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This week in KDE: Plasma 5.19 beta and more

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The KDE Plasma 5.19 beta has been released! We’re very proud of the work that’s gone into 5.19, but it is no doubt buggy and in need of QA. Please help us find all the bugs we missed! Go test it in your favorite distro; options include KDE Neon Testing or Unstable editions, openSUSE Krypton or KDE:Unstable repos, Arch’s kde-unstable repos, and probably many more I’m not familiar with (please tell me!).

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Also: KDE Developers Are Busy Polishing Plasma 5.19

KDE Plasma 5.19 has a first Beta in need of testing

  • KDE Plasma 5.19 has a first Beta in need of testing

    Want to ensure the next stable release of the KDE Plasma desktop environment is as good as can be? Plasma 5.19 Beta is out.

    I have to say, I'm loving the attention to the small details overall consistency that the KDE team having been doing for the last year or so. KDE is my daily driver, and there have been lots of rough edges to it and they're making great progress on cleaning it all up. They said their actual priority for this release is exactly that, to make it "more consistent" by "correcting and unifying designs of widgets and desktop elements". Additionally they "worked on giving you more control over your desktop by adding configuration options to the System Settings; and improved usability".

Must Read: KDE Plasma 5.19 Arrives This Week, Here’s What’s New

  • Must Read: KDE Plasma 5.19 Arrives This Week, Here’s What’s New

    With a beta build already available for public testing I figured I should roundup the key features and significant improvements that KDE Plasma 5.19 plans to offer. That way, those of you who ride the plasma wave will have a much better idea of what to expect when you’re able to upgrade to it.

    If there’s a notable change or improvement you know of but which I’ve missed in this list then please do let me know about them in the comments section at the bottom and I’ll add it in!

Plasma 5.19 coming to Debian

  • Plasma 5.19 coming to Debian

    The KDE Plasma desktop is soon getting an update to 5.19, and beta versions are out for testing. There are lots of new features mentioned in the release announcement, I like in particular the much more usable settings application as well as the new info center.

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