How to install KDE Plasma 5.10.2 on Ubuntu 17.04

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KDE Plasma 5.10.2 was recently released as a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5. KDE Plasma 5.10 was released sometime in May this year with many features and new modules for a complete desktop experience. Before we proceed on how to install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 17.04, lets see what this release offers.

KDE Plasma 5.10.2 release introduces new translations and bugfixes most from the KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and they include:

  • Discover: Make the PackageKit backend more resistant to crashes in PackageKit
  • Plasma Networkmanager Openconnect: make sure the UI fits into the password dialog
  • Include a header for the settings page for better consistency

KDE Plasma 5.10.2 Key Features

  • Populates the actionsMenu right in the SourcesPage
  • Split qml as well as image qrc files
  • Improve hiding of scrolling controls in the UpdatesPage
  • Better integrate smaller ApplicationDelegate
  • Don’t mark used as unused
  • Fix snap backend build
  • Hopefully fix build in build.ko
  • Include missing margins in the UpdatesPage header controls
  • Improve apt-config integration in pknotifier
  • Integrate apt setting for periodicity in the notifier
  • Fixed calculation of top border
  • Fix warning: x has no RESET, and this is unnecessary
  • Openconnect: make sure the UI fits into the password dialog

See changelog for more

How to install KDE Plasma 5.10.x on Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop using Kubuntu Backports PPA

  • First update and installing any pending updates on your machine
sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade
  • Upgrade to latest KDE Plasma 5.10
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports  sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade
  • If this is the first time you are installing KDE Plasma, then follow steps below
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports  sudo apt update && sudo apt install plasma-desktop
  • After installation is completed, reboot your machine. On the login screem, select Plasma as the desktop environment

How to downgrade KDE Plasma 5.10.x

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
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