Archives For November 30, 1999

KDE Plasma 5.12

For those who to install KDE’s Elisa music player, the official flatpak (containerised software package) is available for most Linux desktops including Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04.

Elisa is a music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use. We also recognize that we need a flexible product to account for the different workflows and use-cases of our users.

We focus on a very good integration with the Plasma desktop of the KDE community without compromising the support for other platforms (other Linux desktop environments, Windows and Android).

We are creating a reliable product that is a joy to use and respects our users privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services where users are in control of their data.

How to Install Elisa player in Ubuntu via Flatpak

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application launcher. When it opens, run following commands one by one:

1. First install Flatpak framework if not exist (For Ubuntu 16.04, add the PPA first):

sudo apt-get install flatpak

2. Then add the flathub repository:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

3. Finally install the Elisa music player:

flatpak install flathub org.kde.elisa

Once successfully installed, open the music player from application launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove the Flatpak package, simply run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall org.kde.elisa

You may also remove the KDE platform runtime (sandboxed) via command:

flatpak uninstall org.kde.Platform

KDE Plasma 5.12

The KDE team announced a new update to Plasma desktop 5.12 yesterday. The packages are available in Kubuntu Backports PPA for (K)ubuntu 17.10.

KDE Plasma 5.12.3 adds a a fortnight’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

  • Fix installation of Discover backends.
  • KWin: Fix the build on armhf/aarch64.
  • Fix the userswitcher when using the mouse for switching.
  • Render application icon at paintdevice DPR.
  • And many other changes, see CHANGLOG for details.

How to Install Plasma 5.12.3 in (K)Ubuntu 17.10:

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 it prompts and hit Enter.

kubuntu backports ppa

2. Then upgrade your system to get the latest Plasma Desktop via either Update Manager or command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

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

For non-Kubuntu user, you may first install the kubuntu-desktop package either from Ubuntu Software or by running below command before doing the upgrade.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

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

The first bug-fix release for KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS was released a day ago. And it can be installed in (K)Ubuntu 17.10 via PPA.

Plasma 5.12.1 adds a one week’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

  • System Settings: Fix crash when searching.
  • Fixed mouse settings module crashing on Wayland.
  • Show a beautiful disabled icon for updates.

How to Install Plasma 5.12.1 in (K)Ubuntu 17.10:

Kubuntu backports PPA has just built the packages for (K)ubuntu 17.10.

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 it prompts and hit Enter.

kubuntu backports ppa

2. Then upgrade your system to get the latest Plasma Desktop via either Update Manager or command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

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

For non-Kubuntu user, you may first install the kubuntu-desktop package either from Ubuntu Software or by running below command before doing the upgrade.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

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

How to Install Plasma 5.12 LTS in (K)Ubuntu 17.10

Last updated: February 7, 2018

KDE Plasma 5.10

KDE Plasma Desktop 5.12, a new long-term support release, was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in (K)Ubuntu 17.10 via PPA.

Plasma 5.12 is the second LTS release from the Plasma 5 team. It features:

  • Many improvements to the Discover in stability and user interface.
  • Add support for interactive previews in the notification system
  • Much more usable Wayland support
  • Global Menus have returned in Plasma 5.12.
  • Folder View is now the default desktop layout.
  • Media controls have been added to the lock screen.
  • New System Settings interface
  • And many other changes, see release note for details.

How to Install Plasma 5.12 in Ubuntu 17.10:

Kubuntu backports PPA has made the packages for (K)ubuntu 17.10.

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 it prompts and hit Enter.

kubuntu backports ppa

2. Then upgrade your system to get the latest Plasma Desktop via either Update Manager or command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

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

For non-Kubuntu user, you may first install the kubuntu-desktop package either from Ubuntu Software or by running below command before doing the upgrade.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

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

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 17.1 KDE Available For Download

Last updated: January 9, 2015

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!

install KDE 4.13.2 ubuntu 12.04

The latest release of KDE Software Compilation 4.13.2, which was released on June 10, now is available for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in Kubuntu backports PPA.

According to the changelog, KDE 4.13.2 contains important fixes for Kopete:

  • a decrease in the exit time of Kopete with enabled statistics plugin
  • a fix for the compilation of jabber libjingle for non x86 architectures
  • another fix for voice call support in the jabber libjingle library.

Voice calls now works with GMail web plugin, old Google Talk windows client, telepathy-gabble and other Kopete versions. For more details, read the official announcement.

KDE 4.13.2

Install / Upgrade to KDE 4.13.2 in Ubuntu 12.04:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add Kubuntu Backports PPA:

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

Then update package lists and upgrade KDE:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade

To install KDE 4.13.2, run:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

To have a minimal installation:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends kubuntu-desktop