Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Jul 2014 21:01 UTC, submitted by Nth_Man
KDE

KDE proudly announces the immediate availability of Plasma 5.0, providing a visually updated core desktop experience that is easy to use and familiar to the user. Plasma 5.0 introduces a new major version of KDE's workspace offering. The new Breeze artwork concept introduces cleaner visuals and improved readability. Central work-flows have been streamlined, while well-known overarching interaction patterns are left intact. Plasma 5.0 improves support for high-DPI displays and ships a converged shell, able to switch between user experiences for different target devices. Changes under the hood include the migration to a new, fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack centered around an OpenGL(ES) scenegraph. Plasma is built using Qt 5 and Frameworks 5.

This is a pretty major release, and while the cosmetic stuff isn't all cleaned up yet, I like the new design direction the team is taking - not a huge departure from what came before, but they seem to be making it look a little less... KDE-ish, if that makes any sense.

I'll be waiting on a few point releases, but I definitely want to try this out. I've always been a fan of KDE - stumbles notwithstanding - because it puts a lot of control in the user's hands to shape the user interface into what she wants. That's a very rare thing to come by these days, and we should cherish it.

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RE: Feature incomplete
by superstoned on Wed 16th Jul 2014 07:34 UTC in reply to "Feature incomplete"
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"Release Early and Release Often" is not exactly coming from any other world than the open source one ;-)

With the KDE 4.0 release we had the issue that everything was one big blob: the libraries, the desktop and the applications. Back then, the libraries and most of the applications were in good shape, the desktop was not. After more than a year, we really wanted the new and improved apps to get out and the desktop was basically workable so we decided to release. Code that is not in users hands rots away...

We all know how that went.

So, for the 5 series, we split it all up: Frameworks 5.0 (the new name of our modularized libraries) was released last week, the desktop comes now and the Applications still have to start moving to Qt5/Frameworks 5... We weren't forced to release half-baked stuff but everything came 'when done'.

I'd say it is a step forward ;-)

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