Latest 4.13, newest 4.14 beta and Plasma 5 in openSUSE

Congratulations to KDE (of which I’m proud of being a part of) for the newest release of the Plasma workspace! At the same time, the 4.x series has seen a new beta release, and the stable branch got updated, too.

I’m betting a few people will ask “Are these available for openSUSE?” and of course the answer is yes, thanks to the efforts of the openSUSE community KDE team and the Open Build Service.

Plasma 5

Plasma 5 can be installed from two different repositories:

  • KDE:Frameworks5, which has the latest (and only one, for now ;) official stable release (you will also need KDE:Qt5 if you use openSUSE 13.1; see instructions at the link);

  • KDE:Unstable:Frameworks, which hosts git snapshots.

As the latter is under heavy development, it is not recommended unless you truly know what you are doing.

Also, packages are mutually exclusive with the 4.x workspace. Installing Plasma 5 will uninstall the 4.x workspace. To revert, simply reinstall the 4.x workspace packages (kdebase4-session should suffice).

Don’t forget, if you use Plasma 5 packages, to report bugs in the software to KDE directly (or you can use the official discussion forum) and packaging ones to Novell’s Bugzilla.

4.14 betas

You will find the newest beta from the 4.x series in the KDE:Distro:Factory repository. Building for openSUSE 13.1 (along with Factory) has been enabled in order to get widespread testing.

As this is a beta, although very stable, do not use it on production systems unless  you know what you are doing. The same recommendations as Plasma 5 apply for reporting bugs.

You can also join the discussion on the KDE Community Forum’s beta releases area.

Latest 4.13 release

KDE:Current hosts the latest release (4.13.3) from the stable 4.13 branch. If you have the repository enabled you will automatically get it once you update packages.

Go ahead and enjoy the latest and greatest from KDE!

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