Unity Linux Beta 1 and KDE 4.4 Beta 1

December 10, 2009

Unity Linux Beta 1 becomes official and Unity Linux goes public

At long last Unity Linux Beta 1 is released. I just want to say congratulations to those who have made this possible. There’s been a lot of work to do and a lot of bumps in the road but Unity Linux’s team of developers have worked together, to not only create a 32bit release, but also a 64bit release. There’s still a lot of work to do, but reaching your first milestone has to feel good. Thanks for all your hard work Unity Linux team, it’s been a fun ride so far.


KDE 4.4 Beta 1 packaging work on Unity Linux

Speaking of Beta’s KDE also release KDE 4.4 Beta 1 in the last week. I have been packaging this for Unity Linux and getting the SVN repository prepared with needed package requires for KDE 4.4. A few branches depend on KDE, one being Granular Linux and the other Synergy-Linux. A Majority of the packages have been imported from Mandriva. A decent amount of work has gone into reworking requires, adding new requires and editing spec files. There’s been a little bit of frustration working with RPM5, just because “exclude” seems to work differently or not at all compared to RPM4. A solution is to just “rm” the files during install or create a list of excluded files, include it as a source file, and reference it in a delete script in the spec. I do believe Matt was the first to do this in our packages (correct me if I’m wrong) the script looks something like this:

#rpm5 exclude behavior
for tmp in $(more %SOURCE1); do
rm -fr %{buildroot}$tmp

It actually works quite well, other then the fact it adds one more file to the src package. In any case packaging has been frustrating but it’s came about quite well. Currently I am hosting the binary rpms and src rpms on the Synergy-Linux.com site



A vast majority of the core packages are done which will give most the opportunity to try things out. As we speak I am working on some of the more popular satellite packages ie. kdepim. Of course Amarok 2.2.1 is already done 😉


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