KDE Plasma 5.23 Beta arrives with improvements for Wayland, environment elements and more


Recently the release of the beta version of what it will be KDE Plasma 5.23 which its stable version according to the published calendar will be arriving on October 12 and that among the news, changes and bug fixes that we can find are presented in this Beta version.

Of the novelties that stand out we can find the code redesign, improvements to Breeze, as well as various improvements and changes to the different components of the system.

KDE Plasma 5.23 Beta Key New Features

In this beta that is presented we can find that in Breeze the elements menu options, option buttons, sliders, and scroll bars have been redesigned. To improve the convenience of working with touchscreens, Scroll bars and control bars have been increased in size. A new load indicator was added, designed in the shape of a rotating gear. An effect has been implemented that highlights the widgets that touch the edge of the panel.

Another of the changes that stands out is he redesigned the code with the implementation of the new Kickoff menu, se improved performance and eliminated interference errors, In addition, the possibility of choosing between showing the available programs in the form of a list or a grid of icons is also provided, and a button was added to anchor an open menu to the screen. On touchscreens, holding down a touch now opens the context menu and provided the ability to customize the button display for session management and shutdown.

Moreover the widget to work with the clipboard is provided to store the last 20 items and ignore the selected areas for which the copy operation has not been explicitly performed. It is possible to delete the selected items on the clipboard by pressing the Delete key.

Also the interface to configure the system parameters has been improved, The Feedback page provides a report of all information previously submitted to KDE developers, plus has an added option to enable or disable Bluetooth during user login.

On the page login screen customization, added an option to sync screen layoutIn addition to the search interface for the existing configuration has also been improved, additional keywords are attached to the parameters. On the night mode settings page, notifications are provided for actions that lead to access to external location services. The color settings page offers the ability to override the base color in the color scheme.

In addition, within the improvements pFor Wayland, significantly improved session performance stands out as well as the implementation of the ability to paste from clipboard with middle mouse button and using the drag and drop interface between programs that use Wayland and run using XWayland, plus several issues with NVIDIA GPUs were fixed.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • Consistent screen layouts of multi-monitor setups between X11 and Wayland sessions.
  • When switching to tablet mode, the systray icons are enlarged to simplify operation from touchscreens.
  • The interface for displaying notifications provides support for copying text to the clipboard using the Ctrl + C key combination.
  • The applet with the global menu implementation looks more like a normal menu.
  • It provided the ability to quickly switch between the energy profiles: "energy saving", "high performance" and "balanced configurations".
  • In the system monitor and the widgets to display the status of the sensors, the display of the average load indicator (LA, load average) is provided.
  • The volume control applet implements the separation of applications that play and record sound.
  • Added display of additional details about the current network in the network connection control widget.
  • Provided the ability to manually configure the speed for the Ethernet connection and disable IPv6.
  • Added support for additional protocols and authentication settings for connections through OpenVPN.

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