KDE is a very popular open community desktop environment designed to be powerful, simple and customizable to suit user demands without compromising freedom and privacy. Plasma comes with plenty of free applications that enables you to perform your day-to-day tasks without changing machines – from web surfing, messaging, music and video playing, files management to creative and productive work.

In this article we will look at how you as an end user can install KDE Plasma Desktop on Linux Mint 20. We had discussed a step by step installation of Linux Mint 20 in our previous article. You can refer to it if you don’t have a running system already.

Install KDE Plasma Desktop on Linux Mint 20

Since Linux Mint 20 is based on Ubuntu 20.04, we can use the repository for Kubuntu 20.04 to install Plasma Desktop on Linux Mint 20.

Step 1: Add Kubuntu Backports repository

The backports repository that we’ll add contain the new versions of KDE Platform, Plasma and Applications as well as major KDE apps for Kubuntu. It should work just well for Linux Mint 20.

Run the command below to add the repository to your Linux Mint 20 system.

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

Execution output:

Press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel

Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.ve7kfFQFrM/gpg.1.sh --keyserver hkps://keyserver.ubuntu.com:443 --recv-keys E4DFEC907DEDA4B8A670E8042836CB0A8AC93F7A
gpg: key 2836CB0A8AC93F7A: public key "Launchpad Kubuntu Updates" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1

Step 2: Install KDE Plasma Desktop on Linux Mint 20

After addition of the repository, install KDE Plasma Desktop on Linux Mint 20.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kde-plasma-desktop

Accept installation and be informed this could take a while especially if you have a weak internet connection.

0 upgraded, 426 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.
Need to get 207 MB of archives.
After this operation, 849 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

You’ll be asked to choose the default display manager to manage a given X server.

Please select which display manager should run by default.

Confirm installation is completed without any error.

Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.31-0ubuntu9) ...
Processing triggers for systemd (245.4-4ubuntu3.1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.1-1) ...
Setting up appmenu-gtk3-module:amd64 (0.7.3-2) ...
Setting up kdoctools5 (5.68.0-0ubuntu1) ...
Setting up khelpcenter (4:19.12.3-0ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for dbus (1.12.16-2ubuntu2.1) ...
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.15-1) ...
Setting up sddm-theme-debian-maui (0.18.1-1ubuntu2) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/share/sddm/themes/debian-maui to provide /usr/share/sddm/themes/ubuntu-theme (sddm-ubuntu-theme) in auto mode
Setting up ibus (1.5.22-2ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for libvlc-bin:amd64 ( ...

Step 3: Use KDE Plasma Desktop on Linux Mint 20

After installation reboot your machine.

sudo reboot

In the Login screen, select Plasma.

Enjoy using Plasma on Linux Mint 20. We’ll try to add an article on customization of KDE Plasma Desktop environment.

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