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Important news for openSUSE KDE4 users

Posted in opensuse by mschlander on 25/04/2009

If you use KDE4 with openSUSE Build Service repositories you should read this very carefully, because I will write this only once. A lot of major changes are happening right now.

Repository changes

A new set of repos have been created with KDE 4.2 packages, because of the factory repository moving to KDE 4.3 beta1 within 2-3 weeks. If you’re currently running KDE 4.2 from the factory repository and you want to stay with KDE 4.2 you should move to this set of repositories ASAP.

A new Playground set of repositories has been created for alphas, betas and CVS snapshots of KDE4 applications.

The Extra-apps set of repositories have been terminated. The packages can now be found either in the KDE4:/Community/ or KDE4:/Playground repos. Depending on the release status of the package.

For a complete overview of the different KDE versions and URLs for the repositories see this wiki page:

Package naming changes

Until recently KDE4 packages where KDE3 packages also existed were layed out like this “kde4-[package name]”. That naming convention has been reversed. KDE4 packages will no longer have a prefix, and instead KDE3 packages will be prefixed, like this “kde3-[package name].

If you want to keep using some KDE3 applications after updating – e.g. Konversation or K3b – add the KDE3 repository for your openSUSE version and install kde3-k3b or kde3-konversation:

Installable openSUSE 11.1 Reloaded Live CD with KDE 4.2

Stephan “Beineri” Binner has created a respin of the openSUSE 11.1 live CD with KDE 4.2, called openSUSE 11.1 Reloaded. If you’re doing a fresh installation of openSUSE 11.1 and you want to use KDE 4.2 you should consider using this live CD to save yourself a bunch of trouble.

Get the ISOs here:

If you encounter problems, consider reporting them on the mailing list or try catching Beineri in the #opensuse-kde IRC channel on Freenode.


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  1. gumb said, on 25/04/2009 at 14:05

    Is there any kind of ‘front page’ intro to the KDE4.2 Reloaded disc that could be created? Perhaps just a simple page on the wiki with links to the iso images, or better still full integration with the main openSUSE Downloads page (though I imagine that has implications for 11.1 support, etc., so perhaps not feasible).

    As a KDE 4.2 convert I’d like to be able to direct newcomers to this disc but the current directory listing isn’t very user-friendly. I’m thinking of writing some blog posts about KDE 4.2+ mainly intended for complete Linux newbies, providing links to the main distros that offer it, but until 11.2 is out in November I’d be reluctant to include an openSUSE repo listing amongst the glossy front ends offered by the likes of Kubuntu, Fedora, etc.

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  3. Jay Mistry said, on 02/05/2009 at 4:52

    For KDE 3.5, what about the repos mentioned here: ?

    Can they be kept, in addition to ?

    • mschlander said, on 02/05/2009 at 9:16

      Short answer, yes. The KDE3 repo is absolutely compatible with the community and the backport repos for KDE3.

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