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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.

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