January 10th, 2023
In the last two post I’ve talked about the new Kde Plasma 5. In particular I’ve posted some pictures about Plasma 5 on my Arch Linux workstation and, after a not too long testing period, I’ve also wrote a review about its current status.
Since some readers have asked to me how to install it on their Arch Linux workstations I’ll going to write a small tutorial to explain how to do this.
Since it’s needed to remove the entire Kde 4 workstation before installing it, I thought it was a wise choose working outside the graphical environment switching to text mode (Ctrl + Alt + F1).
After doing this, I’ve installed Plasma 5 in the following way:
Since Plasma 4 and Plasma 5 can’t run together I had to remove the kdebase-workspace:
# pacman -Rc kdebase-workspace
Then I’ve installed Plasma 5 with the following command:
# pacman -S plasma
Plasma 5 recommends sddm as display manager so we need to install it using the following commands:
# pacman -S sddm
# systemctl enable sddm
# systemctl start sddm
Sddm offers some customization features. We can customize it graphically installing a kcm module:
# pacman -S sddm-kcm
The module is accessible via System Setting > Startup and Shutdown > Login Screen.
For fixing some graphical incongruences between Qt5 and Qt4 apps, I suggest to install the Breeze theme for Kde 4 and set it correctly using the qtconfig tool:
# pacman -S breeze-kde4
Reboot your machine and enjoy your Plasma 5 desktop environment!