions are asking for Klyde packages for their distro.
- A distribution derived from openSUSE is considering using Klyde KDE as their standard desktop, switching from GNOME 2.
- Set up by Muktware, Klyde has its own G+ page now https://plus.google.com/communities/105762114946616590789
- http://byte.kde.org/~bcooksley/seli-memory/desktop_benchmark.html (state of the art, still 7 years later?)
- http://l3net.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/a-memory-comparison-of-light-linux-desktops/ (how not to do it, just looking at 'free')