It is available with almost every Linux distro and increasingly in cross-distro packages.
KDE Snap packages work on most Linux distros and are built by the KDE neon project.
AOSC OS provides the newest KDE Applications, Frameworks and Plasma packages in its main repository (pre-configured for official releases). Users can get updates to the newest KDE Plasma and KF5 components as soon as they are made public.
Users can also get newest pre-configured KDE releases from the AOSC OS release directory.
# pacman -Syu # pacman -S plasma-meta
# pacman -Syu # pacman -S plasma
Beta releases are available in the [kde-unstable] repository.
Applications release ebuilds are available in the main repository. See the Gentoo wiki KDE article for general information.
Applications stable and master branch ebuilds are available in the supplemental KDE development ebuild repository.
Plasma 5 is the default option and all installs automatically run the latest Plasma 5 release. Regularly updated ISO images are available on the Download Page
KDE neon builds all the latest KDE software
We currently provide Plasma 5 packages (usually the latest stable release) in the kde repository. They can easily be installed with the help of the plasma set:
# cave resolve plasma*
We also offer packages for beta releases or packages tracking master, but you'll need to unmask them:
# echo 'plasma pre-release' >> /etc/paludis/package_unmask.conf
# echo 'plasma scm' >> /etc/paludis/package_unmask.conf
Supported Fedora releases get Plasma updates as soon as possible. Keep your Fedora installation updated and you are good to go.
See https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/plasma-workspace for details on the progress of Plasma updates.
Kubuntu 18.04 LTS was released in April 2018 with Plasma 5.12.4 LTS. Plasma 5.12.5 is already available in updates PPA. 18.04 will be supported until April 2021.
Kubuntu KCI provides the latest from KDE git. Add ppa:kubuntu-ci/unstable for testing. WARNING: Do not use on production systems. Ensure that you have ppa-purge installed in case you must roll back to your previous state. Zero guarantees that will fix a broken system.
OpenMandriva Cooker is updated to new Qt, KDE Frameworks, Plasma Desktop and KDE Applications releases as soon as they're released.
The latest OpenMandriva release version gets backports of new KDE software after it has been tested in Cooker for a while, and is usually a few weeks behind Cooker in updating.
Plasma Desktop is the default desktop in OpenMandriva. You do not need to run any extra commands to install it.
Users of openSUSE Tumbleweed get the latest KDE software directly after release, build testing and openQA testing. Just keep your system up-to-date.
The latest stable openSUSE release (Leap 42.2) receives updates to Frameworks on as part of distribution updates. As this process involves the distro QA team, usually there is a delay between a release and the actual availability of packages.
openSUSE Leap 15 ships the LTS version of Plasma (5.12).
Additional repositories provide latest (beta/rc/stable) releases and automated builds from git master for both Leap and Tumbleweed.
You can use the repositories maintained by the openSUSE KDE community team to get updated packages faster. Stable Frameworks releases are tracked in the KDE:Frameworks5 repository (both Tumbleweed and Leap).