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KDE celebrates 25 years with a big new Plasma desktop release

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Has it really been 25 years? That's absolute madness. I still remember trying out the first released version of KDE. Plasma - 25th Anniversary Edition is available now.

For this release a big user-facing change is the new Breeze — Blue Ocean theme that has an aim to make everything much more clear. Lots of little enhancements like active elements lighting up when a window gets focus, scrollbars are bigger and more accessible but redesigned to still look good. There's some more "glossiness and style to the desktop" with lots of subtle added details. You can also choose accent colours now in the system settings (for highlighted items), allowing you to adjust it without switching your theme.

Plenty of desktop upgrades too like resolution changing getting a countdown, so it will revert if you don't accept it helping to prevent an unusable desktop if something goes wrong. Another helpful addition is keywords when searching in KDE system settings, so finding what you want is a bit easier, especially as Plasma has a lot of settings available. Tons more like Wayland improvements (like multi-screen layouts sticking between X11 and Wayland) the app centre Discover is faster to load and so on.

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See the release page for more. They also setup a dedicated 25 years celebration website.

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senpaigamer123 Oct 14, 2021
excited to install on my machine
Sojiro84 Oct 14, 2021
Running the beta for the past few weeks. Can't wait for the stable live version in a few hours on Arch.

5.23 another great update, mostly behind the scenes stuff, but Wayland just got better even more.
Eike Oct 14, 2021
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Just installed Debian stable yesterday. I guess I'll take a look in 2023. :)
Kors Oct 14, 2021
I love KDE.
Started using linux with KDE by 4 years now, and loving how beatyful and customizing it can be.
dpanter Oct 14, 2021
Quoting: EikeJust installed Debian stable yesterday. I guess I'll take a look in 2023. :)
You can always use Norbert Preinings repo for fresh KDE even on Bullseye :)
Raaben Oct 14, 2021
Hats off to the KDE team and contributors. It might not be my daily desktop but it's an amazing project and I enjoy seeing all the work they put into it.
Lofty Oct 14, 2021
I just want animated/interactive desktops on Gnome/KDE. Like Wallpaper-engine ( https://store.steampowered.com/app/431960/Wallpaper_Engine/ ) but native to Linux rather than having to run steam in the background and with extra features like night/day transitions (other than the simple one currently offered which isnt really a transition, but more of a wallpaper switch).

Sure there are goofy workarounds or scripts but to actually have a WPE like application that is integrated better into the DE & even interactive (like a built in conky) would be nice, with a Variety like app indicator to quickly access settings, change or pause etc.

It's weird that this doesn't commonly exist on Linux given that Linux distros have forever been all about creating that custom aesthetic. From 3D cube desktops, to firework cursors and wobbly things. Weirdly Windows itself now seems to feature more of the kind of theming/animation elements id expect out of the box on most distros that seems to be missing (excluding the likes of Deepin and other customized community KDE distros)
smn Oct 14, 2021
Quoting: LoftyI just want animated/interactive desktops on Gnome/KDE. Like Wallpaper-engine ( https://store.steampowered.com/app/431960/Wallpaper_Engine/ ) but native to Linux rather than having to run steam in the background and with extra features like night/day transitions (other than the simple one currently offered which isnt really a transition, but more of a wallpaper switch).

Sure there are goofy workarounds or scripts but to actually have a WPE like application that is integrated better into the DE & even interactive (like a built in conky) would be nice, with a Variety like app indicator to quickly access settings, change or pause etc.

It's weird that this doesn't commonly exist on Linux given that Linux distros have forever been all about creating that custom aesthetic. From 3D cube desktops, to firework cursors and wobbly things. Weirdly Windows itself now seems to feature more of the kind of theming/animation elements id expect out of the box on most distros that seems to be missing (excluding the likes of Deepin and other customized community KDE distros)

If you think your computer is running too cool, you could go to the wallpaper settings in kde and install a plugin to run shaders.
Lofty Oct 14, 2021
Quoting: smnIf you think your computer is running too cool, you could go to the wallpaper settings in kde and install a plugin to run shaders.

That's the problem, without animated, transitioning desktops it's not cool enough 😎
Purple Library Guy Oct 14, 2021
Quoting: LoftyI just want animated/interactive desktops on Gnome/KDE. Like Wallpaper-engine ( https://store.steampowered.com/app/431960/Wallpaper_Engine/ ) but native to Linux rather than having to run steam in the background and with extra features like night/day transitions (other than the simple one currently offered which isnt really a transition, but more of a wallpaper switch).

Sure there are goofy workarounds or scripts but to actually have a WPE like application that is integrated better into the DE & even interactive (like a built in conky) would be nice, with a Variety like app indicator to quickly access settings, change or pause etc.

It's weird that this doesn't commonly exist on Linux given that Linux distros have forever been all about creating that custom aesthetic. From 3D cube desktops, to firework cursors and wobbly things. Weirdly Windows itself now seems to feature more of the kind of theming/animation elements id expect out of the box on most distros that seems to be missing (excluding the likes of Deepin and other customized community KDE distros)
I don't actually want any of this stuff for my own personal desktop, but I agree it would be cool if we had it.
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