How to get Plasma 5.10 for our distribution

Plasma 5.10 is here. The new version of the KDE desktop has been released recently and already many of us wish to have the latest version of this desktop that has more and more users.

Next we are going to tell you how to get Plasma 5.10, but a faster and more direct obtaining than by downloading the source code and compiling this code to install it on our machine, a process that all desktops have but which is difficult and longer to do.

Rolling release distributions

Rolling release distributions always shine when a new version of a desktop or a program comes out because it is a matter of hours before the developers of the distribution upload it to the repositories. So If we have any of the following distributions, we only have to use the update command:

  • KaOS.
  • Manjaro.
  • ArchLinux.
  • Linux Mint LMDE.
  • OpenSUSE Tumbleweed.
  • chakra

Kubuntu / Linux Mint KDE

The distribution based on Ubuntu with KDE as well as Linux Mint with KDE can get Plasma 5.10 thanks to the backports repositories. For this they have to enable this type of repositories. After enabling them, they only have to update the distribution to receive Plasma 5.10.


The case of Debian is special because in its repositories they have versions older than Plasma 5.9 so the update is more difficult, however through individual packages we can make the correct update. In this case the wait will be a bit longer but finally the official repositories will have Plasma 5.10 for automatic installation.


Fedora 27 will bring KDE Plasma 5.10 in its official repositories. And for those who do not use an unstable version, we can update to Plasma 5.10 thanks to development rpm packages, but we must remember that Plasma 5.10 may give an error.


Since the Tumbleweed version already has a version for OpenSUSE, the rest of versions will be able to receive Plasma 5.10 thanks to the installation images or repositories of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. It is an easy and simple method but it also runs the risk of breaking the distribution.


For users of the old Slackware too there is a way to have Plasma 5.10. In this case we have to go to the documentation of the bob repository and get the latest version of KDE.


Gentoo users are the most difficult users to update, but they are Gentoo users. In the official website there is a guide for create stage with the latest version of Plasma, guide that must be read and followed step by step.

Another Gnu / linux distribution?

If we have any other Linux distribution and it is neither of the above nor is it based on any of the above, it is best to choose the package with the version code and compile it ourselves. The code can be obtained through this link.

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  1.   Gerson said

    It does not work for Linux Mint 18.1 To date it can only be installed up to 5.8.7 so you should check availability before publishing. It cannot be updated from the repository.

  2.   David said

    It is not clear how this should be done in the case of Debian. Thanks