How To Install KDE Plasma 5.14.4 On Ubuntu/Kubuntu 18.10

As you already know, KDE is one of the most popular desktop environments available for Linux systems, being the mail desktop environment of Kubuntu.

The latest version available is KDE Plasma 5.14.4, which has been released recently. According to the changelog, it brings enhanced support for Flatpak, improved global progress display for updates in the Plasma Discover graphical package manager, better label contrast on Folder View, updated Weather add-on to correctly display temperatures of 0 degrees, updated software components and various other fixes.

From the official announcement:

“Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.14.4. Plasma 5.14 was released in October with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a week’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important,”

Installation instructions:

In this article I will show you how to install the latest version of KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish.

For Kubuntu, you only need to add the ppa to your system, refresh the repo index and perform a system upgrade, in order to update your system:

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

For Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish using a different desktop environment, you have to add the ppa, update the repo index and install the required package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install plasma-desktop #for the desktop environment only


$ sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop #for the full kubuntu desktop and customizations

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