June installment of KDE Plasma5 for Slackware, includes Plasma 5.16

Sometimes, stuff just works without getting into kinks. That’s how I would like to describe the June release of Plasma5 for Slackware, KDE-5_19.06.

I built new Plasma5 packages in less than two days. I did not run into build issues, there was no need for a bug hunt. The Ryzen compiled and compiled, and then the power went out in the building today… but still, moments ago I uploaded KDE-5_19.06 to my ‘ktown‘ repository. As always, these packages are meant to be installed on a full installation of Slackware-current which has had its KDE4 removed first. These packages will not work on Slackware 14.2.

What’s new in this June 2019 release

This month’s KDE Plasma5 for Slackware contains the KDE Frameworks 5.59.0, Plasma 5.16.0 and Applications 19.04.2. All this on top of Qt 5.12.3.

I needed to add one new package here,  ‘quazip’, which was required by the latest version of Krita.

Frameworks 5.59.0 is an incremental stability release, see: https://www.kde.org/announcements/kde-frameworks-5.59.0.php

Plasma 5.16.0 is the start of a new development cycle for the Desktop part of KDE. See https://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.16.0.php. In creating the 5.16 release, the focus has been to make Plasma smoother, as well as more intuitive and consistent to use.
A few highlights: the Networks widget is now faster and more reliable to refresh Wi-Fi networks; the Desktop notification system has been completely rewritten; and there’s initial support for using Wayland with proprietary Nvidia drivers.
Once I upgrade the Qt5 package to 5.13 (not released yet) I want to create a new ‘testing’ repository focusing on Wayland support.

Applications 19.04.2 is a stability and bugfix update for the 19.04 cycle. See https://www.kde.org/announcements/announce-applications-19.04.2.php.

I upgraded ‘krita’ and ‘kstars’ to their latest releases.

Where to get it

Download the KDE-5_19.06 from the usual location at https://slackware.nl/alien-kde/current/latest/ . Check out the README file in the root of the repository for detailed installation or upgrade instructions.

A new ISO of the Slackware Live Plasma5 Edition should be available in a couple of hours (all the ISOs there are based on liveslak- and slackware-current dated “Wed Jun 12 02:51:04 UTC 2019“).
You will find the ISO at https://slackware.nl/slackware-live/latest/

Have fun! Eric

17 thoughts on “June installment of KDE Plasma5 for Slackware, includes Plasma 5.16

  1. Thanks, Eric, It just keeps getting better and better. Flawless upgrade here too. What a pleasure.

  2. I usually wait till weekends to upgrade, to do it in a more relaxed state and after backups.
    But I was eagerly awaiting Plasma 5.16, and who needs to sleep anyway? 🙂

    Upgrading right now, thank you so much!

  3. I deleted my efat-utils and fuse-exfat SlackBuild packages. I used to have to mount.exfat my Kingston memory chip on the USB bus. Now there are three mounts that weren’t there before:
    fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections,
    gvfsd-fuse on /tmp/xdg-runtime-/gvfs, and
    /dev/sdb1 on /run/media/… type fuseblk

    I don’t know if this is a feature of the new kernel or Plasma, but I like it!

    Looking forward to Wayland. No hurry, I know how long it takes to build Qt from source.

    1. I was somewhat premature in omitting the fuse-exfat package. The card reader does require it. The difference in the current framework is that I no longer have to manually invoke mount.exfat, dolphin now mounts the exfat partition automatically upon selection of its Removable Devices entry.. This is indeed a new feature. Thank you, Buildmaster Hameleers!

  4. Hi Eric, thanks for the updates. Everything works smoothly on the desktop.

    While upgrading the tools for a scanned PDF OCR script, I encountered an issue with installing RMagick, which seems to be traced to one of your packages. The command ‘gem install rmagick’ gave this error:
    Can’t install RMagick 3.1.0. Can’t find ImageMagick with pkg-config.

    Looking at the file RMagick/extconf.rb shows that it parses the output of ‘pkg-config –list-all’; however, this output of this command was empty on my system. I found a hint somewhere to use ‘pkg-config –list-all –print-errors’, which gave the result:
    Package ‘Qt5WebKit’ has no Description: field.

    I added the line ‘Description: Qt5WebKit’ to /usr/lib64/pkgconfig/Qt5WebKit.pc. Running ‘pkg-config –list-all –print-errors’ again pointed to a similar fix for /usr/lib64/pkgconfig/Qt5WebKitWidgets.pc. Finally, ‘pkg-config –list-all’ gives a list of modules and ‘gem install rmagick’ completes without an error. Both of these .pc files are in the qt5-webkit-5.212.0_alpha2-x86_64-4alien package. I don’t know what the correct fix is, just thought I would bring it up here.

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  6. Hi Eric,
    I seem to have a sound problem with KDE and Thunderbird. There is no notifications setting for a login or logout event sound. Thunderbird does not play a sound. Movies and Music play just fine with Dragon or VLC. I haven’t changed any settings and I just noticed this today.

    I downloaded again and reinstalled – installed-new and no such luck. Not sure where to look or what I may be missing.

  7. I found that the device was muted in System Settings. I had not been into System Settings, so I have no clue as to why that happened. Now it seems I have a font problem. Didn’t have that until I turned on the sound device. Crap. Fonts are something I never mess with. I have always used the default, and I have no idea what the default font stuff is for Slackware.

    I do have Slackware in a VM that I can check.

  8. It works good.
    I discovered that the frei0r-plugins are required for full function of kdenlive even though kdenlive is part of KDE.
    Not a complaint. I just write it here in case someone else needs that and is puzzled.
    I learned it by running kdenlive in a terminal window.

  9. Regnad, the frei0r-plugins package is in the ktown ‘deps’ section specifically for kdenlive, and kdenlive was compiled against it of course.
    In my blog post of March 2017 I wrote about adding kdenlive and digikam:

    Also six entirely new ones to support digikam and kdenlive: lensfun, opencv, frei0r-plugins, vid.stab, dvdauthor and mlt. You may already have one or more of these installed from SBo, so make sure to upgrade to my ‘ktown‘ versions to prevent breakage in digikam and kdenlive. Notably, the SBo version of my ‘frei0r-plugins‘ package is called ‘frei0r‘.
    The two packages that required the addition of these new dependencies: ‘digikam‘ (in kde/applications-extra) and ‘kdenlive‘ (in kde/applications) were on my TODO for a long time, but they depended on ffmpeg (amongst others) and although I have been adding many dependency packages to ‘ktown’, a ffmpeg package was one bridge too far. Now that Slackware (in the -current development tree) finally has its own ‘ffmpeg’ package, I decided to go ahead and investigate what else was required to finally add digikam/kdenlive.

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