Plasma 5.26.4 arrives with more improvements for Wayland and more aesthetic notifications, among other news

plasma 5.26.4

Three weeks after third maintenance update, KDE has released the fourth. The new functions arrive at point-zero, and then five more are released in each series to correct all the errors they find, and sometimes doing a backport so that something arrives earlier than planned. plasma 5.26.4 has been announced a few minutes ago, and among its news we have some to continue with the plan that Wayland is used by default.

The full list of changes is at this link, but it's too long and unclear a list to put in an article like this. Nate Graham highlighted what seemed most important to him, and below is a list of some of the new features that have arrived with Plasma 5.26.4.

Some of the novelties of Plasma 5.26.4

  • Fixed a minor bug where portrait oriented monitors no longer overlap slightly by one pixel.
  • In Discover's task progress sheet, progress bars are now much more visible and are not obscured by a meaningless background highlight effect.
  • When songs/tracks are changed and the Plasma Media Player widget is visible, there is no longer a short blink revealing the icon of the application playing the media.
  • In the Plasma Wayland session:
    • Plasma should no longer randomly crash when moving the cursor over a Plasma panel.
    • Touching a touch screen after disconnecting an external screen no longer crashes KWin.
  • When Kickoff is set to use the default size of list items, apps that live in the category sidebar, like the Help Center, no longer have an uncomfortably large icon.
  • When you unlock the screen by providing your fingerprint, you no longer have to redundantly press an “Unlock” button afterwards.
  • Plasma notifications no longer have inappropriate top corners.
  • In Plasma X11 session, disabling compositing no longer leaves an empty area around Plasma panels.

The release of Plasma 5.26.4 is official, but that only means that its code is available, and developers can start working with it now. Coming soon to KDE neon, KDE's own operating system, and its Backports repository. Later it will come to Rolling Release distributions, and then to the rest.

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