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Plasma Next Is Preparing to Replace KDE, First Beta Now Available for Download

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Plasma Next has been built to eventually replace the current KDE Applications and Platform, which seems to have run its course. The project is still being maintained and new versions will still be released, but the new Plasma project is the future.

To make things more manageable for the developers, the project has been separated in a few smaller ones that in the end will come together in a single, bigger product. This is not only a change of name, but a true evolution of KDE.

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KF5

It is too flat. They appear to be trying to copy windows 8.

This will be the kde/qt theme in KF5
http://wstaw.org/m/2014/04/14/sample1.png

Compare to kde4's oxygen
http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.6/screenshots/46-p02.png
which looks beautiful.

I don't know what they are thinking in terms of design

Theme

That new theme looks awful.

Not Flat Enough...

Get with it... Crystal and shiny things are long over. Flat is in, and I don't think the icons are flat enough and don't blend well with the rest of the theme. Personally, they need to look at what's trending in Android for ideas on themes. They need to get the base icon theme right, because its the only one that'll be complete enough to use for most.

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