Good news for Kubuntu 21.10 users as they can now update their installations to the latest KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS desktop environment series. Check out the details below to see how to update.
Released in October 2021, Kubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri) ships with KDE Plasma 5.22.5 as the default desktop environment. But, thanks to the Kubuntu Backports PPA effort, users were able to quickly update to the KDE Plasma 5.23 “25th Anniversary Edition” and now they can update to the latest release, KDE Plasma 5.24.
The Kubuntu team recently announced that the Plasma 5.24 packages are now available in the Kubuntu Backports PPA repository, alongside the KDE Frameworks 5.91 and KDE Gear 21.12.2 software suites, all compiled against the Qt 5.15.2 application framework.
So, to get the latest Plasma 5.24 desktop on your Kubuntu 21.10 machine, you will need to set up the Kubuntu Backports PPA repository. To do that, open the Konsole app or another terminal emulator of your choice and run the command below. Hit the Enter key when prompted and wait for the command to finish installing the repository.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
When the Kubuntu Backports PPA repository has been successfully installed, you’ll be able to update your Kubuntu 21.10 installation to Plasma 5.24 by running the following commands in the terminal emulator or by using the Plasma Discover graphical package manager.
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade
As expected, this is a big update, so it will probably take more than a few minutes to complete, depending on your Internet speed and computer specs, so relax and be patient until all the packages are downloaded and installed.
Once all the packages have been successfully installed, you should reboot your computer. When you log back into your Kubuntu 21.10 machine, you will be running Plasma 5.24 LTS with Frameworks 5.91 and Gear 21.12.2.
To update to newer versions, such as KDE Plasma 5.24.1, 5.24.2, etc., you must keep the Kubuntu Backports PPA repository installed and make sure that you update your installation on a regular basis. Have fun!
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