How To Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 & Linux Mint 19

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KDE Plasma Desktop is widget based desktop environment for Unix-Like operating system. It is fast, beautiful, user-friendly, efficient and offers more integrated features than any other desktop environment for Linux or BSD.

The KDE community develops KDE Plasma Desktop, and it is the default desktop environments on many Linux distributions, such as Manjaro, openSUSE, Kubuntu, and PCLinuxOS.

Here, we will install the latest version of KDE Plasma Desktop (v5.12) on Ubuntu 18.04 & Linux Mint 19.

Install KDE Plasma Desktop

Update the repository cache using the below command.

sudo apt update

Execute the below command to begin installing KDE Plasma Desktop.

sudo apt install -y kubuntu-desktop

The installer will start installing the KDE desktop along with its dependencies. During the installation, you may be prompted (only on Ubuntu 18.04) to select the default display manager for KDE Plasma Desktop

Press Enter.

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Configure SDDM
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Configure SDDM

Select the sddm as the default display manager which is the preferred display manager for the KDE Plasma Desktop environment and press Enter.

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Select Default Display Manager
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Select Default Display Manager

Be patient and wait for the Plasma installation to complete.

Once the KDE Plasma Desktop installation is complete, reboot the system.

sudo reboot

Use KDE Plasma Desktop

Upon system reboot, select Plasma from the login screen.

Ubuntu 18.04:

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 - Choose Plasma Desktop
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 – Choose Plasma Desktop

Linux Mint 19:

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 - Select Plasma
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 – Select Plasma
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 - Select Plasma
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 – Select Plasma

You will get the KDE Desktop upon successful login.

Ubuntu 18.04:

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 - KDE Desktop
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 – KDE Desktop

Linux Mint 19:

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 - KDE Desktop
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 – KDE Desktop

Find KDE Plasma version

Open a terminal (sudo apt install konsole) and run the below command.

kinfocenter

You can see the KDE Plasma version.

Ubuntu 18:04:

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 - KDE Plasma Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Ubuntu 18.04 – KDE Plasma Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04

Linux Mint 19:

Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 - KDE Plasma on Linux Mint 19
Install KDE Plasma 5.12 on Linux Mint 19 – KDE Plasma on Linux Mint 19

Remove KDE Plasma Desktop

For any reason, you want to remove KDE Plasma Desktop from your system. Run the following command.

sudo apt purge kubuntu-desktop

sudo apt autoremove

Conclusion

You have successfully installed KDE Plasma Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 & Linux Mint 19.. You can go to KDE Plasma Desktop’s official UserBase Wiki for more information. Additionally, you can see about Tweaking Plasma.

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