KDE 3.1.1 - More questions, this is getting embarrising.
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I don't know if you were replying to me or not but I installed apt-get and then I upgraded apt-get. Then I logged out and logged back on in failsafe mode. I ran apt-get upgrade kde as root from the command line and everything seemed to go fine. However, when I look at the control panel, it still gives me the old version. What gives?
And to jailbait, I totally agree with your comments as they relate to the first poster, but I think he may have been replying to me and I am not a newbie....I am just lazy :P
I wish people would not try and do things like this.... upgrading KDE/GNOME/Xfree/kernel is not a simple operation, we have distros for a reason, and really upgrading every 6 months is not so bad I don't think. Then you just put in the CD and hit "upgrade", and everything is sorted for you.
Bear in mind installing KDE yourself will mean you lose a lot of the distro integration.
If you insist on potentially blowing up your install, and if you can't get the RPMs going look into something called Konstruct, modelled after Garnome (for gnome).
I installed SuSE 8.0. Then over 3 or 4 months I upgraded from 8.0 to 8.1 by downloading a few related packages at a time and installing them. The worst upgrade is the interrelated security and password packages. You have to get that right the first go or your machine is dead, dead, dead!
The distro integration is complicated, like you say. I spent a lot of time messing around with .xinitrc and the KDM init files.
Is it worth it? No. I agree with mhearn that it is cheaper (if you value your time) and easier to upgrade from release to release by using your distribution's latest release.