In another update on the progress of the upcoming KDE Plasma 6 desktop environment release, there's some fun details from Nate Graham. FYI: KDE Plasma is used on the Steam Deck for the Desktop Mode!
From Graham's usual weekly progress blog post it's noted that Plasma 6 has now set Wayland as the default. As developer Neal Gompa noted in the accepted merge request, "The KDE Plasma experience with Wayland has reached a level of maturity where it makes sense to switch it to the default session."
Another big one is the merging of initial HDR support for gaming (which I previously reported on), that has also now been accepted, using a cut-down version of the upstream protocol that isn't yet finished so that the Plasma team can let people test and play with the HDR implementation for gaming.
One change I'm happy to see is the removal of the need to approve or deny "background activity" of Flatpak apps, it was a bit of a nuisance as Graham said "the whole concept of this has been removed as it was kinda sus and not useful at all".
Plenty of theme improvements for Breeze too as they gave it a bit of an overhaul to have "no more frames within frames" so that instead "Breeze-themed apps adopt the clean design of modern Kirigami apps, with views separated from one another with single-pixel lines".
Plasma start-up time was also improved by multiple seconds.
This is the current roadmap as a reminder as the first big Plasma 6 Alpha is out now:
- 8 November 2023: Alpha
- 29 November 2023: Beta 1
- 20 December 2023: Beta 2
- 10 January 2024: Release Candidate 1
- 31 January 2024: Release Candidate 2
- 21 February 2024: Private Tarball Release
- 28 February 2024: Public Release