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Adding these repos to an existing installation
If you're not using the installer provided on Argon and Krypton, you can switch an existing system to use the repos listed here using Zypper (YaST can be used to add the repos, but not for the switch to the new packages).
It's important to use a higher priority (which means a lower value!) than the main openSUSE repos and use
zypper dup --allow-vendor-change for the switch (see Vendor change update).
The setup of the repositories is based on the distinction between three groups of packages, namely:
- KDE Framework/Plasma packages. This group contains the Framework libraries and the Plasma Workspace.
- KDE Application packages. This group contains the KDE Application releases, like Dolphin, Kdenlive, Konqueror, etc.
- Packages for KDE/Qt based applications that are released independently from the major KDE software releases. This group contains applications that are based on the KDE or Qt libraries, like Krita, Konversation, Quassel, etc
Since openSUSE 12.3, the openSUSE KDE Community team has been following a maintenance procedure where KDE packages that were shipped with the distribution are updated through the maintenance track with minor updates. This to ensure that users have the latest available bug fixes for their KDE release.
Based on what has been indicated above, the following repositories have been made available to the openSUSE users.
- The latest KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma releases, optionally Applications
These are newer versions of the Framework libraries and Plasma Desktop as released by the KDE community, plus a number of openSUSE-specific patches. Optionally you can also get updated KDE Applications. These are delivered for at least the latest openSUSE release and Tumbleweed. Depending on available versions of dependencies, these updates could also be delivered for older, but supported, openSUSE versions.
- KDE Extra
Newer versions of individual applications, KDE/Qt based (but not part of Frameworks, Plasma, or Application releases), which have been packaged for released distributions. These newer versions are building against diverse targets. This repository is maintained by the wider openSUSE community.
- Argon Live Medium
On every change in the packages, a live DVD is built and openQA tested. It's based on Leap 15.1 and has repos for the latest released KDE software added by default and provides an installer.
- KDE Unstable Repositories
Packages based on git snapshots of the above mentioned packages/releases. These are only built for the latest openSUSE Leap release and Tumbleweed due to possible dependencies on newer packages.
- Krypton Live Medium
On every change in the packages, a live DVD is built and openQA tested. It's based on Tumbleweed and has the KDE Unstable Repositories added by default and provides an installer.
Updated "Extra" applications
Applications developed by KDE but not part of Frameworks, Plasma or Applications are developed in the KDE Extra repository. Use this repository to update some, but not all non-core applications to their latest version.
KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5 and Applications
Latest (also Beta!) releases of KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5, optionally Applications as well.
If you want test a beta and/or use the latest release, you can use this repo.
Tumbleweed users will get new stable releases as soon as they're available, and are usually published to standard repositories in a matter of days.
Note for openSUSE Leap users: Leap ships with a Qt LTS release, which is not recent enough for the newest Plasma. So to use KDE:Frameworks5, KDE:Qt5 is required. Some applications from third-party repos might not be installable as they require the specific version of Qt shipped with Leap.
Unstable Frameworks, Plasma and Applications
These repositories contain daily builds of KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5 and KF5-based applications from git. Due to dependencies, we can only provide packages for the latest openSUSE Leap release and Tumbleweed.
Given the rapid pace of development, use of these repositories is not recommended on production systems. They are mostly meant for developers and early testers - use at your own risk.