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+Here is KDE 5_15.09 for Slackware, consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.13.0,
+Plasma 5.4.0 and Applications 15.08.0.
+This is an intrusive update if you currently have my KDE 5_15.07 packages
+installed. Consider this to be beta-quality because there may be some usability
+issues - and read the "BUILD NOTES" below very carefully before you decide
+to upgrade. I need testers to iron out some annoying regressions.
+KDE-5_15.09 is meant only to be installed on top of Slackware -current and
+it will *replace* any version of KDE 4 you might have installed!
+In random order, this is what I ran into while working on this set of updates.
+* Qt5 fails to compile if an older version of Qt5 is already installed.
+* frameworks:kwallet should be built against applications:gpgmepp,
+ therefore I adapted the build order in KDE.SlackBuild slightly.
+* Several Applications packages could not be configured using cmake,
+ because of a missing line in their CMakeFiles.txt. These files needed a line
+ "cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8.9)". Instead of creating 17 patches I
+ decided to modify cmake/applications and cake/applications5 instead, and
+ fixed the omission with a sed substitution.
+* kde-runtime needs the kdelibs-4 based kdepimlibs. Since KDEPIM has now been
+ ported to KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5) I had to add a compatibility package
+ "kdepimlibs4" containing the relevant bits of the old kdepimlibs.
+* and... kdepimlibs4 needs the old akonadi-1.13 release. Therefore a "akonadi4"
+ package was added alongside "kdepimlibs4" in the kde/kde4/ directory.
+* kdepimlibs4 will fail to compile in the presence of akonadi (kf5 edition),
+ it wants only akonadi4 to be present. I hope I fixed this.
+* Compilation errors in okteta required a patch to qca-qt5.
+* I took the opportunity to rebuild some packages with library linking issues
+ caused by recent slackware-current updates: phonon-vlc, pykde4, qtruby,
+ korundum, smokekde, perlqt, smokeqt, baloo.
+* rocs will emit an internal compiler error unless you increase the RAM to
+ well beyond 3GB (use a big swap file if needed).
+* Into the breeze package I have built Qt4 support in addition to the default
+ Qt5 support. This will allow the KDE4 based applications to blend in
+ with the Plasma 5 Breeze theme better.
+* I updated the SDDM login manager (sddm-qt5 package) with a git snapshot
+ which supposedly supports the session management of ConsoleKit2. However
+ the 'passwd' authentication backend was broken and it took a while before
+ someone came up with a patch.
+* Several "deps" packages were removed:
+ - grantlee-qt5 (nothing uses the old grantlee anymore I hope, so I just
+ replaced it with the new grantlee-5)
+ - pairs and kgamma (no longer part of KDE Applications)
+ - ConsoleKit (has been replaced by ConsoleKit2 which is a fork of the
+ no longer maintained ConsoleKit and has several fixes and enhancements)
+* A problematic package is baloo because its file content partially overlaps
+ with baloo5, and I do not know what I can do about it. Nor do I know if
+ this has any negative impact on Plasma 5 Workspace.
+* libkface requires opencv as a dependency. I almost wanted to add opencv to
+ make the process of adding digikam easier (since digikam needs both libkface
+ and opencv) but after discussing with willysr and ponce, SBo admins,
+ I decided to skip this because the new opencv-3 has to much impact on the
+ content.
+All in all I am pretty unhappy with the effort which was required to get this
+latest batch of updates to compile and work together.
+And even then, with a finished set of packages, there are a few annoying issues
+for which I have no explanation nor do I have a solution because I do not know
+whether they are caused by Plasma 5 or by the recent slackware-current updates.
+Annoyance #1:
+Logging out is delayed:
+* Try to open the Plasma Kicker startmenu and move your mouse over the
+ "Leave" tab. It will then take a minute to display the tab's content,
+ and in the meantime, the Plasma workspace is frozen. Any open application
+ windows are still responsive and you can work with them.
+* Try to use the logout/shutdown widget in the system tray if you added that.
+ Clicking the widget will also cause a one to tw minute delay before the
+ logoff dialog appears.
+* Try logging out from the commandline using this qdbus commmand in an X term:
+ $ qdbus org.kde.ksmserver /KSMServer logout 0 0 0
+ You will notice that this command just sits there for the same one to two
+ minutes, and then it kicks into action and you'll be logged off.
+Something is amiss with the communication over dbus. Ideas anyone?
+Annoyance #2:
+Whenever the power saver kicks in and I am not paying attention, the screen
+of my Lenovo T400 laptop (Intel graphics) turns black and will not revive.
+I have to Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to my Linux console, press the backlight button until I can read again what's on screen, and then back to X using Alt-F7.
+Annoyance #3:
+In my 32-bit virtual machine I cannot even login, because there is a flood of
+re-spawning screensaver processes that prevent access. This can be caused by
+something in the virtual machine, but I did not do extensive troubleshooting.
+Having said all that, it is still an impressive release with lots of changes
+and improvements. I hope that we get the quirks solved so we can focus on
+what's good.
+Highlights of KDE-5_15.09:
+- Qt5 has been updated to 5.5.0
+- ConsoleKit (unmaintained) gets replaced by ConsoleKit2 (well-maintained fork)
+ which could open up a path to a systemd-free Slackware that is compatible to
+ a large extent with systemd requirements.
+- I added LoginKit also for that purpose. LoginKit in its present form does not
+ do much (if anything at all) but I want to have it in for those who want to
+ play test this.
+- Several of the other deps were added, updated, rebuilt or removed as well:
+ LibRaw (update for the Slackware package),
+ PyQt5 (updated),
+ qca-qt5 (patched),
+ grantlee (update for the Slackware package)
+ lmdb (new)
+ grantlee-qt5 (renamed to grantlee thereby replacing the Slackware version)
+- Removed deps (we can use the original Slackware packages now) are:
+ PyQt, sip and libepoxy
+- Frameworks 5.13.0 is an enhancement release, lots of fixes are documented on
+- Plasma 5.4.0 is a feature release, you can read all the details in
+ Important is that the krunner has a command history again, and lots of new
+ icons were added for non-Plasma5 applications, which helps to give the
+ Plasma 5 desktop a uniform look and feel;
+ Not so important for Slackware is the Wayland Tech Preview and some system
+ tool improvements using PAM (kwallet-pam) or pulseaudio (audio volume applet).
+- Applications 15.08.0 is bringing more KF5 ports: 107 applications in total.
+ Most noticeable are the KF5 ports of Dolphin (the file manager), KDEPIM (the
+ Kontact Suite as it is called now) and Ark (archive tool). I am a bit worried
+ about the Kontact development toward the KDE Frameworks 5. Lots of struggles
+ were discussed in the mailing lists and the resulting KF5 based Kontact Suite
+ is still considered BETA quality.
+ The move to KF5 exposed several older KDE4 based applications that have
+ a dependency on the KDE4 based PIM libraries.
+ Therefore I had to add a compatibility layer of packages containing that
+ KDE4 code: akonadi4 and kdepimlibs4 (similar to what I had to do earlier
+ with libkmahjongg4, libkdegames4, konsolepart4 and katepart4).
+Further points of interest that are unchanged since the previous releases:
+- kde/kde4-extragear packages should be taken from slackware-current (calligra,
+ k3b, kaudiocreator, kplayer, kwebkitpart, oxygen-gtk2, oxygen-gtk3,
+ kdevplatform, kdevelop-pg-qt, kdevelop, kdev-python, kdevelop-php,
+ kdevelop-php-docs, skanlite, kio-mtp, libktorrent, ktorrent, partitionmanager)
+- I still did not compile the new Plasma Mediacenter tech-preview.
+- Note that I did not compile the new KDEnlive and KDE Telepathy. They need
+ a lot of attention before I can build them and it was more important to me
+ to have a new release of KDE 5 out as fast as possible, that works with
+ the latest slackware-current.
+ If you are curious and want to try yourself, start by reading:
+- katepart4 was added so that kdevelop works again
+- konsolepart4 was added to be able to use an embedded konsole in dolphin
+- kdeconnect4 was added; this stripped-down version of the KDE4 based
+ kdeconnect-kde allows you to access your Android device with the
+ (also still KDE4 based) Dolphin filemanager
+- sddm-theme-breeze was removed, the theme is now part of plasma-workspace
+- 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:
+ OpenAL, PyQT5, cfitsio, json-glib, libappindicator, libdbusmenu-gtk,
+ libdbusmenu-qt5, libepoxy, libfakekey, libindicator, polkit-qt5-1, qca-qt5,
+ qt-gstreamer, 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.
+- Several source tarballs in Plasma 5.4.0 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), user-manager and kwallet-pam
+ (need PAM), plasma-pa (needs pulseaudio).
+- 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. Slackware-current supports
+ it already. 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
+ * libktorrent
+ And optionally install these Slackware-current packages as well:
+ * amarok
+ * calligra
+ * k3b
+ * kaudiocreator
+ * kplayer
+ * kwebkitpart
+ * kaudiocreator
+ * kdevplatform
+ * kdevelop-pg-qt
+ * kdevelop
+ * kdev-python
+ * kdevelop-php
+ * kdevelop-php-docs
+ * kio-mtp
+ * ktorrent
+ * oxygen-gtk2
+ * oxygen-gtk3
+ * partitionmanager
+ * skanlite
+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-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
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.07 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE-5_15.09 and then remove the packages
+ that no longer exist in KDE 5_15.09:
+ * removepkg ConsoleKit
+ * removepkg grantlee-qt5
+ * removepkg kgamma
+ * removepkg pairs
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.06 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.05 installed:
+- Re-install the following 'ktown' packages:
+ * kactivities-framework
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.04 installed:
+- Remove packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_15.05:
+ * removepkg qt-gstreamer0
+- Re-install 'ktown' packages:
+ * qt-gstreamer
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_15.03 installed:
+- Remove packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_15.04:
+ # removepkg gst1-plugins-base
+ # removepkg gst1-plugins-good
+ # removepkg gstreamer1
+ # removepkg qt-gstreamer1
+ # removepkg libmm-qt5
+- Re-install original Slackware-current packages that were removed from "deps"
+ in KDE 5_15.04 (this will be easiest using slackpkg):
+ * LibRaw
+ * akonadi
+ * attica
+ * cmake
+ * eigen3
+ * exiv2
+ * grantlee
+ * harfbuzz
+ * libfakekey
+ * libodfgen
+ * librevenge
+ * libssh
+ * libwpd
+ * orc
+ * poppler
+ * qt
+ * shared-desktop-ontologies
+ * soprano
+ * strigi
+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 / 02-sep-2015