- 1 Background
- 2 Maintenance Updates
- 3 What's available
- 4 Updated KDE Applications only
- 5 Updated "Extra" applications
- 6 KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5 and Applications
- 7 Long-Term-Support Frameworks and Plasma
- 8 Unstable Live Media
- 9 Unstable Frameworks, Plasma and Applications
- 10 See also
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. This was reflected in the following maintenance tracks:
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.
- Updated KDE Application releases
These are newer versions of the KDE Applications as released by the KDE community, plus a number of openSUSE-specific patches. 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.
- The latest long-term-supported Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 releases
These are newer versions of the Framework libraries and Plasma Desktop as released by the KDE community, plus a number of openSUSE-specific patches. 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.
- Live Media
The openSUSE KDE Community team prepares a weekly update of the new developments, by providing live medias (which also can be installed) based on the KDE Unstable repositories. Argon is based on top of openSUSE Leap and Krypton is based on top of Tumbleweed. These live Medias allow you to see what the future release of Frameworks, Plasma and Applications will look like. Be aware that these live medias will only contain partial translations and might be rough around the edges.
- KDE Unstable Repositories
Packages based on git snapshots of the above mentioned packages/releases. These are only built for the latest openSUSE release and Tumbleweed due to possible dependencies on newer packages.
Updated KDE Applications only
If you're using the official, supported and tested core KDE packages provided with the distribution, there are these additional repositories available for your consideration which will add or update KDE Applications releases. Tumbleweed users will get new releases as soon as they're available, and are usually published to standard repositories in a matter of days.
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 releases of KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5, optionally Applications as well.
If you want test and/or use the latest release, you can use this repo.
Tumbleweed users will get new 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. Use of that is not recommended as applications in the main or 3rd party repos might break due to API/ABI changes.
Long-Term-Support Frameworks and Plasma
LTS Releases of KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5
While Tumbleweed ships with the latest releases of Frameworks and Plasma, Leap ships the latest long-term supported releases of both. Currently, this is Plasma 5.8 and Frameworks 5.32.
Unstable Live Media
The live media comes in two shapes. Argon is based on openSUSE Leap and Krypton is based on openSUSE Tumbleweed. Both offer the same KDE Frameworks, Plasma and KDE Applications packages. These packages are based on the KDE:Unstable repositories which are build from snapshots of the upstream git repositories.
The live images are refreshed continuously after new packages are available and offer a chance to see and explore the latest updates. The medias are also offering a net installer, which will install the live image on a hard disk and will automatically install the KDE:Unstable repositories for YaST/zypper, so that the installation is being kept up-to-date. Be aware that packages in the unstable repositories are rebuild continuously and that breakage could occur.
The live medias can be found here: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Medias/images/iso/
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.