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KDE 4.11.5 for Slackware 14.1

Last month I made packages available for KDE 4.12, for those of you who are adventurous and are running Slackware-current. But the older 4.11 series is also getting updated still. Today we are at release 4.11.5. If you are really curious, you can examine the list of changes and fixes in this release. This will not be the last update, either. The maintenance cycle ends with 4.11.9, to appear somewhere in April 2014. However the Workspaces (package name: kde-workspace) will get long-term support, until August 2015. This package is also used in KDE 4.12.x which does not have a versioned kde-workspace package itself (yes, I will update KDE 4.12 soon with a kde-workspace-4.11.5 package).

This is how it goes during the next couple of months: I will keep building packages for newer versions of KDE 4.12, and they will target Slackware-current. I will probably be building all the KDE 4.11 releases as well, but targeting Slackware 14.1 with these. I want to be a bit more conservative with KDE packages for the stable Slackware release.

With KDE 4.11 and 4.12 releases alternating, it may be possible that I do not have the time to build all the 4.11 updates, but I definitely will do the final 4.11.9.

There is a third track in KDE’s evolution and that is Plasma Workspaces. Just before Christmas, the KDE community revealed the first Technology Preview of Plasma2. Since this will not be available in any kind of stable form for a long time, I do not have any intention of building packages for it and will stick with the stable releases (I don’t do Betas either usually). If you really feel up to it, try compiling Plasma2 and share your experiences. I promise you a bumpy ride.

How to upgrade to KDE 4.11.5 ?

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 4.11.5 ?

Download locations are listed below (you will find the sources in ./source/4.11.5/ and packages in /14.1/4.11.5/ 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


  1. Floreal

    Thanks for this new release for slackware 14.1 🙂

  2. David

    KDE SC 4.11.5 works very well on -current.
    If I start Kompare, I get this error:
    kompare: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib64/kde4/ undefined symbol: _ZN5Diff216KompareModelListC1EP12DiffSettingsP7QWidgetP7QObjectPKc

    Anyone else can confirm this problem?

  3. lems


    thanks for these packages, Alien BOB. I see that there is a package for calligra 2.7.5, but I can’t find the corresponding language pack in …/x86_64/kdei for calligra, or does a package from Slackware’s kdei series suffice (haven’t tested)?

  4. lems

    Oh, I just found this in the README:

    “I also provide a recompiled version of the calligra package which is part of
    Slackware 14.1. This rebuild was needed because of some updated libraries
    in KDE 4.11 which break calligra-words. You can still use Slackware’s own
    language packs for calligra.”

    So problem solved, though I wonder where my calligra-l10n-de-2.7.5-noarch-1alien package comes from …


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