KDE/Plasma and Cinnamon updates in Debian

It is the time of the year when we all are searching for some peaceful time, but the pre-release freeze of Bullseye is putting a higher burden than usual on us 😉 So here we go, two desktop environments got updates in Debian/experimental. A few days ago I have updated all the Cinnamon related packages to the latest release 4.8, and yesterday I have uploaded KDE/Plasma packages of 5.20.4. This brings my two favorite desktop environments up to upstream release in Debian.

My plans for both are uploads as soon as possible to unstable, so that they can transition to Debian/testing and will be included in the next release of Bullseye.

You can help now by installing your preferred desktop environment (Cinnamon or KDE/Plasma) from experimental and report bugs to the BTS, so that we can iron out some more bugs before pushing it out. If you are not sure, feel free to contact the respective maintainer email lists (debian-cinnamon and debian-kde) with questions/reports/suggestions.

Thanks everyone, and let us hope for a great Bullseye release!

37 Responses

  1. jonas says:

    I have a virtual mashine with Debian Sid with Experimental enabled. So I just tried to upgrade Plasma . Everything seem to work at first glance.

  2. LB says:

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Dmytro says:

    I am now receiving the following when trying to `apt update`:

    W: No Hash entry in Release file /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/download.opensuse.org_repositories_home:_npreining:_debian-kde:_other-deps_Debian%5fTesting_._InRelease
    E: The repository ‘https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other-deps/Debian_Testing ./ InRelease’ provides only weak security information.
    N: Updating from such a repository can’t be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default.
    N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.

    Is there some misconfiguration on my side or the error is in the repositories?

  4. Ricardo says:

    Congratulations on your work, suggestion plasma-disks could depend on the partitionmanager and kup-backup packages as they are his tools

    • I don’t see that, and don’t know how to reproduce it, can you be more specific?

    • I included the fix from 5.78 in plasma-framework 5.77.0-1~np2 which should be available by now. Could you please test and see whether this does it fix for you?

      • Thomas Florek says:

        Unfortunately not, it is probably a upstream bug, still unresolved in Frameworks Version: 5.78.0!

        By the way:
        Thanks for taking into account the package qml-module-org-kde-prison.
        I noticed, that Its absence had broken the Plasma clipboard

        • Strange, so we are discussing two different bugs here? The one that is fixed in 5.78 and cherry-picked, and another one? Is the a bug report for the other one?

        • Thomas Florek says:

          Sorry for this comment; if I could I would delete it!
          After rebooting my rig, this bug has disappeared!
          Toggling between multi-user.target and graphical.target has not been sufficient.

          # LANG=C apt policy plasma-framework
          Installed: 5.77.0-1

  5. Ricardo says:

    The notification area settings on the elements tab was also affected by the bug (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=427901) was also resolved when installing the package “qml-module-org-kde-kirigami2 ”From the repository (deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/frameworks/Debian_Testing/ /). I believe that you will have to update the frameworks.

  6. Shmerl says:

    Recent update to Qt in testing (to 5.15.2+dfsg-2) causes some problem for packages in your repo (apt tries to remove a whole bunch). So I’m pausing updates for now.

  7. Shmerl says:

    By the way, is there some way to make a repo that points to latest apps / plasma, so there won’t be need to update the name each time there is a version bump?

    I.e. something like


    Instead of



  8. Abe S says:

    I am a new comer to Linux and am attempting to install Debian and KDE Plasma on my Dell laptop running Windows 10 with WSL installed. I have downloaded and installed Debian from the Microsoft Store and am now trying to install KDE Plasma. Doing some research on line I saw that I use “sudo apt -y task-kde-desktop”. I tried this and also tried “sudo apt-get task-kde-desktop”. Both produced “E: Invalid operation task-kde-desktop”. My suspicion is that I need to add a repository to my sources.list file but have been unable to find what line I should add to the file. Is it possible that you could shed some light on my problem?

    Thanks and Happy Holidays and stay healthy,

    • That does not work. You cannot have Plasma on Windows, not even with WSL. You need to run proper Linux.

      • Abe S says:

        Thanks for your quick response.

        By proper Linux, I am guessing you mean a dual boot system. Is there any GUI that I can add to the WSL version? I don’t know enough of Linux to run apps from a command line.

        By the way, you are the first person who has given me any sort of reasonable answer on this situation.
        Thanks again,

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