How to Install KDE 4.7 In Kubuntu Natty [Quick Tips]

The KDE team has released the latest version of KDE 4.7 late last month. This latest version brings many new features and improved stability and performance, particularly in the Plasma workspaces and the various KDE applications.

Improved Oxygen theme

Long time KDE user will know that the Oxygen GTK theme does not really play well with GTK+ application. In some cases, you have to use the QTCurves theme to render the GTK app. In KDE 4.7, the oxygen icon themes has been improved to provide a seamless blending of GTK app into your KDE desktop.

Updated version of applications

The following applications have been updated to a newer version:

  • Kontact – better integration with Akonadi
  • Dolphin – able to create and clone repositories, push and pull changes, view diffs
  • Marble- It now has voice navigation support, a map creation wizard, and new plug-ins
  • Gwenview – now comes with the ability to compare two or more pictures side by side
  • Digikam – new features include face detection and recognition, image versioning support and reversed geotagging.
  • Kate – a new Search plugin with the ability to search in files on disk or opened files
  • Okular
  • and many more

If you are using Kubuntu (or KDE 4.6.x), just add the following PPA and upgrade your system.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Overall, you won’t notice much differences in KDE4.7 as most of the improvements are done on the backend. Other than a minor issue with external monitor, you should experience an improve in performance.

Note: Kubuntu 11.10 (scheduled to release in Oct 2011) will be running KDE 4.7.