KDE Apps 20.04 (and Plasma) for Debian

A few days ago KDE Apps 20.04 were released, and I am happy that thanks to the openSUSE Build Service (and a lot of scripting and some hand-work), packages for Debian Unstable and Testing are available in by repositories!

The previous location (debian-plasma at OBS) should be replaced by the following entries in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/obs-npreining-kde.list:

For Unstable:

deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other-deps/Debian_Unstable/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/frameworks/Debian_Unstable/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/plasma/Debian_Unstable/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/apps/Debian_Unstable/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other/Debian_Unstable/ ./

For Testing:

deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other-deps/Debian_Testing/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/frameworks/Debian_Testing/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/plasma/Debian_Testing/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/apps/Debian_Testing/ ./
deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other/Debian_Testing/ ./

The different repositories provide different package groups:

  • other-deps mostly backports from experimental that are necessary for building KDE Apps 20.04
  • frameworks the KDE frameworks, currently version 5.69
  • plasma the Plasma packages, currently
  • apps the KDE Apps, currently 20.04
  • other other apps that need rebuild, currently only digikam (but that in the latest beta3 released a few days ago)

To make these repositories work out of the box, you need to import my OBS gpg key: obs-npreining.asc, best to download it and put the file into /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/obs-npreining.asc.

I don’t provide an apt-gettable source archive anymore, in particular since one of the Debian KDE maintainers has rejected my help and told me “Go away”. So it seems that this convenience is not appreciated, and necessary. The source packages are available from the OBS web sites of the respective repositories. Well, if they are not doing the work, I cannot more than offer my help. Thanks Debian!

Currently there are two packages missing: kio-extras and kdeconnect, both of which need new (hitherto unavailable) packages which I will hopefully package in the next days. Two other, juk and okular, are already at version 20.04 in Debian and co-installable.


14 Responses

  1. hj says:

    Hi just wanted to mention that repositories are also odly missing kmymoney.

  2. bodiro says:

    I switched to Debian sid a few months ago and was quite disappointed by the outdated plasma-version. I expected it to be almost as up-to-date as in Manjaro e.g. Now I use your repositories and I am very pleased with them. I absoluely disagree with the official Debian maintainer’s attitude towards you – whatever your differences might be. An attitude which they according to my mind can’t afford since they obviously need desperatly every helping hand. I thank you for your work on Debian KDE. I do appreciate it and I am very happy that you do the work.

    • Thanks for your comments, but I need to clarify one thing: it was only one maintainer, while another reached out and we will try to update KDE/Plasma in Debian, together. I don’t comment further on my opinion on other maintainers, though.

  3. bodiro says:

    Good to hear, that there will be a way of cooperation nevertheless.

  4. Thomas Florek says:

    Thanks, Norbert, for your much appreciated efforts.
    At this moment only a few dependencies are disturbing a full upgrade on my sid(uction) installation

    # LANG=C apt full-upgrade

    The following packages will be REMOVED:
    kde-plasma-desktop kinfocenter libqalculate20 plasma-desktop plasma-widgets-addons plasma-workspace sddm-theme-breeze

    Is this info helpful for you or do you prefer reports on other channels?

  5. Bodiro says:

    Same problem here. Aptitude did it.

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