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KDE Plasma 6 to launch in February 2024

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They've finally set a date! The big release of the KDE Plasma 6 desktop is now set to launch in February 2024.

Confirming the plans in another recent developer overview blog post, KDE dev Nate Graham mentioned there's no specific day yet but they've at least marked down the month and they are "feeling quite confident that the release will be in excellent shape by then" and another few months should make it solid.

Plasma 6 is now in Stage 4 of their original roadmap that Graham posted earlier in this year that went through:

  1. Make it compile.
  2. Make it livable.
  3. Clean up the code.
  4. Implement planned features and changes.
  5. QA it and fix the bugs.

And some of the work done includes:

  • Custom ordering for KRunner search results.
  • Printers KCM rewritten in QML.
  • Double-click by default.
  • Tap-to-click by default.
  • Icons throughout Plasma itself now exclusively come from the systemwide icon theme.
  • Support for automatic bug reporting in DrKonqi and improved reporting flow in general.
  • Autostart KCM shows details about entries.
  • Distros can now customize the first page in Welcome Center.

I'm looking forward to it. With Plasma being my desktop environment of choice on my Linux desktop (Kubuntu) and it's what's included on Steam Deck with SteamOS too. So hopefully before too long we will see Valve give it an upgrade in SteamOS too.

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14 Sep 9, 2023
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Kubuntu? I must have missed when you switched off Fedora. That one didn't last too long.
Adutchman Sep 9, 2023
Quoting: RaabenGetting KDE 6 in Feb? My birthday is in Feb! Coincidence? Yes.

I can't wait to take it for a spin. Though I still prefer Gnome, I love seeing what the KDE project puts out, good stuff.

Same here! The perfect birthday present!
mihaib Sep 9, 2023
While I know KDE is better on resources then Gnome, I like better how Gnome looks out of the box. That said, since KDE is on Steam Deck I do hope it gets as good as possible as it is kind of how non linux people look at linux now(trough Steam Deck screen)
buono Sep 9, 2023
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Quoting: 14Kubuntu? I must have missed when you switched off Fedora. That one didn't last too long.

I missed that distro hop too. I always thought the kubuntu spin the best of the ubuntus / ubunti? distros.
Raaben Sep 9, 2023
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Quoting: 14Kubuntu? I must have missed when you switched off Fedora. That one didn't last too long.

I missed that distro hop too. I always thought the kubuntu spin the best of the ubuntus / ubunti? distros.

I noticed not only Liam's hop off of Fedora a while back but even a DE change to GNOME for a brief moment.
JordanPlayz158 Sep 9, 2023
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Quoting: PinballWizardIf only I could stream in discord on it.
I can stream in discord on manjaro with kde plasma, in x11 session though

Anyway, plasma is good. When I tried to switch to linux for the first time, the weirdness of gnome was a big downside. Hours of tweaking it to make it feel write, while plasma just already has everything.
Works on Wayland just as well, using the xwaylandvideobridge package from the AUR.
With some other applications it can sometimes be a hassle but I personally have good experience with screen sharing on KDE Plasma + Wayland + Discord Flatpak
For Wayland, I would recommend ArmCord, it uses xdg-desktop-portal but it is not perfect yet but definitely a big step up from normal discord as it allows addons and theming with Vencord
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