Even though the KDE community has already made available a Release Candidate for the upcoming KDE 4.12, they also continue with the bugfix releases for the 4.11 series. Yesterday saw the source code release of KDE Software Compilation 4.11.4, as announced on kde.org. This is again a maintenance release, containing updates for Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform. Note that the KDE 4.11 Workspaces will continue to receive updates for the next two years – from what I understood, its version will remain 4.11 while KDE SC moves on to 4.12 and onwards.
Since the release of KDE 4.11.3 last month, we were also treated to Slackware 14.1 so it made sense to build the new Slackware packages on Slackware 14.1. They will of course work just as well on slackware-current since that has not diverged all that much from the stable release.
How to upgrade to KDE 4.11.4 ?
Note: you have to be running Slackware 14.1 (or current)! These packages are not suited for Slackware 14.0.
You will find all the installation/upgrade instructions that you need in the accompanying README file. That README also contains basic information for KDE recompilation using the provided SlackBuild script You are strongly advised to read and follow these installation/upgrade instructions!
Note that you can also use slackpkg+ (the 3rd-party repository extension to slackpkg) for these upgrades if you want, it makes the process a bit easier for the less seasoned Slacker.
Where to find packages for KDE 4.11.4 ?
Download locations are listed below (you will find the sources in ./source/4.11.4/ and packages in /14.1/4.11.4/ subdirectories). Using a mirror is preferred because you get more bandwidth from a mirror and it’s friendlier to the owners of the master server!
- http://alien.slackbook.org/ktown/ (the master repository), rsync URI: rsync://alien.slackbook.org/alien/ktown/
- http://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/alien-kde/ (my fast US mirror), rsync URI: rsync://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/alien-kde/
- http://repo.ukdw.ac.id/alien-kde/ (willysr’s Indonesian mirror), rsync URI: rsync://repo.ukdw.ac.id/alien-kde/
- http://slackware.org.uk/people/alien-kde/ (fast UK based mirror, run by Darren Austin), rsync URI: rsync://slackware.org.uk/people/alien-kde/
Have fun! Eric