In the beginning of this week, KDE 4.1 RC 1 was released and, of course,
there are Debian packages since the release day. The instructions I
blogged about how to install the beta1 (and
still mostly apply, although the version of the KDE 4 RC1 is 4.0.98.
The Debian KDE Team website has
finally been updated, so you have even more useful information about
how to install KDE 4.1 packages from
specially the bits about Apt Pinning.
kdeplasmoids has been renamed, again, and it is now named
kdeplasma-addons, this means it is currently stuck at the NEW queue in
Debian. I do not know when it
will be available in the archive, but luckily current version of
kdeplasmoids (post beta 2), works well with the RC 1 packages, you can
use it until kdeplasmoids is accepted.
The important part about RC 1 in Debian is we finally have kde4libs,
kdepimlibs and kdebase-runtime in unstable, and they are meant to be
released in Lenny.
Together with those packages, some KDE 4 applications have been uploaded
- okular, the KDE 4 document viewer, has
been packaged separately, and if you try it, I am sure you will love
- ktorrent 3.1.1 is now the default ktorrent version (you still can
install KDE 3's version that has been renamed to ktorrent2.2)
- and systemsettings, split from kdebase-workspace with less modules
have been package separately, so you can configure the settings of
KDE 4 packages.
Continuing with experimental, there are some standalone KDE 4
applications in experimental you might be interested in installing:
yakuake, adept-manager, gtk-qt-engine-kde4, konq-plugins, rsibreak and
You can find as well, the 9th alpha of
that was released a couple of days ago. If you need an excuse to try it
out, take a look to the visual
If you are a Debian user and you have not tried KDE 4 yet but you are
curious, I think you finally should give it a try, that some packages
are in experimental it is not because it is experimental software (well,
once KDE 4.1 is out!), it is because full KDE 4.1 is not meant to the be
released in the Debian stable release that will be shipping KDE 3.5.9
and they both are not co-installable. There will be backports of KDE 4.1
for Lenny, but that is a topic for a next post.