On the DVD


Kubuntu is the Ubuntu flavor that installs with KDE Plasma as the default desktop environment. The 21.04 releases of all Ubuntu flavors are interim releases, which means that they contain more refinements than major changes, and, in most ways, Kubuntu is not an exception. However, while other Ubuntu flavors default to Wayland, Kubuntu does not, although users can switch to Wayland at login. Be aware, though, that Wayland is not officially supported by Kubuntu and is included for experimental purposes only. The main reason for this difference is that Wayland support for Plasma lags behind the support for Gnome and other major desktops.

What Kubuntu 21.04 does feature is Plasma 5.21, the latest stable version of the desktop. Many of the improvements in Plasma 5.21 are behind the scenes, but users might want to explore the new system monitor, as well as the other updates to standard apps, such as LibreOffice 7.1 and Firefox 87. Kubuntu makes a habit of including the latest applications, especially for KDE, and is an ideal place to start learning about KDE Plasma.

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

  • openSUSE Leap 15 Announced

    The release was announced at the openSUSE Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

  • This Month's DVD

    openSUSE Leap 42.2 (64-bit Install) and Fedora 25 Workstation (64-bit Live)

  • openSUSE Rolls Out 42.2 Leap

    New release targets Linux professionals.

  • News

    In the news: Gnome 44 Release Candidate; Flathub Vying to Become the Standard Linux App Store; Debian 12 to Ship with KDE Plasma 5.27; Planet Computers Launches ARM-Based Linux Desktop PCs; Ubuntu No Longer Shipping with Flatpak; openSUSE Leap 15.5 Beta; Linux Kernel 6.2 Released with NewHardware Support; Kubuntu Focus Team Releases NewMini Desktop; and US National Cybersecurity Strategy Released.

  • This Month's DVD

    Linux Mint 21.1 and openSUSE Leap 15.5

comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to our Linux Newsletters
Find Linux and Open Source Jobs
Subscribe to our ADMIN Newsletters

Support Our Work

Linux Magazine content is made possible with support from readers like you. Please consider contributing when you’ve found an article to be beneficial.

Learn More