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    Plasma 5.21 Beta is out and it's a thing of beauty, towards first-class Wayland support / GamingOnLinux · 6 days ago - 16:49 · 1 minute

Plasma, the desktop environment from the KDE team has a big new upgrade coming with the release of Plasma 5.21 Beta and it's looking to be a thing of beauty.

Their current aim with Plasma 5.21 is to finely polish the experience overall, with the KDE team saying it pulls in "many improvements into Plasma’s design, utilities and themes, with the aim of providing end users with a more pleasant and accessible environment".

Plasma 5.21 will bring with it a redesigned application launcher, theme improvements, a brand new UI for the Plasma System Monitor, Plasma Firewall settings added to the overall system settings to let you configure both UFW and firewalld, plenty of UI cleaning done on system settings and much more.

It's big in many areas, not just design tweaks, with a big plan in progress to have KDE push for first-class Wayland support with KWin. They say that Plasma 5.21 "makes great headway to reach that goal". KWin, the compositor, has been "extensively refactored" and so you should see reduced latency throughout the entire stack.


Also available are mixed refresh rate setups with Wayland and Plasma 5.21. So now you can have one set at 144HZ and another at 60Hz and things won't bug out on you, and they say that early support for "multiple GPUs was also added on Wayland". Other Wayland interactions got improved too like virtual keyboard supporting GTK apps, along with many other Plasma components and KDE apps being more ready for Wayland.

Love a mix of dark and light themes? They have you covered there too with the introduction of Breeze Twilight as an official theme. It will give a dark theme for Plasma directly while mixing in light styles for applications. I must admit, it does look pretty good in they shot they showed off:


See the release announcement here .

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    Here are 11 Ways You Can Change the Look and Feel of Your KDE-Powered Linux Desktop

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 17 January - 19:57

KDE Plasma desktop is unarguably the pinnacle of customization, as you can change almost anything you want. You can go to the extent of making it act as a tiling window manager. KDE Plasma can confuse a beginner by the degree of customization it offers. As options tend to pile on top of options, the user starts getting lost.

So this guide is pretty useful, and I thought I knew it all, but had never noticed the alternative launcher option (no 7 in list).


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    KDE will hopefully have a 'Production-ready' Wayland session for Plasma in 2021 / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 4 January - 12:42 · 1 minute

A KDE developer who regularly blogs about all the work going into the KDE ecosystem through the likes of the Plasma desktop environment and the various applications, has given an overview of what they expect to see through 2021.

Sounds like there's plenty of exciting work coming up for KDE and Plasma this year! Nate Graham mentions in the latest post that amongst other things, they might finally have a "Production-ready Plasma Wayland session". A lot of work went into this through 2020 and before that Graham mentioned that it "felt like a mess" but a whole year of progress changed that. Through 2021 we can expect to see a "trend of serious, concentrated Wayland work to continue in 2021" and to be in a better shape for more people to use.

Quite a long time coming, as it's been said that Wayland would replace X11 for years now and having KDE in top shape with it will certainly help push it forwards even more.

Something else exciting coming up is a replacement for the 'Kickoff' application launcher (Windows users would know it as a 'Start menu'). There's a merge request open, which they expect to be available in the Plasma 5.21 release for the new design and it's looking really quite slick:


On top of all that they're looking to get fingerprint support ready throughout the entire tech stack including everywhere you would need it from the login screen and the lock screen to their KAuth authorization library.

KDE does always look impressive, with tons of options for customization and hopefully 2021 shall be a big year for it.

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    KDE teams up with PinePhone for the PinePhone - KDE Community edition / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 19 November - 08:54 · 2 minutes

Your daily dose of not-linux-gaming news, with an announcement for fans of Linux gadgets and tech as KDE has teamed up with Pine64 to bring out a PinePhone - KDE Community edition.

Sounds like it's going to be quite a nice device for enthusiasts, especially if you're after a proper Linux phone that isn't Android and will respect your privacy - something I've tried to become more conscious of myself over the last few years. For extra privacy and security, and something I wish more phones had, there's hardware kill-switches for the modem, WiFi/Bluetooth, microphone and cameras.

Just as awesome though is that it's been designed for mobile / desktop convergence. So you can hook up a USB-C dock to connect it up with a mouse, keyboard, monitor and more to provide a more desktop-like experience using this useful little device.

11648569091605775735gol1.jpg I absolutely adore the little Pine icon on the back!

I have to admit, I've always loved the idea of being able to just hook up a tiny portable device like this into a full desktop like environment. While you can build your own using the likes of a Raspberry Pi and other tiny boards, having a ready-made all in one specially made solution is great too.

Here's the specifications they sent over:

  • Allwinner A64 Quad Core SoC with Mali 400
  • MP2 GPU
  • 2GB/3GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • 5.95′′ LCD 1440×720, 18:9 aspect ratio
  • (hardened glass)
  • Bootable micro SD
  • 16GB/32GB eMMC
  • HD Digital Video Out
  • USB Type C (Power, Data and Video Out)
  • Quectel EG-25G with worldwide bands
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot
  • capable
  • Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
  • Vibrator
  • RGB status LED
  • Selfie and Main camera (2/5Mpx
  • respectively)
  • Main Camera: Single OV6540, 5MP, 1/4′′,
  • LED Flash
  • Selfie Camera: Single GC2035, 2MP, f/2.8,
  • 1/5′′
  • Sensors: accelerator, gyro, proximity,
  • compass, barometer, ambient light
  • 3 External Switches: up, down and power
  • HW switches: LTE/GNSS, WiFi, Microphone,
  • Speaker, Cameras
  • Samsung J7 form-factor 3000mAh battery
  • The case is matte black finished plastic
  • Headphone Jack

According to the folks at Pine64, the phone will be running mainline Linux and there's open source drivers for all main SoC components. It will be running Plasma Mobile, which is a developed by free software volunteers and you can follow the progress of Plasma Mobile on this dedicated site .

They said that pre-orders will be open on December 1, with "all proceeds" going to the KDE e.V. which is a non-profit that represents the KDE Community in legal and financial matters.

If interested in this Linux phone, you can follow it on Pine64 .

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    Slimbook version KDE / linuxfr · Tuesday, 17 November - 01:36 · 10 minutes

<p>Bonjour'nal</p> <p>Hui (oui je fait dans l'anti-pléonasme) je voudrais vous partager mon dernier achat informatique. Il s'agit d'un nouvel ordinateur portable. Mais pas n'importe lequel ! ça serait trop facile. J'avais quelques critères assez précis et j'ai demandé quelques pistes <a href="//">ici même</a> pour trouver la perle rare.</p> <p>Bref, après avoir bien écumer le net et en sortant des sentiers battus je me suis tourné vers un <a href="">Slimbook ProX 15</a> dans sa version KDE ! Vous allez me dire "Quoi ? KDE fait dans le matériel maintenant ? " Non, KDE n'a rien a voir avec la conception de ce portable, c'est uniquement un partenariat avec la société espagnol Slimbook qui reverse un petit quelque chose au projet à chaque vente. De quoi joindre l'utile à l'agréable.<br> Slimbbok ? ça ne vous dit rien ? Et bien a moi non plus, je l'ai découvert sur la tas. Et pour ce que j'ai vu il sont très impliqués dans la diffusion de matériel sous linux.</p> <p>Si vous avez suivi le lien donné un peu plus haut vers la page du matériel vous aurez remarqué qu'ils ne proposent qu'une version argent. Vous préférez le noir ? Pas de soucis, allez faire un tour du coté de l’Allemagne pour trouver le même matériel sous la marque <a href="">Tuxedo, avec le modèle Pulse</a>. Et là vous vous dites que si 2 entreprises ont exactement le même matériel c'est qu'il y en a une autre derrière qui vend en marque blanche ! En effet, il s'agit de <a href="">Tong Fang</a>. Un constructeur chinois inconnu du grand public. Du coup vous pouvez retrouver ce modèle un peu partout sur le globe, en Afrique du sud chez <a href="">wootware</a> par exemple.<br> Il existe une version 14 et 15,6 pouces, je ne peux que vous conseiller la seconde, car sa plus grande sa batterie de 92W/h lui permet de tenir bien plus longtemps (9 heures) que la batterie de 47 W/h du modèle plus petit (5 heures). Mais après tout est tune histoire de goût et de contrainte.</p> <p>Ce modèle en particulier commence à trouver un écho favorable au près de pas mal de personnes, comme on peux le lire chez <a href="">Jonathan Carter, le Debian leader actuel</a>. Le fait que le matériel semble assez ouvert, laisse espoir que <a href="">Coreboot puisse fonctionner dessus</a> ! La cerise sur le gâteau je vous dit !</p> <p>Bon et ce portable alors ? On y vient, je pense que vous trouverez des critiques bien plus fouillées sur le net que ce que je vais vous dire, mais voilà la tour du propriétaire de mon point de vue.<br> Tout d'abord la réception du colis. Pas de soucis de ce coté, le livreur ayant été soigneux (DHL), on se retrouve avec une boite dans une boite.<br> <img src="//" alt="packaging1" title="Source :"></p> <p>A l'intérieur de cette dernière on trouve pas mal de mousse pour assurer la protection de l'engin, plus une petite enveloppe et une autre boite.<br> <img src="//" alt="intérieur boite" title="Source :"></p> <p>Dans cette dernière boite on y trouve le transformateur. Il est assez grand sans être imposant, j'ai été surpris de son épaisseur assez contenu.<br> <img src="//" alt="transfo" title="Source :"></p> <p>Une fois les mousses enlevées et sortie de sa pochette de protection on se retrouve enfin face à l'animal<br> <img src="//" alt="animal" title="Source :"></p> <p>En plus de sa pochette, un film plastique viens encore recouvrir l'écran ! On trouve aussi un feuillet de la même matière que la pochette qui viens se glisser entre le clavier et l'écran. Souvent utile pour éviter de marquer l'un sur l'autre, ce qui est fort probable sur ce modèle, donc a garder précieusement.<br> <img src="//" alt="protections" title="Source :"></p> <p>On arrive enfin à toucher la bête totalement dénudé. Vous pouvez constater que malgré la largeur conséquente de l'appareil, il n'y a pas de pavé numérique, le choix a été fait de garder des touches "large" comme celle que l'on pourrait trouver sur un clavier externe. On trouve tout a droite du clavier une colonne avec les touches origine/fin et page suivante/précédente. Cela permet de conserver les flèches directionnel de taille normal et un accès direct a ces fonction sans se contorsionner les doigts en combinaison du Fn comme sur d'autre agencement de portable.<br> Coté écran les bords sont fin ce qui n'est pas déplaisant. La webcam se fait discrète bien dans la bordure supérieur, sachant qu'il y a aussi une caméra thermique, pour "<a href="">ne plus taper de mot de passe</a>". Inutile dans mon cas pour l'instant, mais peut être que plus tard on pourra faire joujou avec.<br> <img src="//" alt="bête" title="Source :"></p> <p>Un petit zoom sur le capot supérieur de l'appareil pour bien voir le logo KDE gravé dessus, car oui c'est bien de la gravure et non une simple peinture.<br> <img src="//" alt="gravure KDE" title="Source :"></p> <p>En ce qui concerne le capot inférieur, un premier petit reproche d'assemblage se fait entendre. Si j'appuie au centre, comme montré sur l'image, on sent que le plastique "bascule" vers l'intérieur et émet un léger son. Un vis de plus a ce niveau n'aurait pas été de trop je pense.<br> <img src="//" alt="capot inférieur" title="Source :"></p> <p>Un des avantages de ce modèle est qu'il conserve un vrai port RJ45, là ou beaucoup de constructeur font le choix d'un adaptateur via USB[3|C]<br> <img src="//" alt="RJ45" title="Source :"></p> <p>Sur l'autre tranche, on y trouve une prise HDMI pleine taille. Le display port est semble t-il disponible via l'USB-C a coté.<br> <img src="//" alt="HDMI" title="Source :"></p> <p>Au boot on trouve un joli logo<br> <img src="//" alt="boot" title="Source :"></p> <p>Enfin le clavier est rétro éclairé pour les fan d'obscurité<br> <img src="//" alt="clavier" title="Source :"></p> <p>Les + :<br> - Joli<br> - Abordable pour la config proposé, de 930€ à 1780 € suivant les options (RAM / NVME), pour la version 14" compter 30€ de moins seulement.<br> - Soutient au projet KDE<br> - Perf ! Je n'ai rien dit a ce sujet mais vous trouverez sur la toile des comparatifs assez explicite pour vous faire une idée.<br> - Pas de logo Windows sur le clavier pour une fois<br> - écran aux bord fin<br> - Clavier large au touché confortable. Je viens de taper tout ce journal avec et j'en suis satisfait. La course des touche est courte et le touché n'est pas "mou" ce qui n'est pas pour me déplaire.<br> - Silencieux : 2 ventilateurs sont intégré mais je ne les entend pour l'instant pas. Mais il est vrai que je n'ai pas encore vraiment stressé la machine.</p> <p>Les - :<br> - Pas de pavé numérique, même si pas indispensable<br> - Rétro éclairage : Il n'est clairement pas nécessaire avec de la lumière et je dirais même à désactiver, car les touches étant claires, le marquage ne se voie quasiment pas avec un rétro éclairage réglé moyennement. Après tout est une histoire de goût.<br> - Assemblage : On sent que ce n'est pas aussi bien finit que les grands constructeurs. Il y a quelques rebord avec un demi-millimètre de trop qui "accroche", un plastique qui est mal maintenu. Mais dans l'ensemble cela reste tout a fait correct.<br> - Touchepad : Je ne suis pas fan des touchpad sans bouton physique, celui là ne fait pas exception. Il reste assez grand et sensible pour une bonne utilisabilité. Mais là encore quand on "clique" en tapant dessus (sans appuyé dans les coins) on entend un léger claquement comme s'il y avait légèrement de l'espace en dessous.<br> - écran : sa finesse le rend "souple" et sujet au torsion si l'on ne fait pas attention. Mais la charnière n'est pas trop rigide, donc pas trop de soucis de ce coté je pense.</p> <p>En conclusion je suis tout a fait satisfait de mon achat et recommande chaudement ce modèle aux personnes avisées. Intel ayant régné en maître depuis très longtemps sur les portable, il ne fait pas de mal d'aller voir la concurrence quand elle a un bon produit (en rupture le plus souvent en ce moment). </p> <div><a href="">Télécharger ce contenu au format EPUB</a></div> <p> <strong>Commentaires :</strong> <a href="//">voir le flux Atom</a> <a href="">ouvrir dans le navigateur</a> </p>
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    KDE releases the Plasma 5.20 desktop - just as beautiful as ever / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 13 October - 12:19 · 1 minute

Plasma is arguably one of the prettiest Linux desktop environments around, and it's highly configurable too. The KDE team just released a huge upgrade with Plasma 5.20. This is a massive release that upgrades all parts of the Plasma desktop.

Fans of Wayland which is gradually replacing X.Org, compatibility continues being a focus and they've managed to make more steps as of this release. They mentioned that since 2019 they set a priority goal to adapt everything to support Wayland and it's "starting to pay off big time" now. As of this release middle-click paste with the Klipper clipboard app now works, plus the launcher/search tool KRunner now shows up correctly. Mouse and Touchpad support is getting close to being on par with X too, screencasting is now supported and more. Lots of steps taken.

That's just the under-the-hood stuff, tons of user-facing changes and improvements can be found across the whole desktop like the task manager being icon-only by default. A nicer default I think, as grouped icons look great and save precious space.


There's also new on-screen displays when you perform various actions like adjust volume, the system tray pop up now uses a grid rather than a list which looks a huge amount better, the digital clock widget is a bit more compact and has the date by default, the ALT keybind to hold and then drag windows around was moved to the Super key (also known as the "Windows" key) which is a nicer default with so many games needing the ALT key it was a common interference and the list of subtle improvements goes on for some time. Little things add up, and sane defaults are seriously important.

You can also find a newer Plasma Disks application which will add storage drive S.M.A.R.T monitoring directly into your System Settings — nice!

Check out their new release video:

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See the release announcement here . Full changelog here .

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    KDE Plasma 5.20 Beta is out and it's huge / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 18 September - 09:08 · 3 minutes

While GNOME recently had their own big release , the KDE team aren't far behind for showing off their latest modern Linux desktop environment with Plasma 5.20 Beta.

Lots of work went into the look and feel of this release with one of the major changes here is the move to using an Icon-Only task manager by default, plus the panel is slightly thicker. So instead of seeing window / application names, you get a tidy bar full of icons. Do popups annoy you? They get on my nerves and thankfully the KDE team are looking to improve that too. On-screen displays for things like changing volume and brightness (just examples) have been redesigned to be less obtrusive — hooray.


More look and feel adjustments to be found elsewhere, like changing brightness now giving you a smooth transition between the modes. With the system tray there's now a grid for the pop-op rather than a list, the digital clock will now show the date too by default, the pop-up for it is also more space-efficient.

Workspace behaviour changed a bunch too. One particular default I am happy to see adjusted is the shortcut for moving windows around to the Meta/Super key (also known as the 'Windows' key) + dragging instead of ALT + dragging. For gaming, it makes a big difference, as ALT is often used in games and Plasma ends up often overriding the game input and tries grabbing the window. Good defaults are needed to prevent frustration. It's a small thing, but small things add up in big ways.

Another useful little addition is the ability to middle-click the notifications applet or system tray icon to get into a Do Not Disturb mode. You will also now be told if your system is about to run out of space, even if your home directory is on a different partition - quite important that.

You are now notified when your system is about to run out of space even if your home directory is on a different partition

The System Settings and Info Center also saw plenty of adjustments:

  • There is now a 'highlight changed settings' feature that will show you which settings you've changed from their default values
  • S.M.A.R.T monitoring and failing disk notifications
  • The Autostart, Bluetooth, and User Manager settings pages have been redesigned according to modern user interface standards and rewritten from scratch
  • The Standard Shortcuts and Global Shortcuts pages have been combined into one, which is just called 'Shortcuts' now
  • A new audio balance option has been added to let you adjust the volume of each individual audio channel
  • The touchpad cursor speed can now be configured on a much more granular basis

As for Wayland support, that's coming along nicely too with more improvements:

  • Klipper support
  • You can now middle-click to paste (at least in KDE apps; GTK apps do not implement this yet)
  • KRunner appears at the right place when using a top panel
  • Mouse and touchpad scroll speed is now adjustable
  • Screencasting is now supported
  • The Task Manager now shows window thumbnails
  • The whole desktop session no longer crashes if XWayland crashes

Plasma is a desktop environment for people who love both shiny looks and tons of configuration, I've often joked that it has options inside of options and that's somewhat true, there's so much you can do with it and set it up exactly how you want. Looks like they're continuing to put tons of effort into making it a great desktop choice.

See the original announcement here .

The full release of KDE Plasma 5.20 is due for October 13.

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