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I am new to the Ubuntu world. I have downloaded Kubuntu 16.04 LTS and it installed really nicely. Now, I see that it just comes with KDE 5.5.5.

I have added the stable repo and am now having the 5.8.5 version. Having just read about the KDE 5.9 release I am wondering - how to get it?

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If you want to use the latest from KDE you could use KDE Neon instead of Kubuntu, which is Ubuntu LTS with the latest KDE.

You can get KDE Neon at: https://neon.kde.org/

There are two different versions to choose from.

  • A User Edition, featuring the latest officially released KDE software on a stable base. Ideal for everyday users.
  • A Developer Edition, featuring pre-release KDE software.
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To install the latest official version of Plasma, we have to use Kubuntu (Backports) repositories. To do this you simply I execute the following in the terminal

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

This PPA can be added to your system manually by copying the lines below and adding them to your system's software sources.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main 

to see the changes it is to reboot.

  • Thank you. I have already managed to update to Plasma 5.8.5. As of today, Plasma 5.9 is released and my question is how to upgrade? The repository only gives me 5.8.5 – Dolores Abernathy Jan 31 '17 at 21:22
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It's not in backports PPA yet (as of 6th February). You can see it on launchpad https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-ppa/+archive/ubuntu/backports/+packages?field.name_filter=plasma&field.status_filter=published&field.series_filter= . Just sit tight and wait until it gets added

  • thank you. didn't know it'll take them so long – Dolores Abernathy Feb 6 '17 at 19:28

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