How To Make Your Kubuntu 14.04 Or Linux Mint 17 KDE System Look Like KDE Plasma 5

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, KDE Plasma 5 has been released recently, coming with a new design, looking more awesome than ever (and many new features and improvements, of course)

For instructions on how to install KDE Plasma 5 on Kubuntu 14.04, Kubuntu 14.10 or Linux Mint 17 KDE, see this article.

How To Make Your Kubuntu 14.04 Or Linux Mint 17 KDE System Look Like KDE Plasma 5

In this article I will show you how to add the KDE Plasma 5 design (the Breeze theme and icons) on your your Kubuntu 14.04 or Linux Mint 17 KDE system.

$ wget kubuntu-art.org/CONTENT/content-files/165578-Descartes_Breeze_v1.2.tar.gz -O Breeze_v1.2.tar.gz
$ unzip Breeze_v1.2.tar.gz
$ cd Descartes_Breeze_v1.2/

Install the Aurorae theme (which is a modified version of Breeze)

$ mkdir -p ~/.kde4/share/apps/aurorae/themes/
$ cp -R Aurorae_theme/Descartes-Breeze ~/.kde4/share/apps/aurorae/themes/
$ cp -R Aurorae_theme/Descartes-Breeze-Light/ ~/.kde4/share/apps/aurorae/themes/

Install the Cursor theme:

$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/icons/
$ sudo cp -R Cursor_theme/Descartes_Breeze/ /usr/share/icons

Install the Color Scheme (based on Solarized themes for KDE):

$ mkdir -p ~/.kde4/share/apps/color-schemes/
$ cp -R Colors/DescartesBreeze.colors ~/.kde4/share/apps/color-schemes/

Install the QtCurve theme:

$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/apps/QtCurve/
$ sudo cp -R QtCurve_theme/Descartes_Breeze.qtcurve /usr/share/apps/QtCurve/

Install the Fonts:

$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/fonts/TTF
$ cp Font/CommeFont/TTF/* /usr/share/fonts/TTF

Also, get the default KDE Plasma 5 wallpaper:

$ wget http://i.imgur.com/gjCCbm9.jpg -O /usr/share/wallpapers/plasma-5

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5 comments on “How To Make Your Kubuntu 14.04 Or Linux Mint 17 KDE System Look Like KDE Plasma 5
  1. tomas says:

    Stupid linux… it’s 2014 and still intalling programs is via terminal..

    • Geekster says:

      no mate, you can always install programs via gui: synaptic, ubuntu software center, appgrid 🙂

    • neosix says:

      If it’s stupid why do you use it? Stick to the “smart” Windows.

    • columbo says:

      Not linux is stupid, some users are stupid.
      Most of the users complaining about some console work never ever worked with DOS and grew up with clicky-windows. They don’t get that some work can be done more efficiently on the console compared with a graphical UI.

  2. Slobodan says:

    How about installing Auroraae theme engine first?
    And I believe You have to use terminal because of sudo?
    GUI tutorials = new users for Linux.

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