KDE/Plasma 5.23 “25th Anniversary Edition” for Debian

By Norbert Preining

In the last week, KDE released version 5.23 – 25th Anniversary Edition – of the Plasma desktop with the usual long list of updates and improvements. This release celebrates 25 years of KDE, and Plasma 5.23.0 was released right on the day 25 years ago Matthias Ettrich sent an email to the de.comp.os.linux.misc newsgroup explaining a project he was working on. And Plasma 5.23 (with the bug fix 5.23.1) is now available for all Debian releases. (And don’t forget KDE Gears/Apps 21.08!)

As usual, I am providing packages via my OBS builds. If you have used my packages till now, then you only need to change the plasma522 line to read plasma523. To give full details, I repeat (and update) instructions for all here: First of all, you need to add my OBS key say in /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/obs-npreining.asc and add a file /etc/apt/sources.lists.d/obs-npreining-kde.list, containing the following lines, replacing the DISTRIBUTION part with one of Debian_11 (for Bullseye), Debian_Testing, or Debian_Unstable:

deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other-deps/DISTRIBUTION/ ./ deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/frameworks/DISTRIBUTION/ ./ deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/plasma523/DISTRIBUTION/ ./ deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/apps2108/DISTRIBUTION/ ./ deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/other/DISTRIBUTION/ ./ 

The sharp eye might have detected also the apps2108 line, yes the KDE Gear suite of packages hgas been updated to 21.08 some time ago and is also available in my OBS builds (and in Debian/experimental).

Uploads to Debian

Plasma 5.23.0 has been uploaded to Debian, and is currently in transition to testing. Due to incorrect/insufficient Break/Depends, currently Debian/testing with the official packages for Plasma are broken. And as it looks this situation will continue for considerable time, considering that kwin is blocked by mesa, which in turn is blocked by llvm-toolchain-12, which has quite some RC bugs preventing it from transitioning. What a bad coincidence.

KDE Gears 21.08 are all in Debian Unstable and Testing, so the repositories here are mostly for users of Debian Bullseye (stable).

Krita beta

Krita has released the second beta of Krita 5.0, and this is available from the krita-beta repository, but only for amd64 architectures. Just add

 deb https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/npreining:/debian-kde:/krita-beta/DISTRIBUTION/ ./ 

Enjoy the new Plasma!


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