The KDE Plasma 6.1 beta is now ready for testing

The KDE Plasma 6.1 beta arrives

Air shipments are the most efficient if you need your cargo or documents to arrive quickly and securely. KDE developers unveiled recently launched for public testing KDE Plasma 6.1 Beta. This new update brings with it a variety of significant changes that promise to improve the user experience and increase the functionality of the environment.

Some of the main new features included in KDE Plasma 6.1 Beta are Triple buffering in KWin for smoother rendering and animation, as well as the determination of the active screen for new windows has been improved, prioritizing the screen with which the user recently interacted.

Another new feature in KDE Plasma 6.1 is the support for Explicit Sync technology, which allows applications to inform the Wayland-based composite manager when a frame is ready to be displayed on the screen, reducing delays and artifacts in graphics display.

Discover now handles situations where an app in a Flatpak package It is marked as non-existent and replaced by another. In such a case, the user is asked if they want to uninstall the old application or switch to the new one. Discover now launches faster and its interface is more responsive when scrolling through long lists of apps with the Flatpak backend enabled.

Has been added support for battery conservation mode, common on many Lenovo IdeaPad and Legion laptops. This mode avoids charging the battery beyond a certain capacity (e.g. 80%) when the device is constantly connected to the charger, to preserve battery life.

It has also been added support for screen lock without password, which can be used as a screen protector. Double-clicking the battery status widget locks or unlocks the auto sleep feature, and scrolling with the mouse wheel toggles active power mode.

Other improvements include wireless channel number display along with frequency in the network information widget, support for snowfall warnings in the weather forecast widget, and the use of slightly rounded corners in the interface. Additionally, the window placement algorithm has been optimized and effects have been added to highlight the cursor position and hide the cursor after some time of inactivity.

In the configurator, rewritten keyboard configuration page using QML and the graphics tablet configuration has been improved. The interface of the power management page has been modified and symbolic icons related to directory encryption and music hosting have been added to the Breeze theme. Additionally, the issue of annoying system beeping in case of errors was fixed by replacing it with the sound defined in the KDE sound theme.

Of the other changes:

  • A remote desktop system has been integrated that allows RDP client connections to the Plasma desktop, along with a new page in “System Preferences” for configuration.
  • Added support for the input capture portal (xdg-desktop-portal), used to provide access to input capture from isolated applications.
  • A new interface was proposed for editing the desktop, allowing you to customize the location of the panels and manage widgets more efficiently.
  • Added a customizable barrier between screens to make it easier to interact with elements on the edge of screens and resolve auto-hiding panel issues.
  • Using Wayland, it is now possible to simulate session recovery, restarting applications opened in a previous session.
  • The keyboard RGB backlight color is guaranteed to sync with the accent color selected in the KDE settings.
  • Added support for using an on-screen color profile.

Interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details In the following link.

For those interested in trying KDE Plasma 6.1 Beta, you can download live images to boot from a USB drive or use Docker images for a faster and easier experience. Additionally, the distributions are in the process of creating corresponding packages that will be available soon.

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