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KDE Software Compilation 4.9.2

In their usual unperturbed way, the KDE developers team released the next installment in the KDE Software Compilation 4.9.

This second update, version 4.9.2, offers improved stability in many applications, among which the Kontact suite, Dolphin and Plasma. Check out the release announcement or the release notes for more in-depth information.

If you are running Slackware 14 (just released this weekend) you can get your KDE 4.9.2 packages or better, find a mirror with better download speeds – I have listed them a bit further down.

Don’t try these packages with Slackware 13.37, lots of things will not work properly. Recompiling from source using my KDE.SlackBuild framework would be preferable. Better even, use the opportunity and upgrade to Slackware 14 !

The upgrade from Slackware’s KDE 4.8.5 to the new KDE 4.9.2 should be safe and fairly trivial, As always, follow the guidelines in the README and you’ll be OK.

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 one exception: I applied a patch which disables TLS compression by default which should safeguard against the “CRIME” SSL attack.
  • 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.
  • A noteworthy feature in KDE 4.9 has been added to Okular, the document viewer in KDE. Many people will cheer: Okular is now able to save the annotations you make to PDF files.

These KDE 4.9.2 packages are available for download from my “ktown” repository and several mirrors (taper is up-to-date, the rest will get updated within 24 hours):

And to conclude this post…

A new version of LibreOffice has been available for several weeks now. I promised to have a look at the 3.6 series after Slackware 14 would have been released. Well, I am currently compiling packages for LibreOffice 3.6.1 on Slackware 13.37 in an attempt to reach as many people as possible (running Slackware 13.37 as well as 14). Keep your eyes open for my next post!

Have fun! Eric



Comment from StreamThreader
Posted: October 2, 2012 at 20:41

Thanks Eric! Faster then light )

Comment from ozone89
Posted: October 2, 2012 at 22:50

you know you’re evil, right?
’cause I’ve just had 4.9.1 installed, when *ping* greader warned me about .2 😀

Comment from RunningSlack
Posted: October 2, 2012 at 22:55

Just upraded my laptop to Slackware 14 and immediately onto KDE 4.9.2! A whole lot of awesomeness. Thanx Eric!

Comment from escaflown
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 02:47

In his usual unperturbed way, Eric released the next installment in the KDE Software Compilation 4.9 slackBuilds… 🙂
Thanks Eric!

Comment from marnold
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 05:00

Thanks, Eric! The upgrade couldn’t have been any smoother.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 05:23

Thank you Eric! Downloading it right now 🙂

Comment from David
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 09:00

Thanks Eric!

I see you’ve released libreoffice-3.6.1 packages, but I’m not able to find them.
In I see only “13.37” folder with 3.5.6 version… can you help me?

Comment from Gabriel Yong
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 09:05

Thanks! Installed onto my laptop and run smoothly.
One thing to ask: why should i download the whole 4.9.2 directory which included both x86 & x86_64bits, while i needed to install the _64bits? i might able to reduce the downoload time?

Comment from StreamThreader
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 09:28

After install a have problem while run DigiKam
digikam: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Comment from StreamThreader
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 09:32

Resolve temporatory – ln -s /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/

Comment from StreamThreader
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 09:34

NO, need recompile DigiKam.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 10:17

Hi Gabriel

Of course, you can skip the packages that you do not need. If you only need the 64-bit packaes you don’t need the 32-bit packages.
But I purposefully decided not to make my download/install/upgrade instructions more complex, because some people are _already_ complaining that it is complex…

If you want to limit the download you can add “–exclude=x86” to the rsync commandline in order to skip the complee directory tree with 32-bit packages.


Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 10:26

Hi David

See my newer post, about LibreOffice. When I wrote the KDE 4.9.2 post, I said I was compiling LibreOffice, not that I already uploaded the packages.

New LibreOffice packages have been compiled so that users of both Slackware 13.37 and 14 can use them.


Comment from David
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 11:18

I’ve asked libreoffice package because I’ve received rss notification of your changelog 🙂

As usual, thanks

Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 3, 2012 at 11:34

Ah, when I upload new stuff, the ChangeLog files are small and also sent first. The LibreOffice files take a _lot_ longer to upload. The bandwidth to the server is pretty limited. I guess you looked too soon.


Comment from Beelzebud
Posted: October 5, 2012 at 18:49

Thanks for everything you do, Eric! It it greatly appreciated.

Comment from svily0
Posted: October 10, 2012 at 09:47

Thanks Eric!

I can’t get any of the plasmoids running…

svily0@laptop:~$ qmlviewer -I /usr/lib64/kde4/ /usr/share/apps/plasma/plasmoids/battery/contents/ui/batterymonitor.qml
Qml debugging is enabled. Only use this in a safe environment!
file:///usr/share/apps/plasma/plasmoids/battery/contents/ui/batterymonitor.qml:22:1: module “org.kde.plasma.core” is not installed
import org.kde.plasma.core 0.1 as PlasmaCore

Comment from svily0
Posted: October 10, 2012 at 10:05

Actually the above is a wrong way to test whether any plasmoid loads.
The problem I have is with the Device Notifier – it doesn’t show any attached devices, just stays empty all the time.

Comment from Nicola
Posted: October 10, 2012 at 23:32

Hi Eric,
thanks, now it works perfectly

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