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KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop Officially Released (softpedia.com) 72

prisoninmate writes from a report via Softpedia: KDE will celebrate 20 years of activity on October 14, 2016, and they've just released the first LTS (Long Term Support) version of the KDE Plasma desktop environment. Prominent new features of KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS include support for desktop widgets, a new system-wide search functionality that promises to let users easily search their KDE desktops for everything they want, including apps, music, videos, files, folders, etc., a new tool to get hot new stuff for your KDE Plasma desktop, such as wallpapers, widgets, desktop effects, or window styles, and infinite customization possibilities. Moreover, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS comes with a unified look for the default Breeze theme so that, no matter what type of application you're using (Qt4, GTK2, GTK3, or Qt5), it will look the same, mobile phone notifications, along with the ability to use your smartphone as a PC remote, transfer files or mute music during calls, all with the new KDE Connect plasmoid. There's also Right-to-Left (RTL) language support, simplified global shortcuts, improvements to many applets, and much better Wayland support. KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS will receive nine point releases until 2018. "Today KDE releases its first Long Term Support edition of its flagship desktop software, Plasma," reads the announcement. "This marks the point where the developers and designers are happy to recommend Plasma for the widest possible audience be they enterprise or non-techy home users. If you tried a KDE desktop previously and have moved away, now is the time to re-assess, Plasma is simple by default, powerful when needed."
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KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop Officially Released

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  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2016 @04:52PM (#53013611) Homepage Journal

    If KDE was any good it would depend on systemd.

    • Is Wayland dependent on systemd? If it is, then the Wayland dependent aspects of KDE will be too. As an aside, wonder whether BSD will continue to actively support newer versions of KDE, as FreeBSD goes w/ Lumina, and OpenBSD holds back on previous versions of the various DEs
      • Sorry, what are you dividing w by?

      • by fisted ( 2295862 )

        Neither FreeBSD nor OpenBSD (nor NetBSD) ship or "support" any DE, and frankly I don't think any serious BSD user would even want to use KDE or Gnome or similarily bloated stuff that makes their computer "ready for granny". BSD users aren't granny, and granny doesn't use BSD. It would really be missing the point.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I've been out of the Linux loop for a long time, and I wanted to know if the current KDE releases have achieved parity with KDE2 with regard to printing capabilities. Honestly just want to know, I haven't used Linux since KDE 4.1 or so.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 04, 2016 @05:15PM (#53013741)
    Or does the whole thing still crash horrendously when you turn off a display port monitor?
    • by TopherC ( 412335 )

      I think that was fixed in 5.6, although on my laptop I still have issues connecting to and from a docking station with external monitors. I've been using Cinnamon recently and thinking about even going (back to) XFCE. The problems are most likely related to X.org drivers and xrandr support, but the various DEs handle failure cases differently.

      I like KDE in general because it supports what I find to be efficient workflows, and the customization is relatively user-friendly and complete. But I've gotten increa

  • I remember when... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by wjcofkc ( 964165 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2016 @05:38PM (#53013873)
    The main goal of KDE was to be a solid WIndows 95 clone. The first time I used it was version 0.6.something. I may have read about it on Chips and Dips. It was awful and development initially stalled. Today it is my favourite IDE. Although I frequently turn to OpenBox and and awesome for brain decompression.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 04, 2016 @06:22PM (#53014067)

      KDE was never meant to be a Windows 95 clone. It was originally made to look like the Common Desktop Environment from 1993.

    • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

      That's funny, because the first time I messed with KDE -- by the time I got done tweaking and customizing, I'd quite accidentally recreated the Win95 desktop.

      I also prefer KDE to the other *NIX desktops, tho I liked 4.x a lot better than 5.previous.

  • by OneHundredAndTen ( 1523865 ) on Tuesday October 04, 2016 @08:12PM (#53014605)
    For me, desktop environment should just be in the background, waiting to do what you tell it do, fast, efficiently and using as few resources as possible. KDE, Gnome and Unity have decided to take the opposite approach - they are the stars of the show, they may, or may not, allow you to do what you want to do, they are not particularly fast or responsive, and they consume more system resources than just about any other application. Since it is those desktops what the Linux community is pushing to compete against Windows and Mac, I am only too glad that they are not making any significant headway in that undertaking.
    • by Luthair ( 847766 )
      I wouldn't go as far as you do, but I do agree I'd like to see nearly all the bundled applications separated.
  • by w1z7ard ( 227376 ) <carmelo.piccione ... m ['gma' in gap]> on Tuesday October 04, 2016 @08:53PM (#53014787) Homepage
    who still loves KDE and thinks this is great news?
  • by Gavagai80 ( 1275204 ) on Wednesday October 05, 2016 @01:15AM (#53015567) Homepage

    First thing I have to do after installing KDE is kill the baloo semantic desktop search indexer to stop it from using 100% of the CPU.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't know... have you seen all the extra gizmos and gadgets littering the desktop elements? That control-panel that slides out from each window, allowing you to arbitrarily rotate the window in the screen plane? Who the hell needs that?

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