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README.md

Q::Shell

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a simple desktop shell based on KF5 and QT5, inspired by plasmashell and BE::Shell.

Build dependencies

You will need your distro's equivalent to:

  • extra-cmake-modules
  • Qt5 (Core, DBus, Widgets, X11Extras components)
  • KF5 (Config, KIO, WindowSystem components)
  • KF5Solid
  • Xlib
  • Pulseaudio

It is recommended to install KDE Plasma along side this as Q::Shell utilizes many of Plasma's features.

For Ubuntu/Debian-based systems, this command should be sufficient:

sudo apt install extra-cmake-modules qtbase5-dev libx11-dev libkf5crash-dev libkf5kio-dev libkf5solid-dev libkf5jobwidgets-dev libkf5textwidgets-dev libkf5bookmarks-dev libkf5xmlgui-dev libkf5itemviews-dev libkf5attica-dev libkf5sonnet-dev libkf5globalaccel-dev libkf5guiaddons-dev libkf5codecs-dev libkf5auth-dev libkf5dbusaddons-dev libkf5coreaddons-dev libkf5iconthemes-dev libkf5configwidgets-dev libkf5widgetsaddons-dev libkf5service-dev libkf5config-dev libkf5windowsystem-dev libqt5concurrent5 libpulse-dev libqt5x11extras5 libqt5x11extras5-dev

You'll also need dex installed if you want to open applications in the dash.

For Arch, use this:

sudo pacman -S extra-cmake-modules plasma-meta

Build

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
make

Run

You will need a config file for qshell to work, simply copy-paste one (and its corresponding stylesheet) to your ~/.config directory. To replace plasmashell with qshell, run the command:

kquitapp plasmashell; sleep 2; qshell

Install

sudo make install

A Q::Shell session will appear on your display manager's session selection.

NOTE: it is currently required that KDE Plasma be installed as the session requires several Plasma-specific utilities.

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