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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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Lofty 14 Oct
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI don't actually want any of this stuff for my own personal desktop, but I agree it would be cool if we had it.

If Linux had an app that was fully/partially integrated say into Gnome / KDE. Then spanning ultrawide / multimonitor would be easier and probably better than what is available on Wallpaper Engine. Perhaps even there could be some super low impact pixel art animation variants based on tile regions so only small parts of the desktop are animated and such the CPU usage would be <1%

Also the Gnome workspace overview with blurred / animated background would look sick.

I do not want this in 4k on my SteamOS3.0 desktop, i don't want it to look like a modern tricked out desktop. Ooohh wait, yes i do

https://youtu.be/dEqmYZbgvts


Spoiler, click me
https://youtu.be/HVXJOEn9ns0
BielFPs 14 Oct
how feasible is it to run KDE wayland in an old notebook with pentium T4200?
I prefer KDE 2,3 and 4....
smn 14 Oct
Quoting: Lofty
Quoting: Purple Library GuyI don't actually want any of this stuff for my own personal desktop, but I agree it would be cool if we had it.

If Linux had an app that was fully/partially integrated say into Gnome / KDE. Then spanning ultrawide / multimonitor would be easier and probably better than what is available on Wallpaper Engine. Perhaps even there could be some super low impact pixel art animation variants based on tile regions so only small parts of the desktop are animated and such the CPU usage would be <1%

Also the Gnome workspace overview with blurred / animated background would look sick.

I do not want this in 4k on my SteamOS3.0 desktop, i don't want it to look like a modern tricked out desktop. Ooohh wait, yes i do

https://youtu.be/dEqmYZbgvts


Spoiler, click me
https://youtu.be/HVXJOEn9ns0
As I said in my previous message, go to wallpaper settings and look for installing new plugins, there's a shader one for animated backgrounds.
Lofty 14 Oct
Quoting: smnAs I said in my previous message, go to wallpaper settings and look for installing new plugins, there's a shader one for animated backgrounds.

Thanks for the tip. But that's why i said i would like to see a Gnome or KDE dedicated app for Linux desktops in general so i don't have to use KDE just to have the single feature. Having a dedicated application with the features i mentioned + tray icon seems better than a plugin.

That said, i appreciate the advice. For If/when i switch to steamOS-3.0 / QT environment.
Jaromir 15 Oct
While KDE Plasma is probably still my favorite desktop, I liked KDE 4 the most. The old Chakra Linux with KDE 4 was one of the most visually appealing desktops. I mean this desktop: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ChakraDesktop.png

And with some simple mods you could give it these looks:
https://www.deviantart.com/narf41/art/Lets-Roll-288140125
https://www.deviantart.com/pablo992/art/It-s-Alright-302327970

In terms of functionality, KDE 4 was 10 years ahead when you look at windows 10 now and notice that many of the basic features of KDE 4 are still not available to windows 10 users.
shorberg 17 Oct
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Quoting: BielFPshow feasible is it to run KDE wayland in an old notebook with pentium T4200?

I think it would be pretty feasible. If you have to run graphics acceleration through llvmpipe on a T4200 you might get better results in X11 though. Plasma in and of itself isn't very heavy.
syylk 17 Oct
25 years and still waiting for a decent way to handle multimonitors, panels and display layout on a frequently docked/undocked laptop.
CJOR 17 Oct
My first time in Linux was Debian with KDE 3. I hated KDE. XD
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