Kubuntu developer Rik Mills informs us on the general availability of the Kubuntu 18.10 release as part of the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system series launch by Canonical the other day.
Continuing the project's tradition to offer users the latest KDE technologies with every new major release, Kubuntu 18.10 ships with the KDE Plasma 5.13.5 desktop environment by default, along with the latest KDE Applications 18.04.3 software suite, KDE Frameworks 5.50 software suite, and Qt 5.11 software development framework.
Just like Ubuntu 18.10, the Kubuntu 18.10 operating system is powered by the latest Linux 4.18 kernel by default, which provides better hardware support, especially for AMD users. Furthermore, Kubuntu 18.10 comes with Snap integration in the Plasma Discover graphical package manager.
Flatpak integration is available as well, but needs to be enabled on the Settings page. As expected, Kubuntu 18.10 also includes all the latest software versions for pre-installed apps, as well as apps that are available in the main archives. The OS also features the Mozilla Firefox and LibreOffice by default.
"Kubuntu has seen some exciting improvements, with newer versions of Qt, updates to major packages like Krita, Kdeconnect, Kstars, Peruse, Latte-dock, Firefox and LibreOffice, and stability improvements to KDE Plasma," reads the release announcement.
KDE Plasma 5.14 update is now available for Kubuntu 18.10
If you think Kubuntu 18.10 shipping with the KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment by default isn't good news, think again because Rik Mills told us that the latest version, KDE Plasma 5.14.1, is already available as an update in the Kubuntu Backports PPA, along with the recently released KDE Frameworks 5.51 software suite.
So to install the KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment immediately after installing Kubuntu 18.10 on your personal computer, you'll have to add the Backports PPA by following the instruction on the above link. Meanwhile, if you wish to give Kubuntu 18.10 a try, you can download the 64-bit live ISO image right now through our website.