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+Here is KDE 5_18.04 for Slackware, consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.45.0,
+Plasma 5.12.4 and Applications 18.04.0 on top of Qt 5.9.5.
+Upgrading from the previous 5_18.03 is relatively straight-forward.
+KDE-5_18.04 is meant to be installed on top of Slackware -current.
+It will *replace* any version of KDE 4 you might have installed!
+The Plasma 5 Desktop has gotten rid of its Qt4 legacy. Since the release of
+Applications 17.12 there's nothing left which is based on kdelibs4.
+What is the NEWS in this batch of updates:
+- The mass-rebuild of slackware-current made it necessary to act on some
+ packages in the 'deps' section. I upgraded gpgme, mlt, poppler and qt5
+ to a newer version; and I added QScintilla to extend the package available
+ in Slackware with support for Qt5.
+- Frameworks update is a stability release, see:
+ .
+- Plasma is a stability update as well. See:
+ .
+ I compiled plasma5-nm against openconnect so that it picks up support for
+ it. However I did not add openconnect to the 'deps' section, you need
+ to install it separately if you need it.
+- In plasma-extra the 'kdeconnect-framework' package was updated.
+- Applications 18.04.0 is the start of a new round of improvements.
+ Two new packages are available starting with 18.04: 'kamoso' which is a
+ webcam recorder, and a backup program 'kbackup'. The instant messenger
+ client Kopete was ported to KF5 and is contained in the source distribution,
+ but I was unable to compile it. Perhaps more luck next month. Finally,
+ the hex editor 'okteta' moved to the 'applications-extra' section because
+ its developer no longer wants to be tied to Application release windows.
+ See .
+- In applications-extra I have upgraded 'kdiagram' and 'krita'.
+Same old same old:
+Further points of interest:
+- If you have a KDE4-based application that needs library support on this
+ Plasma 5 desktop, let me know which of the removed packages needs to return
+ in 'kde/kde4'!
+- 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.
+ * freerdp: access RDP servers through krdc.
+ * openconnect: support for Cisco's SSL VPN.
+ All of these can be found in my regular package repository.
+- There's no more need to install any KDE4 package from Slackware 14.2.
+- 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, accountsservice, cfitsio, cracklib, cryptopp, cryfs, ddcutil,
+ dvdauthor, frei0r-plugins, grantlee-qt4, hack-font-ttf, id3lib, json-glib,
+ lensfun, libappindicator, libburn, libdbusmenu-gtk, libdbusmenu-qt5, libdmtx,
+ libindicator, libinput, libpwquality, libwacom, libxkbcommon, lmdb, mlt,
+ ninja, noto-font-ttf, noto-cjk-font-ttf, opencv, polkit-qt5-1, qca-qt5,
+ qrencode, qt-gstreamer, qt5, qt5-webkit, qtav, sni-qt, vid.stab and wayland.
+ As a side note, libinput libwacom and ninja have become part
+ of Slackware-current.
+ Technically that makes them redundant in the above listing, however I still
+ compile Plasma5 packages for Slackware 14.2 so I left them in.
+ The phonon and poppler packages were extended so that they now support
+ Qt5 as well as Qt4.
+ Note that the SBo version of 'frei0r-plugins' package is called 'frei0r'.
+ If you have that SBo package installed, remove it.
+- 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 .
+- KDEI is gone. The localizations are now embedded in each package and
+ no longer available as separate 'kdei' packages. This is a by design.
+ You will get all languages installed by default.
+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 had installed KDE 4 as your default desktop previously, 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.
+If you install a 32bit program on a 64bit Slackware computer with multilib
+and that program needs legacy system tray support (think of Steam 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.
+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 to return to the console.
+If your computer boots to runlevel 4 (graphical login) you first have to go
+back to runlevel 3 (console) after logging out. Press <Ctrl><Alt><F1> to
+switch to a console, logon there, and execute the command "init 3" to
+switch from runlevel 4 to 3, thereby effectively stopping X.
+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 amarok
+ # removepkg kscreen
+ # removepkg kactivities
+ # removepkg kde-workspace
+ # removepkg kdeconnect-kde
+ # removepkg kdepim
+ # removepkg kdepimlibs
+ # removepkg kdev-python
+ # removepkg kdevelop-php
+ # removepkg kdevelop-php-docs
+ # removepkg libkscreen
+ # removepkg libmm-qt
+ # removepkg libnm-qt
+ # removepkg plasma-nm
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-agent-1
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-kcmodules-1
+ # removepkg wicd-kde
+ ... or instead of the above, simply run 'slackpkg remove kde'.
+Alternatively, 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_17.10) 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. Note that some of the old KDE package names were obsoleted along
+the way, they were split up, renamed or integrated and that is the reason
+for some of the 'removepkg' lines you'll see below.
+Here we go:
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_18.03 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_18.02 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_18.01 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.12 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_18.01
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_18.01:
+ # removepkg kdevplatform
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.11 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_17.12
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_17.12:
+ [applications]
+ # removepkg libkface blogilo jovie kaccessible ksaneplugin kde-runtime
+ # removepkg kremotecontrol kppp kfilereplace klinkstatus kopete
+ [kde4]
+ # removepkg akonadi4 katepart4 kdepimlibs4 kfilemetadata konsolepart4
+ # removepkg korundum kross-interpreters libkdegames4 libkexiv2_4
+ # removepkg libkmahjongg4 libksane4 oktetapart4 perlkde perlqt pykde4
+ # removepkg qtruby smokegen smokekde smokeqt
+ [kde4-extragear]
+ # removepkg audiocd-kio4 kio-mtp libkcddb4 libkcompactdisc4
+ [kdei]
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/kde-l10n-*
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.10 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.09 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.07 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.06 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.05_02 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.05 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.04 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.03 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_17.04
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_17.04:
+ # removepkg kajongg
+ # removepkg kommander
+ # removepkg pim-storage-service-manager
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.02 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_17.01 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+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 kdgantt2
+ # 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
+ # removepkg kde-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.
+If you have my 'ktown' set older than KDE 5_16.01 installed:
+- Really?
+Then proceed with installing/upgrading KDE 5 as outlined below.
+The example commands below are for Slackware -current but you can use
+these commands for Slackware 14.2 as well; by replacing the /current/
+string with /14.2/ (provided there is a suitable 'ktown' release available
+for Slackware 14.2 of course):
+Instead of using the mirror host (its rsync URI
+is rsync://, you could choose the alternative
+mirror (its rsync URI is
+If you use 'slackpkg' to automate your upgrades, be sure to blacklist my
+custom packages or else slackpkg will always try to replace my packages
+with the stock Slackware versions if the package names are identical.
+As an example, you can add the following lines to the file
+"/etc/slackpkg/blacklist" to prevent this unintentional downgrading to KDE4:
+ # These three lines will blacklist all SBo, alien and multilib packages:
+ [0-9]+_SBo
+ [0-9]+alien
+ [0-9]+compat32
+If on the other hand you are using the 'slackpkg+' extension for slackpkg
+then your "/etc/slackpkg/blacklist" file should *not* contain the above
+lines! The slackpkg+ extension enables the use of 3rd-party repositories
+with slackpkg and then Plasma5 package upgrades will be handled properly.
+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 -Hav 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.
+If you want only the 64-bit packages:
+ # rsync -Hav --exclude=x86 rsync:// 5/
+If you want only the 32-bit packages:
+ # rsync -Hav --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:
+ 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
+ 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 -Hav 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 hopefully (have not tested the scripts
+'updates.SlackBuild' and 'alldeps.SlackBuild' in a long time) as easy as this:
+ # 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 / 20-apr-2018