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KDE Ships Plasma 5.5.1, bugfix Release for December

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Plasma 5.5
Plasma 5.5

Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.5.1. Plasma 5.5 was released in last week with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. We are experimenting with a new release schedule with bugfix releases started out frequent and becoming less frequent. The first two bugfix releases come out in the weeks following the initial release and future ones at larger increments.

This release adds a week's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

  • Freeze on Plasma/Wayland startup fixed (unblock signals in child processes). Commit. Fixes bug #356580. Code review #126361
  • KWin: Windows don't lose their 'active state' while being moved.
  • Many fixes in full screen launcher application dashboard.
Full Plasma 5.5.1 changelog

Live Images

The easiest way to try it out is with a live image booted off a USB disk. You can find a list of Live Images with Plasma 5 on the KDE Community Wiki.

Package Downloads

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

Source Downloads

You can install Plasma 5 directly from source. KDE's community wiki has instructions to compile it. Note that Plasma 5 does not co-install with Plasma 4, you will need to uninstall older versions or install into a separate prefix.


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