Debian KDE/Plasma Status 2021-02-18

Lots of time has passed since the last status update, and Debian is going into pre-release freeze, so let us report a bit about the most recent changes: Debian/bullseye will have Plasma 5.20.5, Frameworks 5.78, Apps 20.12. Debian/experimental already carries Plasma 5.21 and Frameworks 5.79, and that is also the level at the OSC builds.

Debian Bullseye

We are in soft freeze now, and only targeted fixes are allowed, but Bullseye is carrying a good mixture consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.78, including several backports of fixes from 5.79 to get smooth operation. Plasma 5.20.5, again with several cherry picks for bugs will be in Bullseye, too. The KDE/Apps are mostly at 20.12 level, and the KDE PIM group packages (akonadi, kmail, etc) are at 20.08.

Debian experimental

In the last days I have uploaded frameworks 5.79 and Plasma 5.21 to Debian/experimental. For Plasma there is still some NEW processing to be done, but in due time the packages will be available and installable from experimental.

OBS packages

The OBS packages as usual follow the latest release, and currently ship KDE Frameworks 5.79, KDE Apps 20.12.2, and Plasma 5.21.0. 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 ./
deb ./
deb ./
deb ./

and the same with Testing instead of Unstable for Debian/testing.

Digikam beta

There is also a separate repository for the upcoming digikam release:

deb ./

just in case you want to test the rc release of digikam 7.2.0.

31 Responses

  1. Thank you so much Norbert. It feels great to have such quality packaging readily available. As usual, I’m now running on Plasma 5.21, upgraded from your OBS repository without any hassle

  2. Bob says:

    5.21 is really looking nice and has a good feel.
    Only could not install / update Digikam 7.1. in debian testing, Version number from your repo is lower than in testing. Tried to force 7.1 from your repo but no succes. 7.2RC installed correctly so using that one :-). Thanks!

    • It should be fine to use the digikam that is in testing, why do you want to force the version from my repo?

      • Bob says:

        Version from official testing demanded a downgrade of a collection of the 5.21 packages. Your version is a part of 5.21 so I tried to force that.

  3. Barlafuss says:

    Updated both my Debian/Testing Desktop and KVM.
    Thanks a lot, once more 🙂

  4. Barlafuss says:

    I noted issue launching scripts/application pinned in kde panel. I some case instead starting the script Kate opens the .desktop file. In some others a msg appears :”For security reasons, launching executables is not allowed in this context”.
    Could it be related to this bug ?

  5. X_Server Linuxoid says:

    Hello Mr. Preining! I using Debian Testing, I recently connected your repos and installed KDE Plasma 5.21 from them – everything is installed and working fine. Thank you so much for that!

    But today I ran into the fact that when I try to update packages from your repository, other packages from KDE are removed from me … I took a screenshot from the terminal, but I am Russian and my operating system is in Russian. For your convenience, I have translated the lines into English. Can this problem be solved?

    The screenshot is uploaded to jpegshare:

    • The OBS packages are not fully build, please wait until all packages are built and upgrade does NOT uninstall anything. Patience for 1-2 days should be enough 😉

      • X_Server Linuxoid says:

        Yes, indeed, I went to your repository from a browser and saw that not all packages have been updated to version 5.21.1 .. But it’s okay, we’ll wait =)

        Thank you very much for your work! =)

  6. For folks who many not be aware, Plasma 5.21 brings nicer systemd integration. As in, now processes are grouped into cgroup groups appropriately.
    More details on it can be read here:

    On my system, where I now have Plasma 5.21 from Norbert’s repo, I am effectively running the new Plasma, without any glitch so far. How all the systemd integration should be enabled and verified, is documented in the blog post linked in this comment.

    • Hi Ritesh,
      thanks for your comment. Yes, systemd-based starting is getting more and more supported – but honestly, by now I have no idea how we could integrate this into the Debian packaging.

      How should that work on a multi-user system, where some display manager authorizes users? Unfortunately the blog post is very thin on these issues, do you have any further insights? If yes, it would be great if you could join the #debian-kde channel on oftc/irc.debian and we discuss there, or via email to the debian kde talk mailing list.


  7. Helge says:

    Hi Norbert,
    an “apt upgrade” works fine on my sid.
    With an “apt dist-upgrade” kmymoney, kio-gdrive, libkf5kaddressbookgrantlee5 and libkf5kaddressbookimportexport5 should be removed.
    Do you have a solution for this?

    • Thanks for the report. I have re-added kmymoney to the “other” repository, and included kio-gdrive in the “apps2012” repository. If you have both of them activated, it should be possible to upgrade all packages. Some lib* might get uninstalled, but that is less an issue.

  8. zorzi says:

    Thanks for your great work, Norbert.
    I’m no more reluctant to consider using Plasma with Debian.

  9. Looks like your repo keys expired over the weekend.

    N: Skipping acquire of configured file ‘non-free/binary-i386/Packages’ as repository ‘ v2021pre InRelease’ doesn’t support architecture ‘i386’
    W: An error occurred during the signature verification. The repository is not updated and the previous index files will be used. GPG error: unstable InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: EXPKEYSIG D80E09B087140066 Norbert Preining
    W: Failed to fetch The following signatures were invalid: EXPKEYSIG D80E09B087140066 Norbert Preining
    W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  10. Draguljche says:

    Hello, im trying to to install new plasma on my Debian Sid but dont have any luck, i tried to add your key from here and still dont have luck. Can u help me Norbert?

    • Have you installed the obs key from as mentioned in several of the blog posts?

      • Draguljche says:

        Ok thx, i managed to do that. Solved

        I did installing keys through terminal that didnt work. Obviously it was needed to download .asc and then move it to /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/

    • Thomas Florek says:

      Here, on my sid(uction) computer all recent KDE/Plasma packages – 20.12.3 app releases, KDE frameworks 5.80.0 and KDE Plasma 5.21.3 from Norbert’s obs repos – run without a hitch.
      We could help you, @Draguljche, if you gave us additional info, f. i. terminal output, while installing.

      Again and again thanks go to Norbert an the team for their work.

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