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: slight typo and unstable
by mart on Wed 16th Jul 2014 09:56 UTC in reply to "slight typo and unstable"
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"Its very similar to kde 4 - minor tweaks it doesn't look like a complete version upgrade, kde 4 with a new theme maybe ? some slight variations."

So it means it's a success!
The desktop shell has been pretty much rewritten from scratch, due to the completely different technology used, QML2.
But one point was to replicate the 4.x interface as close as possible, with just few redesign.
Introducing a big technology change is already traumatic enough, so we kept little redesigns *yet*.
Once the new platform is stabilized, is possible to experiment more UI-wise, hopefully without disrupting people's workflows ;)

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