KF5/Plasma 5 packages are available in our Sisyphus development repository as of April 2015, its users can just install any of these metapackages: kde5-mini kde5-small kde5 kde5-big kde5-maxi; an appropriate LiveCD is in alpha stage and will join the regular builds when ready for that.
AOSC OS provides the newest KDE Plasma/KF5 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.
Plasma packages are available in the [extra] repository. To install it run:
# pacman -Syu # pacman -S plasma-meta
# pacman -Syu # pacman -S plasma
Beta releases are available in the [kde-unstable] repository.
We provide the Plasma 5 packages by default in our official repositories. Plasma 5 is also the default option on our ISO releases.
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.
Plasma 5 release ebuilds are available in the main repository. See the Gentoo wiki KDE article for general information.
Plasma 5 stable and master branch ebuilds are available in the supplemental KDE development ebuild repository.
Plasma 5 is the default option since February 2015, all installs automatically run the latest Plasma 5 release. Regularly updated ISO images are available on the Download Page
KDE neon has the latest builds of Plasma built continuously from releases, Git stable branches or Git unstable branches.
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.
Kubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, released In October, includes Plasma 5.10.5. The live ISO is available for download, and Plasma 5.12.4 can be installed via the Kubuntu backports PPA. 17.10 will be supported until July 2018.
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 - at the time of writing (Feb 16, 2018), it includes Qt 5.10.1, KDE Frameworks 5.43.0, Plasma Desktop 5.12.1 and KDE Applications 17.12.2, all built with clang 6.0.
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.
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.
We provide Plasma 5 packages for ROSA Desktop Fresh in the official Main repository. They can easily be installed with a single command:
# urpmi task-plasma5
But please note that it will remove KDE Workspace 4, including KDM. So don't install task-plasma5 from KDE 4 session.
There are also unofficial ISOs with Plasma 5 desktop. See ROSA forum for details.