Kubuntu 20.10 introduces Plasma 5.19.5, KDE Applications 20.08.2 and Linux 5.8

Kubuntu 20.10

Four months ago, KDE He launched Plasma 5.19. The users who chose Kubuntu and also added the Backports repository to install their most up-to-date software, or at least I, got a nasty surprise shortly after, when we investigated and found out that it would not reach Focal Fossa. Well, that's already part of the past. Kubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla was released yesterday October 22 and includes Plasma 5.19.5 as the default environment.

As in the rest of the flavors, many of the most outstanding novelties are linked to the graphical environment and the applications of each project, in this case KDE. And Kubuntu 20.10 has also come up with something that I personally think is surprising, at least if we take a look back in time and how Kubuntu releases used to be: they have included "out of the box", that is the installation of zero and in the same ISO, KDE Applications 20.08.2, or what is the same, the October 2020 version of the KDE apps. Although, on second thought, adding more updated apps to a new release may be the reason why they now arrive at the beginning of the month, to get to the feature freeze in time.

Kubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla Highlights

  • Linux 5.8.
  • Supported for 9 months until July 2021.
  • plasma 5.19.5.
  • KDE Applications 20.08.2.
  • Qt 5.14.2.
  • Framework 5.74.
  • If the box to install more software is checked when installing the system, apps such as Inkscape or Blender are automatically added. And sorry if I'm wrong, but I think Kdenlive too; I think I have read it and I don't remember if I installed it manually.
  • LXD 4.6.
  • MicroK8s 1.19.
  • Packages updated to newer versions, such as Firefox 81 and LibreOffice 7.0.2.

Kubuntu 20.10 is now available for download from the official website of the project, which we can access from this link. Existing users can update using the command «sudo do-release-upgrade -d», without the quotes, but first we must open Discover and install the new packages or do it via terminal with «sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade», with « sudo apt autoremove »as optional to remove waste or unnecessary dependencies. If you are thinking of using Plasma 5.20, it is not yet available in the Backports repository, so you will have to be patient.

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