Using the KDE Desktop
The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is a
collection of applications and technologies
that work together to create an easy-to-use,
efficient work environment for UNIX workstations.
KDE is not the default SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0
desktop environment, however, it is very easy to switch
to using KDE. See
``Running a different desktop environment''
This topic provides a quick introduction to getting
started with KDE. The
KDE documentation is integrated
into the desktop environment and only available
by running KHelpCenter. See
for more information on accessing KDE documentation.
The KDE interface
The default KDE environment provides the following tools:
the panel at the bottom of the screen is used
to start applications and switch between KDE desktops.
The panel contains the K menu, a large ``K'' icon.
the taskbar, included in the panel, is used to manage
running applications. You can also use the taskbar to switch
the desktop is where you can place files, folders, and
application icons. KDE allows you to run multiple
desktops, each of which has its own window. Click on the
numbered buttons in the panel to switch between KDE
Getting started with KDE
Some of the common tasks and activities that you'll likely
perform while using KDE are summarized in this section.
To start an application, click on the K menu
(the large ``K'' icon in the panel) and select
the desired application.
To access the files in your home folder, click on the icon
that has a house image. This launches Konqueror,
KDE's file manager utility.
To get a UNIX command prompt, select
from the K menu.
Alternately, you can press <Alt><F2>
to get a mini-command prompt window, for running a single command.
To configure KDE, select
Settings Control Center
from the K menu.
To toggle between KDE desktops using the keyboard,
To switch between applications running on the KDE
desktop, press <Alt><Tab>.
To access context menus for the panel, desktop, and most
KDE applications, press the right mouse button.
KDE help and documentation is available from
within the KDE environment by running
You can access KHelpCenter in several ways:
Each KDE application provides a Help
to open that application's help file.
From the K menu, select Help. This
opens the default welcome page in KHelpCenter.
By default, the panel contains an icon for starting
You can start KHelpCenter from the command
line by specifying a URL to display a specific file.
See the KDE documentation for information on
how to do this.
The Contents pane in KHelpCenter is displayed
on the left side of the screen. The Contents pane
provides access to a number of KDE documents,
Introduction to KDE
the KDE Quick Start Guide. It
contains a tour of the KDE interface and
offers help and tips on working more efficiently
KDE User's Manual
an in-depth exploration of KDE,
including information on configuring, customizing, and using the
native KDE application documentation.
All KDE applications provide corresponding
documentation in XML format, which is converted to
HTML when viewed.
frequently asked questions about KDE, and answers.
KDE subsystems and applications
The SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0 distribution of KDE
includes the following subsystems:
kdebase -- applications include:
Kate, programmer's text editor
KControl, KDE Control Center
KDEPrint, printing framework for KDE
KDEsu, graphical front-end for su
KFind, file find utility
KHelpCenter, KDE help system
Kicker, application starter panel
Klipper, clipboard cut and paste utility
Konqueror, file manager and web browser
Konsole, X terminal emulator
KWrite, a text editor
kdenetwork -- applications include:
KDict, graphical client for the DICT protocol
KGet, tool for grouping downloads
KNewsTicker, ticket applet for the KDE panel
Kopete, multi-protocol instant messenger client
Kpf, for sharing files over a network
KPPP, a dialer and front-end for pppd
KTalkd, an enhanced talk daemon
kdepim -- applications include:
KAlarm, alarm and email scheduler
Kandy, synchronizes mobile phone data with the desktop
KMail, email client
KNotes, sticky notes program
KOrganizer, personal information manager
kdeaccessibility -- applications include:
KMagnifier, screen magnifier
KMouseTool, tool to help avoid repetitive stress injury
KMouth, computer speech tool
KTTS, Text-to-Speech system
kdegraphics -- applications include:
Kamera, download and view digital camera images
KColorEdit, palette files editor
KGamma, simple tool for monitor gamma correction
KGhostView, displays and prints PostScript/PDF files
KolourPaint, paint program
Kooka, scanning application
KPDF, PDF viewer based on xpdf code
KSnapshot, simple applet for taking screenshots
KuickShow, image browser/viewer
KView, image viewer
kdeaddons -- includes:
Kicker add-on applets
kdeutils -- applications include:
Ark, an archive manager
KCalc, scientific calculator
KDiskFree, displays available file devices
KEdit, simple text editor
KHexEdit, hexadecimal editor
KWallet, password management subsystem
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SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0 -- 26 May 2005