Debian snapshot packages of KDE 4.2

Good news for those wanting to test KDE 4.2. Finally, we have decided to do a little experiment and provide snapshot packages of current KDE trunk (future KDE 4.2).
First of all, I would like to say that even if I am the one blogging, the most part of the job was done by Modestas Vainius.

I am calling this an experiment because we are not sure yet whether this is a good idea, there are several reasons:

  • packaging can suffer big changes before the final release
  • this is still code in development with some important bugs
  • some upstream changes (like ABI bump) can make huge dependencies problems

All the above reasons are likely to generate a lot of demands from users asking for support that are surely too many for our time and, I am afraid, patience.
So, in short, these packages are being provided without any support from your packagers even if they are done by the people who usually package KDE.

You have the repository and all the information at:

The current snapshot is post-beta2 and again, before installing the packages, please read all the information. I am sorry if the wording is read as a bit harsh, but we really wanted make clear the message.

Update (25 January 2008): KDE 4.2.0 will be available soon in experimental, if you are a new user, we recommend you to wait until it is fully updated in the Debian repositories and install it from there.

20 thoughts on “Debian snapshot packages of KDE 4.2

  1. Matthieu Gallien

    Thank you very much for your dedication.
    This way, I may be able to test the debian packages and kde4.2 without building from source.
    I am not sure if I have understood your blog, but are you totally not interested on feedback on the packaging ?

  2. mensch

    Great news! Thanks for your (both Ana and Modestas) hard work on bringing KDE 4 to Debian.

    I hope this service proves to be a success and will be continued to release packages for KDE 4.3 after the release of 4.2.

  3. Cassiano Bertol Leal

    Hi Ana,

    Thanks very much for this. I was in the process of building it myself, but this will save a lot of CPU cycles! :D

    Keep up the great work you’re doing for Debian and the community!

    Happy Xmas,
    Cassiano Leal

  4. ReedWood


    this is (I think) a very good decision and I really want to thank you for this and all the good work you are doing. This big “thank you” is for everyone involved in this work.

    Happy Xmas!

  5. Haralambos

    Many thanx for doing this. What would make this a grand slam, was if I could have K3b & K9copy as well, but I will rought it for a bit. ;-)

    Again, thanks! :-)

  6. Haralambos

    This release IS way more of a goer that the 4.0 & 4.1.x series. K9Copy is available for KDE 4.x & K3b has yet to arive.

    Thanx again for the fine packaging efforts! :-)

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  9. Beojan Stanislaus

    This repository appears to be having problems right now. Aptitude is unable to connect to it, and when I visit the site in Konqueror, I get an “Error: connection to server refused” message

  10. TziRechnoy

    Thanks for doing this.
    However, I cannot connect to and for more than one day. From three different hosts on three different locations. Is there something wrong with that sites?

  11. Haralambos

    Hi guys,

    Ive just done an update from 4.1.85/86 to 4.1.96 and that went ok, to wit, KDE still works. :-)

    K3B is a goer, as is kcpuload and knetload-old favz I was missing.

    Icons in the system tray, no longer block out the clock-as they did sometimes.

    Now, as soon as the graphix guys sort the back end, I will turn on eye-candy AND watch movies slicky-smooth.

    Many thanx to the KDE team and Ana for the packaging!!!! :-)

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