KDE on Cygwin is the port of Qt and KDE to Windows using Cygwin, the POSIX emulation layer for Windows, and the Cygwin XFree86 server.

We think that KDE is a great desktop and has the opportunity to be a big player in the 'desktop environment' area. One of the main reasons for this is because of the famous Qt library, which is designed to be very platform independent and has already been ported to many operating systems. Hence porting KDE applications from one UNIX derived operating system to another is relatively painless. The one operating system this doesn't hold true for is Windows.

Windows is the OS of choice for many companies. How does this square with the promotion of KDE? The answer is simple: build something that allows KDE applications to run atop Windows. This is the goal we are aiming for with this project.

Currently Qt 1.45, 2.3.1, 3.0.4, 3.1.1, 3.2.3 and KDE 1.45, 2.2.2, 3.1.1 and 3.1.4 have been ported and are of beta quality.

This project has stopped active development to be free for the native KDE 4 port on Windows.

You may visit one of the following links to get more informations about the port:

Recent KDE on cygwin binary packages are available on cygwin-ports.sf.net. Everyone interested in further and/or updated packages is invited to help this project. Please contact the maintainer by the following mailing list.

The KDE-cygwin team


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