KDE Plasma 5.7 Video
Tuesday, 5 July 2016. Today KDE releases an update to its desktop software, Plasma 5.7.
In our previous release we added Jump List Actions for quicker access to certain tasks within an application. This feature has been extended and those actions are also found through KRunner now.
Plasma 5.7 marks the return of the agenda view in the calendar, which provides a quick and easily accessible overview of upcoming appointments and holidays.
Many improvements have been added to the Volume Control applet: it gained the ability to control volume on a per-application basis and allows you to move application output between devices using drag and drop. Also implemented is the ability to raise the volume above 100%.
For improved accessibility, Breeze icons within applications are now tinted depending on the color scheme, similarly to how it's done within Plasma. This resolves situations where our default dark icons might show up on dark surfaces.
Better Kiosk Support
The Kiosk Framework provides means of restricting the customazibility of the workspace, in order to keep users in an enterprise or public environment from performing unwanted actions or modifications. Plasma 5.7 brings many corrections about enforcing such restrictions. Notably, the Application Launcher will become read-only if widgets are locked through Kiosk policies, i.e. favorites are locked in place and applications can no longer be edited. Also, the Run Command restriction will prevent KRunner from even starting in the first place.
New System Tray and Task Manager
The System Tray has been rewritten from scratch to allow for a simpler and more maintainable codebase. While its user interface has only seen some minor fixes and polishing, many issues caused by the complex nature of the applet housing applets and application icons within have been resolved.
Similarly, the task bar has gained a completely revamped backend, replacing the old one that has already been around in the early days of our workspace. While the old backend got many features added over the period of time it was used, the new one has a remarkably better performance and could be engineered more cleanly and straight-forward as the requirements were known beforehand. All of this will ensure a greatly increased reliability and it also adds support for Wayland which was one of the most visible omissions in our Wayland tech previews.
Huge Steps Towards Wayland
This release brings Plasma closer to the new windowing system Wayland. Wayland is the successor of the decades-old X11 windowing system and brings many improvements, especially when it comes to tear-free and flicker-free rendering as well as security. The development of Plasma 5.7 for Wayland focused on quality in the Wayland compositor KWin. Over 5,000 lines of auto tests were added to KWin and another 5,000 lines were added to KWayland which is now released as part of KDE Frameworks 5.
The already implemented workflows got stabilized and are ensured to work correctly, with basic workflows now fully functional. More complex workflows are not yet fully implemented and might not provide the same experience as on X11. To aid debugging a new debug console got added, which can be launched through KRunner using the keyword “KWin” and integrates functionality known from the xprop, xwininfo, xev and xinput tools.
Other improvements include:
- When no hardware keyboard is connected, a virtual keyboard is shown instead, bringing a smooth converged experience to tablets and convertibles
- The sub-surface protocol is now supported which means that System Settings works correctly and no longer errorneously opens multiple windows.
- Mouse settings, such as pointer acceleration, are honored and the touchpad can be enabled/disabled through a global shortcut. Touchpad configuration is still missing.
Virtual Keyboard Support in Plasma Wayland
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.
Distributions have created, or are in the process of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.
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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Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for this great release!
I especially like the steps towards Wayland, I think his is very important to keep up the spirit of enthusiasm in the community.
That's very good news. Especially the calendar applet is now showing the scheduled appointments...
On the other hand... while evaluating the transition to kf5 / plasma we noticed that there're no more ppd printer options in the qt5 printer dialogue. Before it was done with kdelibs4 while the initial plan for kf5 was to rely on pure qt functionality for this. Sadly qt developers never came up with a decent print dialogue for linux/cups... it's just no priority as for windows and macos native dialogues are used anyway. So there's likely not going to be support for ppd printer options with kf5 based apps. Seems to be a bad situation especially for apps like okular...? I would really like to know whom to ask if there might be some plans to "recover" the ppd functionality for kf5 apps...
This release is nice however dragging applications to audio device doesnt work for me. And one last complain ( personal :) ) Oh how i hate those default wallpapers in plasma 5.
I would like to say especial thanks for implementing Agenda View in Calendar widget!!! It is a great step in Plasma 5 development. I very hope, that in Plasma 5.8 there will be possibility to switch it on in settings once, so that it would be available immediately just after Plasma start. And please, if possile, make the scrolling of agenda forward for a week (or month) to see what will happen in nearest time, the similar way as it is realized in KDE 4.
I beg you VERY much, please, make the possibility to switch off the snapping of desktop elements to the grid!!! Obligatory griding is extremely annoying feature, it decreases severely the usability of Plasma 5. Moreover, it contradicts the original idea of a Desktop in itself as a virtual "working table surface", where documents can be placed in free way. None of previously existed desktop environment in any OS for last quarter of century had such restriction. May be, the gridding is good for military peolple or top-managers, but it is not good for creative personalities. Please, return free moving of icons!
Great release and enjoying the at-a-glance sidebar functionality.
However, the weather plasmoid has to be reconfigured with city name with each restart.
Running on Kubuntu 16.04.
The latest features look more attractive with 5.7 Plasma Video This resolving the situation in which we default dark icon may appear on the surface of the dark to plug in mobile.
Please add Jalali calendar to plasma (Next Versions) .
Thank you :)
windows hadn't jalali calendar but linux with kde had
linux (kde) hadn't it but windows 10 had
On Kubuntu 16.04 64-bit with Kubuntu the Kubuntu backports PPA enabled, but my system tells me KDE Plasma Version 5.5.5 is the latest.