KDE Plasma 5.9 Being Released In One Month With Many New Features

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 31 December 2016 at 08:10 AM EST. 45 Comments
One month from today, KDE Plasma 5.9 will officially meet the world.

Among the work on the menu for Plasma 5.9 are many Wayland improvements, possibly the return of the global menu, and a lot of bug fixes. The Wayland improvements are the main area I am looking forward to with Plasma 5.9 with seeing it become a more usable alternative to X11 and closer to GNOME's Wayland session support.

The schedule puts the feature freeze and beta release on 12 January while the official release is expected for 31 January.

There's also been a few posts by KDE developers about 5.9 development activity. This new post by Aleix Pol about the Discover program, which will now automatically imports all knsrc files, make use of Kirigami 2, keyboard navigation improvements, and Snappy support. Yep, a Snap back-end is coming to this KDE component but won't be included by default since it doesn't yet properly support AppStream.

Martin Gräßlin also recently wrote about input support and for 5.9 seeing a touchpad KCM for Wayland, expanded KWin Wayland protocol support (including pointer confinement -- important for gamers), Wayland touchpad gestures, and more.

Stay tuned for more details on KDE Plasma 5.9 in January.
Related News
About The Author
Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

Popular News This Week