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+Here is KDE 5_15.09_02 for Slackware, consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.14.0,
+Plasma 5.4.1 and Applications 15.08.1.
+Upgrading from the previous 5_15.09 should be an easy ride.
+KDE-5_15.09 is meant only to be installed on top of Slackware -current and
+it will *replace* any version of KDE 4 you might have installed!
+There is a couple of bugs left that really nag me:
+Both these issues are most likely caused by the Intel driver in
+Slackware-current, not by the KDE packages.
+- Whenever the power saver kicks in and I am not paying attention, the screen
+ of my Lenovo T400 laptop (Intel graphics) turns black (backlight stays off?).
+ I have to Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to my Linux console, press the brightness button
+ until I can read again what's on screen, and then back to X using Alt-F7.
+- If the screenlocker was activated during powersave, and I have to run the
+ above sequence to get my X display visible again, the screenlocker is
+ seemingly not responding to my typing. But in fact the display is simply not
+ refreshing. After typing my password and hitting ENTER (thus unlocking my
+ session) the screen seems unchanged until I press Alt-TAB and the screen
+ suddenly refreshes, showing my unlocked desktop.
+Noteworthy NEWS for this batch of updates:
+- One "deps" package was removed:
+ LoginKit - it did not add anything that ConsoleKit2 does not do already
+ (offer the same API as systemd-logind) and in fact having it installed
+ was the cause of minute-log delays in displaying the "Leave" menu or
+ responding to clicks on the Logout widget. One annoyance less!
+- One "deps" packages was added:
+ libproxy - this is a recompilation of the package that is already
+ part of Slackware. I rebuilt it without support for KDE 4, which will
+ help preventing crashes in KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5) based applications
+ that call libproxy's functions which in turn would load KDE 4 libraries.
+- Frameworks 5.14.0 is an enhancement release, lots of fixes are documented on
+- Plasma 5.4.1 is a bugfix release, you can read all the details in
+- Applications 15.08.1 is a bugfix release as well, mainly for the total of
+ 107 applications that have been ported to KF5.
+Further points of interest that are unchanged since the previous releases:
+- ConsoleKit2 replaces Slackware's ConsoleKit. Now we have something again
+ which is properly maintained and well on its way to implementing the
+ necessary parts of the systemd-logind API (so that we can ignore systemd).
+- kde/kde4-extragear packages should be taken from slackware-current (calligra,
+ k3b, kaudiocreator, kplayer, kwebkitpart, oxygen-gtk2, kdevplatform,
+ kdevelop-pg-qt, kdevelop, kdev-python, kdevelop-php, kdevelop-php-docs,
+ skanlite, kio-mtp, libktorrent, ktorrent, partitionmanager)
+- I still did not compile the new Plasma Mediacenter tech-preview.
+- Note that I did not compile the new KDEnlive and KDE Telepathy. They need
+ a lot of attention before I can build them and it was more important to me
+ to have a new release of KDE 5 out as fast as possible, that works with
+ the latest slackware-current.
+ If you are curious and want to try yourself, start by reading:
+- katepart4 was added so that kdevelop works again
+- konsolepart4 was added to be able to use an embedded konsole in dolphin
+- kdeconnect4 was added; this stripped-down version of the KDE4 based
+ kdeconnect-kde allows you to access your Android device with the
+ (also still KDE4 based) Dolphin filemanager
+- akonadi4 and kdepimlibs4 were added to support KDE 4 applications that call
+ PIM functionality.
+- sddm-theme-breeze was removed, the theme is now part of plasma-workspace
+- Lots of packages in the 'deps' department which are completely new to
+ Slackware. Since KDE 5 is built on Qt5 (KDE 4 had Qt4 as its base) you'll
+ find many Qt5 related packages. Also, in order for Qt4 and GTK based
+ applications to dock into the Plasma 5 system tray, more dependencies were
+ needed. So, apart from updates to regular Slackware packages, these are the
+ new ones:
+ OpenAL, PyQT5, cfitsio, json-glib, libappindicator, libdbusmenu-gtk,
+ libdbusmenu-qt5, libindicator, lmdb, polkit-qt5-1, qca-qt5, qt-gstreamer,
+ qt5, sni-qt, wayland and xapian-core.
+- Note for users of multilib Slackware64 and also using Skype: you will have to
+ grab the 32-bit version of sni-qt and run 'convertpkg-compat32' on it,
+ or else Skype won't be able to dock its icon in the systray.
+- A bit sneakily, I built phonon-vlc for you. You will also need a VLC package
+ to be able to use this package though.
+- Several source tarballs in Plasma 5.4.x have not been compiled to Slackware
+ packages: libbluedevil and bluedevil (they need BlueZ 5 which is not part of
+ Slackware), muon (a debian/ubuntu package manager), libkface (needs opencv
+ which I was not willing to add as a dependency), user-manager and kwallet-pam
+ (need PAM), plasma-pa (needs pulseaudio).
+- One dependency which you'll probably find curious, is wayland. It is required
+ in order to *compile* KWin's X11 driver, but it is apparently not needed at
+ *runtime*. Nevertheless, I left the package in, just in case you want or need
+ to recompile kwin.
+- Graphical login: KDM has been replaced with SDDM. Slackware-current supports
+ it already. Select "Plasma" from the SDDM session dropdown.
+ Alternatively, if you prefer good old runlevel 3, you can type (at your own
+ user account's command prompt):
+ $ xwmconfig
+ ... and select "xinitrc.plasma" as your default window manager for X.
+ Then run:
+ $ startx
+Also explained in more detail below, upgrading to this KDE 5 is non-trivial.
+You will have to remove old KDE packages manually. If you do not have KDE
+installed at all, you will have to *install* some of Slackware's own KDE
+packages manually.
+If you decide to install these packages on top of a fresh installation of
+ Slackware-current and have excluded all packages in the 'KDE' package series
+ during installation, you will be missing several add-on packages, some of
+ these are essential to the proper functioning of KDE!
+ If you excluded the complete Slackware-current 'KDE' series, then you
+ will have to install the following essential Slackware-current packages
+ at a a minimum:
+ * bluedevil
+ * libktorrent
+ And optionally install these Slackware-current packages as well:
+ * amarok
+ * calligra
+ * k3b
+ * kaudiocreator
+ * kplayer
+ * kwebkitpart
+ * kaudiocreator
+ * kdevplatform
+ * kdevelop-pg-qt
+ * kdevelop
+ * kdev-python
+ * kdevelop-php
+ * kdevelop-php-docs
+ * kio-mtp
+ * ktorrent
+ * oxygen-gtk2
+ * partitionmanager
+ * skanlite
+Building it all from source:
+Sources and scripts are separated from the packages in my 'ktown' repository.
+If you want the sources for KDE 5, run the following command to download them:
+ # rsync -av rsync:// .
+There are a lot of 'dependencies' for KDE 5 which you'll have to compile and
+install before attempting to compile KDE 5. Compiling and installing these
+dependencies on Slackware-current is as easy as:
+ # cd 5/deps
+ # ./updates.SlackBuild
+ # cd -
+Be prepared to wait a *long* time since this will recompile Qt4 and compile a
+new Qt5 package among others. The finished package will be stored in /tmp .
+Then if you want to compile the KDE packages on your computer, run:
+ # cd 5/kde
+ # ./KDE.SlackBuild
+Wait a long time, and you will find the new packages in /tmp/kde-build .
+Note that these packages will already have been installed by KDE.SlackBuild !
+But if all you want is the packages I created, then you can skip all of that.
+Install pre-compiled packages:
+In order to install or upgrade KDE 5, follow these steps:
+Make sure you are not running KDE or even X ! If you are running an X session,
+log out first, and if you are in runlevel 4 (graphical login) you first have to
+go back to runlevel 3 (console) by typing "init 3".
+If you still have a KDE 4 installed, it must be removed first. No clean
+upgrade path can be provided! Do as follows:
+If you have Slackware-current's default KDE 4.14.3 installed:
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/*-4.14.3-*
+ # removepkg libkscreen
+ # removepkg kscreen
+ # removepkg kactivities
+ # removepkg kde-workspace
+ # removepkg libmm-qt
+ # removepkg libnm-qt
+ # removepkg plasma-nm
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-agent-1
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-kcmodules-1
+ # removepkg kdeconnect-kde
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.09 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE-5_15.09_02 and then remove the packages
+ that no longer exist in KDE 5_15.09_02:
+ * removepkg LoginKit
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.07 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE-5_15.09 and then remove the packages
+ that no longer exist in KDE 5_15.09:
+ * removepkg ConsoleKit
+ * removepkg grantlee-qt5
+ * removepkg kgamma
+ * removepkg pairs
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.06 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.05 installed:
+- Re-install the following 'ktown' packages:
+ * kactivities-framework
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.04 installed:
+- Remove packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_15.05:
+ * removepkg qt-gstreamer0
+- Re-install 'ktown' packages:
+ * qt-gstreamer
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.03 installed:
+- Remove packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_15.04:
+ # removepkg gst1-plugins-base
+ # removepkg gst1-plugins-good
+ # removepkg gstreamer1
+ # removepkg qt-gstreamer1
+ # removepkg libmm-qt5
+- Re-install original Slackware-current packages that were removed from "deps"
+ in KDE 5_15.04 (this will be easiest using slackpkg):
+ * LibRaw
+ * akonadi
+ * attica
+ * cmake
+ * eigen3
+ * exiv2
+ * grantlee
+ * harfbuzz
+ * libfakekey
+ * libodfgen
+ * librevenge
+ * libssh
+ * libwpd
+ * orc
+ * poppler
+ * qt
+ * shared-desktop-ontologies
+ * soprano
+ * strigi
+Then proceed with installing/upgrading KDE 5 as outlined below.
+To make it easy for you, here is a one-line command that downloads the whole
+'5' directory (excluding the sources), with 32-bit and 64-bit packages
+(and be careful of the 'dot' at the end of that command, it is part of the
+commandline !!):
+ # rsync -av rsync:// .
+Or else, if you want to download packages for just one of the two supported
+architectures, you would run one of the following commands instead (note that
+there is a dot at the end of these commands!).
+If you want only the 64-bit packages:
+ # rsync -av --exclude=x86 rsync:// .
+If you want only the 32-bit packages:
+ # rsync -av --exclude=x86_64 rsync:// .
+Assuming you just downloaded the bits you want from the directory tree
+"5", you must now change your current directory to where you found this
+README (which is the directory called '5'). If you used one of the
+above "rsync" commands then you can simply do:
+ # cd 5
+From within this directory, you run the following commands as root (note that
+some of the old KDE package names are obsoleted now, they have been split up,
+renamed or integrated and that is the reason for the 'removepkg' lines):
+ On Slackware 32-bit:
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86/deps/*.t?z
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86/kde/*/*.t?z
+ On Slackware 64-bit:
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/deps/*.t?z
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/kde/*/*.t?z
+ If you already have one or more non-english language packs installed:
+ On Slackware 32-bit:
+ # upgradepkg x86/kdei/*.t?z
+ On Slackware 64-bit:
+ # upgradepkg x86_64/kdei/*.t?z
+ If you want to have a non-english language pack installed but none is
+ currently installed, substitute your country code instead of the 'XX'
+ in the next command:
+ # upgradepkg --install-new x86_64/kdei/kde-l10n-XX-*.t?z
+ Check if any ".new" configuration files have been left behind by
+ the upgradepkg commands. Compare them to their originals and decide
+ if you need to use them.
+ # find /etc/ -name "*.new"
+ A graphical (ncurses) tool for processing these "*.new" files is slackpkg:
+ # slackpkg new-config
+Then reboot your system.
+ Eric Hameleers / alien at slackware dot com / 14-sep-2015