Fedora 40 Looks To Offer KDE Plasma 6 Desktop, Drop The KDE X11 Session

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 13 September 2023 at 01:00 PM EDT. 79 Comments
Fedora developers are looking at offering KDE Plasma 6.0 and KDE Frameworks 6 in next year's Fedora 40 release. With the upgrade to Plasma 6 it's also planned by the Fedora packagers to drop support for the KDE X11 session -- thereby just leaving the KDE on Wayland session.

Plasma 6.0 continues progressing well upstream and the developers are aiming for a release in early February of the Plasma 6.0 desktop, KDE Frameworks 6.0, and the initial KDE Gears update.

With Fedora Linux 40 aiming for release before the end of April, it's not too surprising this leading-edge Linux distribution is looking at shipping KDE Plasma 6 packages considering it should be out in early February. A change proposal was filed today for offering KDE Plasma 6 in Fedora 40. Fedora developers are planning to take it a step further and at the same time drop the KDE X11 session since the X.Org Server is deprecated since RHEL 9.0, the graphics fallback modes are Wayland-friendly via SimpleDRM, and the NVIDIA driver support has improved.

Fedora + KDE Plasma 6 proposal

See the Fedora Wiki for more details on the KDE Plasma 6.0 plans for the Fedora 40 cycle. This change proposal still needs to be approved by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee, which presumably will give the go-ahead assuming Plasma 6.0 releases on schedule.
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