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#241 BetaguyGZT

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 17:12

Thank you kindly. :) I'm pretty excited as well.




#242 MikeM97

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 17:15

I'm rather upset with myself as long as we won't do the same with OSX .



#243 spy beef

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 17:40

Is this stable enough to use on my work machine?



#244 MikeM97

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 18:11

Is this stable enough to use on my work machine?

 

 Not yet .



#245 OP +Jack Unterweger

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 11:59

KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Arrives With Improved Power Management Features

 

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Kubuntu 15.04, due later this month, will be the first stable release of the distro to ship with the new KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment as default. 

Exciting stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.

More exciting than that, at least for a KDE newbie like me, is the announcement of Plasma 5.3 Beta, the next major version of the shiny new desktop environment.

The Sad Face Preface

Before we go any further I need to preface this article with an apology. If I go on to use the wrong naming conventions for KDE and its software stack, I’m sorry. KDE fans seem to be a passionate brood, but they should understand that there’s nothing intentional about any mis-labelling of KDE, the KDE Software Compilation, the Plasma desktop stack or its components, etc on my part. I am simply not hugely dialled-in (what with having tentacles in so many other pies) to the KDE community.

Therefore I politely ask any KDE fans who plan on commenting to think twice (and logically) if the thrust of that comment is to shout about illogically perceived conspiracies or bias. Instead, try to offer up some civil and constructive pointers. These kind of comments help us learn and will make us feel more comfortable/less scared about covering KDE developments, apps, etc in the future.

That (sadly necessary) ‘fess up out of the way, let’s chew over the meat in this beta flavoured kSandwich.

Plasma 5.3 Beta — New Features

The big news of the Plasma 5.3 beta is not that it’s out – development milestones are dropping all the time – it’s that it is out with an absolutely jam-packed roster of features and fixes.

Plasma 5.2, as found in the latest Kubuntu 15.04 Beta, offers a great end-user experience, with welcome updates to core KDE apps, under-the-hood refactoring delivering some much-needed cohesion, and a fresh new theme making things feel light and breezy.

Plasma 5.3 Beta… Well, it looks like it doesn’t just build on those foundations so much as erect an entire freaking house that’s also fully furnished.

 

 

Better Power Management

 

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I work primarily from a laptop which means battery life and anything that so much as pretends to extend it catches my attention fully.

Which is precisely what this milestone has done.

Some notable new power management features are set to ship in Plasma 5.3 Beta, as highlighted by KDE developer Jonathan Riddell in a blog post, including the following changes:

  • Ability to set different power management plans for specific activities
  • View energy usage stats in KInfoCenter
  • Battery monitor applet now shows which apps can inhibit power management features
  • ‘Cinema mode’ (closing laptop lid with monitor connected) is now enabled by default
  • Animated screen brightness changes (not all hardware)
  • Keyboard button brightness controls now work on lock screen

Power savings are not the only significant change showing up in this release. The return of popular system stats plasmoids will appease power users and resource tracking fans, while the hugely improved bluetooth functionality will make connecting the ever-swelling crop of smartphones, speakers and the like a snap.

Other changes arriving in Plasma 5.3:
  • A new touchpad configuration module
  • Contact integration with the Application Menu
  • Improved bluetooth functionality, including new applet, ObexFTP listing in Places panel
  • Return of system stat Plasmoids (e.g. CPU load)
  • KDE Activities powers Recent Docs, Recent Apps in Apps Menu
  • Plasma Media Center tech preview
  • Work towards running on Wayland

 

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#246 BetaguyGZT

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 15:26

Still looks like they have a journey ahead of them before it can be considered completely reliable. My guess (stability-wise) would be Plasma 5.5 before it'll be worth taking another look at it. 5.2 was a good start but it was a mess once the user started digging deeper. That's something the KDE people need to keep working on.

 

At least it was pretty. ;)



#247 MikeM97

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 17:18

Still looks like they have a journey ahead of them before it can be considered completely reliable.

 

Any journey is a pleasure if you take it how you have to .



#248 Beyond Godlike

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 17:30

Ya me too. It's good not great, still has a hint of linux.

 

Its hideous.  They should learn from Apple really.



#249 BetaguyGZT

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 20:23

Its hideous.  They should learn from Apple really.

If they want to be sued into oblivion, sure. Apple Lawyers are known for their hideousness too.



#250 OP +Jack Unterweger

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 05:49

Its hideous.  They should learn from Apple really.

 

it's always fascinating for me if people call linux and it's countless desktop interfaces (kde/unity/gnome/xfce) hideous.

ok, someone does not like the default design or that some come with abi word instead of libre office or with gimp instead of pinta and so on... but you can easily add and remove any program you want with the package manager. you don't risk any viruses.

 

design wise:  you can - quite easily - make Kubuntu look like macosx or windows, or something in between or make it look like something completely else.  minimalistic, normal, feature and option rich, anything goes. try the qtcurve theme and check it's options. that's just sick and MUCH more than what even the most expensive verison of windowblinds could ever offer.

 

now do that with windows past xp or with mac osx. good luck. and enjoy your new wallpapers. :D



#251 MikeM97

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 10:14

If they want to be sued into oblivion, sure. Apple Lawyers are known for their hideousness too.

Man , you just made my day with that .  :laugh:

 

it's always fascinating for me if people call linux and it's countless desktop interfaces (kde/unity/gnome/xfce) hideous.

ok, someone does not like the default design or that some come with abi word instead of libre office or with gimp instead of pinta and so on... but you can easily add and remove any program you want with the package manager. you don't risk any viruses.

 

design wise:  you can - quite easily - make Kubuntu look like macosx or windows, or something in between or make it look like something completely else.  minimalistic, normal, feature and option rich, anything goes. try the qtcurve theme and check it's options. that's just sick and MUCH more than what even the most expensive verison of windowblinds could ever offer.

 

now do that with windows past xp or with mac osx. good luck. and enjoy your new wallpapers. :D

 

I had the same oppinion when a classmate told me he hates Linux because of its way of looking ...

For me , obviously , it's a challange as much as it's different and I always liked major differences ...

Windows & OSX got their noses in front but I still enjoy that everyone can build his own visually - looking Ubuntu and so on ...

Last , haters gonna hate .



#252 BetaguyGZT

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 16:11

Man , you just made my day with that .  :laugh:

Happy to help!  :rofl:



#253 Kreuger

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 16:48

I liked KDE better with the "fisher price" look.



#254 MikeM97

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 16:48

Happy to help!  :rofl:

 

Then , let's rock & roll this KDE .  :punk: