Plasma Active Desktop. The Plasma desktop in Kubuntu blends together the dark and light breeze themes to create a beautiful and modern-looking desktop. Plasma uses vector-scaling graphics throughout, which provides smooth scaling on all displays. The ethos behind Plasma is one of an active . The 9 best distros for KDE’s Plasma desktop The company is a heavy supporter of the KDE project and is also the sponsor of Kubuntu (it's no longer paid for by Canonical) as well as of Linux. Feb 01, · Plasma Active collaborates with Mer, not with Ubuntu really. So for PA, Mer is the best base. Drivers wise it shouldn't matter however - if some drivers work for Ubuntu, they would work for Mer - it's the same GNU/Linux underneath.