The release of KDE Plasma 5.13 is really amazing. And not only for its scale…
GUI KDE, it goes in the article gets really big update. The release is classified as “large”, and that means it Packed a lot of tasty. Well, as always, let’s go in order.
Innovations in the KDE Plasma 5.13
As you probably know KDE is one of the most beautiful and at the same time, a custom graphical shells for Linux. This environment has always had a high versatility: it can be blind everything. Lately, she has become particularly relevant. The reasons are many.
Better, faster, prettier!
In Plasma 5.13 the developers re-focus on performance. They reduced the amount of memory consumed by this shell while working. However, and decreased the time needed by the system to display the login window – start is faster.
In the screenshot above you can see the login window. Thanks to improvements in Kwin transition from the position of the login Manager to the desktop is smoother (Manager of the entrance gradually disappear, showing the desktop).
Integration with a web browser
And this function, as you might guess, allows you to integrate some functions of web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Chrome or the like) directly in Plasma. An interesting innovation, which will allow you, for example, to listen to music from the VC, and to manage the switching of tracks from the playlist using plasmoids or even hot keys. Here are available different variations and interactions of Plasma widgets and Android smartphones.
To enable browser integration in Plasma 5.13, you must first install the appropriate browser extension from the Chrome store or Firefox add-ons website.
Redesign system settings
KDE is famous for its high customizability. With the help of system settings you can implement everything: to move a particular widget please. To change the color and transparency of items – Yes, no question! From the system can be molded into literally everything. Now to configure the system has become even easier thanks to a new tool system settings.
Through the use of Kirigami to the KDE framework it became possible to implement some new features, including preview of changes.
You will definitely Discover and updated, which will now work even faster, and, thus, will have quite a pleasant and comfortable appearance. Perhaps due to all the same framework Kirigami.
In addition, changes in version 5.13 include:
- New widget Media Player
- Calendar showing the notification of astronomical events
- The button “Clear history” in the notification bar
- New KRunner plugins to access the Konsole profiles
- A pop-up window when you connect an external monitor
Upgrade KDE Plasma to 5.13
If you are using Kubuntu, you just need to enter in terminal the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade -y
On other Linux distros (Arch, Manjaro, etc.) will be available in the update repositories.