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Re: [alpine-devel] KDE Plasma packaging in Alpine

From: Oliver Smith <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:10:00 +0000

Hi there,

I am sorry that awilfox and kaniini had to explain themselves in lengthy posts. I didn't understand the polite pointers you were already giving, which pointed in the direction that the LTS version is suited better for Alpine.

But with all the facts on the table, it is obvious now, that Adelie's team are the experts for getting KDE into Alpine, way beyond what we could have learned about both KDE and Alpine in such a short time. There's no doubt that the LTS version is the better choice.

awilfox wrote:
> (Honestly, I have wondered for a while why postmarketOS does not want
> to try and fork Adélie instead of Alpine. Since KF5 is ABI stable, we
> are always tracking the current version of that anyway. They would
> only need to worry about Plasma Next. This would lower their expended
> effort so that they could focus on what makes them different. It
> would also greatly reduce the amount of code with which they need to
> become familiar.)

We're not forking any distribution, we want to be an (ideally thin) layer on top and directly use and contribute to the binary packages provided by upstream. To be honest, I didn't know about the ABI stability yet. Basing on Adelie's KF5 packaging does sounds like a good idea and I'll bring it up in the postmarketOS community.

Thanks for all the answers to this thread, I have read them all multiple times and learned a lot!

Best regards,

A. Wilcox:
> On 27/10/17 11:01, Natanael Copa wrote:
>> On Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:03:05 +0200 Jakub Jirutka <>
>> wrote:
>>> In the light of these arguments, I changed my mind * I*d prefer
>>> LTS version of KDE to non-LTS. Also I support adding KDE packages
>>> to Alpine, if Awilfox will help us maintaining them in
>>> long-term.
>> I prefer LTS too if possible.
>> We could maybe have the next version of KDE in edge/testing?
>> similar to what we do with firefox and firefox-esr?
> I'm not sure what you mean by that, but edge/testing is definitely
> where I would want KDE to land until it is known to work well on Alpine.
>> Needs be done carefully though. We did have some confusion with
>> php7 in community and testing.
>>>> The entire team at Adélie are dead serious about making sure
>>>> that our packages are rock solid on varied hardware.
>>>> The reason that we have not already upstreamed our KDE work is
>>>> that we are still ensuring that it works *everywhere*. We have
>>>> a few people volunteering to try it out on ARM, and I*m trying
>>>> to bring up PPC64.
>>> I think that this is good enough for adding them to the Alpine*s
>>> testing repository right after releasing v3.7 (so we can now
>>> focus on release).
>> I agree that we should focus on the v3.7 release now.
>> A. Wilcox: What is the current state of 5.8? Do you think it is
>> realistic to merge it now and have it working without delaying the
>> v3.7 release too much?
> The frameworks are ready. They're ABI stable and they work flawlessly
> on musl. I have no doubt that they would be fine in v3.7. However,
> that doesn't include the Plasma desktop, just the frameworks... which
> may not be very useful without the desktop itself. See below.
>> Are you ok to wait til after Alpine 3.7 release and aim for KDE
>> 5.12 in Alpine v3.8?
> My main concern is that we still don't have any display manager
> capable of launching a KDE session. So you would need to have
> .xinitrc with:
> exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch --exit-with-session startkde
> This doesn't seem like a very nice way to do things. I highly doubt
> I'll be able to get sddm to work with ConsoleKit2 before v3.7 is done
> and released. After one week of work I have it communicating with CK2
> but not yet creating sessions or reading the seats properly.
> I can't really speak for 5.12 yet. We of course feel confident that
> it will be a great release, and they have integrated a lot of our work
> upstream for it. However, there's always the chance for some breakage
> as there is with any package release.
> I don't know when Alpine 3.8 would be shipping and I don't know when a
> version freeze would happen and so on. There's not a lot of
> information that I can find that talks about Alpine's release
> schedule. It looks like, based on past releases, the next one would
> be in May 2018? If that is the case KDE 5.12 should be very ready by
> then.
> FWIW, at the current rate of progress, Adélie 1.0 is probably due for
> a release around January 2018. We plan to bump to kernel 4.14 and KDE
> 5.12 and then release Adélie 1.5 somewhere in the summer. That looks
> like it would line up pretty cleanly to being based on Alpine 3.8.
> No guarantees, obviously, but assuming everything I have said in this
> message turns out to happen, we would probably be looking at
> upstreaming KDE Plasma 5.12 in to Alpine some time in February.
> As I said, I am willing to work on KDE Frameworks (KF5) integration
> now but I don't know how useful those would be without something using
> them.
> All the best,
> --arw
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