Debian KDE/Plasma Status 2020-11-04
About a month worth of updates on KDE/Plasma in Debian has accumulated, so here we go. The highlights are: Plasma 5.19.5 based on Qt 5.15 is in Debian/experimental and hopefully soon in Debian/unstable, and my own builds at OBS have been updated to Plasma 5.20.2, Frameworks 5.75, Apps 20.08.2.
Thanks to the dedicated work of the Qt maintainers, Qt 5.15 has finally entered Debian/unstable and we can finally target Plasma 5.20.
The OBS packages as usual follow the latest release, and currently ship KDE Frameworks 5.75, KDE Apps 20.08.2, and new, Plasma 5.20.2. The package sources are as usual (note the different path for the Plasma packages and the App packages, containing the release version!), for 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:/plasma520/Debian_Unstable/ ./ deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/apps2008/Debian_Unstable/ ./ deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other/Debian_Unstable/ ./
and the same with
Testing instead of
Unstable for Debian/testing.
The update to Plasma 5.20 took a bit of time, not only because of the wait for Qt 5.15, but also because I couldn’t get it running on my desktop, only in the VM. It turned out that the Plasmoid Event Calendar needed an update, and the old version crashed Plasma (“v68 and below crash in Arch after the Qt 5.15.1 update.”). After I realized that, it was only a question of updating to get Plasma 5.20 running.
There are two points I have to mention (and I will fix sooner or later):
- Update will need two trials because files moved from plasma-desktop to plasma-workspace. I will add the required replace/conflicts later.
- Make sure that kwayland-server packages (libkwaylandserver5, libkwaylandserver-dev are at version 5.20.2. Some old versions had an epoch so automatic updates will not work.
As usual, let me know your experience!
Debian main packages
The packages in Debian/experimental are at the most current state, 5.19.5. We have waited with the upload to unstable until the Qt 5.15 transition is over, but hope to upload to unstable rather soon. After the upload is done, we will work on getting 5.20 into unstable.
My aim is to get the most recent version of Plasma 5.20 into Debian Bullseye, so we need to do that before the freeze early next year. Let us hope for the best.