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KDE 4.11.3 ready for install

Here is KDE Software Compilation 4.11.3 – it was announced a little earlier today. The third incremental maintenance release for KDE 4.11 contains updates for Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform, and has eliminated over 120 bugs from the Window Manager KWin, the file manager Dolphin, the personal information management suite Kontact, the UML tool Umbrello, and others.

Packages are available for Slackware-current in the usual 32-bit and 64-bit flavours. I am running them on this very laptop and I find no flaws. I am also working on other interesting stuff, that is why it took a few hours to write the blog article. Be sure to be here when I publish the next one (hopefully tomorrow). One hint: SilverLight.

The new Plasma Network Management applet which I added to the previous KDE 4.11.2 set, has been seriously reworked by its developers, and the updated version I have as part of the new KDE 4.11.3 needs a bit of manual work if you are currently using that first version. After upgrade, you will notice that the old applet has transformed into a red cross and calls itself an “unknown applet”. Just remove it from the system tray and add the updated one (called again “Network Management v0.9.3.1”).

How to upgrade to KDE 4.11.3 ?

Note: you have to be running Slackware-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!

Where to find packages for KDE 4.11.3 ?

Download locations are listed below (you will find the sources in ./source/4.11.3/ and packages in /current/4.11.3/ 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!

Have fun! Eric


Comment from tdmsilvino
Posted: November 6, 2013 at 01:06

Tks Eric! Let’s download and keep Slackware awesome!

Comment from tdmsilvino
Posted: November 6, 2013 at 04:37

Eric, I just upgraded from KDE 4.10.5 (slackware-current 32bits stock) to KDE 4.11.3 provided by you. I setup slackpkg+ and added your ktown repository. The upgrade process was easy as this:
# slackpkg upgrade ktown && slackpkg install ktown
# removepkg kdeadmin kdetoys kdesdk kdenetwork
# removepkg /var/log/packages/kde-l10n*
And then I manually downloaded and installed the internationalization file for pt_BR from the x86_64 folder.
Again … tks for the packages!

Comment from tdmsilvino
Posted: November 6, 2013 at 04:41

More one note: by following your advice, all the commands were run from the runlevel 3.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: November 6, 2013 at 13:45

Thank you Eric!

Comment from Floreal
Posted: November 6, 2013 at 23:08

Thanks you a lot !!

Comment from Helios
Posted: November 7, 2013 at 07:04

Thanks you very much.
Everything works well.
But I saw no internationalization packages for calligra. But the old ones seem to work.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 7, 2013 at 09:14

There was no need for a recompile of calligra-l10n because I offer the same version of calligra as Slackware-current. Calligra only needed a recompile because of updated KDE libraries.


Comment from lems
Posted: November 12, 2013 at 17:15


thanks for these packages — they work great! Both with nvidia (desktop) and intel (laptop, 32 bit) graphics.

However, one question:
I’ve used the mirror and the MD5 sum of the FILELIST.TXT in CHECKSUMS.md5 is different from its real value.
Doing md5sum on FILELIST.TXT gives:

This breaks my script … Is this intended?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 14, 2013 at 17:08

Hi lems.

I have changed the logic of my repository script a little, so that the CHECKSUMS.md5 file is now created after the FILELIST.TXT.
That should cure your own script failure.


Comment from lems
Posted: November 15, 2013 at 07:27


thanks a lot, Alien BOB! Highly appreciated. I noticed that too in the multilib repository, restricted and alien/sbrepos worked fine. Thanks again.


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