Port KDE 5.12 to Windows?

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  1. LiteOS

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    #1 LiteOS, Mar 9, 2018
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    What skill sets need to make it happened ?
    can the taskbar of it replace explorer taskbar?
    meaning opening any app will appear in the taskbar?
     
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    Hi TinMan how are you dude :) thanks for link I can read and try this application (Kate Editor) when I have some time :good3:
     
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    Linux in a VM.. . . Job done.
     
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    I believe cygwin already includes KF5 ports, maybe plasma too. In the early 4.x era KDE also was also ported natively to windows IIRC; but I doubt that survived as I don't think it was ever mainlined. Cygwin is hella slow for huge gui frameworks like KF5 that do lots of fork()ing, though. It won't be a fantastic experience and on any laptop-type hardware, it might well be insufferable.

    I suspect the best result possible would be to put KDE into "subsystem for linux", and run cygwin X11, cobbling together existing hacks from the interweb to un-break various frameworks that don't work well in SFL. Probably to have a seamless experience, several things would need to be compiled manually with patches, and hundreds of little powershell/cmd and bash scripts would be needed to create consistent file-type handling results, and such, between desktops; debian-ish might be a good choice of distribution if that is available for SFL.

    Now that Microsoft has finally managed to make their shell/explorer feel slow and confusing, I think KDE is probably the "best" DE available for computer-literate control-freaks (me). But under SFL+cygX11 I doubt it would feel nearly as nice. If someone made an open source project to integrate all these components, and kept at it for a number of years, I suspect it could eventually evolve into a pretty slick shell replacement.

    Digression: I feel like the Windows shell experience (although far more stable and maintainable today) has pretty much gone down-hill in every iteration since Windows 7. Indeed, I don't really think the Windows NT shell ever fully caught up with Windows 98SE / ME, in the sense that, when it managed not to crash, Windows 9x was incredibly snappy and had extremely low-latency drivers, which all loaded at boot. That, combined with the simpler, more monolithic explorer/shell32, made for an incredibly "fast"-feeling desktop shell. Perhaps that is simply not achievable in modern operating systems which have so many layers of "nerf" between meatspace and metal, but I miss the feeling that my computer could respond faster than I could control the mouse/keyboard. These days, I only seem to experience when I'm playing video games. Anyhow I think the Windows ecosystem is overdue for a really solid shell replacement!