Jack Wallen believes the most recent launch from the KDE Plasma builders is the perfect but. Discover out what’s new and why this is perhaps your subsequent favourite desktop.


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I will be sincere, I do not give KDE Plasma desktop sufficient consideration. That is a disgrace as a result of it’s effectively deserved. That truth has by no means been extra apparent than with the discharge of KDE Plasma 5.22. This newest replace to the open supply desktop is incredible—it is as performant as it’s stunning. It is as steady as it’s straightforward to make use of. 

In different phrases, the builders of KDE Plasma have nailed it on each conceivable stage. Does that imply I will be switching from my go-to Pop!_OS Linux? No. However that is all concerning the good melding of {hardware} and working system, so Pop!_OS has an unfair benefit. Nonetheless, had it not been for the facility of the Thelio, you may guess I would be severely contemplating a migration from no matter desktop I used to be utilizing to KDE Plasma—that is how good 5.22 is. 

What new options have the builders delivered to gentle that makes this launch so particular? To be sincere, the perfect factor they’ve performed is a little bit of code refactoring and maintain a laundry checklist of bugs. They’ve severely improved the habits and efficiency to the purpose the place KDE Plasma can stand with the perfect desktop environments in the marketplace—whatever the working system. 

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Bug fixes galore make KDE fairly incredible. However you are not right here to examine bug fixes, you wish to know what’s modified and what’s been added. Let’s have a look.

First off, I examined KDE Plasma 5.22 on KDE Neon (which, after a fast replace, was working KDE Plasma 5.22.1). If you wish to kick the tires of KDE Plasma 5.22, I extremely advocate you go this route, as KDE Neon is a incredible distribution for getting the most recent model of the desktop.

With that stated, let’s get on with what’s new.

Adaptive panel transparency

We’ll begin with the obvious change. Adaptive panel transparency is strictly what it seems like. The transparency of the KDE panel adjusts, in accordance with whether or not or not you have got a maximized window. When a window is open and maximized, the panel might be totally opaque; in any other case, will probably be semi-transparent. 

This will likely sound like a shoulder-shrugger, nevertheless it’s a really good and refined impact that performs a little bit of a trick in your thoughts. I’ve observed that, when I’ve home windows maximized, I really feel like the applying has extra display screen actual property than it ought to. I do know this is not true, however the strong colour of the panel offers you a way of growth. Alternatively, when the panel veers towards the clear, it higher blends in with the desktop as a complete, so the house you have got feels a bit smaller. It is a neat little trick that it’s important to expertise to know (Determine A). 

Determine A


On the left, the panel is barely clear, whereas on the precise it is totally opaque.

You possibly can disable this function within the Panel Settings instruments (deciding on both Adaptive, Opaque or Translucent).

New System Monitor app

Again in KDE Plasma 5.21, a brand new System Monitor app was launched as a alternative for KSysguard. That examined app is now the official monitor app for KDE Plasma. This new app options an impressive at-a-glance overview of your system, in addition to loads of instruments that can assist you handle your system (Determine B).

Determine B


The brand new KDE Plasma System Monitor app is an enormous enchancment over KSysguard.

With the brand new System Monitor app, any consumer (of any ability stage) ought to be capable to take higher care of their system assets. If an app has gone rogue, it is now extremely straightforward to open the monitor and kill the suspected software. The Historical past instrument inside this app can be an effective way to observe RAM, Swap and Community assets.

System Tray enhancements

The System Tray applets have all undergone a number of enhancements, however a very powerful enchancment I discover is that they now appear extra constant and seamless. Prior to five.22 the applets at all times appeared as if they have been separate entities—which they’re. However now, the applets have a extra constant appear and feel about them.

Among the particular person System Tray enhancements embrace:

  • Potential to pick out a sound profile from the sound applet

  • Extra configuration for the digital clock applet—now you can power the clock to show the date on the identical line because the time when utilizing a taller panel

  • The total contents of the clipboard will be seen with the Tremendous+V keyboard mixture

Miscellaneous enhancements

There are a ton of enhancements to be discovered with KDE Plasma 5.22, lots of that are beneath the hood and can solely be observed by the use of efficiency and stability enhancements. Nonetheless, there are another enhancements you may discover, comparable to:

  • A vastly improved search instrument (run from the KDE Desktop Menu—aka Utility Launcher)

  • Main enhancements with Wayland and the compositor

  • Potential to disable offline updates

  • System Settings consists of Pace Dial (aka Fast Settings) web page which can show your mostly used settings

Though it won’t seem to be there are a ton of latest options to be discovered, the most important enhancements are beneath the hood and reveal themselves with the pace and stability of the brand new launch. KDE Plasma 5.22 ought to severely impress anybody on the lookout for a quick, dependable and delightful desktop surroundings. 

Give this newest iteration a attempt to see if it does not woo you over to the KDE manner of desktop-ing.

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