Plasma 5.20.3 continues to fix bugs and prepare for its landing in the Backports PPA

plasma 5.20.3

Kubuntu users are having a lot of patience who are still stuck in a version of their graphical environment for more than six months. And it is that Focal Fossa arrived in April with v5.18 of the desktop, but it was not updated to v5.19 because it needed a more updated version of Qt that did not lead to Kubuntu 20.04. History is repeating itself, albeit in a different way, with the version released in October, Ya que today it has been launched plasma 5.20.3 and we still can't install it on Kubuntu + Backports PPA.

From what a server has been able to read, there is no official statement about it, but Nate Graham did say that KDE neon encountered more issues than expected when updating to Plasma 5.20, so it seems that the KDE project wants to be cautious and not do the backport until they are sure that those problems are fixed before bringing them to Kubuntu, which although it is true that it is not their main operating system, It is also true that many of us choose it for being Canonical behind it.

Plasma 5.20.3 highlights

Plasma 5.20.3 doesn't come with featured features. As a point update, it is here to correct errors, and among them we have the following:

  • The "switch user" action is once again visible in the Kickoff application launcher for people using distributions with an older system.
  • Switching user now works again after invoking the action.
  • All shutdown options are always visible to everyone in the Kickoff app launcher again.
  • Fixed a dark way the Plasma Wayland session could crash.
  • Opening the Network applet Speed ​​graph no longer causes the graph to show an implausibly high spike in data transfer that alters the graph scale for all subsequent data.
  • In the Plasma Wayland session, opening a laptop lid now wakes her up immediately, rather than only happening after pressing a key.
  • When using the Plasma Wayland session with multiple virtual desktops, the virtual desktop name is now correct in the Task Manager tooltip.
  • Changed the menu text for the "disable do not disturb" feature to be slightly clearer.
  • KSysGuard no longer loses a lot of memory when left open for a long period of time.
  • Plasma icon applets that point to locations instead of applications work properly again.
  • In a Plasma Wayland session, the "sliding pop-up" effect used for various panel widgets no longer suffers from minor visual glitches.
  • Discover no longer opens automatically when logging in when it was open when logging out, as this is not useful.
  • The "Highlight changed settings" feature in System Preferences now remembers whether it was on or off when you close and reopen System Preferences.
  • Double-clicking the "Highlight Changed Settings" button in System Preferences now turns it on and off as expected, rather than eating up the second click and leaving it in an inconsistent state.
  • Systray items for certain Electron apps that don't properly set their titles will now display at least something sensible for text.

Available now, but ...

One thing is clear: Plasma 5.20.3 has been officially released. But there is another one that is not so: is KDE going to upload the new packages to its Backports repository? If we do, in the best of cases we will have to wait a couple of days for it to appear in the Kubuntu Discover, among others. If not, we will still have to have a little more patience. Those who will see the updates sooner are the users of KDE neon, and soon after those of other distributions such as Manjaro KDE and others that use the Rolling Release development model.


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