KDE Plasma 5.26 Will Start Faster, Many Other KDE Improvements Abound

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 23 July 2022 at 05:09 AM EDT. 21 Comments
Even with the summer heat, KDE developers remain very busy working towards Plasma 5.26 later this year as well as the next rounds of KDE Frameworks 5 and KDE application updates.

KDE developer Nate Graham is out with his latest weekly report outlining all of the fixes and improvements made to this open-source desktop/application stack. Some of the highlights of KDE changes for the past week include:

- Non-EXIF metadata stored within PNG images is now extracted and displayed within the properties dialog, starting with KDE Frameworks 5.97.

- In the properties dialog when a file has GPS coordinates as part of the metadata, it's now displayed as a clickable link.

- The highlight effect is now larger for hovered windows within the Present Windows and Desktop Grid effects.

- Various KDE Discover UI/UX enhancements, particularly around reviews handling.

- Improvements around sandboxed apps recording the screen via better behavior of its system tray icon and the screen chooser dialog areas.

- Visual transitions in the Pager widget are now animated for Plasma 5.26.

- KDE Plasma Wayland has addressed a fix for a way that KWin could be crashed when pressing a physical button on a connected drawing tablet.

- Plasma 5.26 will now load faster thanks to start-up time optimizations in the code.

- Many other random bug fixes and enhancements.

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