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KDE Plasma 6 hits initial funding goal

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The KDE team are currently running a funding campaign to help bring in more monies to support Plasma desktop development, and thankfully well ahead of the Plasma 6 release they've managed to hit the initial goal.

With the first two goals of getting 550 paying members hit, they've managed to pull in a good amount of funding:

Thanks to your generosity, we now have the funds to take on the launch of Plasma 6 and all the challenges that come with it, as well as count on enough funds to commission artwork and designs from professional artists, ensuring new and beautiful wallpapers, websites, logos, and icons for Plasma 6's first year of life.

However, they're hoping to add another 100 members as their stretch-goal on their funding:

Our second stretch goal aims to add 100 more members and give us the means to fund the upkeep of all the infrastructure and resources for developers and external communications. This covers a wide range of things, from paying the rent for the servers used for development and internal communication among community members, to designing and maintaining public websites, forums, communication with the media, creating merchandise, promotion at non-FLOSS events, and more. Our deadline for this second stretch goal is the launch date of Plasma 6 on February 28, 2024.

A reminder on the rest of the Plasma 6 roadmap:

  • 10 January 2024: Release Candidate 1
  • 31 January 2024: Release Candidate 2
  • 21 February 2024: Private Tarball Release
  • 28 February 2024: Public Release
Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: KDE, Misc, Open Source
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7 comments

Brokatt Jan 3
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Hope they have the resources to get it nice and stable in time for release. And if not they have some extra time until Kubuntu 24.04 LTS which is probably when I will get my hands on it :)
tfk Jan 3
I've chosen to support KDE yearly. As I am using this software on multiple devices now. Same counts for Thunderbird.
QDS Jan 3
I'm supporting quarterly since I have been rocking KDE for a few years and I've put it on a lot of stuff at this point, even switched to using Krita for most anything artistic so I'm pretty invested in KDE anyways.
Izaic Jan 3
Just started donating quarterly yesterday because I use KDE software and Plasma all the time.
Szkodnix Jan 4
I started my donation too! KDE has been powering my main PC with openSUSE for a year now, so... it's time for me to pay KDE team back!
14 Jan 6
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I'm happy to see people mention donations. I also do some to KDE from time to time. If you work at a large company, you should see if they do charity matching. There are some open source orgs that are filed as non-profits and can get approved for a donation matching program. $10/mo turns into $20/mo, and is a lot more than $0/yr if you weren't giving anything previously. It's also convenient and not something you have to feel bad about forgetting if it's recurring.

As far as Plasma 6 goes, I'm hoping its release will be the Wayland milestone for me and I switch to it for regular use on my desktop. Wayland has been good on the laptop for at least a year, but some unpleasant things were on the desktop. I'm hoping I can say goodbye to X11 with Plasma 6.


Last edited by 14 on 6 January 2024 at 4:03 pm UTC
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