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+Welcome to 2020! Still going strong outside of Slackware core.
+Here is KDE 5_20.01 for Slackware, consisting of the KDE
+Frameworks 5.66.0, Plasma 5.17.5 and Applications 19.12.1 on top of Qt 5.13.2.
+Upgrading from the previous 5_19.12 is relatively straight-forward.
+KDE-5_20.01 is meant to be installed on top of Slackware -current.
+It will *replace* any version of KDE 4 you might have installed!
+The Plasma 5 Desktop has gotten rid of its Qt4 legacy. Since the release of
+Applications 17.12 there's nothing left which is based on kdelibs4.
+What is the NEWS in this batch of updates:
+- This month's updates to the 'deps': I patched the Qt5 package to address
+ two security issues. And I updated the noto-cjk-font-ttf package to fix
+ a file permission issue and to add a Serif font as well.
+- Frameworks 5.66.0 is an incremental stability release, see also:
+- Plasma 5.17.5 is a an incremental bug-fix release and the last in the
+ 5.17 cycle of the KDE desktop environment. Next release (5.18) will get
+ Long Term Support (aka LTS release).
+ See
+- In plasma-extra I updated sddm-qt5.
+- Applications 19.12.1 is a bug-fix increment in the 19.12 cycle of the
+ KDE Application Releases.
+ See
+- In applications-extra I updated alkimia, kmymoney, kstars, kdevelop,
+ kdev-php and kdev-python. I also added one new package: ktimetracker
+ which was finally ported to KF5.
+Further points of interest:
+- If you have a KDE4-based application that needs library support on this
+ Plasma 5 desktop, let me know which of the removed packages needs to return
+ in 'kde/kde4'!
+- 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.
+ * freerdp: access RDP servers through krdc.
+ * openconnect: support for Cisco's SSL VPN.
+ All of these can be found in my regular package repository.
+- There's no more need to install any KDE4 package from Slackware.
+- 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. Apart from updates to regular Slackware packages the new ones are:
+ OpenAL, PyQt5, SDL_sound, QScintilla, accountsservice, brotli, cfitsio,
+ cracklib, cryptopp, cryfs, ddcutil, dotconf, drumstick, dvdauthor,
+ espeak-ng, flite, freecell-solver, frei0r-plugins, grantlee-qt4,
+ hack-font-ttf, hyphen, id3lib, lensfun, libappindicator, libburn,
+ libdbusmenu-gtk, libdbusmenu-qt5, libdmtx, libindicator,
+ libpwquality, libsass, libxkbcommon, md4c, mlt, noto-font-ttf,
+ noto-cjk-font-ttf, opencv, pcaudiolib, perl-path-tiny, perl-template-toolkit,
+ polkit-qt5-1, python-enum34, python3-random2, quazip, qca-qt5, qrencode,
+ qt5, qt5-webkit, qtav, rttr, sassc, sni-qt, speech-dispatcher,
+ vid.stab, wayland and woff2.
+ The phonon and poppler packages were extended so that they now support
+ Qt5 as well as Qt4. The gpgme package picked up Qt5 support.
+ Note that the SBo version of 'frei0r-plugins' package is called 'frei0r'.
+ If you have that SBo package installed, remove it.
+- KDEI is gone. The localizations are now embedded in each package and
+ no longer available as separate 'kdei' packages. This is a by design.
+ You will get all languages installed by default.
+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 had installed KDE 4 as your default desktop previously, 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.
+If you install a 32bit program on a 64bit Slackware computer with multilib
+and that program needs legacy system tray support (think of Steam for
+instance), you will have to grab the 32-bit version of Slackware's
+'libdbusmenu-qt' and my ktown-deps package 'sni-qt', and run the
+'convertpkg-compat32 -i' command on them to create 'compat32' versions
+of these packages. Then install both 'libdbusmenu-qt-compat32' and
+'sni-qt-compat32'. Those two are mandatory addons for displaying
+system tray icons of 32bit binaries in 64bit multilib Plasma5.
+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 to return to the console.
+If your computer boots to runlevel 4 (graphical login) you first have to go
+back to runlevel 3 (console) after logging out. Press <Ctrl><Alt><F1> to
+switch to a console, logon there, and execute the command "init 3" to
+switch from runlevel 4 to 3, thereby effectively stopping X.
+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 amarok
+ # removepkg kscreen
+ # removepkg kactivities
+ # removepkg kde-workspace
+ # removepkg kdeconnect-kde
+ # removepkg kdepim
+ # removepkg kdepimlibs
+ # removepkg kdev-python
+ # removepkg kdevelop-php
+ # removepkg kdevelop-php-docs
+ # removepkg libkscreen
+ # removepkg libmm-qt
+ # removepkg libnm-qt
+ # removepkg plasma-nm
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-agent-1
+ # removepkg polkit-kde-kcmodules-1
+ # removepkg wicd-kde
+ ... or instead of the above, simply run 'slackpkg remove kde'.
+Alternatively, in case you are already using an older release of my KDE 5
+packages, you need to look up that particular release in the list right below
+(for instance: KDE 5_19.07) and then apply the actions shown for that KDE 5
+release *and* all more recent releases, i.e. work your way back up to this
+paragraph. Note that some of the old KDE package names were obsoleted along
+the way, they were split up, renamed or integrated and that is the reason
+for some of the 'removepkg' lines you'll see below.
+Here we go:
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.12 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.11 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_19.12
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_19.12:
+ # removepkg qt-gstreamer
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.10 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_19.11
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_19.11:
+ # removepkg qt5-speech
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.09 installed:
+- Upgrade to KDE 5_19.10
+ Remove the packages that no longer exist in KDE 5_19.10:
+ # removepkg kcalcore
+ # removepkg farstream \
+ libaccounts-glib \
+ libaccounts-qt5 \
+ libnice \
+ libotr \
+ libsignon-glib \
+ signon \
+ signon-plugin-oauth2 \
+ signon-ui \
+ telegram-qt \
+ telepathy-accounts-signon \
+ telepathy-farstream \
+ telepathy-gabble \
+ telepathy-glib \
+ telepathy-haze \
+ telepathy-logger \
+ telepathy-logger-qt5 \
+ telepathy-mission-control \
+ telepathy-morse \
+ telepathy-qt5
+ # removepkg kaccounts-integration \
+ kaccounts-providers \
+ ktp-accounts-kcm \
+ ktp-approver \
+ ktp-auth-handler \
+ ktp-call-ui \
+ ktp-common-internals \
+ ktp-contact-list \
+ ktp-contact-runner \
+ ktp-desktop-applets \
+ ktp-filetransfer-handler \
+ ktp-kded-module \
+ ktp-send-file \
+ ktp-text-ui \
+ signon-kwallet-extension
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.07 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.06 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.05 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.02 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_19.01 installed:
+- No further actions are needed.
+If you have my 'ktown' set of KDE 5_18.12 installed:
+- Really?
+Then proceed with installing/upgrading KDE 5 as outlined below.
+The example commands below are for Slackware -current but you can use
+these commands for Slackware 14.2 as well; by replacing the /current/
+string with /14.2/ (provided there is a suitable 'ktown' release available
+for Slackware 14.2 of course).
+Instead of using the mirror host (its rsync URI
+is rsync://, you could choose the alternative
+mirror (its rsync URI is
+If you use 'slackpkg' to automate your upgrades, be sure to blacklist my
+custom packages or else slackpkg will always try to replace my packages
+with the stock Slackware versions if the package names are identical.
+As an example, you can add the following lines to the file
+"/etc/slackpkg/blacklist" to prevent this unintentional downgrading to KDE4:
+ # These three lines will blacklist all SBo, alien and multilib packages:
+ [0-9]+_SBo
+ [0-9]+alien
+ [0-9]+compat32
+If on the other hand you are using the 'slackpkg+' extension for slackpkg
+then your "/etc/slackpkg/blacklist" file should *not* contain the above
+lines! The slackpkg+ extension enables the use of 3rd-party repositories
+with slackpkg and then Plasma5 package upgrades will be handled properly.
+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.
+ # rsync -Hav rsync:// latest/
+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.
+If you want only the 64-bit packages:
+ # rsync -Hav --exclude=x86 rsync:// latest/
+If you want only the 32-bit packages:
+ # rsync -Hav --exclude=x86_64 rsync:// latest/
+Assuming you just downloaded the bits you want from the directory tree "latest"
+you must now change your current directory to where you found this README
+(which is the directory called 'latest'). If you used one of the above "rsync"
+commands then you can simply do:
+ # cd latest
+From within this directory, you run the following commands as root:
+ 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 installed the slackpkg+ extension and configured a 'ktown' repository
+ with the label 'ktown' then the commands to upgrade would become:
+ # slackpkg update
+ # slackpkg install ktown
+ # slackpkg upgrade-all
+ The first command fetches the repository metadata from the remote server(s);
+ The second command installs any new package that was added to the repository;
+ And the third command will upgrade all installed packages, including the
+ 'ktown' packages, to their latest versions in the repositories.
+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 this is the first time you run Plasma5, be aware that Baloo will
+tax your CPU fairly heavily for a while as it indexes the content of
+the files on your hard disk. After this initial indexing operation finishes,
+Ballo will get out of your way and stay there.
+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
+(downloading from a mirror will usually be much faster):
+ # rsync -Hav rsync:// latest/
+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 hopefully (have not tested the scripts
+'updates.SlackBuild' and 'alldeps.SlackBuild' in a long time) as easy as this:
+ # cd latest/deps
+ # ./updates.SlackBuild
+ # cd -
+Be prepared to wait a *long* time since this will compile a new Qt5 package
+among others. The finished packages will be stored in /tmp and will already
+have been installed/upgraded automatically.
+Then if you want to compile the KDE packages on your computer, run:
+ # cd latest/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 !
+Reboot your computer and login to a Plasma session.
+ Eric Hameleers / alien at slackware dot com / 21-jan-2020