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+Here is KDE 5_17.01 for Slackware, consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.30.0,
+Plasma 5.8.5 and Applications 16.12.1 on top of Qt 5.7.1.
+Upgrading from the previous 5_16.12 needs a bit of tender care & loving this
+time. In particular, the new quarterly release of the Applications brings
+a lot of change. Many packages have been added, but also many packages are
+no longer part of the 'ktown' repository. Read the instructions well!
+KDE-5_17.01 is meant to be installed on top of Slackware 14.2 or -current.
+It will *replace* any version of KDE 4 you might have installed!
+Note that I am currently undecided whether I should keep on supporting
+Slackware 14.2 in my 'ktown' builds. The 'ktown' repository's primary goal
+has always been to do the research and development into bleeding edge
+KDE software, so that integrating it into Slackware's core can be done with
+the knowledge that these KDE releases have been given a good QA testing
+by the community. Which means, slackware-current is the only relevant release.
+Providing updates for 14.2 will probably stop, once -current has diverged too
+much from 14.2 to keep it all manageable.
+What is the NEWS in this batch of updates:
+- Frameworks 5.30.0 is an enhancement release and contains one new framework
+ compared to my previous release: prison.
+ See
+- Plasma 5.8.5 is an incremental bug fix release for the 5.8 series.
+ See and if you want
+ to know more about the long term support (LTS) for Plasma 5.8, go read:
+- Applications 16.12.1 contains many changes. In these 16.12.x releases,
+ some of the big packages have been split into many smaller ones:
+ kde-baseapps, kdepim and kdewebdev (and these three packages are gone now).
+ Two other packages have been removed: gpgmepp (whose functionality has been
+ integrated into gpgme), and kuser (for which there is no replacement and
+ therefore I have kept it as part of applications-extra).
+ Formerly part of 'kdepim', the kdgantt2 program has been removed and it is
+ replaced by a new package 'kdiagram'.
+ Another new package 'kwave' was added in 16.12.0 (which I never built).
+ See .
+- I have removed kactivities, nepomuk and nepomuk-widgets from the 'kde4'
+ package subset. These kdelibs4-based packages are no longer used by
+ other packages.
+ I also added a package there: libcddb4 is the old kdelibs4 based version
+ and it is needed to keep k3b running. The latest libkcddb is Frameworks5
+ based and incompatible with k3b.
+ Unfortunately kdepimlibs4 is still required by kopete and klinkstatus.
+ I had to recompile kdepimlibs4 to remove gpgme++ files that are now part
+ of the gpgme package. If you want to repeat this at home, make sure you
+ only have 'akonadi4' installed, not the newer 'akonadi' from Applications.
+- In applications-extra, I upgraded calligra to the recently released
+ Frameworks5 based version; a recompilation would have been needed anyway
+ in order to ditch kactivities. The new calligra has shed some of its code
+ and no longer contains krita or kexi, they are developed independently now.
+ Flow and Stage have also been removed from the code but here the reason is
+ that their code is unmaintained.
+ Therefore I have added 'krita' as a new package. If anyone needs 'kexi'
+ as well, let me know so I can add it (and its dependencies) next time.
+ Also, partitionmanager was upgraded and is now Frameworks5 based. Note:
+ partitionmanager has issues using kdesu to gain root access to the disks
+ even though it will ask for the root password. If all actions are greyed
+ out, start it from the commandline with "sudo -s partitionmanager".
+- The 'kdeconnect' package in plasma-extra was upgraded.
+- The 'deps' section has two new packages (three in the Slackware 14.2 repo
+ as you can read below): libdmtx and qrencode, both of which are requirements
+ for the new 'kdiagram' package.
+ The 'libinput' package was upgraded to the same version as was recently
+ added to slackware-current (and compiled against the new package
+ 'libwacom' just like in slackware-current). Note that libinput and
+ libwacom are not part of the 'deps' for Slackware-current since these are
+ already covered by your Slackware install.
+- The qt5 package was upgraded to 5.7.1, and accompanying upgrades were
+ done for qt5-webkit, sip and PyQt5. Note that qt5's dependencies have
+ increased again: it now requires libinput, libwacom, libxkbcommon.
+ I did not upgrade qt5 to 5.8.0 - it is too new and currently seems to have
+ issues with KWin.
+Further points of interest:
+- There are a couple of *runtime* dependencies that I did not add to the
+ ktown repository, but you may want to consider installing them yourself:
+ * vlc - will give phonon another backend to select from.
+ * python-twisted - required by kajongg to start & run.
+ * freerdp: access RDP servers through krdc.
+ All of these can be found in my regular package repository.
+- kde/kde4-extragear packages should be taken from slackware 14.2 or -current
+ (k3b, kaudiocreator, kplayer, kwebkitpart, oxygen-gtk2).
+- Lots of packages in the 'deps' department are completely new to Slackware.
+ Since KDE 5 aka Plasma 5 is built on Qt5 (KDE 4 uses 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 and the
+ new telepathy support packages (see below), these are the new ones:
+ OpenAL, PyQT5, cfitsio, grantlee-qt4, json-glib, libappindicator,
+ libdbusmenu-gtk, libdbusmenu-qt5, libdmtx, libindicator, libinput, libwacom,
+ libxkbcommon, lmdb, hack-font-ttf, ninja, noto-font-ttf, noto-cjk-font-ttf,
+ polkit-qt5-1, qca-qt5, qrencode, qt-gstreamer, qt5, qt5-webkit, sni-qt
+ and wayland.
+ The phonon package was extended so that it now supports both Qt4 and Qt5.
+- A completely new subset of "deps" packages, contained in their own
+ "telepathy" subdirectory, needed for KDE Telepathy:
+ libotr, libnice, farstream, libaccounts-glib, libaccounts-qt5,
+ signon, signon-plugin-oauth2, signon-ui, libsignon-glib, telegram-qt,
+ telepathy-glib, telepathy-farstream, telepathy-haze, telepathy-gabble,
+ telepathy-morse, telepathy-qt5, telepathy-logger, telepathy-logger-qt5,
+ telepathy-mission-control and telepathy-accounts-signon.
+- Telepathy for KDE packages are found in their own subdirectory kde/telepathy .
+- Also worth mentioning: the KF5 ports of ktorrent, skanlite and the KDE
+ Development Suite can be found in the kde/applications-extra directory.
+ Also kjots, previously contained in KDEPIM, has been separated into its
+ own package in the kde/applications-extra directory.
+If you install a 32bit program on a 64bit Slackware computer with multilib
+and that program needs legacy system tray support (think of Skype for
+instance), you will have to grab the 32-bit version of Slackware's
+'libdbusmenu-qt' and my ktown-deps package 'sni-qt', and run the
+'convertpkg-compat32 -i' command on them to create 'compat32' versions of these
+packages. Then install both 'libdbusmenu-qt-compat32' and 'sni-qt-compat32'.
+Those two are mandatory addons for displaying system tray icons of 32bit
+binaries in 64bit multilib Plasma5.
+Also explained in more detail below, upgrading to this KDE 5 is non-trivial.
+You will have to remove old KDE 4 packages manually. If you do not have KDE
+installed at all, you will have to *install* some of Slackware's own KDE 4
+packages manually.
+If you decide to install these packages on top of a fresh installation of
+ Slackware 14.2 or -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 'KDE' series, then you
+ can optionally install these Slackware packages as well:
+ * amarok
+ * k3b
+ * kaudiocreator
+ * kplayer
+ * kwebkitpart
+ * oxygen-gtk2
+If you had installed KDE 4 previously as your default desktop, the removal
+of KDE 4 packages will break the symbolic link '/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc'.
+An attempt to run 'startx' in a console will fail with a black screen.
+After installing Plasma 5 for the first time, you need to run 'xwmconfig'
+and select 'xinitrc.plasma' as your desktop session.
+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 14.2 or -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
+ # removepkg kdepimlibs
+ # removepkg kdevelop-php
+ # removepkg kdevelop-php-docs
+ ..or instead of the above, simply '# slackpkg remove kde' and de-select
+ the packages you want to keep (amarok, calligra, k3b etc).
+Alternativly, in case you are already using an older release of my KDE 5
+packages, you need to look up that particular release in the list right below
+(for instance: KDE 5_16.08) and then apply the actions shown for that KDE 5
+release *and* all more recent releases, i.e. work your way back up to this
+paragraph. Here we go:
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.12 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_17.01
+ If you are running Slackware-current, manually install or upgrade libinput
+ and libwacom to the Slackware versions.
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_17.01:
+ * removepkg kactivities
+ * removepkg nepomuk
+ * removepkg nepomuk-widgets
+ * removepkg gpgmepp
+ * removepkg kde-baseapps kdepim kdewebdev
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.11 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_16.12
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_16.12:
+ * removepkg baloo
+ * removepkg baloo-widgets
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.08 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.07 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_16.08
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_16.07:
+ * removepkg kdegraphics-strigi-analyzer
+ * removepkg kdenetwork-strigi-analyzers
+ * rempovepkg kdesdk-strigi-analyzers
+ * removepkg kdepimlibs libkdeedu mplayerthumbs
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.06 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_16.07
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_16.07:
+ * removepkg /var/log/packages/noto-font-ttf-2015-09-29-noarch-1alien
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.05 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.04 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.03 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_16.04
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_16.04:
+ * removepkg kactivities-workspace
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.02 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.01 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+Then proceed with installing/upgrading KDE 5 as outlined below.
+The example commands are for Slackware -current but you
+can use these commands for Slackware 14.2 as well by replacing the /current/
+string with /14.2/ in the example commandlines below:
+Instead of using the host you can pick any
+mirror like because a mirror may be faster.
+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.
+ # rsync -av rsync:// 5/
+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:// 5/
+If you want only the 32-bit packages:
+ # rsync -av --exclude=x86_64 rsync:// 5/
+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/deps/telepathy/*.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/deps/telepathy/*.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.
+If all you want is to install the packages I created, then you can skip the
+remainder of the README which details how to (re)compile the packages from
+their sources; it is not required reading material.
+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
+(downloading from a mirror will usually be much faster):
+ # rsync -av rsync:// 5/
+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 -
+ # cd 5/deps/telepathy
+ # ./telepathy.SlackBuild
+ # cd -
+Be prepared to wait a *long* time since this will compile a new Qt5 package
+among others. The finished packages will be stored in /tmp and will already
+have been installed/upgraded automatically.
+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 !
+Reboot your computer and login to a Plasma session.
+ Eric Hameleers / alien at slackware dot com / 26-jan-2017