Archive for the 'FreeBSD' Category

Alberto Villa: KDE/FreeBSD bulletin

While our mailing list is flooded with commit messages and discussions of any kind, those relying on blog posts to get a status update on KDE/FreeBSD initiative (we have a website, d’you know?) might be a bit disappointed by our silence. Well, people, I’m here to fill this need of yours! So please, have a seat, and get ready for a long, long list. OK, not so long.

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Alberto Villa: KDE SC 4.7.2 finally in FreeBSD

After two months of porting efforts, tests and feedback from our users, we managed to commit KDE Software Compilation 4.7.2 to ports, right in time for 9.0-RELEASE. For those of you who want to know more, I’ll invite you to read our release announcement on the KDE/FreeBSD website.

Alberto Villa: KDE SC 4.7.1: amd64 packages now available for FreeBSD

At last, we started shipping packages – amd64 only – to help with the CFT announced last week. If you’re one of those who want to test the incoming KDE Software Compilation, but don’t want to build it all from source, follow these steps:

  1. make sure you have a working X.Org installed (with a graphic driver, then);
  2. read UPDATING-area51 and apply the pkg_delete, mv and rmdir steps;
  3. set PACKAGEROOT to;
  4. use pkg_add -r/portmaster/portupgrade/<your favourite tool> to install or upgrade KDE SC;
  5. if you’re using a recent -CURRENT (after libraries soversion bump), adjust your libmap.conf.

Alberto Villa: Announcing CFT for KDE SC 4.7.1 on FreeBSD

The moment has finally arrived. We’re ready to share our work on the latest KDE Software Compilation to all the brave testers who wish to give a hand. The ports should be quite stable, and if we receive good feedback, I hope to be able to commit it to /usr/ports before the release slush, and let FreeBSD (and PC-BSD) 9.0 ship with KDE SC 4.7.1!

As promised, we’re building packages to make things easier for you (only for amd64, I’m sorry), but they’re not ready yet. Come back in few days for an update. Meanwhile, I’ll let you know how to update using ports from our testing repository.

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Alberto Villa: New ports committer: Raphael Kubo da Costa

I’m happy to announce my first mentee, Raphael Kubo da Costa (rakuco@). If you look at my commit history, you’ll understand I was getting tired of committing patches “Submitted by: Raphael Kubo da Costa”, so it was time to punish him with a ports commit bit and let him do the hard job on his own. Raphael has been very active with the FreeBSD KDE team, and he’s now free to act on the whole ports tree.

To help with this little adventure there will be makc@ as co-mentor.

Good luck!

Alberto Villa: Tales of FreeBSD porting: KDE SC 4.7 and Telepathy-KDE

It’s time for another roadmap. And let’s make it fast.

What’s keeping KDE SC 4.7 still out of FreeBSD? Well, the high number of tarballs (and thus ports) in which it was split for this release. Actually they’re not too much, but they require a deep scan to update dependencies. We’ll probably be ready for a Call for tests in few days, and we would even like to provide test packages to make the process easier and get more feedback!
KDE PIM 4.7 will also be available, but I guess it won’t be ready to be committed along with other ports. Let’s hope in a mature 4.7.1!

Meanwhile, as a bonus, you’re free to test the first release of Telepathy-KDE:
# <path to area51>/Tools/scripts/kdemerge -m /usr/ports
# make install -C /usr/ports/net-im/telepathy-kde

Alberto Villa: Call for test: KDE PIM 4.6.0 on FreeBSD

While KDE SC 4.6.4 makes his debut in the ports tree, we decided not to push KDE PIM 4.6.0, and keep the stable a little longer. Nonetheless, we encourage you all brave people (well, it’s stable software, you don’t really need to be brave… but, as a FreeBSD user, you surely are) to install 4.6.0 from area51 and report your experience, and maybe we’ll eventually gain the assurance that it’s ready for our worldwide userbase.

To merge area51 to ports you need to run:
# <path to area51>/Tools/scripts/kdemerge -m /usr/ports


Alberto Villa: Calligra and… Randa!

Just a couple of things.
Calligra 2.3.71 (the first available snapshot) landed in area51. Try it out!

…as a KDE, Kdenlive and FreeBSD developer!

Alberto Villa: New KDE chat framework in area51

In last weeks I got my interest caught by all this talking about integrating Real-Time Communication and Collaboration support throughout KDE software, starting from a replacement for Kopete, the default IM client. And the latest blog post about it also caught my eye (screenshots do work), so I decided to give it a chance, and It felt so good that I made some pre-alpha-so-much-unstable ports for all the components (eight!). Should you want to test them, I’ve just committed them all to area51.

Any other information was included in the commit message, so I’ll just redirect you there.

Alberto Villa: April updates for KDE SC on FreeBSD

This time we were faster. Congrats (KDE SC 4.6.2) was announced yesterday, and has just been committed to the ports tree. It brings a lot of improvements and fixes. Special thanks go to Raphael Kubo da Costa, who ported the release.

What’s next? KOffice 2.3.3, KDevelop 4.2.2, and… an alpha port for Calligra, maybe?