How to install KDE Plasma 5.8.5 LTS on Ubuntu and Derivatives

Today the availability of KDE Plasma 5.8.5 LTS in the official repositories of Kubuntu, "Plasma 5.8.5 brings bug fixes and translations since December, thanks to the work of the plasma team and the KDE translation team»Were the words that accompanied the announcement.

Now, many of us are not users of Kubuntu but if we would like to try KDE Plasma 5.8.5 LTS, which is a desktop environment that «experts»They consider has had many advances. No problem, let's learn to how to install KDE Plasma 5.8.5 LTS on Ubuntu and Derivatives easily and quickly.

KDE Plasma 5.8.5

KDE Plasma 5.8.5

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Features

The Plasma 5.8 desktop environment brings various features that can be timidly summarized as:

  • New login and Lock screen
  • Improved applets, including music player controls
  • Keyboard shortcut improvements.
  • Inclusion of the monospace font
  • Breeze-grub theme availability
  • Theme improvements

We can see in more depth the features of KDE Plasma 5.8 in the following video:

In the same way we recommend a video that elav did on his youtube channel, where he talks about 8 good reasons to use Plasma Desktop

How to install KDE Plasma 5.8.5 LTS on Ubuntu and Derivatives

If you want to upgrade from an older version of KDE Plasma, just run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: kubuntu-ppa / backports sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

If you are installing it for the first time, in a distribution like Ubuntu or Linux Mint 18, you must run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: kubuntu-ppa / backports sudo apt update && sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop sudo apt dist-upgrade

This is a fairly simple way to install or upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.8.5 LTS, which we will be talking about in more depth later, because I'm really enjoying testing it, nothing like the KDE that existed when I last tried it.


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  1.   Omar said

    Thanks for the article…
    Just install the desktop without the basic applications ??

  2.   Miguelon said

    and if I want to uninstall it, how do I do it?

  3.   kike said

    Can it be installed on Debian Jessie 8.6? I am new to Linux and I have the KDE desktop but the version I install is 4.11.3. Thanks a lot

  4.   Anonymous said

    Hello I would like to know how I do to uninstall

    1.    Anonymous said

      the same as how you installed but you change install to purge…. sudo apt-get purge… ..

  5.   Gerson said

    I did everything but when restarting it follows the 5.8.6 it does not install the latest version in this case the 5.10 I use Linux Mint 18.1 KDE

  6.   Raf said

    Can it be used on ubuntu 17.04?

  7.   SebastianR said

    What a good article… I successfully ran the installation on Ubuntu 16.04LTS, but when I started customizing it I ran into a problem. When I lock the screen, it shows me a message that says, among other things, "The screen locker is damaged and can no longer be unlocked ...". What can I do to solve this? Thank you.