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I posted new KDE 4.5.3 packages

KDE 4.5.3

Yesterday, KDE team released version 4.5.3 of the KDE Software Compilation.

I have created Slackware packages for the new release. I am fairly certain that Slackware -current will be updated to this version as well, but at the moment I do not have a time frame for that. Before it gets added, I expect that slackware-current has other updates first.

In the meantime, you can download and install my packages and play around. There are stability and speed improvements so it is strongly advised to update if you were already running my KDE 4.5.2 packages. Just like with the previous set of 4.5.2 packages I created, you do not have to update or install any additional packages. A fully up to date Slackware-current (32-bit or 64-bit) is all you need.

Read the installation/upgrade instructions for my KDE 4.5.3 packages first. Then, get my packages,



Enjoy, Eric


Comment from escaflown
Posted: November 4, 2010 at 13:30

Thanks Eric!

Comment from Nick Blizzard
Posted: November 4, 2010 at 14:29

Sweet. Can’t wait to check this out 🙂

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: November 4, 2010 at 14:30

Asian mirror:

Pingback from how to update KDE / make gkrellm transparent (got the theme, but it does not work)
Posted: November 4, 2010 at 15:14

[…] Well KDE 4.5.3 packages are already pre-built and released for Kubuntu (10.10), openSUSE (11.2 and 11.3), and they're "scheduled" for addition to Slackware-current any day now. If you really can't wait, try getting them here:…-5-3-packages/ […]

Comment from Ralph
Posted: November 4, 2010 at 19:31


Is it possible to install KDE4-4.5.3 without upgrading to the new gcc/glibc?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 4, 2010 at 21:57

@Ralph –
You do not need the new gcc packages for KDE4, however the slackware-current kernel has been built with the new gcc. If you stick to the old gcc you will not be able to compile additional kernel modules. Another thing: gcc update happened 3 weeks ago and a lot of additional changes occurred since then. I would not advise to install my KDE 4.5.3 packages on a slackware-current system that is as far outdated as yours apparently is.

And the new glibc is something you’ll definitely need if you want to run these KDE 4.5.3 packages.


Comment from Igor
Posted: November 5, 2010 at 03:23

Hi Eri,
Please check the taper mirror:

/usr/bin/rsync -avz –progress –delete rsync:// /my/path

receiving incremental file list
alien-kde -> /mirrors.local/alien-kde

sent 32 bytes received 685 bytes 204.86 bytes/sec
total size is 24 speedup is 0.03

Comment from mlangdn
Posted: November 5, 2010 at 05:06

Thanks Eric! Downloading now, but will have to wait until morning. I’m sleepy. 🙂

Comment from rahulrp
Posted: November 5, 2010 at 07:41

Are there no deps for 4.5.3?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 5, 2010 at 08:35

@Igor –

You need to add a slash at the end:
/usr/bin/rsync -avz –progress –delete rsync:// /my/path/alien-kde/


Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 5, 2010 at 08:35

@rahulrp –

Like I already wrote in the blog article: “you do not have to update or install any additional packages”…


Comment from gene
Posted: November 10, 2010 at 19:37

Thanks for the packages, Eric! On a related note, what are teh odds that Qt 4.7 is going to make it into -current in the near future? It’s needed to make kwebkit work properly, and for the newer versions of rekonq.

Comment from icebox
Posted: November 17, 2010 at 08:15

Updating to the latest -current broke kde for me. It misses liblzma (sorry, writting from memory as I am now at work)

Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 17, 2010 at 09:00

@icebox –

The aaa_elflibs package should have been upgraded as well (it should have been the first package to upgrade actually) unfortunately slackpkg has that package blacklisted.

You can still upgrade aaa_elflibs now, but in that case at least also “upgrade –reinstall” the following two packages to fix broken symlinks: lvm2 and e2fsprogs.

You can also apply the package updates published on “Tue Nov 16 23:38:13 UTC 2010”. That update has yet another aaa_elflibs update as well as an updated lvm2 package.


Pingback from Installed The Latest Changes to Current and…… – Page 7
Posted: November 17, 2010 at 19:23

[…] "current" moved up to KDE 4.5.3?/QUOTE] 4.5.3 is available courtesy of Alien Bob at,…-5-3-packages/ […]

Comment from Anderson
Posted: December 9, 2010 at 14:54

Where is the Kde 4.6? 😀


Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 9, 2010 at 15:49

@Anderson –

There is no KDE 4.6 yet.
There is a 4.6-beta2 which requires some additional dependencies. I am building 64-bit packages at this moment. I will test those first, before I create another set for 32-bit slackware-current.


Comment from Anderson
Posted: December 9, 2010 at 18:45

Hey Eric.
Thanks for your answer (Sorry my poor english, I’m a brazilian guy 😉 ).
I wanted to say 4.6-beta2.
I wait for the 32-bits packages.
Congratulations for you work, thanks again.

Comment from Louis
Posted: December 20, 2010 at 03:27

Hi Eric! I am trying to update my home theater PC (slack64-13.1) to KDE 4.5.3 (currently running KDE4.4.3) to fix minor bugs and cant find your 4.5.3 packages…

I am not interested in beta packages (4.5.85) since I treat this machine as an appliance.

Thanks and good work!

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 20, 2010 at 09:50

@Louis –

The KDE 4.5.3 packages were not meant for Slackware 13.1. I created those packages for slackware-current. When KDE 4.5.4 was added to slackware-current, it made my 4.5.3 packages redundant. That’s when I replaced them with 4.5.85 packages.


Comment from Louis
Posted: December 22, 2010 at 01:36


so to fix some minor bugs I have with 4.4.3 under slack64 13.1, what would you recommend? People at KDE-bugs recommended to test KDE 4.6 or anything just as new… Would you think your 4.5.85 packages result in a broken machine? My understanding is that 4.5.85 is not considered stable right?

Thanks again for replying!

Comment from alienbob
Posted: December 22, 2010 at 14:45

@Louis –

Two things: KDE 4.5.85 is a beta version and contains bugs that may be worse than the ones you are experiencing now.
Furthermore, the packages I created for KDE 4.5.85 will not work with Slackware 13.1, you need Slackware-current (or soon Slackware 13.2) for that.

If I were you, I’d wait a little and then upgrade to Slackware 13.2. By then I will have packages for a stable KDE 4.6 (that version will not be part of the upcoming stable Slackware release) or you can of course stick with the next Slackware’s KDE 4.5.4 which is very stable.


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