The latest release of the KDE Plasma desktop is close with the Plasma 5.24 Beta going live now with plenty of new features and fixes for this customizable environment. A full release is planned for February 8.
Along with a lot of bug fixes, there's plenty of quality of life fixes across the whole desktop. The Breeze theme for example, will now properly respect your choice of accent colours for Folders, the Breeze colour scheme is now called "Breeze Classic" to distinguish from Breeze Light and Breeze Dark and more. The notification system also saw some updates. so that important notifications have a small orange strip to bring more attention to them, notifications about video files now display a thumbnail in the notification and when sending or receiving files via Bluetooth, a system notification is now always shown.
Plenty more modernizations were done across the desktop too like the "Plasma Pass" password manager seeing an updated design, Battery and Brightness now turns into just Brightness controls on computers with no batteries, Media Player correctly shows "nothing playing" when the last playing app is closed and you can easily set your background in the context menu of any image.
For fans of the software installer / updater Discover, you'll be pleased to know this release also includes the recently talked about upgrades to prevent users unintentionally removing their desktop environment too.
Some bigger updates also came towards improving Wayland like support for more than 8-bit colours, DRM Leasing support added for VR headsets, the "Minimize All Windows" widget now works with Wayland, the Spectacle screenshot tool now has access to the "Active Window" mode on Wayland and there's more.
See the release notes for all the info.