KDE launches the latest version of its desktop environment, Plasma 5.16

KDE has announced the availability of Plasma 5.16 desktop environment with important changes that should be exciting for the Ubuntu 19.10 and Kubuntu users.

KDE has announced the availability of Plasma 5.16 desktop environment with some very important changes that should be exciting especially for the Ubuntu 19.10 and Kubuntu users out there.

“KDE developers have worked hard to polish Plasma to a high gloss. The results of their efforts provide a more consistent experience and bring new features to all Plasma users.” says the KDE team’s release notes.

Plasma 5.16 comes with a rewritten notification system. With Do Not Disturb mode, you can mute notifications, and the list of previous notifications now shows them grouped by app. Critical notifications appear even when applications are in fullscreen mode.

In addition, this release adds the much-awaited feature to display notifications for file transfer jobs. System Settings app allows you to configure everything related to notifications.

Following the footsteps of most of Linux distros development, the standard wallpaper of Plasma 5.16 was chosen for the first time through a competition that everyone could participate and present their original art. The winning wallpaper – the work of an Argentinian talented artist.

KDE Plasma 5.16
KDE Plasma 5.16

By porting code to more recent Kirigami and Qt techniques, the system and widget settings were enhanced while at the same time polishing the user interface. The Color Picker widget has also been enhanced, allowing you to drag colors from plasmoid to text editors or photo editor palette. The Show Desktop icon is now standard in the panel.

When it comes to privacy, Plasma 5.16 got you covered there too. When any app records audio, a microphone icon appears in the System Tray letting you know about the activity.

Another cool thing is appearance enhancements. Lock, login, and logout screens look and feel enhanced with fresh icons, labels, hover behavior and adjustment of the login button design.

Other important change can be seen in Discover. Discover is Plasma’s software manager, and the latest version available in Plasma 5.16 comes with improvements that make it easier to use. In the new Update page, for example, apps and packages now come with distinct downloading and installing sections. When an item has finished installing, it disappears from the view.

There are other several tweaks and improvements applied and KDE team have done a splendid job in putting together an informative video for all of us.

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