This page lists active distributions that ship Plasma 5, distributions on which Plasma 5 can be installed, and ways to get KDE apps in a distribution-agnostic fashion. Please keep these lists in alphabetical order.
Install KDE software page lists tools to use to install the software on many distros.
If you are packaging KDE Plasma, please read the Packaging and Recommendations.
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 plus 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/
LliureX is a project of the Generalitat Valenciana whose objective is the introduction of the new technologies of information and communication based on free software in the education system in the Valencian Community. It's based on KDE Neon.
Web page: https://portal.edu.gva.es/lliurex/es/
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/download/
MX Linux is a desktop distribution based on Debian's "Stable" branch, it's a mid-weight operating system designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint. It uses Xfce as the default desktop, but it has a separate KDE Plasma edition available.
Web page: https://mxlinux.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 a Debian-based operating system focusing on portable universal app formats. It uses NX Desktop / KDE 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/
Nobara is a Linux distribution developed by Thomas Crider (Glorious Eggroll), is based on Fedora Linux. The Nobara Project, to put it simply, is a modified version of Fedora Linux with user-friendly fixes added to it.
Web page: https://nobaraproject.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. It incorporates many of Mandriva's original tools and utilities.
Web page: https://www.openmandriva.org/
openSUSE is an operating system offering Plasma 5 that comes in two editions: Tumbleweed, which is a rolling release featuring frequently updated software versions, and Leap, which has discrete releases and ships stable versions of software based on the current commercial SUSE Linux Enterprise product.
Web page: https://www.opensuse.org/
PCLinuxOS is an operating system featuring Plasma 5 that uses apt rpm.
Web page: https://www.pclinuxos.com/
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: https://www.rosalinux.ru/
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).
Web Page: http://www.slackware.com/
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/
Trisquel is a free GNU/Linux distribution recommended by the Free Software Foundation. It is based on Ubuntu's long-term support version. The Triskel edition features Plasma 5 as its desktop environment.
Web page: https://trisquel.info/
Based on the KDE plasma desktop, TUXEDO OS creates a user experience that is also suitable for beginners, with a large and flexible feature set for Linux professionals. TUXEDO OS is a so-called "continuous release", being based on Ubuntu LTS with lots of perks and backports added. In addition, it brings the latest versions of KDE Plasma, Frameworks and Gear.
More on the differences to upstream Ubuntu: https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/en/Infos/Help-Support/Frequently-asked-questions/What-is-the-differences-between-TUXEDO-OS-and-Ubuntu/Kubuntu-_1.tuxedo
Web page: https://tuxe.do/os
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/
Main page: FreeBSD
You can get a modern KDE Desktop by installing one of the following meta-ports depending on how much you want:
Install Plasma5 meta-port
# pkg install plasma5-plasma
Install Plasma5 and KDE Applications
# pkg install kde5
Alternatively you can point your desired ports builder at
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/
Parrot Security OS
Parrot Security is an operating system 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/
Ways to get KDE apps
Outside of the above-mentiond distributions, you can download and install KDE apps using any of the following methods:
KDE apps with AppImages:
- Krita is professional painting program.
- Kdenlive is a Non-Linear Video Editor.
- digiKam is a Professional Photo Management tool.
You can find latest stable releases of most KDE apps on The Snap Store.
You can find a number of KDE apps on the Microsoft Store.
You can build lots of KDE applications for Windows 7, 8 and 10 using Craft. See Craft.