[arch-dev-public] [draft] KDE 4.3: packaged and split

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Mon Aug 3 16:36:47 EDT 2009


This is a draft for a little announcement about the KDE 4.3 packaging changes. 
If nobody complains I'd like to put this online quite soon.
The new major release of KDE does not only include exciting upstream 
improvements and new features but also introduce a new set of packages that 
makes it possible to only install those applications you like.

All important changes in short:
* split packages; for more Information see
  http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/KDE_Packages and
* Qt uses the Gstreamer backend for Phonon by default. Other backends like
  phonon-xine can be installed optionally.
* Meta packages ensure a smooth upgrade and emulate the old monolith packages
  for those who prefer them.

Important hints for upgraders:
* Check if your mirror is up to date.
* pacman will ask you to replace all kde packages with kde-meta packages.
* Don't force an update. 'If pacman complains about conflicts please file a
  bug report.
* You can remove the meta packages and the sub packages you don't need after
  the update.
* If you don't like split packages just keep using the kde-meta packages.

Information about upstream changes will be available at 


Pierre Schmitz, http://users.archlinux.de/~pierre

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