Debian KDE/Plasma and Digikam Status 2021-04-07

Two months have passed since the last status update, but not much has changed since Debian is more or less frozen for the release of Bullseye, and only critical bugfixes are allowed. As reported before Debian/bullseye will have Plasma 5.20.5, Frameworks 5.78, Apps 20.12. Debian/experimental already carries Plasma 5.21.4 and Frameworks 5.80, and that is also the level at the OSC builds.

Debian Bullseye

We are in hard 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

Frameworks 5.80 (and soon 5.81) and Plasma 5.21.4 are in Debian/experimental.

OBS packages

(short reminder: you need to import my OBS gpg key to make these repos work!)

The OBS packages as usual follow the latest release, and currently ship KDE Frameworks 5.80, KDE Apps 20.12.3, and Plasma 5.21.4. 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 has seen a new release 7.2.0, and packages are available in my OBS archives:

deb ./

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

15 Responses

  1. Thomas Florek says:

    Thanks for your status report, Norbert, and thanks so much for your and the whole team’s successful Debian Plasma/QT package work.
    I just installed the last packages from your OBS repos, without any hiccups.

  2. Peter says:

    Thank you for your work. Is it beyond complexity to use bullseye-backports to allow a forward moving version of KDE on Stable? I’d wager too many packages are affected.

    • I guess after the release of bullseye I will provide the latest versions as usual via OBS, at least as long the build dependencies (Qt) can be fulfilled. I probably won’t use the official backports channel, too much pain.

  3. Luc says:

    Thanks! I just installed from Debian Experimental

  4. Ricardo Lobo says:

    Congratulations on the great work 🙂

  5. Shmerl says:

    Looks like the build can’t succeed for a while. A bunch of packages aren’t upgradeable in testing:

    ktexteditor-data libkf5bookmarks-data libkf5completion-data libkf5config-data libkf5configwidgets-data libkf5contacts-data libkf5declarative-data libkf5globalaccel-data libkf5iconthemes-data libkf5kcmutils-data libkf5kdelibs4support-data libkf5khtml-data libkf5newstuff-data libkf5notifications-data libkf5notifyconfig-data libkf5parts-data libkf5service-data libkf5su-data libkf5textwidgets-data libkf5wallet-data libkf5xmlgui-data

  6. Horatio says:

    HOw do I install the linked OBS gpg key ? I googled, but it i dindt’t found anything. COuld you please add the missing line?

  7. heybam says:

    thank you so much for your hard work, Mr Preining!

  8. aliss says:

    Great work

  9. Pikaso says:

    Thank you, Mr Preining for your great work!
    Can you say when this experimental (21.04) version will get released as Debian/unstable?

    • Hi
      KDE Gears 21.04 will be uploaded to unstable after release of Bullseye, since unstable is currently closed and can only be used for uploads targetting bullseye.

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