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Plasma 5.26 Beta brings on the bigscreen experience

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Plasma 5.26 Beta is officially out now and it comes with plenty of massive improvements, especially when it comes to using it on the bigscreen. With this version in preview, it's a chance for users and developers to find and help fix any remaining bugs to make the full release on October 6th a great one.

One of the big new features is Plasma Bigscreen, a whole interface just for using Plasma on your TV.

This also includes the Aura Browser for a "fully immersed Big Screen experience allowing you to navigate the world wide web using just your remote control" and Plank Player that's a "Multimedia Player for playing local files on Plasma Bigscreen".

Even more improvements come to the Discover software store too including:

  • Discover now lets you choose the frequency with which it notifies you about new updates.
  • Discover now displays content ratings for apps.
  • Discover now lets you change the name used for submitting a review.
  • Discover now has a “Share” button on each app’s details page.

Wayland support gets boosted yet again too:

  • In the Plasma Wayland session, it’s now possible to adjust how a graphics tablet’s input area maps to your screen coordinates.
  • It’s possible to select if apps will be scaled by the compositor or by themselves to avoid having blurry apps on Wayland.
  • In the Plasma Wayland session, it’s now possible to disable middle-click paste.

Plus lots more improvements across the whole desktop.

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CatKiller 19 Sep
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I'll probably switch my HTPC to KDE Neon to use this once it's released. My desktop, however, is going to stay on old KDE until they've reimplemented the desktop cube in newer versions.
cobalt2727 19 Sep
Quoting: fagnerlnThis would be awesome if Linux had native apps of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon

I know a really nice Kodi plugin exists for Netflix - not sure about Amazon though.
Quoting: MarlockThe hard part is not the visual design itself, but the interaction. Big screen interface implies a simplified input (eg: a game controller or even a remote - which might boil down to as little as directional arrows+OK+back+menu+volume-up/down buttons).

I agree. But in the mean time, we got a wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad for the living room TV computer. It works very well! I hate typing searches into Netflix using a TV remote.
Quoting: cobalt2727
Quoting: fagnerlnThis would be awesome if Linux had native apps of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon

I know a really nice Kodi plugin exists for Netflix - not sure about Amazon though.

Yes, a working plugin also exists for Amazon Prime Video. Last I checked there wasn't anything for Hulu though. No idea about D+.
Marlock 20 Sep
Are those plugins functional on a RaspberryPI or just x86 PCs/laptops?

Last I heard of the Netflix plugin people using ARM devices like the RPi had to grab some widevine .so file from a Google Chrome OS image because only then the RPi would have the required DRM decoding lib (and of course google didn't bother making it available for the Pi officially)

In any case, at least the Steam Deck is a x86 hardware so that's not going to be an issue for the new sheriff ;)
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