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Mesed Up KDE4.1 Libraries w OpenSuse 11

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:50:46 -0400 (CLT)

Don't know if anyone else has seen this, but I was getting a message
saying that either the gstreamer or xine (or both, depending on what was
installed) backend couldn't be opened (these are the KDE phonon audio
layer implementations) at startup and when someone IMed me on Kopete.

Also, in the sound section (click on the speaker) of "System Settings" I
had the error message:
  The shared library was not found. Library "kcm_phonon" not found.

Also, the KDE GUI to start things as root (kdesu) didn't work - it never
opened the command.

Anyway, the solution is to force Yast to reload the kdebase4-runtime
package.  Somehow some of those libraries has been deleted.

That seems to fix everything!


Spelling Errors

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 15:01:48 -0400 (CLT)

I don't normally care about spelling errors here (usually, I hope, typing
mistakes), but.... ow....

Totally Worth It

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 09:12:30 -0400 (CLT)

This page seems to be getting hits for "KDE4.1 Opensuse".  If people are
coming here looking for advice on whether to try this out, I would give a
strong recommendation - it works well and looks great.

I should qualify that by saying that I am using the latest build from
these repositories (amongst others):


You can find these at
http://en.opensuse.org/Additional_YaST_Package_Repositories and

Please don't rely on initial reports about KDE 4.0 - the current builds
are way, way better.


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