Install KDE Plasma 5.9 in Ubuntu 16.10/Linux Mint 18, Fedora 23/25 and OpenSUSE

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161 Responses

  1. Clyton Danti says:

    Hi on executing `sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop` I get this error on the terminal :

    Errors were encountered while processing:

    I have open-office installed in Ubuntu instead of libre-office. So, I think that may be the problem.

    But I wonder if the kubuntu installation is successful or not. If not, what should I do to resolve this error and make it successful

  2. jack says:

    what a click bait article. Absolute BS “Install KDE Plasma 5.9 …” I’m not interested as to the fact its not properly released just yet I am interested in why the hell you did not change the title and subsequent vid once you realized you were not actually going to show anything to do with plasma 5.9 ? Or is it meant to be misleading click-bait ?

  3. missing something says:

    Ok, what am I missing? The article is called “INSTALL 5.9”, there is a demo of it, you’re talking about it, but all the instructions are for 5.8.5 via backports. Are we installing 5.8.5 or 5.9? If these are instructions for 5.8.5 then how do I install 5.9? Why not call the article, “How to install 5.8.5 via backports”?

  4. Rahat says:

    After open kde my screen is black . what should i do ?

  5. Sam Katz says:

    I have been a fan of KDE for some 17-18 years going back to KDE 3.x. The idea of using GNOME send shivers down my spine. Then KDE decided to introduce KDE 4.0. They broke EVERYTHING that people liked in KDE 3.x. It was not until the release of KDE 4.6 or 4.7 did KDE 4 become usable and part of what helped in its acceptance was the release of some decent HowTos and some YouTube videos, that explained HowTo do common tasks and how to configure it.

    You would think KDE would have learned from their disaster with KDE 4, but NO!! They released KDE 5.x and the roll out is an even bigger disaster than KDE 4.0!! We are now up to KDE 5.9 and there is still NO HowTos or YouTube videos out there.

    If so I have not found them and I have looked periodically for them. If they are out there could you please post some URL’s. This is the FIRST attempt at a HowTo — sort of — for KDE 5.x. A decent GUI should BUILD on the features that people like that make it usable, not force feed a new GUI on them that is poorly designed that breaks everything people are familiar with, as well as being poorly documented.

    I am still waiting for FULL HowTo for KDE 5.x. that tells me HoeTo do various tasks that I currently do in KDE 4.14. For instance In KDE 4.14 I have 10 different Virtual Desktops (VD) each VD has a separate Wallpaper, color, or texture. The last time I tried KDE 5.x this COULD NOT BE DONE. Can it NOW be done and if so HOW?

    Likewise in KDE 4.14 each VD has its own set of “Widgets” that are grouped together by function ie Office “widgets” that are commonly used are in one VD; Internet widgets in another VD; and so on. The last time I tried to do this in KDE 5.x The “widgets” placed in one VD showed up in ALL VD. Can you NOW create separate VD each with its own set of “widgets”, and if so HOW?

    On the Task Bar where I have icons that start some app that is used infrequently but which I don’t want to have to search through the drop down menu to find. Likewise I hop-skip-and- jump between my VD from my Task Bar. Now I not sure what is on the Task Bar in KDE 5.x.

    PLEASE for God’s sake spend some time creating some decent and functional HowTos and YouTube Videos that both illustrate HOW people can configure it ie. HowTo create VD and assign each a different Wallpaper; HowTo put separate “Widgets” to ONE VD yet does NOT get replicated on EVERY VD; and so on.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      We will do as you have suggested, many thanks for the well expressed concern.

    • Jason says:

      You are talking about a free (as in beer), open-sourced piece of software that is being provided to you by people who largely don’t get paid much, if anything, for their work. Stop crying because in addition to GIVING this software to you, they didn’t hold your hand and tell you every detail of how to use it in a Hollywood produced video.

      RTFM! There is an insane amount of documentation. If you are upset because there are no videos on YouTube, here’s a shocking idea–MAKE ONE YOURSELF! Instead of leaching off of the community and then complaining when it’s not good enough, do a little research and contribute a little bit yourself.

  6. vedant says:

    how to remove it completely?

  7. Ashley says:

    12 April update: KDE Plasma 5.9 is STILL not available in the “Kubuntu Backports” and “Kubuntu Backports Landing: PPAs for Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10. Plasma 5.8.5 is still the latest you can install on those Ubuntu versions.

    The “Kubuntu Backports Staging” PPA has v5.9.4 but only for Zesty (17.04). (and the official Kubuntu Zesty repository has a never version available anyway).

  8. Darian Catron says:

    Can plasma 5.9 be installed on linux mint 17.3 and should I if I can?

  9. Adam Plocher says:

    Totally misleading article.

    “KDE Plasma 5.9 is not yet packaged in repositories of the main stream Linux distributions, therefore, we will show you how to install or upgrade to KDE Plasma 5.8.5.”

    … “I hope that everything has worked fine, you can now enjoy KDE Plasma 5.8.5 on your desktop.”

    … uhh, thanks, I guess?

  10. teekay says:

    it is working perfect in my ubuntu 16.04. ..I luv it..thanks

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