Updating Kubuntu to KDE 3.51 December 2005 · Filed in Explanation
Kubuntu 5.10, the KDE-based variant of Ubuntu, normally comes with KDE 3.4.3. With KDE 3.5.0 just recently released, however, I wanted to update Kubuntu to use the latest version of KDE. Here’s what I had to do to make it work.
First, from this page, I downloaded and added the appropriate GPG key. Once that was done, I used
apt-get update to download the latest package information and
apt-get upgrade to upgrade packages. That upgraded most of KDE, but there were a few packages that still refused to upgrade (they were reported by apt-get as “held back”).
After poking around with apt-get for a while, I discovered that there was one missing file—libgnokii2—that couldn’t be found in the apt-get sources. I manually reviewed the apt-get sources and finally found this package in the universe section of the main Ubuntu apt-get source. I edited
/etc/apt/sources.list to enable the other sections, then manually installed the missing file with these commands:
apt-get clean apt-get update apt-get install libgnokii2
I then edited
/etc/apt/sources.list again to disable the other sources and upgraded the remainder of the KDE packages:
apt-get clean apt-get update apt-get upgrade
This last round of
apt-get removed a few obsolete packages and then updated the remainder of the KDE packages.
I don’t know if this is the “correct” way of doing things, but it seemed to be the only way to make it work as anticipated. If anyone has a better way, please let me know.Tags: KDE · Linux · OSS · Ubuntu Previous Post: HTTP Proxies and Command-Line Utilities Next Post: Certificate Conversion Using OpenSSL