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KDE 4.3.2 and openSUSE 11.2

Friday, 16 October 2009  |  lubos lunak

Since it seems it will turn up quite often, I would like to answer the question 'Will openSUSE 11.2 include KDE 4.3.2?'. The short answer is no and yes :).

The 4.3.2 release of KDE came too late to be included in openSUSE 11.2. As the distribution release gets closer, there is a certain point after which only reviewed changes should be allowed in, in order to reduce the possibility of these changes causing unexpected breakages that might go unnoticed within the relatively short time until the release. This can happen and it wouldn't be very good to fix something small and break something bigger for the release because of some unnoticed mistake. So openSUSE 11.2 will not officially include KDE 4.3.2.

As can be probably seen from the 'officially' in the previous sentence :), this is not all, as openSUSE 11.2 will, in practice, almost include KDE 4.3.2. We were updating from the 4.3 branch until few days before KDE 4.3.2, and were still including bugfixes that were important enough even after that. So if you care more about how it works than what sticker is slapped on top of it, then you shouldn't need to worry.

And additionally, of course, it is possible to install 4.3.2 from the KDE:43 repository, where new stable KDE releases are packaged as long as KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop is frozen for openSUSE 11.2.