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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Comment by Jason Bourne
by Jason Bourne on Fri 18th Jul 2014 15:47 UTC
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but they seem to be making it look a little less... KDE-ish, if that makes any sense.


Yes, it makes sense. The user interface is more flat. The sharper UI details from KDE-4.x are overkill as the whole idea of KDE is being overkill.

I also like the direction of this.

Specially when I feel orphaned since Unity became the default user interface in Ubuntu and GNOME 3 insanity became the default desktop on most distros.

I think KDE, along with XFCE, are the only hopes as desktop Windows alternatives.

Edited 2014-07-18 15:48 UTC

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