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Progressing with KDE 4.7.0

Quick teaser… I am progrressing well with my modular KDE SlackBuild script as you can see if you examine the screenshot closely.

I am currently rebuilding the 32-bit package-set to verify that everything can be built in one command and without further interaction. I am running the 64-bit version of KDE 4.7.0 on this laptop while I am posting the article, and the package count has gone up to 75… which includes 6 packages of “extragear”, where kplayer is a new package to provide us with a decent KDE front-end to mplayer. All is looking good so far! I hope to get these packages out in time for the Slackers who will be attending the Desktop Summit in Berlin, next weekend.

Cheers, Eric


Comment from Wild Wizard
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 02:11

Nice to see you have directed your attention to KDE 4.7 Eric.

If your interested here is my latest kde 4.7 build setup which includes a Build.kde script to build the thing in one go.

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 03:08

Thanks for the efforts Eric πŸ™‚

Comment from Nille
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 03:41

Yay \o/ I was worried about that the “Gnomisation” of KDE would make it an no no.
“the package count has gone up to 75”, That’s scary.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 05:59

Thank you Eric!

Comment from David
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 07:05

Great news Eric πŸ™‚
Thanks a lot

Comment from Klemen
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 07:41

Thank you so very much for all your amazing work packaging KDE software for us Slackers. Can’t wait since I read so many people talking about the new release and so many good things are said about it. Thanks again!

Comment from alienbob
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 08:58

Hi wildwizard

I did in fact look at your build script archive which you originally posted on . It was based on the modularized x11.SlackBuild and that was the way I wanted to go too.

However your SlackBuild did not (at least at that time) build all packages unattended, it still lacked a lot of slack-desc files and not all the code in the original SlackBuild scripts ended up in your KDE scripts. So I decided to continue with my own effort which I had started sometime ago (but then I lacked the time to complete it). And I managed to compile kdeaccessibility without speechd (a situation which I already solved for KDE 4.6.5).

I’ll still have a look at how you have expanded your SlackBuild to compile all of KDE in a single command. It never hurts to compare my ideas to yours.

Cheers, Eric

Comment from BroX
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 10:11

Great news!
Thanks for your efforts, they’re highly appreciated!

Comment from Wild Wizard
Posted: August 1, 2011 at 11:25

The kdeaccessibility thing was fixed upstream with the actual release so there is no patch there.

The only real thing that bugs me is the lack of docs, though this is more to do with the source packages then the build system. The x11 build system lets you drop in a modified configure script for any particular package but the actual make command is within the main script, this could be split out in the long run if things go that way.

I did at one point actually go and create slack-desc files for everything then I went and re-read some stuff that was posted in the linuxforums thread about keeping the packages together instead of splitting them out.

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