KDE Plasma Desktop 5.18 Brings Significant Improvements. How to install [PPA]

KDE Plasma desktop environment announced the release of its latest version 5.18. This is a long term support release (LTS) that provides security updates and support for the next two years – i.e. till 2022 while the regular versions maintained for only 4 months. 

Plasma Desktop 5.18

What’s New in KDE Plasma 5.18

A quick rundown of the KDE Plasma 5.18 features:

Plasma Logout screen

How to install

For Kubuntu 19.10 you can install Plasma 5.18 via backports PPA. Open the terminal and run the below command to add the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

Now run a system update/upgrade to install.

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

For non-Kubuntu users, you can install Plasma in Ubuntu 19.10 as a standalone desktop environment via running below commands.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install plasma-desktop

Alternatively, you can install the entire Kubuntu desktop by running below commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

For Kubuntu, you can purge the PPA and remove the Plasma 65.18 via below.

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

Detailed changelog is available here.

Via KDE announcement