Stability and usability are the keys to the new KDE Plasma 5.22 release that's officially available today.
I am always in awe of what Plasma can do. It's probably one of the most versatile Linux desktop environments available. It has options for everything, options within options and it manages to somehow look good while doing everything you could possibly want it to.
Plasma 5.22 works even better with Wayland as of this release, which is becoming increasingly important. KDE say it now works with variable refresh rate/FreeSync, marking off another big piece from the list, especially with different refresh rates possible across different screens.
Other Wayland improvements include the ability to set a screen's overscan value, the Present Windows effect is hooked up exactly as it is on X11, you can maximise windows both vertically and horizontally, external graphics cards will work without a Plasma restart, performance improvements for Plasma, notifications won't bother you when you're screen sharing and much more.
There's plenty that isn't related to Wayland too including:
- Adaptive Transparency for panels
- System Settings gained a speed dial feature for common settings
- You can disable offline upgrades
- The System Tray Widgets should look a lot more consistent, along with Widgets like the Digital Clock gaining more ways to customize the date. You can now select an audio devices' profile directly in the Audio Volume Widget too/
- KRunner can also now show multiple lines of text.
- The modern Plasma System Monitor replaces the old KSysguard
- On both Wayland and X11, windows open on the screen where your cursor is.
A lot more on top of that, those are just some of the more noticeable improvements to be expected.