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KDE Plasma 5.17 Beta: Thunderbolt, X11 Night Color and Redesigned Settings

Plasma 5.17 Beta

KDE Plasma 5.17 Beta

Thursday, 19 September 2019.

Today KDE launches the beta release of Plasma 5.17.

We’ve added a bunch of new features and improvements to KDE’s lightweight yet full featured desktop environment.

Plasma’s updated web page gives more background on why you should use it on your computer.

Guillermo Amaral

Guillermo Amaral

System Settings has gained new features to help you manage your fancy Thunderbolt hardware, plus Night Color is now on X11 and a bunch of pages got redesigned to help you get your configuration done easier. Our notifications continue to improve with a new icon and automatic do-not-disturb mode for presentations. Our Breeze GTK theme now provides a better appearance for the Chromium/Chrome web browsers and applies your color scheme to GTK and GNOME apps. The window manager KWin has received many HiDPI and multi-screen improvements, and now supports fractional scaling on Wayland.

You can test the Plasma 5.17 beta for the next three weeks until the final release in mid-October. Give it a whirl with your favorite distribution!

The Plasma 5.17 series is dedicated to our friend Guillermo Amaral. Guillermo was an enthusiastic KDE developer who rightly self described as ‘an incredibly handsome multidisciplinary self-taught engineer’. He brought cheer to anyone he met. He lost his battle with cancer last summer but will be remembered as a friend to all he met.

Plasma

<a href='https://unsplash.com/'>Unsplash</a> Picture of the Day

Unsplash Pic of the Day

KRunner now converts fractional units

KRunner now converts fractional units

Improved Notifications widget and widget editing UX

Improved Notifications widget and widget editing UX

System Settings: Thunderbolt, X11 Night Color and Overhauled Interfaces

Night Color settings are now available on X11 too

Night Color settings are now available on X11 too

Thunderbolt device management

Thunderbolt device management

Reorganized Appearance settings, consistent sidebars and headers

Reorganized Appearance settings, consistent sidebars and headers

Breeze Theme

Window borders are now turned off by default

Window borders are now turned off by default

System Monitor

CGroups in System Monitor

CGroups in System Monitor

Discover

Discover now has icons on the sidebar

Discover now has icons on the sidebar

KWin: Improved Display Management

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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