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!
- 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