Installing Plasma Active
Balsam Professional Live Image
open-slx creates regularly updated packages of Balsam Professional for Plasma Active. These can be used as testing base and to track progress. You can either install these on top of an already running openSUSE 11.4, or try the Live ISO from a USB stick. Download the Balsam Professional live image, which is based on openSUSE here.
Installation on openSUSE
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 ACtive. If you would like to try it in a virtual machine, we recommend Virtualbox, which provides accelerated graphics capable of "desktop effects".
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 \ http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/rwooninck:/UNSTABLE_KDE4/openSUSE_11.4/ \ kde-unstable # Now elevate its priority to it will override the existing packages zypper mr -p 100 kde-unstable # Add sebas' home repo containing Plasma Active zypper ar \ http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/vizzzion/kde-unstable/ \ plasma-active # Elevate its priority to it will override even unstable packages zypper mr -p 101 plasma-active # force cache update zypper refresh -f
On to the installation of the actual packages. Again, as root, do:
zypper in plasma-active:kdebase4-runtime plasma-tablet-config plasma-declarative-widgets
This will install the "plasma-mobile" packages, and a few others on your system, which is contained the plasma-mobile package. (plasma-mobile has different sets of QML user interfaces per UI profile). zypper will ask you to accept the key. It will also suggests vendor changes for some packages. Accept these options.
Running Plasma Active
From a full Plasma Desktop (or Netbook) user experience, you can switch to Plasma Active as follows (as user logged into the the X11 session):
# Quit your plasma session kquitapp plasma-desktop or kquitapp plasma-netbook # Start Plasma Active plasma-tablet # It is also possible to run Plasma Active in a window, # this is useful for testing purposes: plasma-tablet --nodesktop
Installation of Plasma Active from sources
While the recommended way to test Plasma Active is with the above recipe using the binary packages, it is possible to build Plasma Active 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 to install 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://anongit.kde.org/plasma-mobile cd plasma-mobile mkdir build cd build cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr make sudo make install
MeeGo / ARM
A repository of most of KDE components, including Plasma Active for MeeGo is at http://repo.pub.meego.com/home:/mkruisselbrink%3a/kde/meego_1.1_core/home%3amkruisselbrink%3akde.repo
i586 and ARM repositories available
If you have installed Plasma Active on a system not yet listed here, please add detailed installation instructions in a new section.