How To Install And Test KDE Plasma 5 On Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr And Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn (Daily Builds)

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The latest installation instructions for KDE Plasma

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, KDE Plasma 5 Beta 3 has been recently released, coming with bug-fixes, improvements for Qt5, enhancements for the kdelibs modularisation and general improvements that enables the users to improve both their applications and the user experience.

how to install KDE Plasma 5 Beta 3 on Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

The latest version available is KDE Plasma 5 Beta 3, which has been released at the beginning on June, 2014. While we know for sure that KDE 5 will be used by default on Fedora 21 KDE, it will most likely be used also on Kubuntu 14.10.

In this article I will show you how to install KDE Plasma 5 Beta 3 on Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn (still under development).

Note: KDE Plasma 5 cannot coexist with KDE 4, already installed on your system so it will replace it. It is advised to install KDE Plasma 5 on a virtual system, because most likely your system will get broken.

To install KDE Plasma 5 Beta 3 on your Kubuntu 14.04 or Kubuntu 14.10 system, you have to add the Kubuntu Next PPA to your system, update the local repository index and perform a normal system upgrade:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/next
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

To revert the changes, do:

$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/next

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