KDE Plasma 5.22 Adds Adaptive Opacity + Will Avoid Useless Rendering When Screen Is Off

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 6 March 2021 at 02:12 PM EST. 47 Comments
KDE developers have been off to a busy March so far with working on adaptive panel opacity support for Plasma 5.22. Another pleasant improvement with that next Plasma release is to avoid rendering work when the screen is off.

Some of the KDE improvements for the past week that were noted in Nate Graham's weekly development summary include:

- The KDE Plasma desktop now supports an adaptive panel opacity. The panel and panel applets are more transparent and most will agree should make the desktop look better in Plasma 5.22.

- Kate can now automatically preserve and restore unsaved files when quit and re-launched.

- Elisa can consume less RAM, among other improvements to this music player.

- Restoring support for the Flickr picture-of-the-day wallpaper.

- Various GTK integration improvements for Plasma 5.21.3.

- Plasma 5.22 will stop wasting CPU/GPU resources drawing unrendered components when the screen is turned off.

More details on this week's KDE improvements via Nate's blog.
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