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List of GNU/Linux Distros with KDE Plasma 5.10 + How To Upgrade

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This is a list of GNU/Linux distros which bring latest Plasma 5.10 and info about how to upgrade to 5.10. This includes Neon OS, Slackware, Ubuntu (and derivatives), openSUSE, Gentoo, Sabayon, Chakra, Fedora, and KaOS. So if you want latest Plasma 5.10.3 (and later), here, you know what distro to download or the way to upgrade to that version. Happy testing Plasma!

The Simplest Way

Just download latest Neon OS and run it (you can run it from DVD/USB flash drive and also install it!). Neon is a “representative” OS of the latest KDE Plasma available as User Edition and Developer Edition. Downloading from these links always give you the latest Plasma (5.10.3 for today):


If you already installed Neon, upgrade it to have the latest Plasma 5.10.3:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

 

Slackware

The easy way is to use Slackware Live by Eric Hameleers with Plasma 5.10.2 http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/new-iso-for-slackware-live-plasma5-with-stack-clash-proof-kernel-and-plasma-5-10-2/.
If you want the repo, see Eric Hameleers’ repo of KDE Plasma 5.10.2 here http://bear.alienbase.nl/mirrors/alien-kde/current/latest/ and use slackpkg+. Read the README here.

Ubuntu & derivatives

If your current Plasma on Ubuntu is below 5.10, you can upgrade it with Kubuntu Backports PPA:

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

Or you can have Plasma 5.10.3 by using Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark daily image. Remember that this article is written on 05 July 2017, so the download page may change later.

openSUSE Tumbleweed

The latest Tumbleweed always has the latest Plasma and if you need, use this OneClickInstall https://software.opensuse.org/package/plasma5-desktop.

Arch

Just do a full system upgrade (if you already have Plasma):

sudo pacman -Syu

or explicitly install basic Plasma Desktop (the latest version today is 5.10.3):

sudo pacman -S plasma-desktop

or install complete Plasma Desktop:

sudo pacman -S plasma-meta

 

Chakra

Chakra is a KDE-based distro. Either you download the latest Chakra 2017.03 “Goedel” release or do a full system upgrade:

sudo pacman -Syu

 

KaOS

Use the 2017.06 release with built-in Plasma 5.10, or upgrade your current Plasma to latest 5.10.3 (today’s version from KaOS):

sudo pacman -Syu

 

Gentoo

Do an emerge to get Plasma 5.10.3 (the latest now from Gentoo):

sudo emerge –ask kde-plasma/plasma-meta

Read more about Plasma here and upgrading to Plasma 5 here.

Sabayon

Either use the latest Sabayon KDE Edition (2.5GB) and upgrade your system:

sudo equo update
sudo equo upgrade
sudo conf update

or manually install Plasma 5.10.3 (the latest today from Sabayon) using Entropy:

sudo equo install kde-plasma/plasma-desktop-5.10.3

Read more about Sabayon packages here and more about its package management here.

Fedora

Use this unofficial build COPR by mkyral
https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/mkyral/plasma-unstable/ for Fedora 25, 26, and Rawhide.

sudo dnf copr enable mkyral/kf5-unstable
sudo dnf copr enable mkyral/plasma-unstable
sudo dnf update

However, instead of using COPR, you can use Fedora Rawhide that has Plasma 5.10.3 already.

About KDE Plasma

Plasma is the desktop environment from The KDE Project which is well-known for its beauty and power, the highly-customizable and complete desktop solution in user-friendly appearance. Plasma Desktop makes any GNU/Linux operating system looks very cool and easy to use, to serve all computer users’ needs. Plasma is the default desktop for popular GNU/Linux OSes like Kubuntu, openSUSE, Chakra, KaOS, and so on. The KDE website is located at http://kde.org and its Plasma page is https://www.kde.org/plasma-desktop.

Plasma 5.10.3 User Interface on GNU/Linux OS

 

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