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KDE Plasma 6.1 Beta released with Wayland Explicit Sync support

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Time for testing, especially for those of you with an NVIDIA GPU as the KDE Plasma 6.1 Beta is now live with some new features. Currently the roadmap shows that KDE Plasma 6.1 will be released as stable on June 18th. So you have a good while to report any unexpected issues from testing.

Here's all the main stuff that's new:

  • Triple buffering in KWin for smoother rendering and animations
  • Support for the Wayland Explicit Sync protocol, which should improve life for NVIDIA users in particular
  • Support for the Input Capture portal
  • Remote Desktop system integration to allow RDP clients to connect to Plasma desktops, plus a new page in System Settings for configuring this
  • New UX for Plasma's edit mode to make its modality more obvious and visually fancier
  • Added a configurable edge barrier between screens, to make it easier to hit UI elements touching the edges between screens. This also allows auto-hide panels on edges between screens to work properly
  • Fake session restore on Wayland that at least re-opens apps that were open last time, even if they don't get positioned in the same place. Support for real session restore is still being worked on
  • Support for syncing the color of your keyboard's RGB backlight with Plasma's accent color
  • Support for using the color profile embedded into the display, for displays that bundle these
  • Support in Discover for replacing end-of-support Flatpak apps with their replacements
  • Support for the battery conservation mode features on many Lenovo IdeaPad and Legion laptops
  • Support for passwordless screen locking, for using it as a screensaver in an environment without security concerns
  • You can now middle-click the Power & Battery widget to block and unblock automatic sleep and screen locking, and scroll over it to switch the active power profile
  • Slightly rounder corners, and more consistency between corner radius everywhere
  • Better window layout algorithm for Overview
  • The "Shake cursor to find it" effect has been enabled by default
  • New off-by-default effect to hide the mouse pointer after a period of inactivity
  • System Settings Keyboard page has been rewritten in QML

Pictured - my current KDE Plasma setup on Kubuntu

Will you be giving the Plasma 6.1 Beta a try soon?

More on the official announcement.

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TheRiddick May 26
Quoting: Pyrateit wasn't really a big deal at the end.

Every game supports HDR, some benefit GREATLY from it and can negate the entire need for reshade or enb profiles when using HDR which does a lot of colour and brightness/exposure balancing itself.

Special-K has very good AutoHDR integration now. Also if you don't have a OLED, I don't know why you'd bother with HDR.
WMan22 May 27
Quoting: tmtvlI don't know whether Plasma 6 is really ready for prime time yet. I've been using it on both Arch and OpenSUSE TW for a couple of months now and it seems to have issues with remembering window positions and sizes. I had to add a window rule to maximize Konsole despite having 'remember window size' checked in the settings, for example.

The biggest issue I'm having is, unless I manually block screen and sleep locking under "power and battery" on my taskbar, or run games with gamemoderun (which in many cases has made my framerate worse on CachyOS), if I play a game with a DualSense, it's as if KDE does not detect any inputs even though the game is detecting my controller inputs through steam, so my computer auto-sleeps itself while a game is open. I'm not the only one with this issue.

Really annoying when I'm trying to play Tekken 8.
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