Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo arrives with Plasma 5.21, KDE Applications 20.12.3 and more

Several days ago the release of the new version of Ubuntu 21.04 was presented along with all its flavors officers and being Kubuntu one of these which, like Ubuntu 21.04 and its other flavors, is only a transition version which will only have updates for 9 months, that is, it is a version that will only be supported until January 2022.

This new version of Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo we will be able to find many of the novelties that were introduced in Ubuntu 21.04 of which are the Linux kernel 5.11, native Microsoft Active integration, performance improvements, also that a session in Wayland was re-enabled and other things.

Main new features of Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo

Among the changes related to this new version of Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo we can find as the main novelty that application suite update is provided KDE desktop Plasma 5.21 and KDE Applications 20.12.3, as well as the Qt framework that has been updated to version 5.15.2.

And it is that with KDE Applications 20.12.3 we can find that the default music player is Elisa 20.12.3 which includes a solution to sort by duration.

Also highlighted is the new application launcher in which applications are now presented in two panels for easier placement, as well as an improved touch input, which increases accessibility in all areas.

In addition, Plasma appearance is improved in this new version, since a new combination of colors is made in order to present a unified and cleaner appearance.

On the other hand, we can also find the integration of the updated versions of Krita 4.4.3 and Kdevelop 5.6.2, as well as KDE Connect support continues to be provided with which we can link our mobile device via WiFi and from this we can handle various aspects either by controlling multimedia applications or from the same computer to be able to read and respond to messages.

It also highlights the inclusion of Linux kernel 5.11, which includes support for Intel SGX enclaves, a new mechanism for intercepting system calls, a virtual auxiliary bus, fast filtering of system calls in seccomp, termination of support for the ia64 architecture, transfer of WiMAX technology to staging branch, the ability to encapsulate SCTP in UDP.

Regarding the basic packaging of the system We can find that PulseAudio 14, BlueZ 5.56, Firefox 87, LibreOffice 7.1.2-rc2, Thunderbird 78.8.1, KDEnlive 20.12.3, VLC Media Player, among others, are included.

Last but not least, too Wayland-based session highlighted With which we can work by selecting it, since it is not enabled by default, to activate it we simply have to do it in the login screen and we are going to select Wayland instead of X.org.

Other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • The implementation of initial support for dosfstools 4
  • Solution for poor quality connections in krdc
  • Okular's document viewer ability to better display the status of the "Playback" button.

Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it about the release of this new version of the distribution, I invite you to consult the details and more about Kubuntu In the following link.

Download and install Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo

For those who are interested in being able to download this new version of Kubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo, they will be able to do it from the Ubuntu repositories, the link is this.

While for those who already have a previous version installed (either Kubuntu 20.10 or previous LTS versions such as Kubuntu 20.04, Kubuntu 18.04 or Kubuntu 16.04) and want to update to this new version.

What they should do is open a terminal and in it they will type the following command:

sudo do-release-upgrade

If the new version does not appear, it can be updated by installing


And using the command

update-manager -c -d

It is important to mention that if you experience a low speed in the download of the system image, you may choose to download it via torrent, since it is much faster.

To save the system image you can make use of Etcher.

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