How to Upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.2 in Kubuntu 14.10

Last updated on July 28th, 2015

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.

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!