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+This is KDE 5_15.02 for Slackware, consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.7.0,
+Plasma 5.2.0 and Applications 14.12.2.
+This is meant only to be installed on top of Slackware -current and it will
+*replace* any version of KDE 4 you migh thave installed!
+Plasma 5 is the next generation of KDE's desktop workspace.
+Plasma 5 improves support for high-DPI displays and comes with a "converged
+shell", i.e. one Plasma codebase for different target devices. Plasma 5 uses
+a new fully hardware-accelerated OpenGL(ES) graphics stack. Plasma 5 is built
+using Qt 5 and Frameworks 5.
+And with the Breeze themed artwork and its own Oxygen font, this desktop looks
+clean and modern.
+New & changed since my 15.01 release of KDE 5:
+- all "extragear" packages that went missing between KDE 4.14.3 and 5_15.01
+ like k3b, kdevelop etc, have been re-added
+- The Frameworks have been upgraded from 5.6.0 to 5.7.0
+- The Applications have been upgraded from 14.12.1 to 14.12.2 (bugfix release)
+- katepart4 was added so that kdevelop works again
+- konsolepart4 was added to be able to use an embedded konsole in dolphin
+- sddm-theme-breeze was removed, the theme is now part of plasma-workspace
+Further points of interest that are unchanged since my KDE 5_15.01:
+- Lots of packages in the 'deps' department which are completely new to
+ Slackware. Since KDE 5 is built on Qt5 (KDE 4 had Qt4 as its base) you'll
+ find many Qt5 related packages. Also, in order for Qt4 and GTK based
+ applications to dock into the Plasma 5 system tray, more dependencies were
+ needed. So, apart from updates to regular Slackware packages, these are the
+ new ones:
+ LibRaw, OpenAL, akonadi-qt5, eigen3, gst1-plugins-base, gst1-plugins-good,
+ gstreamer1, json-glib, libappindicator, libdbusmenu-gtk, libdbusmenu-qt5,
+ libepoxy, libfakekey, libindicator, orc, polkit-qt5-1, qca-qt5, qt-gstreamer,
+ qt-gstreamer1, qt5, sni-qt, wayland and xapian-core.
+- Note for users of multilib Slackware64 and also using Skype: you will have to
+ grab the 32-bit version of sni-qt and run 'convertpkg-compat32' on it,
+ or else Skype won't be able to dock its icon in the systray.
+- A bit sneakily, I built phonon-vlc for you. You will also need a VLC package
+ to be able to use this package though.
+- I added the latest Calligra 2.8.7 office suite.
+- Several source tarballs in Plasma 5.2.0 have not been compiled to Slackware
+ packages: libbluedevil and bluedevil (they need BlueZ 5 which is not part of
+ Slackware), muon (a debian/ubuntu package manager), libkface (needs opencv
+ which I was not willing to add as a dependency).
+- One dependency which you'll probably find curious, is wayland. It is required
+ in order to *compile* KWin's X11 driver, but it is apparently not needed at
+ *runtime*. Nevertheless, I left the package in, just in case you want or need
+ to recompile kwin (actually, it does not seem required any longer, but that
+ issue will be revisited on next Plasma update).
+- Graphical login: KDM has been replaced with SDDM.
+ If you want to see the new graphical session (login) manager SDDM in action,
+ add the following lines to the Slackware file "/etc/rc.d/rc.4" right after
+ the line: echo "Starting up X11 session manager..."
+# --- 8< --------------------------------------
+if [ -x /usr/bin/sddm ]; then
+ exec /usr/bin/sddm
+# --- 8< --------------------------------------
+... and then switch to runlevel 4 by typing (at the root prompt):
+ # init 4
+Select "Plasma" from the SDDM session dropdown.
+Alternatively, if you prefer good old runlevel 3, you can type (at your own
+user account's command prompt):
+ $ xwmconfig
+... and select "xinitrc.plasma" as your default window manager for X.
+Then run:
+ $ startx
+Also explained in more detail below, upgrading to this KDE 5 is non-trivial.
+You will have to remove old KDE packages manually. If you do not have KDE
+installed at all, you will have to *install* some of Slackware's own KDE
+packages manually.
+If you decide to install these packages on top of a fresh installation of
+ Slackware-current and have excluded all packages in the 'KDE' package series
+ during installation, you will be missing several add-on packages, some of
+ these are essential to the proper functioning of KDE!
+ If you excluded the complete Slackware-current 'KDE' series, then you
+ will have to install the following essential Slackware-current packages
+ at a a minimum:
+ * bluedevil
+ * polkit-kde-agent-1
+ * polkit-kde-kcmodules-1
+ And optionally install these as well:
+ * amarok
+ * kaudiocreator
+ * kdevelop-pg-qt
+ * kplayer
+ * ktorrent
+ * libktorrent
+Building it all from source:
+Sources and scripts are separated from the packages in my 'ktown' repository.
+If you want the sources for KDE 5, run the following command to download them:
+ # rsync -av rsync:// .
+There are a lot of 'dependencies' for KDE 5 which you'll have to compile and
+install before attempting to compile KDE 5. Compiling and installing these
+dependencies on Slackware-current is as easy as:
+ # cd 5/deps
+ # ./updates.SlackBuild
+ # cd -
+Be prepared to wait a *long* time since this will recompile Qt4 and compile a
+new Qt5 package among others. The finished package will be stored in /tmp .
+Then if you want to compile the KDE packages on your computer, run:
+ # cd 5/kde
+ # ./KDE.SlackBuild
+Wait a long time, and you will find the new packages in /tmp/kde-build .
+Note that these packages will already have been installed by KDE.SlackBuild !
+But if all you want is the packages I created, then you can skip all of that.
+Install pre-compiled packages:
+In order to install or upgrade KDE 5, follow these steps:
+Make sure you are not running KDE or even X ! If you are running an X session,
+log out first, and if you are in runlevel 4 (graphical login) you first have to
+go back to runlevel 3 (console) by typing "init 3".
+If you still have a KDE 4 installed, it must be removed first. No clean
+upgrade path can be provided! Do as follows:
+If you have Slackware's default KDE 4.10.5 installed:
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/*-4.10.5-*
+ # removepkg libkscreen
+ # removepkg kscreen
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 4.14.3 installed:
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/*-4.14.3-*alien
+ # removepkg libkscreen
+ # removepkg kscreen
+ # removepkg kde-workspace
+ # removepkg libmm-qt
+ # removepkg plasma-nm
+ # removepkg kdeconnect-kde
+If you have my 'ktown_preview' set of KDE 5.0.2 installed as well:
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/*-5.0.2-*alien
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/*-5.2.0-*alien
+ # removepkg kscreen2 libkscreen2 libmm-qt5 libnm-qt5 oxygen-fonts sddm
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.01 installed:
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/sddm-theme-breeze
+Then proceed with installing/upgrading KDE 5 as outlined below.
+To make it easy for you, here is a one-line command that downloads the whole
+'5' directory (excluding the sources), with 32-bit and 64-bit packages
+(and be careful of the 'dot' at the end of that command, it is part of the
+commandline !!):
+ # rsync -av rsync:// .
+Or else, if you want to download packages for just one of the two supported
+architectures, you would run one of the following commands instead (note that
+there is a dot at the end of these commands!).
+If you want only the 64-bit packages:
+ # rsync -av --exclude=x86 rsync:// .
+If you want only the 32-bit packages:
+ # rsync -av --exclude=x86_64 rsync:// .
+Assuming you just downloaded the bits you want from the directory tree
+"5", you must now change your current directory to where you found this
+README (which is the directory called '5'). If you used one of the
+above "rsync" commands then you can simply do:
+ # cd 5
+From within this directory, you run the following commands as root (note that
+some of the old KDE package names are obsoleted now, they have been split up,
+renamed or integrated and that is the reason for the 'removepkg' lines):
+ On Slackware 32-bit:
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86/deps/*.t?z
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86/kde/*/*.t?z
+ On Slackware 64-bit:
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/deps/*.t?z
+ # upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new x86_64/kde/*/*.t?z
+ If you already have one or more non-english language packs installed:
+ On Slackware 32-bit:
+ # upgradepkg x86/kdei/*.t?z
+ On Slackware 64-bit:
+ # upgradepkg x86_64/kdei/*.t?z
+ If you want to have a non-english language pack installed but none is
+ currently installed, substitute your country code instead of the 'XX'
+ in the next command:
+ # upgradepkg --install-new x86_64/kdei/kde-l10n-XX-*.t?z
+ Check if any ".new" configuration files have been left behind by
+ the upgradepkg commands. Compare them to their originals and decide
+ if you need to use them.
+ # find /etc/ -name "*.new"
+ A graphical (ncurses) tool for processing these "*.new" files is slackpkg:
+ # slackpkg new-config
+Then reboot your system.
+ Eric Hameleers / alien at slackware dot com / 17-feb-2015