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    KDE releases the Plasma 5.20 desktop - just as beautiful as ever

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 13 October - 12:19 · 1 minute

Plasma is arguably one of the prettiest Linux desktop environments around, and it's highly configurable too. The KDE team just released a huge upgrade with Plasma 5.20. This is a massive release that upgrades all parts of the Plasma desktop.

Fans of Wayland which is gradually replacing X.Org, compatibility continues being a focus and they've managed to make more steps as of this release. They mentioned that since 2019 they set a priority goal to adapt everything to support Wayland and it's "starting to pay off big time" now. As of this release middle-click paste with the Klipper clipboard app now works, plus the launcher/search tool KRunner now shows up correctly. Mouse and Touchpad support is getting close to being on par with X too, screencasting is now supported and more. Lots of steps taken.

That's just the under-the-hood stuff, tons of user-facing changes and improvements can be found across the whole desktop like the task manager being icon-only by default. A nicer default I think, as grouped icons look great and save precious space.

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There's also new on-screen displays when you perform various actions like adjust volume, the system tray pop up now uses a grid rather than a list which looks a huge amount better, the digital clock widget is a bit more compact and has the date by default, the ALT keybind to hold and then drag windows around was moved to the Super key (also known as the "Windows" key) which is a nicer default with so many games needing the ALT key it was a common interference and the list of subtle improvements goes on for some time. Little things add up, and sane defaults are seriously important.

You can also find a newer Plasma Disks application which will add storage drive S.M.A.R.T monitoring directly into your System Settings — nice!

Check out their new release video:

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See the release announcement here . Full changelog here .

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    KDE Plasma 5.20 Beta is out and it's huge

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 18 September - 09:08 · 3 minutes

While GNOME recently had their own big release , the KDE team aren't far behind for showing off their latest modern Linux desktop environment with Plasma 5.20 Beta.

Lots of work went into the look and feel of this release with one of the major changes here is the move to using an Icon-Only task manager by default, plus the panel is slightly thicker. So instead of seeing window / application names, you get a tidy bar full of icons. Do popups annoy you? They get on my nerves and thankfully the KDE team are looking to improve that too. On-screen displays for things like changing volume and brightness (just examples) have been redesigned to be less obtrusive — hooray.

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More look and feel adjustments to be found elsewhere, like changing brightness now giving you a smooth transition between the modes. With the system tray there's now a grid for the pop-op rather than a list, the digital clock will now show the date too by default, the pop-up for it is also more space-efficient.

Workspace behaviour changed a bunch too. One particular default I am happy to see adjusted is the shortcut for moving windows around to the Meta/Super key (also known as the 'Windows' key) + dragging instead of ALT + dragging. For gaming, it makes a big difference, as ALT is often used in games and Plasma ends up often overriding the game input and tries grabbing the window. Good defaults are needed to prevent frustration. It's a small thing, but small things add up in big ways.

Another useful little addition is the ability to middle-click the notifications applet or system tray icon to get into a Do Not Disturb mode. You will also now be told if your system is about to run out of space, even if your home directory is on a different partition - quite important that.

You are now notified when your system is about to run out of space even if your home directory is on a different partition

The System Settings and Info Center also saw plenty of adjustments:

  • There is now a 'highlight changed settings' feature that will show you which settings you've changed from their default values
  • S.M.A.R.T monitoring and failing disk notifications
  • The Autostart, Bluetooth, and User Manager settings pages have been redesigned according to modern user interface standards and rewritten from scratch
  • The Standard Shortcuts and Global Shortcuts pages have been combined into one, which is just called 'Shortcuts' now
  • A new audio balance option has been added to let you adjust the volume of each individual audio channel
  • The touchpad cursor speed can now be configured on a much more granular basis

As for Wayland support, that's coming along nicely too with more improvements:

  • Klipper support
  • You can now middle-click to paste (at least in KDE apps; GTK apps do not implement this yet)
  • KRunner appears at the right place when using a top panel
  • Mouse and touchpad scroll speed is now adjustable
  • Screencasting is now supported
  • The Task Manager now shows window thumbnails
  • The whole desktop session no longer crashes if XWayland crashes

Plasma is a desktop environment for people who love both shiny looks and tons of configuration, I've often joked that it has options inside of options and that's somewhat true, there's so much you can do with it and set it up exactly how you want. Looks like they're continuing to put tons of effort into making it a great desktop choice.

See the original announcement here .

The full release of KDE Plasma 5.20 is due for October 13.

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    Love Ubuntu but want the latest KDE Plasma? KDE neon now sits atop Ubuntu 20.04

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 13 August - 09:45 · 1 minute

Merging together a solid Ubuntu 20.04 LTS foundation and the latest KDE Plasma packages, KDE neon has a fresh rebase out for you to try out.

So what exactly is it? Is it another Linux distribution? Well, sort of. Not quite. It's just the long-term supported versions of Ubuntu with the freshest releases of the KDE Plasma desktop environment (plus Qt and other KDE software) stuck on top of it. They said it's for people who want "the latest and greatest from the KDE community but the safety and stability of a Long Term Support release". So unlike Kubuntu, the official Ubuntu KDE distribution variant, you're not stuck to the main version of Plasma it launches with.

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They announced recently that a fresh upgrade is available for existing users, plus a new ISO spin is up with KDE neon now being based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. It should look and feel the same but have much newer internals like the Kernel, Mesa drivers and much more.

If I wasn't so rooted in Manjaro KDE, I think KDE neon would be what I would go for if I needed to do a fresh install. The customization possible with KDE is just wonderful, as is the fresh and modern presentation it offers.

See more and download on the KDE neon website .

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    KDE Plasma 5.20 will properly support screen recording on Wayland and more

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Tuesday, 28 July - 09:42 · 1 minute

The KDE team working on the Plasma desktop environment are busy pushing ahead for the 5.20 release due later this year and it's sounding great.

Developer Nate Graham blogs about work done quite often, with a recent post catching my attention. While Wayland support has come along nicely now, there's still areas that are lacking compared to the ancient X11 and they keep on plugging those holes.

With Plasma 5.20, screen recording and screencasting are one area that should be a lot better, as they've now wired up what's needed for it to be properly supported with Plasma on Wayland. Their code is based upon using Pipewire, a project that itself aims to greatly improve handling of audio and video under Linux. Graham mentioned that this will work with OBS Studio and that there's "more to come".

Klipper, the KDE clipboard manager was also ported over to Wayland, so it should work as you would expect. Additional Wayland work includes the last-used keyboard layout actually being remembered now too.

Another nice feature enhancement is the ability to adjust what you're shown when clicking on grouped apps in the window list / icons only task manager. Say you have a bunch of Dolphin file manager windows opened, when you click on the icon you can configure what happens now like having a text list pop up instead of a big overlay of windows.

There's also a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements coming, read more here .

KDE Plasma 5.20 is due to release in October 2020.

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    Trying out Mosh – the Mobile Shell

    Matija Šuklje · Saturday, 7 January, 2017 - 09:01 · 1 minute

While browsing around wikis while waiting for the new kernel to compile on my poor little old ARMv5 server, I stumbled upon Mosh.

On its home page we can find the following description:

Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.

Mosh is a replacement for SSH. It's more robust and responsive, especially over Wi-Fi, cellular, and long-distance links.

… but what it boils down to is that if you even just occasionally have to SSH over an unstable WLAN or mobile internet, you should instead use Mosh.

The syntax seems very similar to OpenSSH and in fact, it does run on top of it (at least for authentication, then it uses its own AES-encrypted SSP over UDP). But the way it works, makes sure that even if you lose connection for a while, it will resume just fine. It also gets rid of network lag when typing and is in general very responsive.

Mosh is great for logging into remote shells, but you will still need to use OpenSSH for scp and sftp, as Mosh is optimised for character (and not binary) transport. Which is perfectly fine.

This is one of those tools that when you first try it out you simply go “Dear $deity, finally! Why Whhhhyyyyy haven’t I used this before …so many needlessly lost hours with SSH timing out …oh, so many.”

hook out → coming soon: Armbian on Olimex Lime 2 to replace (most) of my current Gentoo on DreamPlug