Dolphin on Kubuntu

First I love linux but it holds secrets that I do not understand, one of them is the Dolphin version. But let’s start with the linux version:

Operating System: Kubuntu 22.04
KDE Plasma Version: 5.24.7
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.92.0
Qt Version: 5.15.3
Kernel Version: 5.15.0-91-generic (64-bit)
Graphics Platform: X11
Processors: 12 × AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six-Core Processor
Memory: 7,7 GiB of RAM
Graphics Processor: NVA8

My Dolphin version is: 21.12.3 (2018), the latest version I can find on the internet is: 23.08.3. (2023)

But there is no way I can update to that version (tried different Konsole commands, more on that below), which I would love to do because I have issues with the version I’m using, like it chokes on large directories (1000 files) on my 4 TB secondary HDD. Even going to the root of that drive grinds Dolphin to an almost stop.

Using the Konsole I ran this:

aristarkos@aristarkos-home-system:~$ sudo apt-get install dolphin
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree… Done
Reading state information… Done
dolphin is already the newest version (4:21.12.3-0ubuntu1).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.

Newest version? So, what am I doing wrong?


I moved from Kubuntu when Deb12 came out.
Kubuntu is currently 23.10 and previously 23.04.

The LTS version is 22.04.03

I’m currently Debian Bookworm with KDE Plasma 5.27.5
Dolphin is at version 22.12.13

Not sure if you want to update to the latest Kubuntu to get caught up so …

You might be able to uninstall dolphin and then visit the Dolphin home page where there is an install for linux link… This may not be a stable solution in the long run however as the rest of the system would not be in sync…

Depending what you are trying to do…

You may find working the directories in Konsole more productive.

Terminal (Konsole) is well worth the time to learn IMO and often gets things done much faster and effectively.

I also have huge drives so interested in your issues and solutions.

What is the goal your are working towards with these large directories?

The whole update process in Linux isn’t as transparent as I would like it to be, hence my question.

The drive issues are that Dolphin gets really really slow reading the large disk to a point when it sometimes even hangs the whole OS. What’s left then is holding the power button for 5 seconds, which sucks.

The secondary HDD is just a data storage facility, the OS is on a 250 Gib SDD.

I like to use a GUI, not much of a console man to be honest.

From what I understand the later Dolphin versions are for the new Kubuntu version? Well then I just have to live with it I guess. Thanks for your reply.

CNIX uses Thunar file manager. Perhaps give it a go?

Thank you, I’ll give it a go in the new year, it’s madhouse the end of the year.

You can PPA add a (Personal Package Archive) that provides a newer version of Dolphin.

Open a terminal window and run the following command to add the PPA:

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

Update the package list by running:

sudo apt-get update

Install the updated version of Dolphin by running:

sudo apt-get install dolphin

This should install the latest version of Dolphin available in the PPA.

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That helped a lot, it did as you said above, had to install a bunch of other updates as well BTW, and now I’m at Dolphin version 22.04.3. This version still isn’t perfect but a LOT better, so I’m pleased.

Thank you very much.