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Monday, August 2, 2021 at 14:07

KDE Plasma 5.22 with its tagline Stability, Usability, Flexibility released last June is the latest desktop technology of KDE and Free Software Community. It features new looks to the desktop, System Settings and many other improvements. Want it? If you would love to try it or further install it for daily use, here's how to.

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To widen our point of view, above is a wide information of Plasma availability on all GNU/Linux distros. Based on that page, at the moment, several distros like Arch, Rawhide, Tumbleweed already ship with 5.22 while the others like Kubuntu have not yet. With this article, you will have information on having it with the ways Ubuntu users familiar with.

First Choice: KDE Neon


This is the easiest way. Simply download the User Edition, make it USB bootable with a flash drive, then boot it on your computer to test Plasma 5.22 -- and you can use it too as a daily OS by installing it (read how to install Neon). 

Second Choice: Kubuntu with PPA

You do not need to delete your OS then reinstalling a new one if you are already using Kubuntu at least version 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo), by adding a PPA. However, this would require a lot of internet access and time e.g. more than 1GB download by two hours.  Visit the Kubuntu Backports PPA. To do the installation of Plasma:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt full-upgrade

Third Choice: Kubuntu Impish Indri


Next release of Kubuntu is version 21.10 also called Impish Indri and the development version is already containing Plasma 5.22. The differences to Neon is that Kubuntu is full of built-in features with LibreOffice and others included. If you use this, you have the chances to help the development of Plasma by reporting bugs and issues you might find automatically. You can learn here how to make a bootable Kubuntu USB and further installing Kubuntu. This download will exist as long as 21.10 has not been officially released.


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