Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Try KDE 4.7.0 now

KDE 4.7.0 went live just a few days ago, ready for October releases to safely incorporate it into their software stacks. Impatient and adventurous users who don't get updates automatically on their distros can have a go at it now, though, obviously acknowledging the risks implied in this approach.

Many of the most popular distros out there offer ways to try KDE 4.7.0. I personally found Kubuntu's way easiest, so that's what I did. For those interested, I will discuss how to upgrade at the end of this article.


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As you can see from the screenshot above, KDE 4.7.0 does not look terribly different from KDE 4.6.5. Quite the contrary, it's only minor details that make it noticeable, such as the "Activities" button on the upper right.

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I was eager to see the new mobile broadband support in action, and after some brief testing, I have to say it worked perfectly!

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KDE 4.7.0 continues and perhaps even improves on its trend towards reducing its resource footprint. It's too early too tell, but it felt light, responsive, and fast.


If you want to install KDE 4.7.0 on Kubuntu like I did, simply follow the following steps:

Note that this is not the official Kubuntu implementation, so proceed at your own risk!

1.- From the command line, add the following PPA to your sources:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

2.- Update:

sudo apt-get update

3.- And now upgrade (note that I am using dist-upgrade purposedly to force the upgrade through):

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade



Just to clarify, this is by no means a KDE 4.7.0 review, not even a preview.

Installing KDE 4.7.0 on Kubuntu 11.04 like this is not the best way to try it for many reasons. For one, the Kubuntu developers don't get a fair chance of polishing things down to their tastes and needs. Another reason is that Kubuntu tends to limit or simplify some of KDE's features, so there will be things that you won't find here. Last but not least, it seems like the KDE 4.7.0 version that was packaged on that PPA is not the latest, or at least not complete (things like Kmail 2 were missing).

In any case, I think it is a good opportunity to take a look into KDE edge, and a fairly simple one as well. If you decide to go ahead, have fun exploring 4.7!


  1. First let me say i've been reading your blog for some time now and I really enjoy it. Looking at these screenshots really make me want to use KDE again, perhaps i'll install it. 4.7 looks beautiful and with each new release it just gets faster and more stable. I cant wait to see what 5.0 brings. Nice little post and 'non review'

  2. Thanks kenharkey7!

    KDE 4.7 looks good so far and I think it is very promising. I still believe it´s quirky in several respects, but once one gets to grips with it, it pretty much rocks.

  3. How do you get the panel transparent in kubuntu

  4. That´s the default AIR workspace theme. Having said so, almost all workspace themes add transparency as long as desktop effects are enabled (make sure they are in your case as they could well be disabled by default).

  5. Using it for a few days since I switched to KDE on my Ubuntu and just love it. I almost feel as good as when I switched from Windows to Linux :)

  6. I followed your instructions and even double checked. I am currently running Kubuntu 10.10 but it didn't work. Any ideas ? thanks for the help.