KInitiator is a KDE-application which helps you manage your applications and documents. It is intended to keep your desktop clean from icons and lets you quickly call applications and documents without searching for them in the K-menu or in your file system.

Use the left menu to learn more about KInitiator. You will find a manual by clicking on Miscellaneous; and then choosing Handbook;. There's also a FAQ included in the manual.



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Download KInitiator

We decided to release KInitiator when it's ready for the 1.0 release. So, currently (november 7th 2003) there are no downloads yet. But we are working on version 0.8, so the release seems not to be far away ;-) .

As soon that there are downloadable packages, they will be offered at the projects download page at Sourceforge.net

For the impatient, there is the possibility to download KInitiator as sourcecode from cvs.

To do an installation from anonymous cvs, do the following:

  1. Ensure you have the
    client program installed
  2. Connect to the internet
  3. Type
    cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.sf.net:/cvsroot/kinitiator -z3 co kinitiator
    into a command line shell. Simply press enter when you get promted for a password
  4. Type
    cd kinitiator
    to change to the new directory which now contains the sources of KInitiator
  5. Type
    make -f Makefile.cvs
    to automatically create a configure-script
  6. On the following Distributions, some variables have to be set to the following values:
    • On SuSE 8.x and 9.x
      • export QTDIR=/usr/lib/qt3
      • export KDEDIR=/opt/kde3
    • On Mandrake 9.x
      • export QTDIR=/usr/lib/qt3
      • export KDEDIR=/usr/
  7. Type
    ./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix)
    to configure the sources
  8. Type
    to build the binaries
  9. Type
    to get root privileges
  10. Type
    make install
    to install KInitiator.
    • Alternatively, when you have installed checkinstall, type
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History of KInitiator

The development of KInitiator started in autumn of 2002 and is still in progress today (November 6th 2003).

We have done most of the work for implementing all features and do some interface polishing, add some features and try to fix as many bugs as possible.