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Plasma 5.12 LTS Beta
KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Beta

Monday, 15 Jan 2018. Plasma 5.12 LTS Beta is the second long term support release from the Plasma 5 team. We have been working hard focusing on speed and stability for this release. Boot time to desktop has been improved by reviewing the code for anything which blocks execution. The team has been triaging and fixing bugs in every aspect of the codebase, tidying up artwork, removing corner cases and ensuring cross desktop integration. For the first time we offer our Wayland integration on long term support so you can be sure we will continue to fix bugs over the coming releases.


New in Plasma 5.12 LTS


Smoother and Speedier

We have been concentrating on speed and memory improvements with this long term support release. When Plasma is running it now uses less CPU and less memory than previous versions. The time it takes to start a Plasma desktop has been reduced dramatically.


Plasma on Wayland Now Under LTS promise

Display Setup Now Supports Wayland

Plasma's support for running as Wayland is now more complete and is now suitable for more wide-ranged testing. It is included as Long Term Support for the first time so we will be fixing bugs in the 5.12 LTS series. New features include:

For those who know their Wayland internals the protocols we added are:

Important change of policy: 5.12 is the last release which sees feature development in KWin on X11. With 5.13 onwards only new features relevant to Wayland are going to be added.

We have put a lot of work into making Wayland support in Plasma as good as possible but there are still some missing features and issues in certain hardware configurations so we don't yet recommend it for daily use. More information on the Wayland status wiki page.


Discover

Discover's new app page
Discover's new app page

New Features

Weather Applet with Temperature
Weather Applet with Temperature

CPU usage in System Activity
CPU usage in System Monitor

Larger, horizontally-centered window shadows
Larger, horizontally-centered window shadows


What’s New Since Plasma 5.8 LTS

If you have been using our previous LTS release, Plasma 5.8, there are many new features for you to look forward to:


Previews in Notifications

Preview in Notifications

The notification system gained support for interactive previews that allow you to quickly take a screenshot and drag it into a chat window, an email composer, or a web browser form. This way you never have to leave the application you’re currently working with.


Task Manager Improvement

Audio Icon and Mute Button Context Menu Entry

Due to popular demand we implemented switching between windows in Task Manager using Meta + number shortcuts for heavy multi-tasking. Also new in Task Manager is the ability to pin different applications in each of your activities. And should you want to focus on one particular task, applications currently playing audio are marked with an icon similar to how it’s done in modern web browsers. Together with a button to mute the offending application, this can help you stay focused.


Global Menus

Global Menu Screenshots, Applet and Window Decoration

Global Menus have also returned. KDE's pioneering feature to separate the menu bar from the application window allows for new user interface paradigm with either a Plasma Widget showing the menu or neatly tucked away in the window title bar. Setting it up has been greatly simplified in Plasma 5.12: as soon as you add the Global Menu widget or title bar button, the required background service gets started automatically.


Spring Loaded Folders

Spring Loading in Folder View
Spring Loading in Folder View

Folder View is now the default desktop layout. After some years shunning icons on the desktop we have accepted the inevitable and changed to Folder View as the default desktop which brings some icons by default and allows users to put whatever files or folders they want easy access to. For this many improvements have been made to Folder View, including Spring Loading making drag and drop of files powerful and quick, a tighter icon grid, as well as massively improved performance.


Music Controls in Lock Screen

Media Controls on Lock Screen

Media controls have been added to the lock screen, which can be disabled since Plasma 5.12 for added privacy. Moreover, music will automatically pause when the system suspends.


New System Settings Interface

New Look System Settings

We introduced a new System Settings user interface for easy access to commonly used settings. It is the first step in making this often-used and complex application easier to navigate and more user-friendly. The new design is added as an option, users who prefer the older icon or tree views can move back to their preferred way of navigation.


Plasma Vaults

Plasma Vaults

KDE has a focus on privacy. Our vision is: A world in which everyone has control over their digital life and enjoys freedom and privacy.

For users who often deal with sensitive, confidential and private information, the new Plasma Vault offers strong encryption features presented in a user-friendly way. It allows to lock and encrypt sets of documents and hide them from prying eyes even when the user is logged in. Plasma Vault extends Plasma's activities feature with secure storage.


Plasma's Comprehensive Features

Take a look at what Plasma offers, a comprehensive selection of features unparalleled in any desktop software.

Desktop Widgets

Desktop Widgets
Desktop Widgets

Cover your desktop in useful widgets to keep you up to date with weather, amused with comics or helping with calculations.


Get Hot New Stuff

Get Hot New Stuff
Get Hot New Stuff

Download wallpapers, window style, widgets, desktop effects and dozens of other resources straight to your desktop. We work with the new KDE Store to bring you a wide selection of addons for you to install.


Desktop Search

Desktop Search
Desktop Search

Plasma will let you easily search your desktop for applications, folders, music, video, files... everything you have.


Unified Look

Unified Look
Unified Look

Plasma's default Breeze theme has a unified look across all the common programmer toolkits - Qt 4 & 5, GTK 2 & 3, even LibreOffice.


Phone Integration

Phone Integration
Phone Integration

Using KDE Connect you'll be notified on your desktop of text message, can easily transfer files, have your music silenced during calls and even use your phone as a remote control.


Infinitely Customisable

Infinitely Customisable
Infinitely Customisable

Plasma is simple by default but you can customise it however you like with new widgets, panels, screens and styles.


Full Plasma 5.12 changelog

Package Downloads

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

Package download wiki page

Supporting KDE

KDE is a Free Software community that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether it is help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information or become a KDE e.V. supporting member programme.

About KDE

KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.


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