openSUSE KDE 4.2 respin and important repository changes

Martin Schlander already said the most important things but repetition never hurt a good message:

  • KDE 4.3 is coming to KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop<. If you do nothing and use this repo you will get KDE 4.3beta1 installed soon!
  • The stable KDE 4.2 packages will continue to be available in the new KDE:42 repo.
  • The Extra-Apps repo is gone, its packages merged into Desktop, Community or Playground according to their level of support and release readiness.
  • App packages which have both KDE 3 and KDE 4 versions are being renamed to show that KDE 4 is the default. Eg for digikam, we have kde3-digikam and digikam-kde4. This will cause a package upgrade to the new stable version. If you want to keep the KDE 3 version, install the kde3- package instead of the new KDE 4 based package.
  • The Geeko is a quiet and stealthy animal. It doesn't make a lot of noise. But it produces solid, well engineered Linux distros year after year. Stephan 'Unstoppable Force Beineri' Binner has produced a respin installation CD of openSUSE 11.1 containing the latest and greatest KDE 4.2.2, and all the online updates since 11.1 came out in December. Is the longer openSUSE release cycle making you twitchy for a hit of something new? Do you want a rock solid openSUSE with the best KDE has to offer and none of this repo-fiddling nonsense? Get the respin from: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Medias/images/iso/.


What's going to happen in KDE:KDE4:UNSTABLE:Desktop? Will that continue to be weekly updates of SVN trunk?

By Matt Williams at Sat, 04/25/2009 - 12:47

Yes, UNSTABLE:Desktop will track trunk as weekly snapshots while Factory:Desktop will track 4.3 betas and release candidates provided according to the schedule.

By Will Stephenson at Sat, 04/25/2009 - 15:20

Don't know if this is the right place to mention but networkmanager-kde4 (plasmoid?) in openSUSE seems to be broken. It fails to connect to a wireless network that needs authentication. It works in Kubuntu 9.04, so possibly couldn't be networkmanager bug!

I am running openSUSE 11.1 + KDE 4.3 (UNSTABLE)

By kanwar.plaha at Wed, 04/29/2009 - 08:14

Let me say, I love openSUSE and their KDE 4 packages. The KDE team working with openSUSE has done a fantastic idea. I love that you're putting out respins as well.

My only question is that while Novell/openSUSE puts out snapshots and bleeding edge versions of Evolution, OpenOffice, KDE, Wine, etc. I'd like to see some development/snapshot packages of Xorg, since they are always so behind on their release schedule. Fedora and Ubuntu both push out the latest and greatest from the Xorg trunk, integrating new features like kernel-mode-setting, new Intel drivers, etc.

By enderandrew at Sat, 04/25/2009 - 18:00

I like this idea of the respin. :-)

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a DVD image there, is that correct?

I'd also love to see this link at the official download page.

By vdboor at Wed, 04/29/2009 - 07:50

A Reloaded DVD doesn't exist and it's not on official download page as it's not an official openSUSE release.

By at Thu, 04/30/2009 - 03:55