I was busy with other stuff and luckily I had already built my packages, but today the KDE team released the KDE Software Compilation 4.9.3 and I had to be reminded by reading Willy’s tweet about it. I have uploaded my new stuff and it is now available for download.
This is again a bugfix and improved stability release, so an upgrade from 4.9.2 should be painless. The translations have been improved as well. The release notes will have more details if you want to read them.
My packages are for Slackware 14 (and -current) and if you are still on 13.37 and want a more modern KDE, you’ll have a lot of work hunting down required updates for KDE dependencies… my advice is to upgrade to Slackware 14 now! And then grab my KDE 4.9.3 packages from my master repository or better, use one of the (faster) mirror servers, see below.
I have updated the guidelines for upgrading to this release of KDE in the accompanying README (some people wanted explicit instructions for downloading only the packages for the architecture they are running) and you are strongly advised to read and follow them.
Highlights for the new set of Slackware packages:
- You will find five updated dependencies compared to Slackware’s own KDE 4.8.5: akonadi, qt, shared-desktop-ontologies, soprano, virtuoso-ose. The qt package is basically the same as Slackware 14, with some additional patches: I applied a patch which disables TLS compression by default which should safeguard against the “CRIME” SSL attack , and I applied a patch which is needed to fix crashes in kdevelop (QTBUG-27322 and QTBUG-23871).
- The qt and akonadi packages have been refreshed since my previous KDE 4.9.2 package set.
- I have added some upgrades to the “extragear” of KDE: you will find new versions of kdevelop and kdevplatform, as well as oxygen-gtk2.
- I have added a new package, oxygen-gtk3, which should give any software which uses the GTK+3 widget set a nice integrated look and feel when you run it in KDE.
- Compared to KDE 4.8.5, there were two package removals:
- kdemultimedia has been split up into several smaller individual packages.
- ksecrets has been removed completely in the 4.9.x series.
Download locations (using a mirror is preferred):
- 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 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/
A word of warning… I have not yet installed and tested these packages myself 🙂 Please tell me about anything that is not right.
And to all US citizens, congratulations with the re-election of Barack Obama as your President.
Have fun! Eric