Archives For KDE

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

KDE Plasma 5.10

KDE Plasma Desktop 5.10.5 was released almost one week ago. It’s available in the main repository of Ubuntu 17.10. Here’s is how to install it in KUbuntu 17.04 via PPA repository.

Plasma 5.10.5 is bug-fix release. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

  • A Plasma crash when certain taskbar applications group in a specific way
  • Excluding OSD’s from the desktop grid kwin effect
  • Discover handling URL links to packages

Plasma 5.10

Install Plasma 5.10.5 in KUbuntu 17.04 via PPA:

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

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

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

Kubuntu ppa for ubuntu 17.04

2. Then upgrade your system via your update manager or run command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

For other Ubuntu 17.04 flavors that want to install Plasma Desktop 5.10, run following command in terminal to install KDE desktop environment:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

How to Restore:

It can be restored to the stock Plasma Desktop 5.9.4 in Kubuntu 17.04 by purging the PPA via command:

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

KDE Plasma 5.8.6

The latest KDE Plasma Desktop 5.9.5 and 5.8.6 LTS were finally made into backports PPA. Plasma 5.9.5 is available for (K)Ubuntu 17.04, and Plasma 5.8.6 LTS is available for (K)Ubuntu 16.04.

Plasma 5.9.5 release highlights:

  • Plastik window decoration now supports global menu.
  • Media Controller can now properly handle and seek long tracks (> 30 minutes).
  • Sort the themes in decoration KCM.
  • See the full changelog.

Plasma 5.8.6 LTS release highlights:

  • Avoid a crash on Kwin decoration KCM teardown.
  • [Folder View] Fix right click erroneously opening files.
  • Fix regression in which the Save dialog appears as an Open dialog.
  • See the full changelog.

Plasma 5.9

Install Plasma 5.9.5 / 5.8.6 in (K)Ubuntu:

Following steps will automatically install Plasma 5.9.5 in Kubuntu 17.04 or Plasma 5.8.6 in Kubuntu 16.04 via Kubuntu Backports PPA.

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 as well as KDE Frameworks 5.33.0:

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

Linux Mint 17 Rebecca KDE

The Mint Team finally announced the KDE release of Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca. The XFCE release should follow shortly in the coming days.

Linux Mint 17.1 is Long-Term Support release features KDE 4.14, MDM 1.8, a Linux kernel 3.13 and an Ubuntu 14.04 package base.

  • KDE wallet is fully integrated with Linux Mint.
  • Redesigned Update Manager
  • Redesigned Login Window Preferences
  • System, artwork, and other improvements.

Linux Mint 17.1 KDE

Upgrade to Linux Mint 17.1 KDE:

For Linux Mint 17.1 RC users, launch Update Manager and install any Level 1 update available.
For Linux Mint 17 users, please wait for a few days while the Mint Team release a new version of the Update Manager to you.

Download Linux Mint 17.1:

The Linux Mint 17.1 KDE as well as other editions are available for download at the official download page:

Linux Mint Download Page

And the release note is here.

KDE 4.14 Ubuntu 14.04

The KDE Community has just announced the KDE Applications 4.14. The new release offers more software stability, with little emphasis on new and less-proven stuff.

The KDE Community announces the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering primarily improvements and bugfixes. Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform are frozen and receiving only long term support; those teams are focused on the transition to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5.

KDE Applications 4.14

Changes in KDE 4.14 Applications:

  • Kopete: supports for SOCKS5 proxy in ICQ protocol (before only HTTP type was supported)
  • Kopete: supports for audio calls (both protocols Google libjingle and real jingle) for *all* jabber accounts, enabled by default
  • a new Lua backend has been added to Cantor
  • the VI mode for Kate has been improved in Kate
  • Dolphin now shows thumbnails of .gpx, .kml and other file types supported by Marble, and various KML improvements have been implemented for Marble.
  • detailed changes, see the release note.

Install / Upgrade to KDE SC 4.14:

KUbuntu Backports PPA has made the packages for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and its derivatives.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and hit enter to add the PPA:

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

Add Kubuntu Backports PPA

After that, upgrade your system to get the latest applications:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Or run below command if you don’t have Kubuntu desktop environment:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

That’s it. Enjoy!