This is a community-maintained page that lists active distributions shipping Plasma 5. Please keep these lists sorted in alphabetical order.
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- 1 Distributions Featuring Plasma 5
- 2 Distributions offering Plasma 5 as an installable option
- 3 KDE on Windows
- 4 Former Linux Distributions that featured Plasma 5
Distributions Featuring Plasma 5
These distributions ship Plasma 5 by default or offer it as an easy and formally-supported option during installation, and are recommended for most users.
Debian is the oldest continuously-produced free operating system with one of the largest communities of developers and users. It is used as the basis for many other distributions but can be used directly and offers Plasma 5 as an option.
Web page: http://www.debian.org
The Fedora KDE Plasma Desktop Edition is a variant of the Fedora operating system featuring Plasma 5 as its main user interface.
Web page: https://spins.fedoraproject.org/kde/
Feren OS is an operating system based on Ubuntu's long-term support version featuring Plasma 5 and some KDE apps. It's a highly customised Plasma experience and makes use of KDE neon User Edition's packages to roll its Plasma version. It also rolls other frequently-used packages as well.
Web page: https://ferenos.weebly.com/
KaOS is a rolling, built-from-scratch operating system and with a focus on KDE and Qt software.
Web page: https://kaosx.us
KDE neon is the latest long-term support version of the Ubuntu operating system, additionally offering continuously-updated versions of KDE software. Neon is available in three editions: User Edition (latest released versions of KDE software), Developer Edition Stable Branches (continuous delivery of beta/stable versions of KDE software), and Developer Edition Unstable Branches (continuous delivery of unstable Git master branches for KDE software).
Web page: https://neon.kde.org
Kubuntu is an Ubuntu-based operating system featuring Plasma 5 and KDE apps. It is available in long-term support and more frequently-updated versions.
Web page: http://www.kubuntu.org/
Mageia is an operating system that's a continuation of Mandriva and features Plasma 5.
Web page: http://www.mageia.org
Manjaro is an Arch-based rolling release operating system with a graphical installer that offers a KDE edition with Plasma 5.
Web page: https://manjaro.org/
Neptune is an operating system based on Debian Stable, plus more recent versions of the Linux kernel, device drivers, and popular applications such as LibreOffice. It also features the latest version of Plasma 5.
Web page: http://neptuneos.com/
Netrunner is an operating system featuring Plasma 5 that's based on tested snapshots of Debian Rolling.
Web page: http://www.netrunner.com
Nitrux is an Ubuntu-based operating system focusing on portable universal app formats. It features the Nomad desktop environment, a heavily customized variant of Plasma 5.
Web page: https://nxos.org/
NixOS is a Linux distribution with a unique approach to package and configuration management. Built on top of the Nix package manager, it is completely declarative, makes upgrading systems reliable, and has many other advantages. The graphical installation CD contains the NixOS installer as well as X11, Plasma 5 Desktop and several applications.
Web page: https://nixos.org/
openmamba is a an operating system built from sources which provides by default a complete and up-to-date Plasma 5 desktop.
Web page: https://openmamba.org
OpenMadriva is an operating system based on Mandriva featuring Plasma 5 that and incorporates many of Mandriva's original tools and utilities.
Web page: http://openmandriva.org/
openSUSE is an operating system offering Plasma 5 that's based on the commercial SUSE Linux Enterprise product. It comes in two editions: Leap, which has discrete releases and ships stable versions of software, and Tumbleweed, which is a rolling release.
Web page: https://www.opensuse.org/
PCLinuxOS is an operating system featuring Plasma 5 that's based on the old Mandriva.
Web page: https://www.pclinuxos.com/
Parrot Security OS
Parrot Security is an operating system featuring Plasma 5 that's based on the Debian and focused for security testing, software development and privacy defence, all in one place.
Web page: https://parrotlinux.org/
ROSA is is an operating system featuring a highly customized Plasma 5 desktop and a number of modifications designed to enhance the user-friendliness of the workspace.
Web page: http://www.rosalab.com/
Sabayon is a Gentoo-based operating system offering Plasma 5 which follows the "ready to work" philosophy, aiming to give the user a large number of ready-to-use applications and a self-configured operating system.
Web page: http://www.sabayon.org/
Solus is a modern operating system to power your daily needs. Install today, update forever. It is a rolling release distribution which offers Plasma 5 as one of it's Desktop Environment versions available.
Web page: https://getsol.us/
TTOS Linux is an operating system based on Debian offering Plasma 5. It was originally designed as an OEM alternative OS to replace Windows but has since evolved to be a general-purpose Debian-based distribution containing access to TTPC software in its repositories.
Web page: https://www.ttoslinux.org/
Distributions offering Plasma 5 as an installable option
A security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox
Web page: https://alpinelinux.org/
A lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
Web page: https://www.archlinux.org/
Gentoo is a free operating system based on Linux that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need.
Web page: https://gentoo.org/
KANOTIX is a Linux distribution based on the most recent stable release of Debian GNU/Linux.
Web page: http://kanotix.com/
KNOPPIX is a bootable Live system on CD, DVD or USB flash drives, consisting of a representative collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals.
NuTyX is a French GNU/Linux distribution created from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch.
Web page: http://www.nutyx.org/
The Slackware Linux Project aims at producing the most "UNIX-like" Linux distribution out there.
An installable Slackware Live image with Plasma 5 comes with login account "live" (password "live"). Use su or sudo to become root (using the "live" password).
KDE on Windows
You can build lots of KDE applications for Windows 7, 8 and 10 using Craft.
Web page: https://community.kde.org/Craft
Former Linux Distributions that featured Plasma 5
Chakra Linux was a community-developed GNU/Linux distribution with an emphasis on KDE and Qt technologies, utilizing a unique semi-rolling repository model. Its final release, 2017.10 “Goedel,” was announced on 2017-10-15 and uses Linux kernel version 4.12.4 with Plasma 5.10.5, Frameworks 5.38 and Applications 17.08.1.