Plasma Desktop 5.8.8 LTS Available in PPA for KUbuntu 16.04

November 6, 2017

KDE Plasma 5.10

The latest Plasma desktop 5.8.8 LTS (long-term support) release has been made into Kubuntu Backports PPA for KUbuntu 16.04.

Plasma 5.8.8 was released 2 weeks ago with numerous bug-fixes.

  • Fix crash when using Discover during updates.
  • Try to read CPU clock from cpufreq/scaling_cur_freq instead of /proc/cpuinfo.
  • DrKonqi crash handler: make attaching backtraces to existing bug reports work.
  • Fix crash when removing panel with system tray in it.
  • Read the release note for details.

Plasma desktop

Install Plasma 5.8.8 in (K)Ubuntu 16.04:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Type in your password when prompts and hit Enter.

kubuntu backports ppa

2. Then upgrade your system to get the latest Plasma Desktop:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

After the upgrade process has completed, and assuming everything went well, reboot your computer.

For non-Kubuntu desktop, you may first install the Kubuntu desktop package from Ubuntu Software before doing the upgrade.

How to Uninstall:

To undo the changes and restore to the stock version of Plasma Desktop in your main Ubuntu repository, purge the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

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