Kinoite, a KDE (and now XFCE) version of Fedora Silverblue


I run the “base” Kionoite 31. Lately, I haven’t been able to update due to a conflict between Fedora updates and the base system.

● ostree://kinoite:fedora/31/x86_64/base
Version: Base 31.20 (2020-02-24T15:54:16Z)
BaseCommit: e499932cde58ba29d122c8561f60699e3e20cfb8800b3be0195770deb9fd616f
Commit: 0ef5ea2b1e543c816e2121dcede25c9508ab1f93d8bdb8837a2c00779eaf65d1
├─ rpmfusion-nonfree-updates (2020-04-01T16:21:05Z)
├─ rpmfusion-free-updates (2020-04-01T15:51:10Z)
├─ updates-testing (2020-04-04T02:09:42Z)
├─ fedora (2019-10-23T22:52:47Z)
├─ rpmfusion-nonfree (2019-10-22T10:43:47Z)
├─ google-chrome (2020-04-02T19:48:31Z)
├─ updates (2020-04-04T01:40:42Z)
└─ rpmfusion-free (2019-10-22T10:21:36Z)
Staged: no
StateRoot: fedora
GPGSignature: 1 signature
Signature made Mon 24 Feb 2020 10:54:16 AM EST using RSA key ID DB27818F78688F83
Good signature from “Timothée Ravier
LayeredPackages: aegisub bspwm compton conky dbus-x11 dmenu dunst emacs feh gvfs htop jq kmod-nvidia mpv neofetch neovim nnn paman pasystray pavucontrol polybar
ranger rofi rxvt-unicode-256color.x86_64 streamlink sxhkd sxiv thunar thunar-volman vlc wireguard xorg-x11-drv-nvidia youtube-dl zathura
zathura-cb zathura-djvu zathura-pdf-poppler zathura-ps
LocalPackages: rpmfusion-free-release-31-1.noarch rpmfusion-nonfree-release-31-1.noarch google-chrome-stable-79.0.3945.117-1.x86_64

$ rpm-ostree upgrade
1 metadata, 0 content objects fetched; 336 B transferred in 1 seconds
Checking out tree e499932… done
Enabled rpm-md repositories: rpmfusion-nonfree-updates rpmfusion-free-updates updates-testing fedora rpmfusion-nonfree google-chrome updates rpmfusion-free
rpm-md repo ‘rpmfusion-nonfree-updates’ (cached); generated: 2020-05-22T11:26:29Z
rpm-md repo ‘rpmfusion-free-updates’ (cached); generated: 2020-05-20T08:27:32Z
rpm-md repo ‘updates-testing’ (cached); generated: 2020-05-24T04:43:43Z
rpm-md repo ‘fedora’ (cached); generated: 2019-10-23T22:52:47Z
rpm-md repo ‘rpmfusion-nonfree’ (cached); generated: 2019-10-22T10:43:47Z
rpm-md repo ‘google-chrome’ (cached); generated: 2020-05-21T17:56:32Z
rpm-md repo ‘updates’ (cached); generated: 2020-05-24T02:13:24Z
rpm-md repo ‘rpmfusion-free’ (cached); generated: 2019-10-22T10:21:36Z
Importing rpm-md… done

Forbidden base package replacements:
rpm-libs 4.15.1-1.fc31 -> 4.15.1-2.fc31 (updates)
rpm 4.15.1-1.fc31 -> 4.15.1-2.fc31 (updates)
glibc 2.30-10.fc31 -> 2.30-11.fc31 (updates)
glibc-all-langpacks 2.30-10.fc31 -> 2.30-11.fc31 (updates)
glibc-devel 2.30-10.fc31 -> 2.30-11.fc31 (updates)
glibc-headers 2.30-10.fc31 -> 2.30-11.fc31 (updates)
glibc-common 2.30-10.fc31 -> 2.30-11.fc31 (updates)
rpm-plugin-selinux 4.15.1-1.fc31 -> 4.15.1-2.fc31 (updates)
This likely means that some of your layered packages have requirements on newer or older versions of some base packages. Doing rpm-ostree cleanup -m and `rpm-ostree upgraResolving dependencies… done
error: Some base packages would be replaced

I’ve tried to force the update but I am not sure if I’m doing it right.

$ rpm-ostree override replace \
> rpm-libs-4.15.1-2.fc31.x86_64.rpm \
> rpm-4.15.1-2.fc31.x86_64.rpm \
> glibc-2.30-11.fc31 \
> glibc-all-langpacks-2.30-11.fc31 \
> glibc-devel-2.30-11.fc31 \
> glibc-headers-2.30-11.fc31 \
> glibc-common-2.30-11.fc31 \
> rpm-plugin-selinux-4.15.1-2.fc31
error: openat(rpm-libs-4.15.1-2.fc31.x86_64.rpm): No such file > or directory

I’m not sure how to override this. I looked at the documentation, and it isn’t very clear. Any idea how to work around this?


I am sorry but as I said earlier in the thread, the current release is really outdated and I recommend that you temporarily switch back to the official Silverblue refs and overlay the KDE desktop packages on top until I do a proper F32 release. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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So for example, just to be sure, if I was to overlay the packages listed in the fedora-kinoite.yalm file that would basically give me the samebase setup as if I had rebased to your kinoite image?

You need to overlay packages from both kde-desktop-pkgs.yaml and fedora-kinoite.yaml to get a minimal working KDE desktop.

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I would like to try the overlay packages approach so I can have an up to date Plasma DE. Is there a script anyone can share that will overlay all the packages in the fedora-kinoite.yaml and fedora-kinoite.yaml files or do I need to do it manually? Also, if I wish to undo the overlay of these packages is there a script to uninstall them? Thanks.

I have created a small script to list the packages needed to add an additional desktop to a default Silverblue desktop. This script has to be run inside a workstation-ostree-config repo on the branch for the corresponding Silverblue release. Here is a run for Fedora 32 with the current desktops I made a package selection for:

kde: breeze-icon-theme xorg-x11-server-Xwayland plasma-user-manager sddm kwin kf5-baloo-file kde-settings-pulseaudio xdg-desktop-portal-kde kinfocenter kwayland-integration kwalletmanager5 plasma-breeze ksysguard sddm-breeze plasma-nm glibc-all-langpacks dolphin polkit-kde qt5-qtbase-gui kdeplasma-addons plasma-discover plasma-drkonqi kf5-akonadi-server-mysql sddm-kcm gnome-keyring-pam konsole5 plasma-workspace-wayland khotkeys kscreenlocker pam-kwallet plasma-workspace qt5-qtdeclarative kf5-akonadi-server initial-setup-gui kwin-wayland xorg-x11-drv-libinput kscreen kde-print-manager kmousetool kde-gtk-config NetworkManager-config-connectivity-fedora bluedevil ark plasma-pa phonon-qt5-backend-gstreamer plasma-desktop kdialog

xfce: xfce4-datetime-plugin xfce4-settings bluebird-gtk2-theme greybird-xfce4-notifyd-theme bluebird-xfwm4-theme xfwm4 xfce4-about thunar-archive-plugin xfce4-taskmanager xfdesktop blueberry thunar-media-tags-plugin xfce4-session xfce4-appfinder arc-theme xfwm4-theme-nodoka albatross-xfwm4-theme gtk-xfce-engine adwaita-icon-theme adwaita-gtk2-theme greybird-light-theme desktop-backgrounds-compat greybird-xfwm4-theme albatross-gtk3-theme thunar-volman gvfs xfconf lightdm-gtk greybird-dark-theme gnome-keyring-pam xfce4-panel xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin albatross-gtk2-theme bluebird-gtk3-theme Thunar initial-setup-gui xfce4-terminal xfwm4-themes xscreensaver-base fedora-icon-theme nm-connection-editor xfce4-power-manager network-manager-applet xfce4-screenshooter-plugin

lxqt: breeze-icon-theme lxqt-config lxqt-policykit sddm upower falkon-kwallet lxqt-notificationd lxqt-themes firewall-config notification-daemon lxqt-panel network-manager-applet xdg-desktop-portal-kde falkon pcmanfm-qt lxqt-globalkeys lxqt-session obconf breeze-gtk xdg-user-dirs lxqt-runner lxqt-openssh-askpass openbox lxqt-qtplugin initial-setup-gui lxqt-powermanagement sddm-themes lxqt-themes-fedora libqtxdg qterminal fedora-icon-theme perl-File-MimeInfo lxqt-about nm-connection-editor ark breeze-cursor-theme

deepin: deepin-system-monitor deepin-editor deepin-desktop deepin-screenshot fedora-icon-theme deepin-file-manager deepin-image-viewer firewall-config chromium deepin-calendar deepin-calculator deepin-picker

pantheon: switchboard-plug-pantheon-shell contractor pantheon-session-settings wingpanel-indicator-session pantheon-agent-polkit wingpanel-indicator-notifications switchboard-plug-onlineaccounts gala switchboard elementary-icon-theme switchboard-plug-sharing wingpanel-indicator-power elementary-screenshot-tool pantheon-agent-geoclue2 elementary-theme switchboard-plug-about elementary-wallpapers wingpanel wingpanel-indicator-keyboard elementary-shortcut-overlay wingpanel-indicator-network elementary-music elementary-capnet-assist switchboard-plug-display gnome-session elementary-code elementary-videos wingpanel-indicator-datetime switchboard-plug-a11y elementary-sound-theme switchboard-plug-printers plank elementary-camera switchboard-plug-sound wingpanel-indicator-bluetooth elementary-greeter switchboard-plug-notifications switchboard-plug-mouse-touchpad switchboard-plug-keyboard wingpanel-applications-menu elementary-print wingpanel-indicator-ayatana switchboard-plug-networking elementary-photos elementary-calculator wingpanel-indicator-nightlight switchboard-plug-bluetooth elementary-calendar elementary-terminal switchboard-plug-applications elementary-files wingpanel-indicator-sound

mate: mate-themes atril-caja firewall-config caja-actions slick-greeter-mate firefox mate-power-manager f32-backgrounds-mate mate-session-manager libmatekbd blueberry mate-notification-daemon usermode-gtk f32-backgrounds-extras-base gtk2-engines mate-screensaver seahorse-caja atril mate-search-tool mate-disk-usage-analyzer mate-terminal f32-backgrounds-base system-config-printer-applet eom gnome-epub-thumbnailer libmatemixer caja-image-converter mate-screenshot mate-menus-preferences-category-menu mate-control-center nm-connection-editor mate-polkit caja-open-terminal mate-applets mate-desktop mate-system-log mate-icon-theme mate-user-admin lightdm system-config-language mate-user-guide gvfs-nfs mate-menus system-config-printer seahorse f32-backgrounds-extras-mate libmateweather gstreamer1-plugins-ugly-free caja-sendto mate-calc setroubleshoot mate-system-monitor mate-settings-daemon mate-backgrounds atril-thumbnailer dconf-editor lm_sensors alsa-plugins-pulseaudio pluma caja caja-wallpaper libsecret initial-setup-gui mate-panel mozo pavucontrol mate-dictionary mate-media gucharmap engrampa caja-xattr-tags parole network-manager-applet marco

And the commands to switch to KDE desktop for example:

$ sudo rpm-ostree install <packagelist>
$ sudo systemctl reboot
# login on a TTY
$ sudo systemctl disable --now gdm
$ sudo systemctl enable --now sddm

You may encounter errors such as package XXX is already installed. This is fine and the corresponding packages just need to be removed from the list of packages to overlay.

Don’t forget to set the Desktop type to Plasma / Plasma (Wayland) before login.

Enjoy you never outdated alternative desktop Silverblue system :slight_smile:


I have also finally updated my repository with a Fedora 32 branch! :tada:

Thanks to @walters for helping me find the issue I had. I will work on a fix soon.

I have also added a Mate desktop variant!

Please download my updated OpenPGP key and reimport it or remove / re-add the remote with the new key:

$ curl -O
$ sudo ostree remote delete kinoite
$ sudo ostree remote add kinoite --gpg-import siosm.gpg

See also my previous answer for an alternative way to get alternative desktops on Silverblue (without having to way for me to build the images :wink:).

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Your repos seem to be unavailable could you please provide a means to clone your configs.

Sorry I got them. It was forks instead of fork on the url.

Thanks! I fixed both as unfortunately I cannot edit the first post anymore.

Mate is available in the latest F32 branch :slight_smile:.

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For now, only my f32-variants branch has the Mate & Base variants. Everything else is upstream.

I followed the above instructions to try and experiment with a variant. It kept failing at the last line with an error
error: The tree file has neither "repos" nor "repos-lockfile" members
I tried to look at os-tree documentations but I can not find the issue. Has anyone got any idea what it might be referring to and how to solve it. I followed the instructions as is on a new box with kinoite-base32.

Can you post your kinoite-base32.yaml config?

There is no file named kinoite-base32.yaml. I just tried to build the default fedora-common-ostree.yaml

The fedora-common-ostree.yaml manifest is not a complete manifest and more of an header to be included in other manifests. The minimum manifest to build is fedora-base.yaml from this branch (not yet upstream).

Thanks the fedora-base.yaml worked for me.

I am having trouble installing kvm virtualization packages. I get an error saying that base packages gnutls, pcre2 can not be updated. I tried the fedora-xfce tree and fedora-base tree and in both cases I get the same error. I even removed every layered package but I get the same error.

This issue does not exist with when I switch back to fedora:fedora/32/x86_64/silverblue. I thought packages were in sync with the fedora-32 workstation or is there something I am missing.

Yes, this is a classic case of my images being outdated (there have been several cases reported here). I will rebuild and update them soon. I really need to find the time to automate all that :slight_smile:. In the mean time you should be able to manually download just the RPM needed and install them on top.

Ok. Can I use the to update it myself. If there are any instructions you can give me on how I can update them myself on a separate tree, I am willing to put in the work. I am grateful any help.