How to Install KDE Plasma 5.26 in (K)Ubuntu 22.10 via PPA

The latest KDE Plasma desktop 5.26 is finally made into PPA for (K)Ubuntu 22.10 / Ubuntu Studio 22.10, the next Ubuntu edition to be released soon.

KUbuntu 22.10 to ship with KDE Plasma 5.25.5. But KUbuntu PPA has made the new 5.26 packages for those who would like to try out the exciting new features including:

  • Adaptive wallpaper that change automatically depends on system light/dark mode.
  • Animated wallpaper support. Just right-click on your ani, avif, avifs, gif or webp file and select ‘Set as wallpaper’.
  • Resizable panel widget.
  • New web browsing and video playback apps for TV.

Wallpaper change automatically according to color scheme

1. Add the PPA

The new packages are made into KUbuntu Backports PPA this time for (K)Ubuntu 22.10 only.

First, search for and open terminal (Koncole) from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

Type user password when it asks while no asterisk feedback,and hit Enter to continue.

2. Update package cache

Adding PPA should automatically refresh the package cache now. But in case you’re trying this in a Ubuntu based system that does not do the update, run command in terminal to manually refresh cache:

sudo apt update

3. Install KDE Plasma 5.26

Finally, KUbuntu 22.10 user or Ubuntu Studio 22.10 (not tested) can upgrade to Plasma desktop 5.26 by running command below in terminal (koncole):

sudo apt full-upgrade

Non-KDE user may also install the desktop environment by running command:

sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

However it’s better to write down all the packages it’s going to install, so you can uninstall them to restore your system easily.

After installation, restart your computer and verify by going to System Settings -> About this System.