How to Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.2 in Kubuntu 14.10

January 27, 2015

KDE Plasma 5.2

KDE Plasma 5.2 has been announced today with a number of new components, new features and many more bug-fixes.

According to the release note, the new release comes with below new components:

  • BlueDevil to manage Bluetooth devices.
  • KSSHAskPass, a graphical UI to enter SSH keys’ passwords.
  • Muon: install and manage software and other addons for your computer.
  • Login theme configuration (SDDM)
  • KScreen, a System Settings module to set up multiple monitor support.
  • GTK Application Style, configure themeing of applications from Gnome.
  • KDecoration: this new library to make themes for KWin, Plasma’s window manager.

KDE Plasma 5.2

Also there are many other highlights in the KDE Plasma 5.2, such as:

  • Undo changes to Plasma desktop layout
  • press Alt-space to easily search through your computer
  • Breeze window decoration theme is now used by default.
  • New plasma widgets: 15 puzzle, web browser, show desktop
  • Various improvements and over 300 bug-fixes.

Fore more details, go to KDE.org.

How to Install / Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.2 in Ubuntu:

For (K)Ubuntu 14.10 and derivatives users, the latest packages are available for install / upgrade at the Kubuntu Next Backports PPA.

Just open a terminal window, and run below commands one by one to add the PPA, update package cache and install or upgrade KDE:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/next-backports

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

That’s it. Enjoy!

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8 responses to How to Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.2 in Kubuntu 14.10

  1. The kubuntu-plasma5-desktop package doesn’t seem to exist for me.

  2. no kubuntu-plasma5-desktop package :(

  3. Upgraded to 5.2 but went back to Ubuntu Gnome. Plasma 5.2 is far from stable!
    * File-manager is very unstable when viewing / opening / editing files on a NAS station.
    The file manager keeps crashing when enabling / disabling the preview mode. Sometimes i cannot connect to the station. Requires a reboot.
    * The ‘hot corner’ feature is very buggy. It works, or it doesn’t work. Sometimes nothing happens and after a restart it works again.
    * The desktop is toasting my Nvidia Graphics card. Temperature often gets to 60 degrees Celsius, while in Ubuntu it keeps at around 33. Not sure whats going on here.
    * And a lot more issues…!

  4. I agree with Danny!
    The new Plasma 5 desktop isn ‘t stable enough and brings a lot of problems. Do not upgrade if you need a well working system. In my case (Kubuntu 14.10) the (next) booting process stopped with Plasma 5 after running the filemanager (dolphin) as root. No chance to run the x-server. Perhaps it is a problem with Nvidia Graphics cards. So I had to cancel the system and return to Plasma 4…. I hope that the KDE People fixed these heavy bugs in the next versions.

    • @Wolfgang ,,,,,,,, you do not run dolpin as root (it is shure to hijack the ownership/permitions of your files and posablie ~/.Xauthority as well , and you will be locked out of your login.

      if you must run as root use “kdesudo dolphin” and not just sudo or starting from a root shell .

      VINNY

  5. After I update Kubuntu 14.10 ( kubuntu-devel-release-upgrade ) to 15.04 through run command, and then, I got some problems arised :-
    1) update manager not opened
    2) kubuntu-devel-release-upgrade did not working in run command
    3) USB Modem device not detecting
    4) Not installing softwares through software center

    Please rectify the corrections for further KDE Plasma new version ( Include Media support, with beautiful look )

    satish
    [email protected]

    :-)

  6. se der erro no plasma-workspace plasma-workspace-wallpapers e só apagar essa parte do código que ele instala