KDE Plasma 5.25 has already been released and these are its news

The new version of the popular desktop environment KDE Plasma 5.25 and in this new version we can find that the configurator, the page to configure the general theme has been redesigned. You can selectively apply theme elements, such as desktop and application style, fonts, colors, window frames, icons, and cursors, as well as separately theme the home screen and lock screen interface.

Another change that stands out in this new version is the improved support for on-screen gestures, plus the ability to use gestures anchored to the edges of the screen in scripted effects has also been added.

To enter overview mode, you can press "W" while holding down the Meta ("Windows") key, or use a four-finger pinch gesture on the trackpad or touchscreen. To navigate between virtual desktops, you can use a three-finger swipe to move content sideways, or use a four-finger swipe up or down gesture to view open windows and desktop content.

In addition to that, we can also find that added the ability to apply the highlight color of active elements (accent) in relation to the desktop background, as well as using an accent color for headers and changing the hue of the entire color scheme. The Breeze Classic theme has built-in support for coloring headers with an accent color.

On the other hand, the window manager of KWin now supports the use of shaders in scripts with the implementation of effects. KWin-KCM scripts translated to QML. A new fusion effect has been added and the change effects have been improved. The page for configuring scripts for KWin has been redesigned.

It is also highlighted that added setting to control whether touch screen control mode is enabled (on systems with x11, you can only enable or disable touch screen mode by default and, when you use Wayland, it can also automatically switch desktop to touch screen mode) when a special event is received from the device, for example, rotating the cover 360 degrees or removing the keyboard). When you turn on touch screen mode, the indents between icons on the taskbar automatically increase.

In the list of recently opened documents in the context menu of the task manager, the display of non-file related items is allowed, for example, recent connections to remote desktops can be displayed.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • The position of the icons in Folder View mode is saved with reference to the screen resolution.
    Keyboard navigation is enabled in panels and in the system tray.
  • A fade effect has been added to smoothly switch between the old and new color schemes.
  • In the Program Control Center (Discover), the display of permissions for applications in Flatpak format is provided. The sidebar shows all the subcategories of the selected app category.
  • The page with information about the application has been completely redesigned.
  • Added a separate animation effect that is applied when an incorrect password is entered.
  • Added a dialog for managing widget groups ( Containment ) on the screen in edit mode, which allows you to visually control the placement of panels and applets relative to different monitors.
  • Added display of information about the selected desktop background (name, author) in the settings.
  • Support for floating panels is provided for layout themes.
  • On the system information page (Information Center), the general information in the “About this system” block has been expanded and a new “Firmware Security” page has been added, which, for example, shows whether UEFI Secure Boot is enabled.
  • Continuous improvement of the session based on the Wayland protocol.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details In the following link.

Download and get

For those interested in evaluating the work of the new version, they can do so through a live build of the openSUSE project and a build of the KDE Neon User Edition project. While for those who want to install the environment on their system, they will have to wait a few hours for the packages to be available in the repositories of their distribution.


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