Support us on Patreon to keep GamingOnLinux alive. This ensures all of our main content remains free for everyone with no article paywalls. Just good, fresh content! Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal, Liberapay or Buy us a Coffee. You can also buy games using our partner links for GOG and Humble Store.

Stability and usability are the keys to the new KDE Plasma 5.22 release that's officially available today.

I am always in awe of what Plasma can do. It's probably one of the most versatile Linux desktop environments available. It has options for everything, options within options and it manages to somehow look good while doing everything you could possibly want it to.

Plasma 5.22 works even better with Wayland as of this release, which is becoming increasingly important. KDE say it now works with variable refresh rate/FreeSync, marking off another big piece from the list, especially with different refresh rates possible across different screens.

Other Wayland improvements include the ability to set a screen's overscan value, the Present Windows effect is hooked up exactly as it is on X11, you can maximise windows both vertically and horizontally, external graphics cards will work without a Plasma restart, performance improvements for Plasma, notifications won't bother you when you're screen sharing and much more.

There's plenty that isn't related to Wayland too including:

  • Adaptive Transparency for panels
  • System Settings gained a speed dial feature for common settings
  • You can disable offline upgrades
  • The System Tray Widgets should look a lot more consistent, along with Widgets like the Digital Clock gaining more ways to customize the date. You can now select an audio devices' profile directly in the Audio Volume Widget too/
  • KRunner can also now show multiple lines of text.
  • The modern Plasma System Monitor replaces the old KSysguard
  • On both Wayland and X11, windows open on the screen where your cursor is.

A lot more on top of that, those are just some of the more noticeable improvements to be expected.

Check out the flashy release page for more or see the main changelog.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
21 Likes , Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG and Humble Store. See more here.
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
25 comments
Page: «3/3
  Go to:

Kuduzkehpan 10 Jun
Actually i installed and tested plasma system monitor via source code.
İt has every posibility that ksysguard has also you can create your own pages for system info as specificaly as your liking. (i allready have 2 pages which more usefull and eye candy.)

Wayland well it has better performance than x11, has more capabilities of monitoring (better with hidpi hdmi dual screen etc.)
and exlusive fullscreen friendly. still has some bugs i will hope soon.
slaapliedje 11 Jun
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Quoting: KuduzkehpanActually i installed and tested plasma system monitor via source code.
İt has every posibility that ksysguard has also you can create your own pages for system info as specificaly as your liking. (i allready have 2 pages which more usefull and eye candy.)

Wayland well it has better performance than x11, has more capabilities of monitoring (better with hidpi hdmi dual screen etc.)
and exlusive fullscreen friendly. still has some bugs i will hope soon.
weird, I have not noticed better performance at all. Though maybe that's because my powerful desktops all use nvidia, and my AtariVCS or my Intel laptop are the only places I've ran Wayland and even on the VCS switching from Wayland to Xorg didn't seem any different (except things would work) and I had read that the hidpi was broken more in Wayland. Works fine in Gnome.

I bet any of that stuff is 100% placebo affect, as I've ran many dual head displays with gnome+xorg for years with few problems.
Termy 11 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedjeYeah, I found Spectacle. But that's a separate application (may be part of KDE, but was not installed via 'sudo apt install plasma-desktop' in pop_os). Gnome-Shell has all the screenshot shortcuts built into it by default.


Well, thats just a question of packaging - the gnome screenshot utility is a "separate" application just as spectacle is.
And if spectacle isn't included in the plasma-desktop metapackage in pop, then chances are, the gnome screenshot tool isn't included in gnome-desktop metapackage, either ;)
slaapliedje 12 Jun
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Quoting: Termy
Quoting: slaapliedjeYeah, I found Spectacle. But that's a separate application (may be part of KDE, but was not installed via 'sudo apt install plasma-desktop' in pop_os). Gnome-Shell has all the screenshot shortcuts built into it by default.


Well, thats just a question of packaging - the gnome screenshot utility is a "separate" application just as spectacle is.
And if spectacle isn't included in the plasma-desktop metapackage in pop, then chances are, the gnome screenshot tool isn't included in gnome-desktop metapackage, either ;)
Ah, it just seems integrated better in Gnome.

Confirmed that the 'gnome' depends on 'gnome-screenshot'. 'plasma-desktop' does not depend on 'spectacle' within Debian. This would be the fault of the different packaging team. Well at least I'm pretty sure that stems from Debian, and as Ubuntu is a fork from that, and Pop is a slightly modified Ubuntu, there you have it!

Not sure about other distros, haven't tested yet. I'm just irritated that GCS doesn't look correct in most Gnome desktops and looks fine in KDE (it's Java based, so one DE must be doing something different than the other...)
Termy 12 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedjeNot sure about other distros, haven't tested yet. I'm just irritated that GCS doesn't look correct in most Gnome desktops and looks fine in KDE (it's Java based, so one DE must be doing something different than the other...)

Just checked here on Manjaro - neither spectacle nor gnome-screenshot is a dependency from plasma-meta or gnome-desktop ^^
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Patreon, Liberapay or PayPal Donation.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone with no article paywalls. We also don't have tons of adverts, there's also no tracking and we respect your privacy. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register

Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.

Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams
Latest Forum Posts