Fedora 22 Will Aim To Use Plasma 5 For Its KDE Desktop Experience

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 20 January 2015 at 11:50 AM EST. 6 Comments
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For KDE users on Fedora, the Fedora 22 release is seeking to focus on the still-maturing Plasma 5 shell that's powered by KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5.

An in-progress change proposal for Fedora 22 is to use Plasma 5 (and KF5/Qt5) with the latest KDE components to be fully-packaged in time for F22, an upgrade path be provided from KDE 4, and to retire any KDE 4 packages in Fedora that aren't compatible with the "KDE 5" work.

Fedora's KDE special interest group will work to ensure current Fedora users can upgrade fine to Plasma 5 / KF5 and that this next-generation KDE stack will play well on Fedora 22. The Fedora KDE SIG hopes to ship Plasma 5.2.2 or Plasma 5.3.0 as the shell for the KDE spin of Fedora 22.

Right now there's about 18 packages imported into F22/Rawhide for Plasma 5 while another eight or so packages are waiting to be reviewed or imported. For easy testing of the new packages, there are two Plasma 5 Copr repositories to run Plasma 5.2 Beta on Fedora right now. KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt5 are already available through the Fedora repository.

Those interested in the Plasma 5 change proposal can look at the Fedora Project Wiki while this work still needs to be evaluated by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee.

Fedora 22 is due for release in May so this change is very well possible for this bleeding edge distribution, especially given that Kubuntu 15.04 is focusing on Plasma 5 and it's shipping in April.
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