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+compile a new kdeconnect
+Here is KDE 5_16.08 for Slackware, consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.25.0,
+Plasma 5.7.4 and Applications 16.08.0 on top of Qt 5.7.0.
+Upgrading from the previous 5_16.07 should be straight-forward.
+KDE-5_16.08 is meant to be installed on top of Slackware 14.2 or -current.
+It will *replace* any version of KDE 4 you might have installed!
+What is the NEWS in this batch of updates:
+- Frameworks 5.25.0 is an enhancement release. The build order of these
+ packages has changed a bit as some packages moved to different Tiers.
+ See
+- Plasma 5.7.4 is an incremental bug fix release for the 5.7 series.
+ See
+- Applications 16.08.0 is the quarterly major upgrade. Kolourpaint and
+ Cervisia were finally ported to KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5).
+ The kdepimlibs tarball of the Kontakt Suite (PDEPIM) has been split
+ into akonadi-contacts, akonadi-mime and akonadi-notes.
+ Apart from kdepimlibs, several other packages have been removed:
+ kdegraphics-strigi-analyzer, kdenetwork-strigi-analyzers,
+ kdesdk-strigi-analyzers, libkdeedu and mplayerthumbs.
+ See .
+- Several Qt5 related 'deps' have again been recompiled or upgraded because
+ of the upgrade of Qt5 to 5.7.0: sni-qt, qca-qt5, qt-gstreamer, phonon,
+ PyQt5, polkit-qt5-1, grantlee, poppler and libdbusmenu-qt5.
+- A new font package 'hack-font-ttf' package was added to 'deps' - as
+ required by KDE. This is a monospaced TrueType font, primarily meant
+ for writing code.
+- Several KF5 ports of 'extragear' packages were added to the
+ 'applications-extra' directory: a new version of KDE Partition Manager
+ (kpmcore, partitionmanager) and the all new KDEvelop (kdevplatform,
+ kdevelop-pg-qt, kdevelop and kdev-php). Note that the python plugin for
+ kdevelop can not be built because it requires python3 which we do not have
+ in Slackware.
+Further points of interest:
+- There are a couple of *runtime* dependencies that I did not add to the
+ ktown repository, but you may want to consider installing them yourself:
+ * vlc - will give phonon another backend to select from.
+ * python-twisted - required by kajongg to start & run.
+ * sshfs-fuse: required by kdeconnect to browse remote storage
+ on Android devices.
+ * freerdp: access RDP servers through krdc.
+ All of these can be found in my regular package repository.
+- kde/kde4-extragear packages should be taken from slackware 14.2 or -current
+ (calligra, k3b, kaudiocreator, kplayer, kwebkitpart, oxygen-gtk2).
+- Lots of packages in the 'deps' department are completely new to Slackware.
+ Since KDE 5 aka Plasma 5 is built on Qt5 (KDE 4 uses 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 and the
+ new telepathy support packages (see below), these are the new ones:
+ OpenAL, PyQT5, cfitsio, grantlee-qt4, json-glib, libappindicator,
+ libdbusmenu-gtk, libdbusmenu-qt5, libindicator, libinput, libxkbcommon,
+ lmdb, hack-font-ttf, ninja, noto-font-ttf, noto-cjk-font-ttf, polkit-qt5-1,
+ qca-qt5, qt-gstreamer, qt5, qt5-webkit, sni-qt and wayland.
+ The phonon package was extended so that it now supports both Qt4 and Qt5.
+- A completely new subset of "deps" packages, contained in their own
+ "telepathy" subdirectory, needed for KDE Telepathy:
+ libotr, libnice, farstream, libaccounts-glib, libaccounts-qt5,
+ signon, signon-plugin-oauth2, signon-ui, libsignon-glib,
+ telepathy-glib, telepathy-farstream, telepathy-haze, telepathy-gabble,
+ telepathy-qt5, telepathy-logger, telepathy-logger-qt5,
+ telepathy-mission-control and telepathy-accounts-signon.
+- Telepathy for KDE packages are found in their own subdirectory kde/telepathy .
+- Also worth mentioning: the KF5 ports of ktorrent and skanlite can be found
+ in the applications-extra directory. And kjots, previously contained in
+ KDEPIM, is separated into its own package in the kde/applications directory.
+Also explained in more detail below, upgrading to this KDE 5 is non-trivial.
+You will have to remove old KDE 4 packages manually. If you do not have KDE
+installed at all, you will have to *install* some of Slackware's own KDE 4
+packages manually.
+If you decide to install these packages on top of a fresh installation of
+ Slackware 14.2 or -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 'KDE' series, then you
+ can optionally install these Slackware packages as well:
+ * amarok
+ * calligra
+ * k3b
+ * kaudiocreator
+ * kplayer
+ * kwebkitpart
+ * oxygen-gtk2
+If you had installed KDE 4 previously as your default desktop, the removal
+of KDE 4 packages will break the symbolic link '/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc'.
+An attempt to run 'startx' in a console will fail with a black screen.
+After installing Plasma 5 for the first time, you need to run 'xwmconfig'
+and select 'xinitrc.plasma' as your desktop session.
+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 14.2 or -current's default KDE 4.14.3 installed:
+ # removepkg /var/log/packages/*-4.14.3-*
+ # removepkg libkscreen
+ # removepkg kscreen
+ # removepkg kactivities
+ # removepkg kde-workspace
+ # removepkg libmm-qt
+ # removepkg libnm-qt
+ # removepkg plasma-nm
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-agent-1
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-kcmodules-1
+ # removepkg kdeconnect-kde
+ # removepkg kdepimlibs
+ ..or instead of the above, simply '# slackpkg remove kde' and de-select
+ the packages you want to keep (amarok, calligra, k3b etc).
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.07 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_16.08
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_16.08:
+ * removepkg kdegraphics-strigi-analyzer
+ * removepkg kdenetwork-strigi-analyzers
+ * rempovepkg kdesdk-strigi-analyzers
+ * removepkg kdepimlibs libkdeedu mplayerthumbs
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.06 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_16.07
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_16.07:
+ * removepkg /var/log/packages/noto-font-ttf-2015-09-29-noarch-1alien
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.05 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.04 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.03 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_16.04
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_16.04:
+ * removepkg kactivities-workspace
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.02 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_16.01 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+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/deps/telepathy/*.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/deps/telepathy/*.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.
+If all you want is to install the packages I created, then you can skip the
+remainder of the README which details how to (re)compile the packages from
+their sources; it is not required reading material.
+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 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 !
+ Eric Hameleers / alien at slackware dot com / 31-aug-2016