digiKam 2.9.0 has been released and this is the last maintenance release for 2.x branch. Next release of digiKam will be 3.x, which is now under development, thanks to Google Summer of Code 2012 students.
I have updated my SlackHacks repository with digiKam 2.9.0 SlackBuild script. Basically the SlackBuild from previous version (2.8.0) can be used to compile digiKam 2.9.0. All you need is to change the VERSION line and re-run the SlackBuild (assume you have downloaded the source).
This is the new splash screen used in digiKam 2.9.0. Very nice, isn't it?