Trinity Desktop Environment

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The Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) project is a feature rich desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems with a primary goal of retaining a traditional, efficient and productive user interface.

TDE was born as a fork of the K Desktop Environment version 3.5, which was originally written by the KDE Team, a world-wide network of software engineers committed to Free Software development. The name Trinity was chosen because the word means Three as in continuation of KDE 3. Since then, TDE has evolved to be an independent and standalone desktop environment project. Over time, continued development has polished off many rough edges that were present in the final release of KDE 3.5.10 and many new and useful features have been added to keep the environment up-to-date.

Current release

Official Instructions
Distribution Latest
Debian R14.1.2
Devuan R14.1.2
Fedora R14.1.2
RedHat R14.1.2
Ubuntu R14.1.2
Community Instructions
Distribution Latest Distribution Latest
Arch Linux R14.1.2 MX Linux R14.1.2
FreeBSD R14.1.2 OpenSUSE R14.1.2
Mageia R14.1.2 PCLinuxOS R14.1.2
Slackware R14.1.2
Raspbian R14.1.2
Building from source code: base | extra Try a LiveCD

The current stable release of TDE is R14.1.2, which brings along several improvements and new applications over the previous releases. Some highlights from this release are:

  • new graphical styles (Polyester, Fahrenheit, GTK-based Ia Ora) and six new color schemes
  • fixed resizing issues with various Virtual Terminal based applications, like xfce and mate terminals or gvim
  • several TQt3 memory leak and bug fixes
  • an overall of the sftp tdeioslave authentication methods
  • visual feedback for volume level through new kmix icons
  • GUI option to allow selecting different shutdown dialogs
  • notifications for keyboard layout switch
  • DCOP extension for windows tiling
  • enhancements or bug fixes for various applications


The TDE development team is small but friendly. Anyone wanting to join the development process and help create the next TDE release is welcome! You don't need to be a programmer to do so: you can contribute translations, artwork or other stuff! If you wish to participate, please take a look at the Get involved page.

If you want to contribute to this wiki please read the formatting guidelines first. Consider updating pages that contain KDE3-specific or outdated information.


If you wish to support the TDE project and its infrastructure, please consider helping with a small donation on our donations page. Without your financial assistance, TDE would not be possible!

Installation Community
Documentation about installing and setting up the Trinity Desktop Environment. This category contains community-generated content.
Releases Developers
Category for release notes (and lists of releases, release history, and anything else that seems approriate). This category contains development-related and API documentation for the Trinity Desktop Environment.

Tips And Tricks Packagers
This page is meant as a container of tips and tricks collected over time, addressing topics and issues brought up by TDE users. This category contains information useful for people who want to package Trinity for their distribution.
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