Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 21:34

(Plasma 5.16 on Kubuntu 19.04)

KDE Project released its latest desktop Plasma 5.15 at February and Plasma 5.16 at June this year. This article informs how to install the latest one on Kubuntu Disco 19.04 and --if you cannot upgrade-- what other distros available for you preinstalled with either of both versions. Enjoy!

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Release Notes

Notes Before Upgrading

Do you need newer Plasma? Most people will not need it. But if you want to, I suggest you to do this on a separate experimental system and not on your daily work one.


For Cosmic 19.04, Plasma 5.15 is preinstalled already.

Plasma 5.16 is available from PPA. To install it:

1) Run command lines:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
$ sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop plasma-workspace plasma-framework

2) Logout.

3) Login. Check start menu > About > it should say Plasma 5.16 now.

(Once upgraded, System Info will say it's 5.16 already)

Note: that three packages should be enough to get a working Plasma 5.16 and the installation costs only +/-20MB data. If you wish to have full upgrade (with larger data required), follow official guide.

Other Distros

If you wish to download a distro with Plasma 5.16 included, see KDE Neon. I suggest to pick the User Edition without hesitation.

Other than that, latest PCLinuxOS released June is now including 5.16 as well.

If you don't want the latest one, the two successors of Mandriva, OpenMandriva Lx 4 (released June) and Mageia 7 (just released today) both include Plasma 5.15. If you want Slackware-based one, have a look at Porteus 5 Release Candidate 1 (also released June). These distros are all LiveCDs so you can instantly use Plasma without installing the OS.

(Websites of Neon, PCLinuxOS, and OpenMandriva)

Last but not least, if you want to manually install latest Plasma on other distros, for example Manjaro or Exherbo, please refer to official information instead.

Happy KDE!

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