KDE/FreeBSD news


August 18th, 2017: QtWebEngine Landed

The long-awaited QtWebEngine -- the Qt port of the Blink engine that also powers the Chromium browser -- has landed in the official ports tree. This completes the portfolio of Qt5 modules on FreeBSD, and paves the way for browser- and application updates that depend on a reasonably-modern web-rendering engine.

June 18th, 2017: Calligra, Krita updated to 3.0, KF5

The first applications built on KDE Frameworks 5 are beginning to arrive on FreeBSD. The Calligra suite of office and productivity applications and Krita, the painting application, have been updated to their respective 3.0 releases.

Users may want to uninstall calligra and kdiagram before building the newer version.

June 11th, 2017: KDE Frameworks 5.35 in Area51

The latest release of KDE Frameworks 5.35 has been added to the plasma5/ branch of the Area51 repository. Users of the experimental ports repository can upate and rebuild KDE Frameworks as usual.

June 8th, 2017: New Area51

The repository used by the KDE-FreeBSD team for preparing KDE (related) ports has migrated to GitHub, alongside the XOrg@ and gnome@ ports trees. The first updates from that repository have been integrated into the main ports tree, with CMake 3.8.2 and fixes for Qt4 on ARM leading the way.

May 31st, 2017: Various Migrations

Two parts of the KDE/FreeBSD initiative have migrated to other homes this week. The website has largely moved to the KDE Community Wiki. This will make it easier to keep the website up-to-date and for incidental contributions by users. The source repository for the unoffical KDE ports -- which is where they are developed before being added to the main FreeBSD ports tree -- is now in github, alongside similar ports trees from xorg@ and gnome@. This simplifies the workflow of contributing updates to the KDE ports in the tree and unifies that workflow with the official ports tree.

May 20th, 2017: KDE Frameworks 5.34 landed

The official ports for KDE Frameworks 5 have been updated to the latest release. Users of KDE Frameworks ports can update as usual.

May 10th, 2017: KDE CVE-2017-8422

The KDE ports affected by CVE-2017-8422, x11/kdelibs4 and devel/kf5-kauth, have been updated with the fix for the identity-spoofing bug. Users are advised to update the affected ports.

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.

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