KWin 5 Is Now "Stable" With Good Functionality
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 13 November 2013 at 10:58 AM EST. Add A Comment
The KDE KWin maintainer, Martin Gräßlin, has announced today that the KWin 5 code is in good shape, he's using it for day-to-day use, and will now begin accepting bug reports on the window manager that supports Qt5.

The KWin 5 window manager for ushering in the next-generation KDE Workspaces 2 desktop and KDE Frameworks 5 with Qt5, is now in good shape. Martin says it has now "reached a quality level where I think it makes sense to start reporting bugs", he's using this window manager for day-to-day use, and the stability is quite good after fixing the last annoying crash today. With that said, he's now ready to accept KWin 4.90.1 bug reports for those trying out the KWin 5 on Qt5 window manager on their desktop. This work has come along nicely as in September KWin 5 just entered a usable state.

Martin encourages readers of his new blog post to try out the new window manager. "Grab the latest daily build packages for your distro and enjoy the power of a Qt 5 based window manager."

For those interested, one of the easiest ways to try out KWin 5 along with all of the other newest KDE goodies in their nightly development state is through Kubuntu's Project Neon.

Meanwhile, KDE's Plasma 2 has become somewhat usable since earlier this month and they hope for a development release in December for KDE Frameworks 5, a preview of Workspaces 2 in Q1, and all of this new KDE code to be officially released later in 2014.

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