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As of openSUSE 12.1 KDE 3 desktop is included as officially supported part of the distribution. Additional KDE 3 software can be installed from community-supported KDE:KDE3 repository.

On openSUSE 11.4 it should be sufficient to update openSUSE standard repositories (OSS, etc. via zypper or YaST) in order to have KDE 3 ready to install, including libreoffice-kde package.


If you are interested in (helping) maintaining the KDE3 repository for openSUSE, you are welcome to do so. Contact the KDE team in the #opensuse-kde channel on Freenode or on the opensuse-kde3@opensuse.org mailing list.

Installing KDE 3

Easiest way to install KDE3 on any openSUSE version is to use 1-click install:

For openSUSE Leap 42.3: 1-click installation of KDE3

For openSUSE Leap 42.2: 1-click installation of KDE3

For openSUSE Leap 42.1: 1-click installation of KDE3

For openSUSE 13.2: 1-click installation of KDE3

For openSUSE 13.1: 1-click installation of KDE3

To manually install the KDE3 desktop, you will need to install kdebase3-session package - plus any of the package families that you would like (e.g. kdegames, kdegraphics etc). Under openSUSE before 11.4 you would have to add KDE:KDE3 repository, under openSUSE 11.4 onwords KDE3 is included in the main openSUSE repository. It is possible to use KDE3 packages when running a KDE4 desktop and kde4 packages when running a KDE3 desktop. So for example the music player Amarok version 1.4 (designed for KDE3 systems) will play fine when running the kde4 desktop and Amarok version 2 (designed for KDE4) will play fine when running the kde3 desktop.

To choose kdm3 as the default session manager one needs to write DISPLAYMANAGER="kdm3" line to the file /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager (this can be done with the Yast module etc/sysconfig tool Editor as well).

KDE:KDE3 repositories:

OpenSUSE 11.4 may require you to manually enable the HAL daemon service through Yast2 in order to enable USB and DVD drives auto-mounting.

Since LibreOffice suite as packaged in openSUSE 11.4 does not support KDE3, it is recommended to use packages from the LibreOffice:Stable repository, where the support for KDE3 has been enabled. The libreoffice-kde package installed from that repository enables the use of KDE3 file picker dialogs by the LibreOffice components.

For openSUSE 12.1 onwards libreoffice-kde is available from the main repository.

Mailing list

There is a dedicated list for KDE3 on openSUSE.