Neon 5’s Many PPAs & APT

Project Neon 5, the KDE Frameworks 5 version of Kubuntu‘s continuous KDE software  delivery system, has more than one package repositories balancing quality and update frequency in different ways. This post is supposed to help those of you who, like me, wish to use whatever works best and therefore need to switch PPAs from time to time.

APT really comes in handy for this. As it allows you to pretty freely move between versions of a package through increasing pinning priority on a different PPA.

First you add all three repositories and create a file /etc/apt/preferences.d/kf5 containing:

 Package: *
 Pin: release o=LP-PPA-neon-kf5-snapshot-weekly
 Pin-Priority: 350

Package: *
 Pin: release o=LP-PPA-neon-kf5-snapshot-daily
 Pin-Priority: 250

Package: *
 Pin: release o=LP-PPA-neon-kf5
 Pin-Priority: 150

Now all you need to do is increase the priority of any of the entries to switch to that snapshot and run

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

APT will then automagically move your entire KDE Frameworks 5 stack to the version in the PPA with the highest priority.

So magic.

Project Neon5 Retiring Support for 13.04

Project Neon5 – the most awesome daily builds of KDE Frameworks 5 – is moving the distribution targets forward one release, making Kubuntu 13.10 and upcoming 14.04 the supported versions. Support for Kubuntu 13.04 will be discontinued shortly.

If you want to continue following the development of KDE Frameworks 5 we highly recommend upgrading to Kubuntu 13.10. Alternatively you can also use our all-new Live ISO images.

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