Ya we are in the new era of KDE SC. Plasma 5.2 has been released with new functionalities and many bug fixes, which we will talk about below.
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New Plasma 5.2 Components
This version of Plasma comes with some new components to make KDE an even more complete desktop:
- Bluedevil: it will allow us to manage Bluetooth devices. We can configure our mouse, keyboard, and send / receive files, in addition to navigating the devices compatible with this technology.
- KSSHAskPass: If we access other computers by ssh, and as it should be logical, the user has a password, this module will give us a graphical user interface to enter the password.
- Muon: With this tool (already known to many) we will be able to install, manage software and other add-ons for your computer.
- Configuration for SDDM: SDDM is now the access manager of choice for Plasma, replacing the old KDM, and this new System Configuration module allows you to configure the theme.
- KScreen: it is the system configuration module to configure the support for multiple monitors (see later image).
- Style for GTK applications: this new module allows you to configure the themes of Gnome applications.
- KDecoration- This new library makes it easier to make themes for KWin more reliably. It has impressive memory, performance and stability improvements. If you are missing a feature, don't worry, it will be back in Plasma 5.3.
In addition, now we can undo the action of removing a Widget in Plasma:
KRunner now it is more powerful and more organized when it comes to displaying the information we need, and it even allows us to control the music player. Also, it is now launched using the key combination Other + Virtual.
KWin It already comes with the new theme that we have already seen by default and we have a new set of cursors and icons called Breeze (Brisa), although in my opinion it still lacks (the icons) a lot of applications to support.
For the rest we have new Widgets for the desktop, The alternative application menu (Kicker) you can install applications from the menu itself and add editing functions. Baloo you get optimizations and now consume much less CPU at startup. The query analyzer has new functionalities to for example write "type: Audio" in Krunner and filter the audio results.
In the screen locker, the integration with logind has been improved to ensure that the screen is properly closed before suspending. The screen background can be set. Internally it uses part of the Wayland protocol, which is the future of the Linux desktop.
There are improvements in handling multiple monitors. Detection code for multiple monitors managed to be ported to use the XRandR extension directly and several related bugs were fixed. These and other improvements can be seen in the Release Notes.
The transition is on its way
At least in ArchLinux we already have some packages that perfectly complement the old KDE 4.14, Kate, Console, are two examples of it. Although for KDE4 the user settings will be kept in ~ / .kde4 /, for new applications they will be saved in ~ / .config / as the Arch Wiki.
At the moment I'm not sure if Plasma 5.2 can be fully installed on ArchLinux, although I suppose it can. Later we will bring you information about it and how to do it if possible.
Plasma 5.2 manual installation
I just did a manual installation from Antergos (without graphical environment) and basically this is what needs to be installed so that everything works more or less decently:
$ sudo pacman -S xorg plasma-meta konsole plasma-nm kdebase-dolphin sni-qt kdemultimedia-kmix networkmanager oxygen-gtk2 oxygen-gtk3 oxygen-kde4 oxygen breeze-kde4 kdegraphics-ksnapshot kate
KMix still doesn't work though. This is what it looks like: