A few days ago, the first release candidate of KDE 4.11 was made public – in source format of course. The source version is “4.10.95”. I had an updated KDE.SlackBuild framework ready since the first beta. A re-work was needed because KDE 4.11 splits another four of the big packages in a lot of smaller individual program packags: kdeadmin, kdetoys, kdesdk and kdenetwork.
I took the bait and built KDE 4.11 RC1 on Slackware-current. Uneventful as always if you have the proper KDE.SlackBuild ; I added the new Calligra 2.7.0 (still waiting for the official release announcement but I decided that I have waited long enough) and proposed the new build to Pat. I needed to know if he had plans for Slackware-current. We agreed on Slackware-current sticking with KDE 4.10 for now, and I would upload the package set to my ‘ktown‘ repository.
So here we are, and I can offer you KDE 4.11 RC1 for Slackware-current. Note that this is not going to work on Slackware 14.0 ! If you are eager to try out what’s going to become KDE 4.11 I encourage you to upgrade your Slackware to what will become 14.1 🙂
What’s new in KDE 4.11 RC1 ?
It is recommended to read the feature plan for the new 4.11 series. Most notable changes are the expansion of the use of Qt Quick (the application framework which includes the interpreter language QML), faster Nepomuk indexing (many people keep complaining about Nepomuk), many Kontact improvements, and the start of support for the Wayland compositor in KWin (the window manager of KDE) as well as OpenGL improvements. Overheard during Akademy 2013 (held in Bilbao, ended yesterday) was the fact that KWin may depend on SystemD in future. Bad move, kDE!
How to upgrade to KDE 4.11 RC1 ?
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. Earlier blog posts have more information on rebuilding from source and upgrading from Slackware’s own KDE.
You are strongly advised to read and follow these installation/upgrade instructions!
Where to find packages?
Download locations are listed below (you will find the sources in ./source/4.10.95/ and packages in /current/4.10.95/ 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