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I really hate the look of all the desktop environments officially supported by Debian 7. I also really really like the look of KDE Plasma 5. Unfortunately Debian seems to only support KDE 4, and it looks extremely ugly. If there is any way I could compile the desktop environment and display manager myself I would like to know. I do NOT want any of the software that comes with it, only the desktop environment and login screen.

I also don't want to use testing or unstable distros even though I know that KDE 5 is supported there.

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    "If there is any way I could compile the desktop environment and display manager myself I would like to know." Download the source code and compile it? – Michael Homer Feb 28 '15 at 5:53
  • You could probably backport the KDE environment and display manager from a more recent version of Debian. But it would be quite a lot of work; I wouldn't recommend it. – Faheem Mitha Feb 28 '15 at 6:49
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If you're willing to upgrade to Debian Sid then KDE5 can be installed very easily with the Siduction repos, instructions here:

My Blog Entry on the Subject

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    Better if you copy the relevant parts of your blog entry here, don't make disappointment to the googlers of the future... – peterh Jul 6 '15 at 21:26

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