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.
Do Not Disturb mode is automatically enabled when mirroring screens (e.g. when delivering a presentation)
The Notifications widget now uses an improved icon instead of displaying the number of unread notifications
Improved widget positioning UX, particularly for touch
Improved the Task Manager’s middle-click behavior: middle-clicking on an open app’s task opens a new instance, while middle-clicking on its thumbnail will close that instance
Slight RGB hinting is now the default font rendering mode
Plasma now starts even faster!
Conversion of fractional units into other units (e.g. 3/16" == 4.76 mm) in KRunner and Kickoff
Wallpaper slideshows can now have user-chosen ordering rather than always being random
New Unsplash picture of the day wallpaper source with categories
Much better support for public WiFi login
Added the ability to set a maximum volume that’s lower than 100%
Pasting text into a sticky note strips the formatting by default
Kickoff’s recent documents section now works with GNOME/GTK apps
Fixed Kickoff tab appearance being broken with vertical panels
System Settings: Thunderbolt, X11 Night Color and Overhauled Interfaces
New settings panel for managing and configuring Thunderbolt devices
The Night Color settings are now available on X11 too. It gets a modernized and redesigned user interface, and the feature can be manually invoked in the settings or with a keyboard shortcut.
Overhauled the user interface for the Displays, Energy, Activities, Boot Splash, Desktop Effects, Screen Locking, Screen Edges, Touch Screen, and Window Behavior settings pages and the SDDM advanced settings tab
Reorganized and renamed some settings pages in the Appearance section
Basic system information is now available through System Settings
Added accessibility feature to move your cursor with the keyboard when using Libinput
You can now apply a user’s font, color scheme, icon theme, and other settings to the SDDM login screen to ensure visual continuity on single-user systems
New ‘sleep for a few hours and then hibernate’ feature
The Colors page now displays the color scheme’s titlebar colors
It is now possible to assign a global keyboard shortcut to turn off the screen
Standardized appearance for list headers
The ‘Automatically switch all running streams when a new output becomes available’ feature now works properly
The Breeze GTK theme now respects your chosen color scheme
Active and inactive tabs in Google Chrome and Chromium now look visually distinct
Window borders are now turned off by default
Sidebars in settings windows now have a consistent modernized appearance
System Monitor can now show CGroup details to look at container limits
Each process can now report its network usage statistics
It is now possible to see NVidia GPU stats
Real progress bars and spinners in various parts of the UI to better communicate progress information
Better ‘No connection’ error messages
Icons in the sidebar and icons for Snap apps
KWin: Improved Display Management
Fractional scaling added on Wayland
It is now once again possible to close windows in the Present Windows effect with a middle-click
Option to configure whether screen settings apply only for the current screen arrangement or to all screen arrangements
Many multi-screen and HiDPI improvements
On Wayland, it is now possible to resize GTK headerbar windows from window edges
Scrolling with a wheel mouse on Wayland now always scrolls the correct number of lines
On X11, it is now possible to use the Meta key as a modifier for the window switcher that’s bound to Alt+Tab by default
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