Install KDE 4.2 in debian

This is how looked my desktop some minutes after the kde 4.2 installation.

KDE 4 Runner, Leave note, Twitter, RSS, NowPlay, Dictionary, Clock -> Widgets in KDE 4.2Y

You need Debian unstable (Sid) and enable the experimental branches to install kde 4.2 version.Have in mind that this Debian branches come with lots of bugs and sometimes your system doesn’t respond as you like. Well, going to the whole point.

Add this to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb sid main
deb-src sid main

Enable the experimental branch by adding this to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb experimental main
deb-src experimental main

Update your system:

sudo apt-get update

Install the KDE packages from experimental with the command:

sudo aptitude -t experimental install kde4-minimal

kde4-minimal includes:
kdebase-runtime: Essential runtime components
kdebase-workspace: Desktop environment
kdebase: Core applications

If you want a complete installation, run:

sudo aptitude -t experimental install kde4

This command will install all packages of KDE 4.2 and could take some time. But, I recommend you install just the packages you need like: kdepim, kdemultimedia, kdenetwork, kdeplasma-addon, etc. Look at the Debian/KDE website for more information.

¡Enjoy your KDE Desktop!

Here are some screnshots of my desktop when playing with KDE 4.2.

Kickoff Menu, Twitter widget, Folder View
Kickoff Menu, Twitter widget, Folder View
Konsole, RSS, Runner, Dictionary
Konsole, RSS, Runner, Dictionary

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