KDE Ships Plasma 5.3 Beta v5.2.95, New Feature Released

The KDE team has announced the release of Plasma 5.3 beta version 5.2.95, which makes a huge step towards to supporting the Wayland windowing system in addition to the default X11 windowing system. Plasma’s window manager and compositor KWin is now able to start a nested XWayland server, which acts as a bridge between the old (X11) and the new (Wayland) world. X11 windows can connect to this server as if it were a normal X server, for KWin it looks like a Wayland window, though. This means that KWin learned to handle Wayland windows in this release, though full integration is only expected for Plasma 5.4.


Plasma 5.3 Beta Hightlights

  • Improved Plasma Widgets
    • Clipboard applet gains support for showing barcodes
    • The Desktop and Folder View containment codebases were unified, and have seen performance improvements
    • The Recent Documents and Recent Applications sections in Application Menu (Kicker) are now powered by KDE activities
    • Comics widget returns
    • System monitor plasmoids return, such as CPU Load Monitor and Hard Disk usage
  • Better Bluetooth Capabilities
    • New Bluetooth applet
    • Bluedevil was ported to a new library from KDE, BluezQt
    • Added support for blocking and unblocking Bluetooth
    • Connected devices with Browse Files (ObexFTP) support are now displayed in the file dialog’s Places panel
  • Enhanced Power Management
    • Power management settings can be configured differently for certain activities
    • Laptop will not suspend when closing the lid while an external monitor is connected (‘cinema mode’, by default, can be turned off)
    • Power management inhibitions block lock screen too
    • Screen brightness changes are now animated on most hardware
    • No longer suspends when closing the lid while shutting down
    • Support for keyboard button brightness controls on lock screen
    • KInfoCenter provides statistics about energy consumption
    • Battery monitor now shows which applications are currently holding a power management inhibition for example (‘Chrome is currently suppressing PM: Playing video’)
  • Plasma Media Center – Tech Preview
    • Plasma Media Center is added as a tech preview in this beta. It is fully stable but misses a few features compared to version 1. You can log directly into a Plasma Media Center session if you want to¬†use it on a media device such as a television or projector or you can run it from Plasma Desktop. It will scan for videos, music and pictures on your computer to let you browse and play them.

Full Plasma 5.2.95 changelog

Install KDE 5.3 on Kubuntu OS

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Reverse changes:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta
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