KDE4 upgrade to KDE4 Factory questions

I’m using KDE 4.1.3 and want to upgrade to KDE4 Factory. I just want to know if there’s anything I have to do such as remove repositories before I install it (which I will do through the on-click install on the OpenSuse site)

Nope, you can just press it - it’s clever enough not to double add repos that are already there.

The only thing you might consider is adjusting the priorities in ‘Software sources’ in YaST afterwards - you should probably ensure that the KDE Factory repos have the same or a lower priority setting (lower number is higher priority, somewhat linguistically awkwardly) as the standard SuSE ones to ensure that you don’t end up with a mixed system.

I don’t get it.

If you look here KDE/Repositories - openSUSE they tell you that the KDE 4.2 packages are snapshots and not the same as the stable release. The stable release seems to be 4.1.

I’m using opensuse 11.1.

But when I look at the KDE website it looks like version 4.2 has been officially released.

So, why is the KDE 4.2 repository not considered as stable but still as snapshots ?

Is it safe than to install from this source ?

As far as I understand it, KDE 4.2 is considered a stable release by KDE, however, it is not implemented by openSUSE in their stable release - as far as SUSE is concerned, it is an experimental beta.

However, I think the general consensus is that it has settled down a lot, and 4.21 is better than what 11.1 ships with.

In summary, it’s under development, so expect bugs to appear from nowhere - but if you’re running it alongside another Desktop Environment, or can survive it ceasing to work for a couple of days here and there, it’s probably better.

kde4.2.1 from factory is being widely used and whilst ‘stable’ in that IMO it is way better than 4.1.3 Vanilla Install, it does have quirks from time to time as it is Factory in SUSE.
Install it, you will not regret it.

*IF you added the Build Service of Stable 4.1.3 to enhance the default install then you would need to remove/disable these.

OneClick Not for me. Add these

Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Community/openSUSE_11.1_KDE4_Factory_Desktop

Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Factory:/Desktop/openSUSE_11.1

Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Factory:/Extra-Apps/openSUSE_11.1

Then do update all unconditionally in all those 3 new repo’s. You will likely have nothing installed from the Extra.
If you get some dependency errors, save them to file with the expert button and post them here.

From my experience the kde packages in the factory repository are always a bit risky to use >:). I guess they are not rock stable due to all the specific suse modifications for example to the kernel. Besides that I have the impression that opensuse is more rigid about stability than official kde. Not as rigid as Debian (stable branch) but far more rigid than ubuntu for example.

OK, thanks for the feedback.
I’ll make a backup image from my system and start the upgrade, do some extensive testing and give you my findings. Hope it works out just fine coz my system is very stable now, considering it is an upgrade from opensuse 11.0 to 11.1 with packages from Packman installed as well.

How did it work out? Did you update to 4.2 and did you meet any bugs which made you switch back to your old configuration?