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.