Sunday, 6 September 2009

How-To: Install Amarok 2.2 Beta 1 from the Kubuntu Beta Backports


The first beta of Amarok 2.2, codenamed 'Crystal Clear', was released on September 4 and packages are available for Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty from the Kubuntu Beta Backports.

Amarok 2.2 Beta 1 comes with a huge number of bug fixes and many improvements and new features. To list some of them:
- new videoclip applet
- new photo applet
- improved browser layout to the left
- widgets can now be arranged differently from default
- ratings
- support for audio CDs
- the playlist offers multi-level sorting now
Those are only the highlights though, to see the full announcement and changelog read this.

To install Amarok 2.2 Beta 1 in Kubuntu/Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope just follow the instructions below:

First, edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file with your favourite text editor, e.g.:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Or:

kdesudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

Next, add the following two lines:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/beta/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/beta/ubuntu karmic main

Make sure to save the file and then add the trusted key for this repository:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 8AC93F7A

Now update your package lists:

sudo apt-get update

Eventually, remove your existing Amarok installation:

sudo apt-get remove --purge amarok
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge

And now install the latest Amarok:

sudo apt-get install amarok

This should be all. Run Amarok 2.2 Beta 1 by pressing Alt+F2 and typing amarok in KRunner.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does the kubuntu beta repo only have a amarok package for karmic and not for jaunty?

Anonymous said...

Yes. It seems that there are only packages for karmic :(

dandart said...

Actually you can download the packages from the site and install by clicking or "dpkg -i amarok*.deb" (just go to the address of the sources.list) - it requires KDE 4.3.1 but works on Jaunty

bigbrovar said...

This post is wrong and miss leading. first there is no amarok 2.2 package for jaunty using the repo posted above. Do you actually checkout your guides before you post them? maybe you should.

bigbrovar said...

@dandart doesnt work, amarok needs libstdc++6 (>= 4.4.0) but the version on jaunty is 4.3.3-5ubuntu4.

Anonymous said...

epic fail

Ricky said...

Funny post ... amarok 2.2 beta isn't even available in the beta repo yet :p
only 2.1.8 for karmic is available ;)

Folker said...

2.1.80 is the 2.2 beta. Unfortunately you do need to be running Karmic or this won't install because it runs off of other packages not updated in jaunty.