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    Plasma 5.21released

    Terrance · / lazy-linux · Tuesday, 16 February - 14:30

How the fine folks at KDE keep pushing out such amazing releases astounds me. Congrats to all involved!

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    Plasma 5.21 is a looker! A new wallpaper, a new theme, and especially a new app launcher make Plasma not only easier on the eyes, but also easier to use and much more accessible. Read on to discover everything that make 5.21 the most stunning Plasma yet!

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    Plasma 5.21 rolls out as one of the best looking Linux desktops available / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 16 February - 14:04 · 1 minute

Love your PC to look flashy? The KDE team put in a lot of effort to be both beautiful and functional with the latest Plasma 5.21 release which is out now. Part of the ongoing work to make KDE Plasma look as good as possible, with lots of work big and small going into many areas in this release.

Plasma 5.21 from KDE brings in the brand new application launcher, featuring two panes to make it simple to find the programs you want to launch long with improved navigation for different input types. The older Kickoff launcher is still available too for anyone who prefers it. Plenty of improvements to the default Plasma theme with a refreshed colour scheme and header style, a new Breeze Twilight theme combining dark and light together, there's a brand new Plasma System Monitor for keeping an eye on your system, huge progress towards great KWin and Wayland support as part of their mission to have first class support for Wayland and much more.

Check out their release video:

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The team dedicated this release to Gustavo Carneiro, a KDE contributor from Brazil that died in January of COVID-19.

See the full announcement here .

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    Plasma 5.21 Beta is out and it's a thing of beauty, towards first-class Wayland support / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 22 January - 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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    KDE Plasma 5.21 is Packed Full of New Features / OMG Ubuntu · Thursday, 21 January - 15:58

KDE Plasma 5.21 releases on Feb 16. In this post we look at the Plasma 5.12 new features and changes, which include a new app menu and firewall tool.

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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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