Using the KDE Desktop

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'' for details.

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 ``Using KHelpCenter'' for more information on accessing KDE documentation.

The KDE interface

The default KDE environment provides the following tools:

Getting started with KDE

Some of the common tasks and activities that you'll likely perform while using KDE are summarized in this section.

Using KHelpCenter

KDE help and documentation is available from within the KDE environment by running KHelpCenter.

You can access KHelpCenter in several ways:

Help menu
Each KDE application provides a Help menu. Select Help -> Contents to open that application's help file.

K menu
From the K menu, select Help. This opens the default welcome page in KHelpCenter.

KDE panel
By default, the panel contains an icon for starting KHelpCenter.

Command line
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, including:

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 with KDE.

KDE User's Manual
an in-depth exploration of KDE, including information on configuring, customizing, and using the desktop environment.

application manuals
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:

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SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0 -- 26 May 2005