[How To] Install KDE 4.9, Available Immediately For Kubuntu


It’s Here!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the availability of KDE 4.9, the software compilation has already been packaged by the hard working Kubuntu team over at Blue Systems.

This should come as a surprise to no one, as the Kubuntu team has a healthy track record of bringing packages to backports as soon as possible.

Are you using Kubuntu but haven’t seen your update yet?  You might not have the backports repository enabled.  Simply follow these steps to install it to your system an join the bleeding edge;

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports -y
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Curious about what KDE 4.9 brings to the table?  You can read about it here.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • “Substantial improvements (were) made to Plasma Workspace core components.”
  • “New KDE Applications and major improvements to Okular, Kopete, KDE PIM, education, games and others.”
  • “Quality improvements and preparation for Frameworks 5 based on Qt5.”

A look towards the future

The mention of Qt5 prepping and transitional work is promising.  KDE 5.0 will be a very special release, because the KDE team has very publicly made clear that it does not intend to reinvent the wheel, and all of the things that KDE users have come to expect from the mature 4.x series, will all remain intact for 5.0.

Claire Lotion

The KDE 4.9 release is dedicated to the memory of Claire Lotion, who tragically lost her life in May of this year.

From KDE:

Claire was a vibrant person with strong ideals. She will be remembered for pursuing these ideals, and as a good friend and colleague. She also thought a lot about how KDE as an open source community could find connections to the real business world. Her energy, fresh look at things, positive mindset and intense commitment inspired many people. So did her dancing.


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Sale

    Testing it since yesterday and I love it. If it goes on so well this will be goodbye to Unity and hello to KDE. Maybe I will even switch to a distro that has stronger KDE focus.

    • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

      How much stronger focus do you need other than the whole system packaged and ready to go on day one.

      Kubuntu is as KDE focused as it gets.

    • 2eurocents

      Imo, you should not add KDE on top of Ubuntu. Use Kubuntu instead. Free of canonical’s influence it might turn out to be the most usable and KDE focused distro out there. We shall see. Right now it’s pretty good, unlike Mint KDE for instance, Kubuntu sticks to native KDE apps in the default setup, and as we can see, gets swift backports to the stable version. This writeup about adding repos btw is about 12.04. I assume the development version has 4.9 automatically through updates.

  • Michael O.

    How can I update to KDE 4.9 on Linux Mint KDE 13?
    Thanks for your help.

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  • capink

    I would really like to see is unity like desktop (launcher with shortcuts + dash + gloabal menus + HUD) implemented using the plasma framework. That way I get the best of both worlds

  • thiyagi

    Cool..KDE FTW