Plasma is, in my opinion, one of the best looking graphical desktops for Linux, for more information on KDE Plasma itself see here: https://www.kde.org/workspaces/plasmadesktop/
Note that deploying plasma on Debian 8.x requires that you move from the “stable” branch to “testing” branch. What does this mean? See here: https://wiki.debian.org/DebianTesting
Be sure to fully review what will be installed / removed as part of this upgrade. Rollback will be very “challenging!”
# First upgrade to non-stable "testing" variant of Debian Linux sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list ~/ sudo sed -i -e 's/jessie/testing/g' /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo reboot # Upgrade any remaining packages sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudp reboot # Install plasma desktop, when prompted for desktop environment selection, choose "sddm" sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop sddm sudo reboot # Cleanup unused packages sudo apt-get autoremove
I’ve tested and can confirm that, unlike Gnome, Plasma 5.x works when using x11rdp to connect remotely.