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My bet is that we will get a new KDE + polkit compiled with a shadow backend. Robby Workman wrote a patch for polkit that allows it to be used without PAM, probably he did that for the next Slackware release.
Andrew Psaltis, a WICD developer team and a Slacker as well, fixed and enhanced that patch (which was initially created by PiterPunk in collaboration with Robby Workman). The updated patch has been sent to the polkit mailing list but it was never picked up, so I contacted David Zeuthen (polkit maintainer) to get him to review the patch and assimilate it into the polkit-1 source tree.
That patch works. I am running KDE 4.4.2 (unreleased as of yet) with polkit-1 and ConsoleKit and I have an un-crippled KDE now, while the rest of Slackware does not care whether polkit-1 is installed or not (only KDE uses it for now).
I am not sure yet if I will release my polkit-depending version of KDE 4.4.2.
How come there was a beta version of KDevelop packaged with Slackware 13.0? I thought they stuck with old versions until the next version was completely ready. I don't really know anything about making a distro so I don't mean to offend anybody. I'm sure there's lots decision making and behind the scenes problems I don't know anything about.