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January 9, 2013


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1. Be sure you have installed latest KDE of your distro
(state: 9th January 2013... >/= KDE SC 4.8.0 (older versions not tested by me))
Note: after installing a new main version of KDE you must recompile BE::Shell
you do all on your own risk!!!

2. Be sure you are willing to learn new things and read the wiki! ;)

3. Install dependencies and what else we need (if not already done):

   - git
   - build-essential
   - cmake

on Debian or Debian based distributions (Ubuntu, etc)

    - libxcomposite-dev
    (If you previously installed Bespin should already be present)

    - libxrender-dev
    - libxext-dev
    - libqt4-dev
    - libx11-dev
    - kde-workspace-dev
    - kdebase-workspace-dev
    - kdelibs5-dev

4. Okay, now we do what the wiki taught us:

4.1 Load the source code opening a terminal and type: git clone git:// be-shell-code
4.2 cd be-shell-code
4.3 ./configure
4.4 cd build
4.5 make
4.6 sudo make install

5. Run kcmshell4 kded in a terminal - that will bring up the kded manager.
   Disable the "Status Notifier Manager" to get (legacy) systray icons from KDE applications.
6. Replace Plasma by copying and plasma-desktop.desktop (and optional krunner.desktop)
   to ~/.kde/share/autostart/ (in some distros .kde4)
   NOT  to ~/.kde/autostart/ or ~/.config/autostart
  Note: if you would now restart or relogin you would see... nothing (a blank screen)
  It is very important to install a configuration and -recommendable- a matching theme first.
7.  install a theme AND a config file:
    you can use one from examples folder in be-shell-code    
    Note: you need a theme AND a configuration file ( -> "Copy the desired example MINUS THE SUFFIX to the local kde config dir, eg."
7.1    copy to ~/.kde/share/config/ and delete the suffix (.win2000)  
7.2    copy the matching theme (windows) from themes folder to ~/.kde/share/apps/
    Note: in some distros the hidden folder .kde is .kde4
   If you dislike win2000 look you can also download themes from our gallery... ;)
   Note: if you change a theme it is usually necessary to change the appropriate config file (
8. logout and relogin or restart your system

9. for theming and configuring your BE::Shell read the wiki:…

+++ any improvements and feedback is very welcome +++
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athremix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
thank you very much for the help!
taklertamas Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice description, and thank you(all of you from the Be::Shell section) for all the themes, descriptions, tutorials, and the inspiration!
I'm a Be::Shell fan.. :-D
LaGaDesk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great... hope it works all good for you! :)
Baraary Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks larS for great toturial. :happybounce:
just one question, can you explain how to back from BE::Shell to plasma?
LaGaDesk Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
In general and for the next starts? Open kcmshell4 autostart and enable Plasma Desktop Workspace and disable BE::Shell.
For a short switch: kquitapp && sleep 1 && plasma-desktop in (k)runner. :(
or kquitapp plasma-desktop && sleep 1 && to come back to Beshell. :)
samsherk Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
one correction suggestion

at 4.2 it should be: cd be-shell, instead of: cd be-shell-code
LaGaDesk Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the hint... yeah, the problem was in git clone line:

git clone git:// be-shell-code

it seems there are two different version. :confused:
samsherk Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
oho, if so, thats why I am not getting workspace section appear on my screen! I think.I am a dummy!
LaGaDesk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Not sure... but possibly. :shrug:
samsherk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
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