Thankfully, the process of upgrading KDE to 4.5 is fairly pain-free in openSUSE, as long as you read the fine print. And the fine print is: The knetworkmanager applet won't work under KDE 4.5, so you'll need to switch to the knetworkmanager plasmoid; except, once you've broken the knetworkmanager applet, it's too late to switch conveniently -- you've lost all connectivity. Also, the plasmoid has it's own issues.
- So, STEP 1 – you'll want to follow these instructions to make the upgrade, bearing in mind that instruction #5 really needs to happen before #4.
- And, STEP 2 – to get wireless networking working in the plasmoid, you'll want to add the command:
qdbus org.kde.kded /kded loadModule networkmanagementto your Autostart folder, as described in this post. I just dropped it into an executable text file called knm.sh, and that seems to have done the trick.
Forewarned is forearmed. Godspeed!
UPDATE -- I actually used YaST Software Management, rather than zypper as in the first link, but the outcome should be the same.
UPDATE 2 == At some point, I also deleted everything in these directories, because someone on the internet told me to, so if you're still having trouble, give that a go: