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Installing Plasma Tablet

openSUSE 11.4 / i586

open-slx creates regularly updated packages for Plasma Tablet. You can either install these on top of an already running openSUSE 11.4, or try the Live ISO from a USB stick. Currently, only packages for i586 (Atom-based systems are available).

In order to install the latest development snapshots on openSUSE 11.4, you have to add two repositories to your system. These update kdelibs and kde-runtime to a post-4.6 development snapshot which contains additions in QML bindings and improvements needed to run the development version for Plasma Tablet. If you would like to try it in a virtual machine, we recommend Virtualbox, which provides accelerated graphics capable of "desktop effects".

Installation Recipe

As you are going to install packages from a different source, or so-called "vendor", you can make your life easier by telling zypper to automatically resolve packages across vendors. In /etc/zypp/zypp.conf, change the following line

solver.allowVendorChange = false


solver.allowVendorChange = true

To install Plasma Active, add tittiatcoke's UNSTABLE_KDE4 repository and sebas' repo containing builds of the declarative branch from kdelibs and kde-runtime. As root:

# Add titti's KDE unstable repo
zypper ar \ \

# Now elevate its priority to it will override the existing packages
zypper mr -p 100 kde-unstable

# Add sebas' home repo containing plasma-tablet
zypper ar \ \

# Elevate its priority to it will override even unstable packages
zypper mr -p 101 plasma-tablet

# force cache update
zypper refresh -f

On to the installation of the actual packages. Again, as root, do:

 zypper in plasma-tablet:kdebase4-runtime plasma-tablet-config

This will install "plasma-tablet" on your system, which is contained the plasma-mobile package. (Plasma Mobile and Plasma Tablet are actually the same codebase, but using different sets of QML user interfaces.) zypper will ask you to accept the key. It will also suggest vendor changes for some packages. Accept these options.

Running Plasma Tablet

From a full Plasma Desktop (or Netbook) user experience, you can switch to Plasma Tablet as follows (as user logged into the the X11 session):

# Quit your plasma session
kquitapp plasma-desktop
kquitapp plasma-netbook

# Start plasma-tablet

# It is also possible to run plasma-tablet in a window,
# this is useful for testing purposes:
plasma-tablet --nodesktop

Installation of Plasma-mobile from sources

While the recommended way to test Plasma tablet is with the above recipe using the binary packages, it is possible to build Plasma mobile and Plasma tablet from the source repository, who wants to try the bleeding edge repository can build plasma-mobile from sources. The recommended way is to follow the usual kde from sources build instructions. It is also possible to use the binary kde packages as a base.

It is necessary toinstall some packages (and their dependencies) to have a working development environment: sudo zypper install gcc gcc-c++ git cmake, kdelibs-devel

Now clone the plasma mobile source repository and build:

 git clone git://

 cd plasma-mobile

 mkdir build

 cd build



 sudo make install

MeeGo / ARM

A repository of most of KDE components, including Plasma mobile-tablet for MeeGo is at

i586 and ARM repositories available

Other Systems

If you have installed Plasma Tablet on a system not yet listed here, please add detailed installation instructions in a new section.

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