Plasma 5.22 has just arrived at the Backports PPA and KDE already raises the «hype» for the next version

Dolphin on KDE Plasma 5.23

plasma 5.22 I arrive last Tuesday, for a few hours we have had it those who use Kubuntu + Backports PPA and the KDE project the hype is already rising for the release of Plasma 5.23. Nate graham ensures that the newly released environment has been very focused on performance, and now it's time again for some more drastic tweaks. Among them, the Breeze theme will be updated with new buttons, menus, checkboxes, and more.

As for what has just arrived, Graham says that everything has gone quite well and that only a few patches are necessary that will arrive next Tuesday along with the launch of plasma 5.22.1. In fact, although he mentions that there are few, most of the fixes that they include in this week's post are for that version of the environment. Below you have the list that we have advanced today.

New features coming to the KDE desktop

  • The Breeze theme will be updated with tweaks to buttons, menus, checkboxes, radio buttons, sliders, and more (Plasma 5.23).
  • Thumbnails of files within encrypted locations, such as Plasma Vaults, are now generated and displayed as expected, but not saved, to eliminate a data leak (Marcin Gurtowski, Dolphin 21.08).
  • Kate's LSP support now extends to the Dart programming language (Waqar Ahmed, Kate 21.08).
  • Konsole now supports the DECSET 1003 standard, which means that terminal software features like vim that depend on mouse tracking now work (Luis Javier Merino Morán, Konsole 21.08).
  • This is not strictly a KDE project, but it does affect us: the SDDM login manager can now run as native Wayland software without requiring X11 at all (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, SDDM 0.20).

Bug fixes and performance improvements

  • Konsole now correctly processes double right click events (Luis Javier Merino Morán, Konsole 21.08).
  • emacs xterm-mouse-mode now works in Konsole (Luis Javier Merino Morán, Konsole 21.08).
  • In the Plasma Wayland Session, additional displays are now detected when using a multi-GPU setup (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • The network speed widget works again (David Redondo, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • The BBC weather data feed for the weather widget is working again (API changed and we had to react) (Joe Dight, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • In the Plasma Wayland session, the transparent background of the task switches is now always blurry as expected (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • In the Plasma System Monitor application, the "Get New Pages" view now opens in a nice overlay instead of a narrow column (Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • Custom shortcuts for "Navigate Applications" (linked to Alt + `by default) now work (Andrew Butirsky, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • The System Preferences File Search page no longer sometimes shows a strange duplicate header (Marco Martin, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • The redone Autostart page in System Preferences now always shows the correct icon for applications configured to run on login (Nicolas Fella, Plasma 5.22.1).
  • When using many window rules, the System Preferences Window Rules page is now much faster to load and display (Ismael Asensio, Plasma 5.23).
  • Disabled pages in System Monitor are no longer temporarily disabled if your sidebar is collapsed in icon-only mode (Arjen Hiemstra, Frameworks 5.84).

Interface improvements

  • Upon entering party mode on Elisa, the playlist automatically scrolls to the currently playing song if it is not being viewed, and it also scrolls automatically as needed to make sure any song is playing. reproducing stay in sight (Tranter Madi, Elisa 21.08).
  • The "Get New [Thing]" dialogs now handle server down or slow situations more gracefully (Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen, Frameworks 5.84).
  • QtQuick applications that use the Kirigami OverlaySheet component no longer let the sheet touch the edges of the window or screen (Devin Lin, Frameworks 5.84).

When will all this get to the KDE desktop

Plasma 5.22.1 is coming June 15 and KDE Gear 21.08 will arrive in August, but we still don't know what day exactly. During this day Frameworks 5.83 will arrive, and already after the summer, Plasma 5.23 will land with the new theme, among other things, on October 12.

To enjoy all this as soon as possible we have to add the KDE Backports repository or use an operating system with special repositories like Kde neon or any distribution whose development model is Rolling Release, although the latter usually take a little longer than the KDE system.


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  1.   Carlos said

    Consult, being available in PPA, can it be installed on Kubuntu?

    Thank you.

    1.    pablinux said

      Hi Carlos.

      Yes, and it is already from this weekend. If I'm not mistaken, Plasma 5.23 will also be available in October because it depends on the same version of Qt.

      A greeting.