How to Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.3 in (K)Ubuntu 15.04

April 26, 2015

KDE Plasma 5.3

(K)Ubuntu 15.04 users are now able to install or upgrade to KDE Plasma Desktop 5.3 through Kubuntu-backports PPA.

KDE Community does not announce the release of Plasma 5.3 at the moment. According to the beta release, Plasma 5.3 comes with better power management, new Bluetooth applet, improved Plasma widgets, big steps towards Wayland support, and numerous bug-fixes. For more, go to

Plasma Desktop 5.3

Install or upgrade to Plasma 5.3 in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into Kubuntu Backports PPA, available for Ubuntu 15.04 and its derivatives.

To upgrade it in Kubuntu 15.04, open terminal and run below commands one by one to add the PPA and upgrade the whole system:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

For non-KDE users, you may also need to install below package via command:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

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2 responses to How to Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.3 in (K)Ubuntu 15.04

  1. I installed the last beta of kubuntu 15.04, but I cannot find “additional drivers” to install nvidia drivers. Is there a way to install the “additional drivers” program/app or do I need to install final version of kubuntu? I know I can install nvidia drivers directly, but then I do not get updates automatically

  2. Oh, sorry but I was on version 14.04 LTS… is there a way to install KDE5?