How To Install KDE 5.2 On Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

Edit: Due to the fact that this article is old, the installation instructions may not work anymore. In order to successfully install the latest version of KDE Plasma, please access the KDE tag and open the latest article (the one on top).

The latest installation instructions for KDE Plasma

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, KDE Plasma 5 has been released a while ago, being created in Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

KDE Plasma 5 comes with many important apps ported in Qt5, the new Kicker Menu, a new default theme called Breeze and new wallpapers, new monochrome icons, support for hardware acceleration via OpenGL and OpenGL ES, an updated KDM (KDE display manager) and an enhanced lockscreen, among other changes implemented.

The latest version available is KDE Plasma 5.2, which has been released, bringing new components:

  • BlueDevil: a range of desktop components to manage Bluetooth devices. It’ll set up your mouse, keyboard, send & receive files and you can browse for devices.
  • KSSHAskPass: if you access computers with ssh keys but those keys have passwords this module will give you a graphical UI to enter those passwords.
  • Muon: install and manage software and other addons for your computer.
  • Login theme configuration (SDDM): SDDM is now the login manager of choice for Plasma and this new System Settings module allows you to configure the theme.
  • KScreen: getting its first release for Plasma 5 is the System Settings module to set up multiple monitor support.
  • GTK Application Style: this new module lets you configure themeing of applications from Gnome.
  • KDecoration: this new library makes it easier and more reliable to make themes for KWin, Plasma’s window manager. It has impressive memory, performance and stability improvements. If you are missing a feature don’t worry it’ll be back in Plasma 5.3.

For a full list of changes and bug-fixes, see the official release notes.

how to install KDE Plasma 5 on Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

In this article I will show you how to install KDE Plasma 5 on Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

In order to get KDE Plasma 5.2 on your system, follow the bellow instructions exactly:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/next-backports
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/next
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop plasma-workspace plasma-workspace-wallpapers
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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