KDE 4.5.0 is available!
… and I can offer you packages for KDE Software Compilation 4.5.0 for Slackware-current. The 4.5.0 packages are accompanied by a README which explains the straight-forward installation/upgrade steps. As always, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.
This marks another milestone for the KDE project with numerous improvements to the KDE 4.4 which we have in Slackware at the moment. Congratulations to everyone who helped in making this release possible, even if its release date slipped a bit instead of delivering on time as usual. The delay allowed for the fix of a few severe application bugs, so in the end we all benefit.
You will need to run Slackware-current dated Saturday July 31, 2010 or newer. My packages for KDE 4.5.0 are not guaranteed to work on Slackware 13.1, so if you want KDE 4.5.0 you are encouraged to upgrade to Slackware-current!
The additional dependencies which you have to take care of on slackware-current (i.e. non-KDE and/or non-Slackware packages) are limited to just one package, thanks to Pat Volkerding who applied several updates to Slackware-current recently – so that the requirements for running KDE 4.5.0 would be met from the start. That single remaining dependency is libdbusmenu-qt (which does not yet exist in Slackware). You’ll find it in the “deps” directory.
If you are adventurous and want to try this on Slackware 13.1 anyway, I think you could get lucky by installing/upgrading the packages which you will find in the “deps” directory of my KDE 4.4.5 package repository for Slackware 13.1. Basically, all those updated “deps” packages are are the real difference between Slackware-13.1 and slackware-current at this moment.
The kdepim and kdepim-runtime packages are not part of KDE 4.5.0 !!
The PIM developers decided that their applications are not yet stable enough to get included, and instead you are encouraged to keep the kdepim and kdepim-runtime packages of Slackware 13.1 (version 4.4.3) or slackware-current (version 4.4.5).
There is one caveat: the consequence is that you will only be able to use the english localization of kdepim, because the language files are contained in the kde-l10n-* packages of the old version. You can not install that in parallel with the 4.5.0 version of your language files. Perhaps I will try and split off the kdepim language files into separate packages, if I have the time (unfortunately at this moment I do not have that luxury).
If you have been running my previous alpha or beta builds of KDE 4.5.0, and if you experience strange application or plasma behaviour in 4.5.0, try with a fresh user profile. Data migration from KDE 4.4.x to 4.5.0 should not be an issue, but there may be some incompatible changes during the early betas, as mentioned by Maciej on Aaron Seigo’s blog.
And in case you think, “what a strange location for the packages, why have they not been placed in the ‘ktown’ repository“… that is a good question! By the time this post appears on my blog, I will not be connected to the Internet. Therefore I have scheduled this post to be published in the future after I finished compiling. And since I could not make the packages publicly available ahead of the official release, I decided to hide them in plain sight… Once I get my Internet back I will move the 4.5.0 packages to the correct location, which is indeed my ktown repository.
Update (22-aug-2010): the 4.5.0 directory has finally been moved into my ktown repository and I have updated the links in this article which point to it.