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KDE Ships Plasma 5.3, New Feature Release

Tuesday, 28 April 2015.

Today KDE releases a release of Plasma 5, versioned 5.3.

Plasma 5.3

Plasma 5.3

Highlights

Battery applet now informs what is blocking power saving

Battery applet now informs what is blocking power saving

New energy usage monitor

New energy usage monitor

Enhanced Power Management

The new Bluedevil Applet

The new Bluedevil Applet

Better Bluetooth Capabilities

Configure your Touchpad

Configure your Touchpad

A touchpad configuration module has been added

Application Menu can access contacts

Application Menu can access contacts

Application Menu can show recent documents

Application Menu can show recent documents

Improved Plasma Widgets

Plasma Media Center - Tech Preview

Plasma Media Center

Plasma Media Center

Plasma Media Center is added as a tech preview in this release. It is fully stable but misses a few features compared to version 1. You can log directly into a Plasma Media Center session if you want to use it on a media device such as a television or projector or you can run it from Plasma Desktop. It will scan for videos, music and pictures on your computer to let you browse and play them.

Plasma is now able to start a nested XWayland server

Plasma is now able to start a nested XWayland server

Big Steps Towards Wayland Support

Desktop Tweaks - Press and Hold

Press and Hold Tweak

A new Tweaks configuration option in Plasma allows you to enable or disable the desktop settings toolbox and enable a new Press and Hold mode for widget management. In this mode, widgets can be moved after pressing and holding anywhere on the widget, and the widget handle will only be shown after press and hold rather than on hover. When this mode is enabled, unlocking the desktop will show a helpful instruction notification (which can be dismissed forever from the popup).

Bug Fixes Galore

393 bugs were fixed giving fewer crashes and more reliable use.

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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