Kubuntu 15.04 is here, we show you how to install it and what to do next



After a time of waiting that will have seemed eternal to many, the flavor of Ubuntu that works with the KDE desktop in its most recent incarnation is finally among us. Why do I say this? Because, as I suppose you already know, Kubuntu 15.04 supposes the KDE Plasma 5 debut in the distro.

This article that you are reading is designed for all those who are considering trying it and who have never touched a Linux distribution before, detailing the installation step by step and telling you what you can do after you have installed the distro on your computer. We started!

Installing Kubuntu 15.04

Install Kubuntu 1

As soon as we have passed the welcome screen of the liveCD or of live USB, this will be the first thing we will see. We can test Kubuntu without having to install it, and if it convinces us we can do an installation like the one we are telling you about right now. Assuming this is the case, click on Install Kubuntu.

Install Kubuntu 2

If we are installing on a computer that connects to the WiFi network, we will have to specify your SSID -the name of our WiFi, go- and your password. If, as in this case, we are installing on a computer that has a cable connection, this step will be skipped and we can start preparing the installation.

It is important check those two options if we depend on many third-party plugins, such as the codec MP3 or Adobe Flash.

Install Kubuntu 3

The next thing we will have to do is choose if we are going to occupy the entire hard disk with Kubuntu, or if on the contrary we are going to install it together with other operating systems. This in other Ubuntu flavors is a simpler process and we are allowed to graphically choose the amount of space that we are going to dedicate to each OS, but here to do it we will have to have partitioning knowledge hard drives.

In this case, as it is a virtual machine, we have chosen to occupy the entire hard disk. Whether we choose to occupy the entire disk or if we make partitions to have a dual boot, we will be asked to let's confirm the changes we are going to make on the unit before continuing.

Install Kubuntu 4

The next point is set time zone. Kubuntu should already be able to detect our location by itself, so we click on Continue and ready.

Install Kubuntu 5

On the next screen we will have to choose our keyboard layout. Based on the location, Kubuntu will select one automatically. If it corresponds to the keyboard we are using, click on Continue and we continue.

Install Kubuntu 6

This point is not very difficult either. We will have to specify our username and password that we are going to use, after which we click again on Continue and we move on.

Install Kubuntu 7

From this point we can now neglect the installation. Kubuntu will install automatically, and we will only have to return to the computer when it is finished.


The post-installation steps are always left to the discretion of the user. In other words, despite the programs that are included with Kubuntu, everyone has their own preferences regarding software. What I do consider to be common to any installation They are a series of steps that we will go on to detail in a moment.

First of all it is convenient to have the fully updated system. To do this, we open a terminal and execute the following command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

The next is install multimedia codecs, that although they should have been installed since we chose to include third-party plugins in the process, something may not work as it should. Caution never hurts, so again in a terminal we execute these commands:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Will also be need to install Java, since today many web services still use it. We continue using the terminal:

sudo apt-get install icedtea-7-plugin openjdk-7-jre

From here, I consider that what each user installs is their sole and exclusive criteria. Still, there are certain programs that I cannot give up, for example the VLC player:

sudo apt-get install vlc

I also can't live without Spotify:

sudo apt-add-repository -y "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" &&
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59 &&
sudo apt-get update -qq &&
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

And of course, my favorite browser, in my case Chrome:

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

The rest of the programs can be found in the Muon package manager, although if you want to use the Ubuntu Software Center you can install it like this:

sudo apt-get install software-center

And with this, plus the programs of your choice, we can conclude the post-installation. Regarding the drivers graphics card, Kubuntu should automatically recognize them and offer them to you.

Customizing Kubuntu 15.04

Maybe the customization is one of the aspects for which Linux is most valued, and in the case of KDE changing the look of the desktop is really easy. customize kubuntu 1

As you can see in the image, to retouch any aspect that has to do with the customization of Kubuntu it is necessary enter System Preferences. Suppose we want to change the icons. Click on the section Icons We will be taken to a menu where we can replace the current package with one that is included in Kubuntu, or download one from the Internet. Through this tool the process is greatly simplified.

The same goes for the workspace theme. All we have to do is enter the corresponding menu, choose one that we like from the pre-installed library or download it from the internet. It really is very simple, and KDE was my favorite desktop for a long time because of the facilities it offers in this regard.

And so far our little guide telling you in more detail how to install Kubuntu 15.04 and what you can do after having it on your computer. We hope that it has been useful to you and that it has made your task easier.

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  1.   Osky Inter (@ oai027) said

    I comment in my case, with clean installation of the 15.04, the NVIDIA GS7300 video card did not recognize me. and everything was black, I had to re-install on 14.10/XNUMX.

    1.    Mikail said

      Osky Inter I still had a similar problem with my old card in Nvidia, first in Kaos OS and then in Kubuntu, only the black screen remained after logging in, the solution is to edit this file ~ / .config / kwinrc and leave it like this:

      OpenGLIsUnsafe = false
      Backend = XRender
      Enabled = false
      Number = 1

      After I went back to activate the desktop effects always using Xrender and zero problem, Opengl3 still worked for me but Opengl2 nothing left the screen black again. So I went back to edit the file hehehe. Regards.

      1.    Osky Inter (@ oai027) said

        From where do you edit it to the file?

        1.    Mikail said

          With Ctrl + alt + F2 and you log in and edit the file, another option in case you do not have the proprietary driver installed is to enter safe mode from grub and from the options choose "continue with normal startup" and then install the driver Nvidia proprietary as normal.

          1.    Osky Inter (@ oai027) said

            Mikail, thank you for your help. Like I tell you that I returned to Kubuntu 14.10, with KDE 4.14.2, much more stable and configurable.

  2.   manuel said

    Hello, the article is excellent, but I have a query, everything works very well but for some reason the clock shows an hour ahead, even if I put my region or put the manual time, it does not make the change in the taskbar, which I can do?


    1.    Sergio Acute said

      Good Manuel,

      First of all thanks for commenting. This is a very common problem with some Linux distributions, especially when they coexist with another operating system. Precisely thinking of you, we have published an article today that you can read if you click here. We hope it helps you.

    2.    Mikail said

      You're welcome dear greetings

  3.   Eudes Javier Contreras Rios said

    A big leap ... but backwards:
    1) When installing, it crashes when modifying any issue in the desktop effects, and says that it is recommended to install the proprietary drivers.
    2) The individual desktop configuration is lost, that great leap forward from KDE 4. There is no longer any difference between KDE and the other DEs.
    3) The too opaque style themes (as if it were a cardboard box) with almost no configuration, and with few options.
    4) The QtCurve style is lost, the one that could be configured to unsuspected levels.
    5) Plasmoids or gadgets, there are hardly any.

    In short, not even on the heels of its predecessor, which was rightly considered the best desktop environment due to the wide variety of configuration and individualization it has.

    Tip: stick with a KDE 4 distro

  4.   david philip solis said

    The truth, I had high expectations with this version of Kubuntu, but KDE has disappointed me in my laptop, it just stopped working, did not load completely, there was not a time when it did not give me a problem, despite having done a clean installation . Seeing me without any solution, I switched to Ubuntu Gnome, where again I have not had any problems and I think I will continue here for a long time.

  5.   Eduardo Vieira said

    Thanks for the guide, this Kubuntu is very good!

  6.   jesus ramirez gomez said

    Excellent Contribution! Thank you very much Everything Tested and the Repos All Work! Thanks a lot

  7.   Alberto Sanchez said

    Good afternoon after installing Kubuntu 15.04, the Muon package manager does not appear, Muon Discover and the update manager appear, why is this? Thanks in advance

  8.   Rafa said

    Regarding the Kubuntu 15.04 x64 server, please I need the sudo commands to install samba and share a partition with terminals on my network

  9.   Juventino Saavedra Sánchez said

    I upgrade to 15.04 but I can't change the resolution.

  10.   Tomo Kstillo said

    All very well, excellent distro, thanks for the contribution. Greetings

  11.   jarochicho said

    I have not been able to repair the ubuntu 15.04

  12.   julio74 said

    I have a problem and it is that after I install the system I cannot hear anything through the headphones which are connected to the front connectors unless I configure them manually by Kmix every time I enter and that is very cumbersome, you know some way to configure them permanently ?.

  13.   Ricardo Vera said

    Everything fine except when I connect to the LCD ... I can't get the connection, the letters get smaller or the screen sticks.

  14.   Payo Mty said

    thanks for the tips, everything works great on my acer aspire computer with kubuntu 15.04 I'll have a good time with it

  15.   victor rrrrrrrvera said

    When I install the drivers that you recommend for my video card, it shrinks the letters and windows or icons from the start screen, only with the native ones, it looks good

  16.   Gustavo said

    Good morning Sergio Agundo. I have tried to install ubuntu x for a long time downloading different versions including the most recent ones, I have not been able to use it .. so I will try installing kubuntu but I would like to know if I can contact you. By means of an email or if I can give some advice so as not to fill your publication with questions before the possibility of encountering some problem when installing kubuntu. first of all, Thanks. my email triple.seven.gmr@gmail.com

  17.   Louis Pietri said

    Hello. I have installed kubuntu 15.04 and in each first update from the Sosfwarare Center its handling becomes impossible. But when I update through the terminal it doesn't happen; however they say on this page that security problems within updates are resolved every six months. Reinstall August 19, 2015 with incorporation of the updates works fine, how long do I have to wait or will I use the Software Center or the terminal at that time? I add by Console or Terminal, after just reinstalling Kubunto 15.04 with sudo it appears upgrade does not work. I presume because the operating system is already updated.

  18.   mario said

    I personally like kubuntu a lot
    but I had a problem, and that is that the stationery effects such as the cube, blur, gelatinous screen among eight more, were deactivated and I get a message saying: for technical reasons we have been able to determine the cause of the error
    and what does OpenGL need
    I can do?

  19.   Oscar said

    Good afternoon, I comment, that I am a neophyte on the subject, since I do not know anything about Linux, but I want to learn and understand since I have always asked people who supposedly know about Linux or use it, regarding the management and functionality of the system operational, all responded with phrases such as "but you have to use commands", or "but not all programs work" or simply responded with answers that simply encouraged me to keep looking, as if they wanted to get away ... For this reason, I got a original disk of kubuntu 9.04, which I proceeded to install, and when executing the program, a black screen appears, in which I am asked for ubuntu login and subsequent password, which after completing, only a black screen remains (similar to MsDos ), where it says oscar @ ubuntu: ~ $ ... there, at this moment, again I feel like they are scaring me, but this time I'm not leaving, until someone gives me a better answer ...
    Atte. oscar

    1.    rauto said

      Oscar, regarding your query, I think that the installation CD may have flaws or may not be compatible with your machine. It is an old version. Linux is not more difficult than another operating system, and today on the internet you will find almost all the answers to the doubts you have.
      I have used Windows, Mac OS and Linux (I tried several distributions), before it was more complicated, now there are distributions like Kubuntu, Mint, etc. that are very friendly.

  20.   Federico said

    Of all the distros that currently use Plasma, I stick with this one. I didn't have any problems so far and it was installed on Aspire notebook. I've always used Ubuntu Gnome but I was immediately wowed by plasma. Now I hope they polish details that come up and then generate LTS version.

  21.   rauto said

    I partition my disk to install it together with Ubuntu, and the installation is done all right, but when I restart, I don't get the option to choose the OS I want and directly open Ubuntu.
    Anyone know what can it be?

  22.   Fernando Cor said

    Hello, I followed your steps to install Spotify but at the moment of executing it, the program icon appears next to the cursor and the program does not run, could someone help me with this problem?