Windows 10: KDE apps on Windows

  1.    15 Apr 2018 #1

    KDE apps on Windows


    Hi folks

    This seems an interesting project -- although not for the fainthearted

    So much good free software runs on the KDE platform (Plsama-workspace_ on Linux distos) - there's serious some serious effort now in doing KDE ports back into to Windows.

    In a way this is rather like a "reverse" of WINE which is a project of running Windows apps on Linux -.

    Some of the more "Geeky" ones here might find it interesting to give it a go. Suggest you either try on a VM or a spare system though as it doesn't look at all "Beginner Friendly".

    Windows - KDE Community Wiki

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    15 Apr 2018 #2

    I remember trying some of these back when they were first released many years ago. Amarok didn't work well on Windows as there was no sound. Might be different now though.
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  3.    15 Apr 2018 #3

    swarfega said: View Post
    I remember trying some of these back when they were first released many years ago. Amarok didn't work well on Windows as there was no sound. Might be different now though.
    Hi there @swarfega

    I haven't tried - but it just seemed a sort of interesting project -- hopefully the idea of "Metacode" and coding practices have improved over the years and with the KDE apps you do get source code so in theory should work if you can separate the actual application and data handling from the GUI layer. (Probably something like MVC / Model controller view or similar).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 v1803 Build 17134.137 (Branch: RS4 Release Preview)
       15 Apr 2018 #4

    You can use WSL for all this. Only thing needed to install is a Windows service that acts as a Display Server so you have a place to output all display data.

    After this one can run almost any Linux utility with a GUI developed for Debian-architecture straight on Windows and it all runs natively since the Windows 10 kernel supports ELF-binaries natively ever since WSL was introduced.

    If that is not enough, then just add all usual Linux development toolchains to your WSL and you can compile pretty much any source into a working binary.

    Works like a charm! I tried stuff like GIMP and a few other tool a long time ago. Some tools even run better on WSL than natively on Linux, which is kind of odd, but then again the kernel is minimized and optimized so it also kind of makes sense when you compare it to a default Ubuntu kernel, which is made compatible rather than efficient. :)
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  5.    15 Apr 2018 #5

    Yea I have tried KDE apps in WSL which is not bad, failing that I just install some distro on an HD on my old machine.
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