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The Plasma 5.19 desktop from KDE has released

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The KDE team have today announced the release of the Plasma 5.19 desktop environment with a 'Polished Plasma' codename.

With a firm focus on making the whole of the Plasma desktop more consistent, they've gone through many elements of the Plasma UI to attempt to unify the designs of widgets and desktop elements on top of giving more control and configuration options. Some of the updates include:

  • Info Center saw a redesign to be consistent with system settings, it also has a new feature to give you a readout on your graphics hardware.
  • KWin Window Manage now supports subsurface clipping, which should reduce flickering in many apps. Wayland support was improved as well to include working screen rotation for tablets and convertible laptops.
  • The Discover software centre has improved the Flatpak package format support, to allow removing Flatpak repositories in an easier way. Discover also now shows the app version.
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I've been using KDE Plasma for quite some time now and for the most part it's been a great experience. Ideal for users who want a lot of customization options available out of the box, as opposed to GNOME being quite simple in comparison but it comes down to personal preference as always. Great to see big updates like this focus on a good out of the box user experience too.

See the full announcement here.

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vipor29 9 Jun, 2020
does anyone know how to update manjaro to kde 5.19
ewertonurias 9 Jun, 2020
Quoting: vipor29does anyone know how to update manjaro to kde 5.19
It will arrive in Manjaro soon, perhaps in a few days.
dude 9 Jun, 2020
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we need no new release to know KDE is the no1 desktop. I try to get away from it since 2012, that was before steam on linux. back then, windows had KDE. lol

regards, linux friends

edit: ..before steam on linux..and windows KDE

Last edited by dude on 9 June 2020 at 3:36 pm UTC
mylka 9 Jun, 2020
i wish they would improve the system monitor
more information like the win10 task manager
dude 9 Jun, 2020
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Quoting: mylkai wish they would improve the system monitor
more information like the win10 task manager

i have this conky

Last edited by dude on 9 June 2020 at 3:40 pm UTC
ewertonurias 9 Jun, 2020
I migrated to Linux in 2012, and from 2012 to 2018 I had problems with screen tearing in all friendly DEs, in all video cards I bought (GTX 460, 660 and now 960).
Force and Full Force Composition Pipeline solved the tearing, but I felt the loss of performance.
In 2018, I found a solution, was to use Xfce + Compton + Command "compton --backend glx --paint-on-overlay --vsync opengl-swc", this removed the tearing.
In 2019, I tried Plasma, and I was surprised, KWin removed the tearing, and the stuttering that I had but didn't know.
For my case, Plasma has become the best option for games, since I disable the "Allow applications to block compositing" option in the Compositor.
I'm thinking of trying out RX 580 next time.
Dorrit 9 Jun, 2020
Quoting: mylkai wish they would improve the system monitor
more information like the win10 task manager
Have a look at KSysGuard
elmapul 9 Jun, 2020
this ad is great and its not the first one, FLOSS softwares are finally making good ads.
Termy 9 Jun, 2020
For me, KDE already is far ahead of any other DE, but 5.19 surely has some nice goodies :D
And as elmapul mentioned, they really spun up their PR-game during the last months/last year^^
tmtvl 9 Jun, 2020
I have good memories of KDE. Unfortunately, as EWMH treats multi-monitor users like annoying gnats* I have decided to not use window managers that support it, which includes Kwin.

* See this reddit post
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