KDE SC 4.6.0 in Gentoo

I’m pleased to announce the availability of KDE SC 4.6.0 to another distro. You will find it in main portage tree, though currently hardmasked until bug 353129. Every major update of KDE gets inserted as hardmasked in Gentoo, as it lacks some keywords for new packages (all but amd64/x86). So, currently at least users of amd64/x86 can safely unmask and use it. I have updated the KDE guide, it now explains in detail how to install KDE SC 4.6.0 and the KDEPIM options. There is no ETA for the unmasking, since it doesn’t depend on us. As for a stabilization, KDE SC 4.6.1 is a good candidate, but we’ll have an official decision after its release and a regular meeting.

In case you find a bug regarding the installation, please take a look first at the Hints and Troubleshooting section and the Gentoo KDE buglist. Feel free to open new bugs or talk to us in #gentoo-kde (Freenode).

As a side note, KDE SC 4.6 doesn’t need hal any more. Samuli wrote a nice guide to replace it with udev and friends.

Enjoy :)

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19 Responses to KDE SC 4.6.0 in Gentoo

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  2. FreedomFan says:

    Thank you for all your work on bringing the latest and greatest KDE software to Gentoo! Switched to KDE just about a month ago and I’m loving it ever since.

  3. Mike Lothian says:

    Hello, is there a way to force of semantic desktop and akondi? I never use these features and it’s always unsettling to look at top and see lots of akondi tasks open

    I notice that portage doesn’t like me setting USE=-semantic-dekstop anymore

  4. Mike Lothian says:

    Let me add I’m really impressed with this release and you guys have done a great job getting it in tree so quickly (the gnome folk should be taking notes). It really is elegant

  5. tampakrap says:

    Mike, I am not sure. We have two open bugs about this [1] [2] I haven’t had the time to invest though. It won’t surprise me if upstream KDE put a harddep on semantic-desktop, it was pretty obvious that they were taking that way. Anyway, you can add yourself in the CC list

    Thank you people for your kind words. AFAIK the Gentoo GNOME team is understaffed, which is kinda sad for the distro, no matter how i dislike GNOME

    [1] https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=351968
    [2] https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=350850

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  7. RealNC says:

    This sounds a bit brain damaged to me. Why mask it everywhere? Don’t mask it on x86 and amd64. It doesn’t make sense.

  8. Uranium says:

    Great job! Just a quick note, the package.unmask file for SC 4.6 given in the guide should not unmask KDEPIM 4.6 (at least not yet, I think)

  9. Branan says:

    Congrats on the 4.6 release. I’ve been using it for a few days now on AMD64 and it’s running absolutely beautifully.

    Any ETA on a KDevelop 4.2 ebuild? It’s the only version that works with KDE 4.6 (there were some kate API changes)

  10. tampakrap says:

    I did that in the past, but I got in trouble many times because I was touching archies profiles, and wasn’t even my fault. And it happened EVERY time a major KDE was being unmasked in amd64/x86, I just got sick of this and decided not to touch anything this time.

    nice catch, I’ll fix0r

    Won’t take long, maybe today

  11. RealNC says:

    I guess it might be a good idea to bring this up on the dev mailing list with a query on how to handle this. Keeping KDE masked for x86/amd64 users because of ppc/ppc64 arches just sounds so wrong.

  12. tampakrap says:

    Believe me, I had long discussions about this issue in the past, take a look at bugs [1] and [2] which led to bug [3] (these are just examples, we had many arguments in the past in IRC and mls). Archies have very strict policies about their profiles, I’m tired of having to deal with that, especially since the last time where I was blamed for a bazillion of repoman warnings, while it was found that the amd64 (and several other) profiles were broken.

    [1] https://bugs.gentoo.org/304435
    [2] https://bugs.gentoo.org/336158
    [3] https://bugs.gentoo.org/336692

  13. echo6 says:

    soprano-2.6.0 is out. I needed to install it to prevent dbus from gobbling cpu cycles. I had to make an ebuild from an older version since as of yesterday there was not a ebuild in portage or the kde overlay

  14. Kris says:

    I am excited to try the latest KDE release. I’ve been on 4.4.x for too long now. I am working through dependency issues currently, the keywords file @ http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/desktop/kde/kde4-guide.xml#kde4_6 is out of date.

  15. tampakrap says:

    @echo6: i did the soprano bump, but please file bugs for similar reports in the future

    @Kris: the file is not outdated, please join #gentoo-kde (Freenode) to track your problem down

  16. frank says:

    I too am anxiously waiting for KDevelop. I tried installing from “normal” sources from kdevelop.org, but something’s always not working. :-/

  17. elkos says:

    after HAL was removed from KDE and using only udev and the rest of the gang my boot time reduced by 2 secs or it’s just me?

  18. Dann says:

    Upon adding the keyword file and attempting to install kdepimlibs, it said I needed to unmask qt-webkit as well. Not sure if it is required, if it’s part of my make.conf, or if someone just forgot to add it.

    Thanks for the post.


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