KDE Plasma 5.11 recently released, comes with a redesigned settings app, improved notifications, a more powerful task manager. Furthemore, plasma 5.11 is the first release to contain the new “Vault”, a system to allow the user to encrypt and open sets of documents in a secure and user-friendly way, making Plasma an excellent choice for people dealing with private and confidential information.
KDE Plasma 5.11 Changelog
- New System Settings Design: The revamped System Settings of the user interface allows for easy access to commonly used settings
- Notification History: Due to popular demand, notifications now optionally stores missed and expired notifications in a history. This now allows the user to override applications not marking their notifications as persistent, and viewing what happened in her absence.
- Task Manager Improvement: The new functions introduced makes it possible for applications to provide access to internal functions (such as a text editor’s list of sessions, options to change application or document state, etc.), depending on what the application is currently doing
- Plasma Vault: For users who often deal with sensitive, confidential and private information, the new Plasma Vault allows to lock and encrypt sets of documents and hide them from prying eyes even when the user is logged in
- App Launcher Menu Improvements: The Kicker application launcher now hides its sidebar if no favorites are present, leading to a cleaner look. It also supports choosing an icon from the current icon theme rather than only pictures on your hard drive.
- [See changelog for more]
How to install KDE Plasma 5.11 on Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop using Kubuntu Backports PPA
- First update and installing any pending updates on your machine
sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade
- Upgrade to latest KDE Plasma 5.11
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade
- If this is the first time you are installing KDE Plasma, then follow steps below
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports sudo apt update && sudo apt install plasma-desktop
- After installation is completed, reboot your machine. On the login screem, select Plasma as the desktop environment
How to downgrade KDE Plasma 5.11
sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports