September 8, 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 favorite text editor, e.g.:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list


kdesudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

Next, add the following two lines:

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

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

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 8AC93F7A

Now update your package lists:

sudo apt-get update

Eventually, remove your existing Amarok installation:

sudo apt-get remove --purge amaroksudo 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.

Original article found at Tuxarena.

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