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KDE Plasma 5.16 Beta: Your Three Week Notification of a More Tidy and Composed Desktop

Plasma 5.16

KDE Plasma 5.16

Thursday, 16 May 2019.

Today KDE launches the beta release of Plasma 5.16.

In this release, many aspects of Plasma have been polished and rewritten to provide high consistency and bring new features. There is a completely rewritten notification system supporting Do Not Disturb mode, more intelligent history with grouping, critical notifications in fullscreen apps, improved notifications for file transfer jobs, a much more usable System Settings page to configure everything, and many other things. The System and Widget Settings have been refined and worked on by porting code to newer Kirigami and Qt technologies and polishing the user interface. And of course the VDG and Plasma team effort towards Usability & Productivity goal continues, getting feedback on all the papercuts in our software that make your life less smooth and fixing them to ensure an intuitive and consistent workflow for your daily use.

For the first time, the default wallpaper of Plasma 5.16 will be decided by a contest where everyone can participate and submit art. The winner will receive a Slimbook One v2 computer, an eco-friendly, compact machine, measuring only 12.4 x 12.8 x 3.7 cm. It comes with an i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and is capable of outputting video in glorious 4K. Naturally, your One will come decked out with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop, your spectacular wallpaper, and a bunch of other great software made by KDE. You can find more information and submitted work on the competition wiki page, and you can submit your own wallpaper in the subforum.

Desktop Management

New Notifications

New Notifications

Theme Engine Fixes for Clock Hands!

Theme Engine Fixes for Clock Hands!

Panel Editing Offers Alternatives

Panel Editing Offers Alternatives

Login Screen Theme Improved

Login Screen Theme Improved

Settings

Color Scheme

Color Scheme

Application Style and Appearance Settings

Application Style and Appearance Settings

Window Management

Window Management

Window Management

Plasma Network Manager

Plasma Network Manager with Wireguard

Plasma Network Manager with Wireguard

Discover

Updates in Discover

Updates in Discover

View full changelog

Package Downloads

Distributions have created, or are in the process of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.

Package download wiki page

Feedback

You can provide feedback direct to the developers via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via Bugzilla. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

Supporting KDE

KDE is a Free Software community that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether it is help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information or become a KDE e.V. supporting member through our Join the Game initiative.

About KDE

KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.


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