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    Default KDE4 Installing window decorations

    Can I install KDE3.x decorations on KDE4? If I download a decoration, where do I put it? Sorry for the newb questions, I'm used to Gnome but KDE4 made me curious, now I'm liking it more and more
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    AFAIK they're absolutely incompatible -- but then again I'm wrong more often than right.
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    Sad to hear, well I guess I'll look for a KDE4 compatible decoration
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    Default Re: KDE4 Installing window decorations

    Hey, how do I install KDE4 window decorations, anyway?

    I'm not sure what Window Manager I'm using, but it's not Emerald - I heard somewhere that it's better to use KDE's native WM for decorations, is this true?

    I used to use Emerald in Ubuntu 9.10, since Metacity (IMO) sucked, but I don't see anywhere in Configure Desktop->Appearance to add/install new themes, and a lot of them on Kde-look.org have instructions for Kubuntu (Debian), none that are compatible with openSUSE AFAICT.

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    Default Re: KDE4 Installing window decorations

    I think what you want is in the Advanced tab Desktop Theme Details.

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    Hi,

    Some people use different engines to help them out with window decorations, as (in my opinion) the native kde4 decorations leave a lot to be desired. Two of the major engines are deKorator and aurorae. You can get both of them from the community repository. You can then download themes from here:

    Eyecandy for your KDE-Desktop - KDE-Look.org

    for dekorator

    Eyecandy for your KDE-Desktop - KDE-Look.org

    for aurorae

    Then all you do is go to Configure Desktop (Personal Settings)>Appearance>Windows and change the window decoration to deKorator or Aurorae and they'll both have a tab where you install the downloaded file.

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    Default Re: KDE4 Installing window decorations

    Thanks, I'll try those two.

    Also, as a note to any KDE newbies: Beware of Copmiz/Emerald! I enabled Compiz under Default Applications->Window Manager, but it completely slowed down my computer, to the point of it being slower than Vista (!).

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    You can

    1) install the rpm.

    wei@firefly:~> rpm -qa | grep winde
    kde4-windeco-crystal-2.0.5-1.11.i586
    kde4-windeco-nitrogen-3.3.0-1.2.i586
    kde4-windeco-aurorae-0.2.1-1.4.i586
    kde4-windeco-dekorator-0.4.0.4-1.4.i586

    These are the four that I have.

    2) install from source.

    There should be a INSTALL/README file in the source that has easy to follow instructions on how to compile and install the binary.

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    Okay, Aurorae and deKorator work fine, using a Plasma and (I think Aurorae) window theme based on the Ghost in the Shell Anime. I just can't find a decent icon theme to go with it...
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    Default Re: KDE4 Installing window decorations

    Quote Originally Posted by SPARTAN-118 View Post
    Also, as a note to any KDE newbies: Beware of Copmiz/Emerald! I enabled Compiz under Default Applications->Window Manager, but it completely slowed down my computer, to the point of it being slower than Vista (!).
    /PSA
    I'm glad to hear you got what you wanted

    Regarding compiz, did you try using my step by step guide located here?:

    Installing and Configuring Compiz - openSUSE Forums

    I currently have it working on a KDE 4.3.4 box that I set up for my parents to use. If you have any questions regarding compiz, just ask here in the forums

    EDIT: I just checked again, and you have to install emerald manually since the one-click installer doesn't do it for you. Not sure why it doesn't, but I've had my how-to guide edited to reflect that change.

    Take Care,

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