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KDE Ships Beta for Plasma 5's Second Release

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KDE Platform 4 apps now themed to fit in with Plasma 5

September 30, 2014. Today KDE releases the beta for the second release of Plasma 5. Plasma 5 was released three months ago with many feature refinements and streamlining the existing codebase of KDE's popular desktop for developers to work on for the years to come.

This release is for testers to find bugs before our second release of Plasma 5.


Some New Features


Applet Switcher

Plasma panels have new switchers to easily swap between different widgets for the same task. You can select which application menu, clock or task manager you want with ease.


The icons-only task manager is back for those who want a clean panel.


Icons-only Task Manager

A new System Settings module lets you switch between desktop themes.



Breeze Theme for Qt 4

A new Breeze widget theme for Qt 4 lets applications written with KDE Platform 4 fit in with your Plasma 5 desktop.


Package Downloads

Some distributions have created, or are in the process of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.

Source Downloads

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.

Feedback

You can give us feedback and get updates on Facebook or Twitter or Google+.

Discuss Plasma 5 on the KDE Forums Plasma 5 board.

You can provide feedback direct to the developers via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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