Running Plasma Media Center on Fedora, Ubuntu and openSUSE distro


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Cannot close about dialog


When i start plasma-mediacenter (kubuntu 12.10), I get the about dialog listing names of the devs. However, pressing the close button does not cause the dialog to close.

I also tried changing AboutPMC.qml and changed dialog.accept() to dialog.close() but that didn't help either.

What else can I try?



Posted by KenP (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 15:18

Thats really unexpected, maybe something is wrong with your Plasma Components installation.

Can you share the terminal output when you start pmc? You can either * Create a bug report at or * ping ksinny or Shaan7 on #plasma on freenode IRC

Posted by Shantanu Tushar (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 20:35

Yes, it was probably older version of plasma components. I re-installed all required dependencies and it works now.

Nice work.

Q: What kind of files is the 'Other' category (the plasma cashew) supposed to show?

Posted by KenP (not verified) on Fri, 10/26/2012 - 09:43
Cannot get rid of intro screen


I am unable to get rid of the intro screen listing the names of the devs. The close button does not work (as expected) when pressed. Tried sliding the intro window away, pressed Esc ... no response.



Posted by KenP (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 14:43
what repo contains

what repo contains kffmpegthumbnailer? in F17

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 08:19
Posted by sinny on Fri, 10/26/2012 - 14:04
it doesnt seem to work without "QtMultimediaKit" optional packag

"QtMultimediaKit" is mentioned as "optional" but it failed to run if build without it.

output from the terminal when it crash on launch

[ink@mtz build]$ plasma-mediacenter
file:///home/local/KDE4/share/apps/plasma/packages/org.kde.plasma.mediac... Type MediaCenterComponents/MediaPlayer unavailable
         MediaCenterComponents.MediaPlayer {
file:///home/local/KDE4/lib/kde4/imports/org/kde/plasma/mediacentercompo... module "QtMultimediaKit" is not installed
     import QtMultimediaKit 1.1 as QtMultimediaKit
KCrash: Application 'plasma-mediacenter' crashing...
KCrash: Attempting to start /home/local/KDE4/lib/kde4/libexec/drkonqi from kdeinit

[1]+  Stopped                 plasma-mediacenter
[ink@mtz build]$

Posted by mhogomchungu (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 06:13
below output is how

below output is how "QtMultimediaKit" is listed as option when it it found not to be present at configure time.

-- Found Nepomuk: /home/local/KDE4/lib/;/home/local/KDE4/lib/
-- checking for module 'QtMultimediaKit'
--   package 'QtMultimediaKit' not found

-- The following OPTIONAL packages could NOT be located on your system.
-- Consider installing them to enable more features from this software.
   * QtMultimediaKit  <>
     Delivers an easy to use interface to multimedia functions
     Needed for better video playback performance


-- Configuring done
-- Generating done


I installed qtmobility, rebuild everything and it now works.

The good: i like the animation and transition. I run it with "--disable-opengl " option and the transition are pretty smooth. I like the UI too, its very responsible and doesnt look "busy" and its clean.


The bad: The whole application can not be used using a keyboard only or a mouse only.This is not good.

For example, when i am at the video section, i can not seem to be able to access the "places" area with a keyboard and i can not scroll left or right to access more video entries with the mouse, i have to use left key and right key on the keyboard.


Is there any plans to support online content other that flick photos?

Some sort of a mean to manage rss feeds to allow streaming video content from online websites will be sweet.


I am impressed by the work thats done so far, will start following this project very closely.

Posted by mhogomchungu (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 18:42
There will be other online support!

Thanks for trying and telling the good and bad thing about it :)

Its true that PMC doesn't support well keyboard navigation right now but we have plan for it in future . Mouse works fine and you can scroll left and right without help of keyboard. You just need to press left mouse button and flick it.

We are working on other online services too. Right now picasa backend is in progress in other branch which is almost done. Will merge it soon into master. Later we will add youtube plugin as well !

Posted by sinny on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 22:58
Package 'QtMultimediaKit' not found

I know that this blog regards fedora/ubuntu but perhaps you can help me.

I'm tryng to compile plasma-mediacenter in Chakra; I installed qt-mobility but cmake fails with the message "Package 'QtMultimediaKit' not found". I checked /usr/include and there is QtMultimediaKit folder (with all other folders from qt-mobility). /usr/lib seems ok: contains all mobility libraries.

Which could be the problem? A missing FindQtMultimediaKit.cmake file? qt-mobility src package has no .cmake files. Ubuntu/Fedora adopt custom .cmake files? In that case, can you point me to those packages so I can extract Find*.cmake? (I used and packages files listing feature but without luck).

Very thanks.

Posted by bull3t (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 22:36
Maybe only cmake

Well something is wrong with the way PMC's cmake is locating QtMultimediaKit, we're trying to fix this.

Meanwhile, its worthwile noticing that the cmake warning will be shown even when you have QtMultimediaKit installed. Ignore and build it anyway, if you really have it PMC will work fine.

Posted by Shantanu Tushar (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 20:37
Amazing how a beautiful

Amazing how a beautiful wallpaper makes such a difference! Keep up the great work :)

Posted by BajK (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:07

Thank you so much :D

Posted by sinny on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:21
A video would be really

A video would be really appreciated!

Looks cool though and reminds me of the ps3 menu

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:03

Cool! I will try to upload video this weekend :)

Posted by sinny on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:23
You rock :) Keep up the good

You rock :)

Keep up the good work!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 18:50
Could you publish one video

Could you publish one video of PMC?

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 20:15
Install instruction

Hi :)

Thanks for your impressive work, this looks great. It reminds me a bit of Sonys XMBC used in the PS3, which is imo a good and easy-to-use/understand concept.

Personally I would not recommend that people use a sudo make install, since this will give conflicts with packaged versions (if available later, which I hope) and might lead to hard-to-debug problems due to mismatching libraries and such.

If possible, a suitable .deb or .rpm  should be built and then installed.

But this was just a sidenote, keep up the good work :)

Posted by Christian (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 20:14

yeah, we shouldn't use sudo for make install but currently I find it easier so that more people can give a try. It would be really nice if someone can do packaging for differnt distros. I will try to contact them as well :)

Posted by sinny on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:33
PS, you can install PMC on

PS, you can install PMC on Chakra from Git as easily as:

ccr -S plasma-mediacenter-git


Posted by Bugsbane (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 20:06

This is really nice!

Posted by sinny on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:34
Shiny with a few bumps

It's looking really nice, especially with all the QML animations and the use of images everywhere which I like better than the way XBMC often just gives a text list.

I didn't see any way of navigating past page one of results without going into an individual item. For example, if I go into Flickr images, it will show me the first page of images, but no way to jump to the second page until I actually open an image.

There were also some oddities, such as missing lines behind the volume / seek sliders that are in your screenshots, and I couldn't get any media (except photos) to actually play. I didn't see any relevant looking errors in Konsole, but I'm sure these will get fixed in due time. Feel free to ask me if I can help with any info gathering.

I love though, that the very first time you open up PMC that it's already populated with your Videos / Audio / Images without even having to add source folders beforehand. Win! :D

Posted by Bugsbane (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 20:04
impressive work...I

impressive work...I appreciate your work...thank you

Posted by Blzpob (not verified) on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 17:18

Thanks a lot :)

Posted by sinny on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 17:26