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The Plasma 5.19 desktop from KDE has released

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The KDE team have today announced the release of the Plasma 5.19 desktop environment with a 'Polished Plasma' codename.

With a firm focus on making the whole of the Plasma desktop more consistent, they've gone through many elements of the Plasma UI to attempt to unify the designs of widgets and desktop elements on top of giving more control and configuration options. Some of the updates include:

  • Info Center saw a redesign to be consistent with system settings, it also has a new feature to give you a readout on your graphics hardware.
  • KWin Window Manage now supports subsurface clipping, which should reduce flickering in many apps. Wayland support was improved as well to include working screen rotation for tablets and convertible laptops.
  • The Discover software centre has improved the Flatpak package format support, to allow removing Flatpak repositories in an easier way. Discover also now shows the app version.
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I've been using KDE Plasma for quite some time now and for the most part it's been a great experience. Ideal for users who want a lot of customization options available out of the box, as opposed to GNOME being quite simple in comparison but it comes down to personal preference as always. Great to see big updates like this focus on a good out of the box user experience too.

See the full announcement here.

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dude 10 Jun
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[quote=mylka]
Quoting: dude
Quoting: mylkai wish they would improve the system monitor
more information like the win10 task manager

i have this conky

really sth different


why different? it's a sysmon. i prefer it to ksysguard.
raneon 11 Jun
Quoting: M@GOid
Quoting: raneonJust got the update on Arch Linux. As a long time Plasma Wayland user this is one of the most important releases for me as finally the subsurface clipping and the Firefox Wayland copy & paste issues have been fixed :-)

Plus there are many nice new features!

AFAIK, that is for Plasma 5.20 and will not be backported, since the patches to correct this are numerous.

I tested it successful before I made my post. Here is the bug report I'm aware of https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=411682.


Last edited by raneon on 11 June 2020 at 9:01 am UTC
mylka 11 Jun
[quote=dude]
Quoting: mylka
Quoting: dude
Quoting: mylkai wish they would improve the system monitor
more information like the win10 task manager

i have this conky

really sth different


why different? it's a sysmon. i prefer it to ksysguard.

i would say so.
a task manager is more clear, easier to handle, you can interact with it (kill process, go to location,.), it should look the same for all, so you can compare with others without looking around where each value is
you can just close and open it, you dont need a config file

i stick with it. if you want to have a look on any PCs hardware and whats going on windows 10 task manager is by far the best
Linuxwarper 11 Jun
I recently tried Ubuntu with a LIVE USB to see if I should go back to vanilla Ubuntu. As I want to try challenge myself to use more than one environment. The memory usage of Ubuntu was above 1.2GB (I don't remember the exact number). With Plasma it's roughly 700MB. Not saying Plasma is perfect but Gnome doesn't appeal to me. Plasma is responsive too.

Another reason keeping me to Plasma is Valve:
QuoteAs a freelancer I am contracted by Valve to work on certain gaming-related XServer projects and improve KWin in this regard and for general desktop usage.
SOURCE
Anyone knows anything about those efforts that Valve is pushing for with Kwin?


Last edited by Linuxwarper on 11 June 2020 at 10:29 pm UTC
Grimfist 13 Jun
Quoting: mylkai wish they would improve the system monitor
more information like the win10 task manager
KDE comes with KSysGuard as a system monitor. It is by far the best system monitor of every DE I tried so far. On Arch or Arch-based systems it is part of the standard Plasma meta package.
mylka 13 Jun
Quoting: Grimfist
Quoting: mylkai wish they would improve the system monitor
more information like the win10 task manager
KDE comes with KSysGuard as a system monitor. It is by far the best system monitor of every DE I tried so far. On Arch or Arch-based systems it is part of the standard Plasma meta package.

i know, i have it, i use it
still win10 task manager is way better
Grimfist 13 Jun
Quoting: mylkai know, i have it, i use it
still win10 task manager is way better

Don't know Win10 task manager very well, but does it have the ability to download new Layouts to display additional information? I think not. Case closed!

Oh and you can even create your own tabs with all the info you want to display as long as you have the tools to gather these infos. Which are basically endless ...


Last edited by Grimfist on 13 June 2020 at 8:06 pm UTC
mylka 13 Jun
Quoting: Grimfist
Quoting: mylkai know, i have it, i use it
still win10 task manager is way better

Don't know Win10 task manager very well, but does it have the ability to download new Layouts to display additional information? I think not. Case closed!

Oh and you can even create your own tabs with all the info you want to display as long as you have the tools to gather these infos. Which are basically endless ...


i know, but i havent found a single one, that can compare to win10

case is closed if you build a clone of win10 task manager with ksys and show me.... get on it
Grimfist 14 Jun
Quoting: mylkai know, but i havent found a single one, that can compare to win10

case is closed if you build a clone of win10 task manager with ksys and show me.... get on it

Then what is the special functionality that you are missing? Still haven't told

Oh and this is still not coupled with KDE. You can use any sysmon tool you want on any DE...


Last edited by Grimfist on 14 June 2020 at 8:24 am UTC
mylka 14 Jun
Quoting: Grimfist
Quoting: mylkai know, but i havent found a single one, that can compare to win10

case is closed if you build a clone of win10 task manager with ksys and show me.... get on it

Then what is the special functionality that you are missing? Still haven't told

Oh and this is still not coupled with KDE. You can use any sysmon tool you want on any DE...

1) if you do it yourself you have hundreds of values.... i really have better things to do than checking every one of them
2) you are very limited in arrangment. ex: i dont need the clock speed as big as a diagram. i cant make it small and put it in a corner or whereever i want it
3) a little more colours at the processes. darker colours for processes which use more CPU, mem, transfer, etc
4) switching between ALL CPU core usage in small diagrams and an average in one big diagram
5) showing memory speed. not that important, but nice to have if you have a new pc and you wanna make sure your ram runs with 3200Mhz and if it is DDR3 or 4

and so on and on

basically more systeminfo.... windows task manager combines the old task manager with programms like hardware monitor, or aida64

and more flexibility. let me add new diagramm if i want to and let me choose the size and the place where i want it... OR give me a standard sheet with all this info like in win10
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