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KDE Ships Plasma 5.2 Beta

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015. Today KDE releases a beta for Plasma 5.2. This release adds a number of new components and improves the existing desktop. We welcome all testers to find and help fix the bugs before our stable release in two weeks' time.

Plasma 5.2

New Components

Dual monitor setup
KScreen dual monitor setup

This release of Plasma comes with some new components to make your desktop even more complete:

BlueDevil: a range of desktop components to manage Bluetooth devices. It'll set up your mouse, keyboard, send & receive files and you can browse for devices.

KSSHAskPass: if you access computers with ssh keys but those keys have passwords this module will give you a graphical UI to enter those passwords.

Muon: install and manage software and other addons for your computer.

Login theme configuration (SDDM): SDDM is now the login manager of choice for Plasma and this new System Settings module allows you to configure the theme.

KScreen: getting its first release for Plasma 5 is the System Settings module to set up multiple monitor support.

GTK Application Style: this new module lets you configure themeing of applications from Gnome.

KDecoration: this new library makes it easier and more reliable to make themes for KWin, Plasma's window manager.

Work in Progress

These modules have problem which makes it unlikely they will be in the stable release but we welcome testing.

Touchpad settings: feeling left handed? You can use this new System Settings module to set up your touchpad however you like.

User Manager: a module for System Settings to create and administer user accounts.

Other highlights

Undo changes to Plasma desktop layout

Undo desktop changes
Undo changes to desktop layout

Smarter sorting of results in KRunner, press Alt-space to easily search through your computer

Smart sorting in KRunner
Smart sorting in KRunner

Breeze window decoration theme adds a new look to your desktop and is now used by default

New Breeze Window Decoration
New Breeze Window Decoration

The artists in the visual design group have been hard at work on many new Breeze icons

They are have added a new white mouse cursor theme for Breeze.

New plasma widgets: 15 puzzle, web browser, show desktop

Web browser plasmoid
Web browser plasmoid

Audio Player controls in KRunner, press Alt-Space and type next to change music track

The Kicker alternative application menu can install applications from the menu and adds menu editing features.

Over 300 bugs fixed throughout Plasma modules.

5.2 beta full changelog

Package Downloads

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 provide feedback either via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. Plasma 5 is also discussed on the KDE Forums. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

Supporting KDE

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