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April 3rd, 2017: Oxygen icons converging

The Oxygen icons which have colored the KDE4 desktop on FreeBSD for a long time are updated regularly upstream. However, they are no longer the Oxygen icons for KDE4, but for KDE Applications with KDE Frameworks 5. This means that icon updates do not happen for KDE4 from ports.

The KDE-FreeBSD team has renamed the port of the Oxygen icons from kde4-icons-oxygen to kf5-oxygen-icons5, and updated the port with the latest upstream release. This is another small step in preparing for KDE Applications. While the port is now named "kf5-", it is not, in fact, based on Qt5 or KDE Frameworks 5, and can be used in a KDE4 environment with no change. The KDE4 ports have been adjusted to use this newer version, even though the mix of KDE4 and KDE Frameworks 5 looks a little strange.

March 29th, 2017: KDE4 Updates

Although KDE4 software -- based on kdelibs4 -- is no longer actively developed upstream, KDE4 is the only complete version of KDE software currently available from ports. It receives occasional updates upstream, and therefore occasional updates in FreeBSD.

KDE4 has been updated to the latest workspace release, 4.11.22, and latest kdelibs release, 4.14.30.

March 26th, 2017: KDE Frameworks 5 and Applications

KDE Frameworks 5 in ports have been update to the latest release from KDE.org, version 5.32. The ports infrastructure has been updated to be ready for the current release of KDE Applications, version 16.12.3. The latter are not yet available in official ports, but they are in the unofficial ports tree in area51, in the plasma5/ branch.

This update ensures that when the KDE Applications for KF5 land, the infrastructure is ready for them.

February 18th, 2017: Qt 5.7.1, KDE Frameworks 5.31 landed

The KDE-FreeBSD team is happy to announce the immediate availability of Qt 5.7.1 and KDE Frameworks 5.31 in the official FreeBSD ports tree; check out FreshPorts for the latest ports news.

This release adds one new KDE Framework, Kirigami 2. It also massages the Qt4 and Qt5 ports to live together more harmoniously. In particular, it adds misc/qtchooser, which allows developers and sysadmins to manage multiple concurrent Qt installations. We advise users to consult the UPDATING entry for 20170218.

February 14th, 2017: KDE Plasma 5.9.2 in area51

The KDE-FreeBSD team loves announcing that area51 is all up-to-date with the latest software releases from the KDE community. The unofficial ports tree for KDE-FreeBSD now contains KDE Frameworks 5.31, KDE Plasma Desktop 5.9.2 and KDE Applications 16.12.

January 26th, 2017: KDE Frameworks 5.30 landed

The official FreeBSD ports tree has been updated with this month's KDE Frameworks release, version 5.30. New in this release on the FreeBSD side is the inclusion of x11/kf5-kwayland, which opens the door to Wayland-compatible applications using the KDE Frameworks.

Dec 27th, 2016: KDE Plasma 5.8.5 in area51

The KDE-FreeBSD team has updated the unofficial ports tree, area51, with the latest release of KDE Plasma, 5.8.5. This version is available from the unofficial ports tree for KDE-FreeBSD, area51, in the plasma5/ branch.

Dec 19th, 2016: KDE Frameworks 5.29.0 landed

The KDE-FreeBSD team is proud to introduce the KDE Frameworks ports into the official FreeBSD ports tree. The KDE Frameworks are 70 libraries that build on top of Qt5 and provide lightweight, modular support for all kinds of functionality for Qt5 applications. The KDE Frameworks also serve as the platform on which KDE Plasma 5 and KDE Applications are built.

This release includes all of the KDE Frameworks except for kf5-wayland (because it requires Wayland, which isn't in the ports tree yet) and kf5-bluez (because it doesn't make sence on FreeBSD's Bluetooth stack).

Oct 28th, 2016: Qt 5.6.2 landed

The KDE-FreeBSD team is happy to announce that the latest Qt LTS (Long-Term Support) version, Qt 5.6.2, has been committed to the official FreeBSD ports tree. This marks the next step towards importing KDE Frameworks 5 into the official tree. Users of Qt5 ports can update as usual.

Oct 8th, 2016: KDE Frameworks 5.27.0 in area51

The latest KDE Frameworks release -- this month is 5.27 -- is available in the unofficial KDE-FreeBSD ports repository, area51. Users of the plasma5/ branch in that repository can update as usual. or from the bleeding-edge packages provided by the KDE-FreeBSD team.

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