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KDE Plasma 5.3 Released 53

jrepin writes: The KDE community has released Plasma 5.3, a major new version of the popular, open source desktop environment. The latest release brings much enhanced power management, better support for Bluetooth, and improved Plasma widgets. Also available is a technical preview of Plasma Media Center shell. In addition, Plasma 5.3 represents a big step towards support for the Wayland windowing system. There are also a few other minor tweaks and over 300 bugfixes. Here is the full changelog, and here's the package download wiki page.
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KDE Plasma 5.3 Released

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  • FTA: "A touchpad configuration module has been added" This is the one configuration took that has been missing from KDE since the upgrade from 3.5. The activities based power management is also a long awaited feature (turn off powersaving / sleep / hybernate when in presentation mode). Other than that the rest appears to be eye candy. Still waiting for automatic activity settings based on locally sensed wifi.... (I still need to manually change my external monitor setting every time I get into work / ho
    • by marsu_k ( 701360 )
      Have you tried installing Kscreen? You should probably find it for whatever distribution you are using. It seems to be good at remembering different external monitor settings, just plug in the cable and you're good to go.
  • Is it only me, or it looks like Android Lollipop?

  • I really appreciate how the designers have gone out of their way to make me hate it on sight. With just a few choice usability bloopers on the first screenshot I see, they've ensured that I will never, ever consider it for anything. I am spared any ambivalence, spared from wasting any time trying it out or even reading reviews.

    Thank you, KDE designers! I am in your debt!

  • Oh boy, new version of $software came out! Better run to /. and comment on how it's terrible to the point of equating it to killing puppies! I will also speak volumes of what it is doing wrong, because of course my preference is therefore the preference of everyone. Yet with all this knowledge of what people truley want I won't ever make a better version of $software myself.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 28, 2015 @06:00PM (#49572991)

    One thing I've never understood about KDE, since KDE 4, is why it has an artificial separation between Plasma and traditional KDE apps. Why do Plasmoids have to have their own separate visual style? It's very jarring, and it made KDE 4's visual appearance much less configurable than KDE 3's by introducing a Gnome-style system of requiring users to choose from ready-made and unconfigurable Plasma themes (or develop their own).

    I understand that Plasmoids are supposed to be easier to write than traditional applications, but I don't understand why that means they have to have ugly themes and stand out like a sore thumb against the "real" apps. I'd like to see a return to a situation where the buttons, scrollbars and other theme elements in desktop widgets and panels conform to the overall widget style that's been selected for traditional applications. It surprises me that none of the developers appear to have identified this lack of consistency as a problem yet.

    One of these days, when I've got more time on my hands, and if nobody beats me to it, I'll try to do some work on fixing this problem.

  • I've been saying for years that plasmoids (with their rounded corners and translucency and other cool effects) look neat, but the window manager looks terrible, because it doesn't fit in with the rest of the theme. It looks like they've been improving it a bit. It's still not totally seamless, but it's way better than it was a few years ago.

    So, I have a question: KDE seems like a more technlogically advanced desktop system and it's more pleasant to look at than GNOME. What is the appeal of sticking to G

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