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author Eric Hameleers <>2014-12-22 15:23:54 +0100
committer Eric Hameleers <>2014-12-22 15:23:54 +0100
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KDE 5 for Slackware current (post-14.1) (16sep2014)5
The KDE 5 Software Compilation no longer exists as such. The components are now: - Frameworks 5.2.0 - Plasma 5.0.2 These packages need to be installed on top of the most recent KDE 4.14.x because Applications tarballs which build on top of Frameworks and Plasma have not yet been released.
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@@ -1,108 +1,57 @@
-This is the KDE Software Compilation 4.14.3 for Slackware-current!
-No guarantees about its useability on Slackware 14.1... it will likely not work.
-What's new:
-This release includes the latest version of the Plasma Workspaces, 4.11.14.
-Kactivities was taken from the 4.13.3 sources because that too, is missing
-from KDE 4.14.
-This set of packages includes the most recent versions of the Calligra
-office suite and Kdevelop packages.
-There were some other noteworthy updates in the 'extragear' department:
-k3b, kdeconnect-kde, plasma-nm and partitionmanager.
-And I sneaked some stuff in, which may not be of interest to everyone. For
-phonon, phonon-getreamer, qt-gstreamer1 I have added Qt5 bindings so that you
-can use them with KDE 5. And I added a phonon-vlc package, which of course
-will only work if you also install my vlc package - some people prefer the
-vlc backend for phonon to the gstreamer or the ancient mplayer backend.
-How to upgrade:
-The upgrade from Slackware-current's own 4.10.5 will be trivial.
-The following Slackware packages outside KDE (the 'deps') need an update:
-- akonadi, attica, libssh, phonon, phonon-gstreamer, shared-desktop-ontologies
- and soprano.
-One new dependency was introduced in KDE 4.12:
-- LibRaw.
-Three new packages have been added for KDE 4.13:
-- eigen3, qt-gstreamer and xapian-core.
-Six new dependencies for KDE 4.14:
-- gstreamer1, gst1-plugins-base, gst1-plugins-good, libfakekey, orc and
- qt-gstreamer1.
-Removed dependency for KDE 4.14:
-- qt-gstreamer (since we moved to qt-gstreamer1).
-Four KDE packages have been removed since the KDE 4.10.5 of Slackware-current:
-- kdeadmin, kdetoys, kdesdk and kdenetwork have been split up into smaller
- individual packages in 4.11.
-Two packages were renamed in 4.12:
-- kwallet is now called kwalletmanager.
-- kdnssd became zeroconf-ioslave.
-New packages were added too, in KDE 4.13:
-- artikulate, baloo, baloo-widgets, kfilemetadata and kqtquickcharts.
-If you have installed the slackpkg+ extension to slackpkg and added my 'ktown'
-repository, then "slackpkg install ktown" should show you a list of new
-packages to install.
-Changes to Slackware's KDE:
-Noteworthy additions since Slackware's KDE are:
-- kdeconnect-kde, which is the counterpart of the Andriod application
- kdeconnect-android. KDE Connect allows your Android smartphone to
- interact with your KDE Desktop.
-- baloo, which is the next generation of the nepomuk project. It's responsible
- for handling user metadata such as tags, rating and comments.
- It also handles indexing and searching for files, emails, contacts, and so on.
- Automatic migration from nepomuk to baloo has been added to KDE 4.13.
-- plasma-nm: you have a choice of NetworkManager GUI now.
- The original 'networkmanagement' widget will ultimately be replaced by
- the new QML based 'plasma-nm' applet. The packages required for the
- Plasma NetworkManager applet are: libmm-qt, libnm-qt and plasma-nm itself.
-The artikulate package requires gstreamer-1. Slackware still comes with
-gstreamer-0.1 and therefore I added the gstreamer1 package to the 'deps'.
-The gstreamer 1.x and 0.1 versions can co-exist on the same system,
-so it should not be an intrusive addition.
-About the language packs (KDEI) - for Slackware 32-bit as well as 64-bit:
-* KDE localizations (language packs) are available in the "kdei" subdirectory.
- You only need one package (for your own language).
-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
- * polkit-kde-agent-1
- * polkit-kde-kcmodules-1
- And optionally install these as well:
- * amarok
- * kaudiocreator
- * kdevelop-pg-qt
- * kplayer
- * ktorrent
- * libktorrent
- * wicd-kde
-Sources and scripts have been separated from the packages in my 'ktown'
- repository starting with KDE 4.9-rc1. If you want the sources for
- 4.14.3, run the following command to download them:
- # rsync -av rsync:// .
+This is the testing ground for Slackware, of the KDE Frameworks 5.2.0 combined
+with Plasma 5.0.2.
+This is only useful if installed on top of Slackware -current and my KDE 4.14
+packages (plus dependencies). KDE5 is still a work in progress and needs the
+KDE4 applications, libraries and artwork.
+Plasma 5.0 is the next generation of KDE's desktop workspace.
+Plasma 5.0 improves support for high-DPI displays and comes with a "converged
+shell", i.e. one Plasma codebase for different target devices. Plasma 5 uses
+a new fully hardware-accelerated OpenGL(ES)graphics stack. Plasma 5 is built
+using Qt 5 and Frameworks 5.
+And with the Breeze themed artwork and its own Oxygen font, this desktop looks
+clean and modern.
+Note that you need to install KDE5 plus dependencies on top of an existing
+installation of KDE4 plus dependencies. Do not swap that install order!
+If you want to see the new graphical session (login) manager SDDM in action,
+add the following lines to the Slackware file "/etc/rc.d/rc.4" right after
+the line: echo "Starting up X11 session manager..."
+# --- 8< --------------------------------------
+if [ -x /usr/bin/sddm ]; then
+ exec /usr/bin/sddm
+# --- 8< --------------------------------------
+... and then switch to runlevel 4 by typing:
+ # init 4
+Select "KDE Plasma 5" from the SDDM session dropdown.
+Alternatively, if you prefer good old runlevel 3, you can type:
+ $ xwmconfig
+... and select "xinitrc.plasma" as your default window manager for X.
+Then run:
+ $ startx
+Sources and scripts are separated from the packages in my 'ktown' repository
+starting with KDE 4.9-rc1. If you want the sources for this KDE5 preview,
+run the following command to download them:
+ # rsync -av rsync:// .
Then if you want to compile the KDE packages on your computer, run:
- # cd 4.14.3/kde
+ # cd 5/kde
# ./KDE.SlackBuild
Wait a long time, and you will find the new packages in /tmp/kde-build .
@@ -112,34 +61,34 @@ But if all you want is the packages I created, then you can skip all of that.
-In order to install or upgrade to KDE 4.14.3, follow these steps:
+In order to install or upgrade KDE5, 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".
To make it easy for you, here is a one-line command that downloads the whole
-4.14.3 directory (excluding the sources), with 32-bit and 64-bit packages
+'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:// .
+ # 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:// .
+ # rsync -av --exclude=x86 rsync:// .
If you want only the 32-bit packages:
- # rsync -av --exclude=x86_64 rsync:// .
+ # rsync -av --exclude=x86_64 rsync:// .
Assuming you just downloaded the bits you want from the directory tree
-"4.14.3", you must now change your current directory to where you found this
-README (which is the directory called '4.14.3'). If you used one of the
+"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 4.14.3
+ # 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,
@@ -147,32 +96,14 @@ 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
- # removepkg kdeadmin
- # removepkg kdenetwork
- # removepkg kdesdk
- # removepkg kdetoys
- # removepkg kwallet
- # removepkg kdnssd
+ # 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
- # removepkg kdeadmin
- # removepkg kdenetwork
- # removepkg kdesdk
- # removepkg kdetoys
- # removepkg kwallet
- # removepkg kdnssd
- If you already have one or more non-english language packs installed:
- # 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
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/kde/*/*.t?z
+ No separate language packs are included with this preview!
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.
@@ -183,5 +114,5 @@ renamed or integrated and that is the reason for the 'removepkg' lines):
Then reboot your system.
- Eric Hameleers / alien at slackware dot com / 11-nov-2014
+ Eric Hameleers / alien at slackware dot com / 16-sep-2014