Plasma 5 (KDE5) in Debian Sid06 July 2015
Just writing this up, because no-one else on the Internet seems to have done so.
KDE 5 is a bit of a misnomer now, the more common name seems to be KDE Frameworks or Plasma 5. It looks like Plasma 5 will hit Debian Sid’s official unstable repos very shortly, but for now it’s extremely easy to just get the packages from Siduction.
Firstly add the following to
deb http://packages.siduction.org/kdenext unstable main deb http://packages.siduction.org/kdenext kde-frameworks main
Then I’d suggest completely removing any existing KDE and Plasma stuff. From a virtual terminal
(CTRL+ALT+F1) I did
apt-get remove 'kde*' and
apt-get remove 'plasma*'
Then do the usual,
apt-get update. It’s nice to install
apt-get install siduction-archive-keyring
to prevent warnings from Siduction repos. Now you can simply install
apt-get install plasma-desktop.
It’s that easy!
You won’t have a login manager, in fact I’m not sure there is one for Plasma 5 yet. I’ve
seen some people using
lightdm. But for now I’m just starting it manually with
There’ll be a bunch of other things you’ll want, like;
dolphin, etc. But that’s
up to you how much bloat you want to add.