How to Install KDE Plasma 5 Desktop on Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial GNU/Linux Easy Guide

February 27, 2017 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Switch to KDE 5 Desktop

Hello Xubuntu User! The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-step How to Install the KDE/Kubuntu Plasma 5 Desktop for Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus LTS 32/64-bit GNU+Linux.

The KDE Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon.

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Major Changes in New Plasma 5 include:

  • An updated and modernized, cleaner visual and interactive user experience: The new Breeze theme is a high-contrast, flat theme for the workspace.
  • Smoother graphics performance thanks to an updated graphics stack: Plasma’s user interfaces are rendered on top of an OpenGL or OpenGL ES scenegraph, offloading many of the computational-intensive rendering tasks.
  1. Open a Terminal Shell emulator window
    Ctrl+Alt+t on desktop
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    KDE 5 Installation on Xubuntu 16.04 Xerus LTS - Open Terminal
  2. Installing KDE/Kubuntu Plasma 5 Desktop

    sudo su -c "apt-get install kubuntu-desktop"

    When prompted hit “Tab” and Confirm the Default Display Manager
    KDE 5 Installation on Xubuntu 16.04 Xerus LTS - Terminal Display manager choice

  3. Log-Out & Log-In into KDE Plasma 5.

    Click on Top Right Gear on Login Screen and Switch to “Plasma”
    Install KDE Plasma 5 on Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial - Login Switch Desktop

  4. Welcome to Your Barely New KDE/Kubuntu Plasma 5 Desktop! :)

Installing Kubuntu Plasma 5 Desktop on Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial - Kubuntu Plasma 5 Desktop

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