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August 27, 2008

KDE on Exherbo

Filed under: Exherbo,KDE — ingmarv @ 5:53 pm
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In between all the things a developer can possibly do in Exherbo, we’ve finally found the time to package KDE for Exherbo! A bit on the late side, but better late than never. Meanwhile, while you are testing KDE 4.1.0 on Exherbo, we’ll be working on KDE 4.1.1, our first real KDE bump. 🙂

For those of you who are curious, you can find the git repository at here. To clone it install dev-scm/git and run

git clone git:// kde

Those of you who use(d) Gentoo will notice that we’ve changed quite a few things, most notably: parts.
As you’ll see if you followed the gitweb link, we’re not offering split KDE packages. Instead we hope to be able to use parts when that has been fleshed out properly. In practice this means that one exheres maps to one KDE tarball, as provided by upstream. Parts will still allow you to select what KDE programs you do or do not want to install.

In general we want to stay as close to upstream as possible, and this is just another result of that. After all the time we spent on packaging KDE on Gentoo, we’re not convinced that splitting up everything, in a source distro, is the way to go. We’d better take that effort upstream instead. If we ever do split packages in Exherbo we will definitely not split it out in one package per sub-directory but instead we’ll only add packages that we know people will like to use, or disable.

I must say I was really surprised by the quality of this release, and no doubt KDE 4.1.1 will be even better, so enjoy!

(Logo by Ida Jensen, with changes by Anders ‘arkanoid’ Ossowicki, thanks!)


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