KDE Plasma 5.13 Ships As The Best Plasma 5 Release Yet
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 12 June 2018 at 08:19 AM EDT. 50 Comments
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The much anticipated Plasma 5.13 is now available as the latest installment of the maturing KDE Plasma 5 desktop.

KDE Plasma 5.13 is quite easily the project's best release yet with continued Wayland improvements, a lot of polishing and fine-tuning that went into the release, and a range of usability enhancements. While I am admittedly a GNOME Shell user on my primary workstation, I've been quite pleased with trying out Plasma 5.13 development builds.


Some of the specifics for the KDE Plasma 5.13 release include Chrome/Firefox browser integration, a redesigned system settings area, UI refreshes around the lock/login screens, Wayland/KWin support improvements, KDE Discover application area enhancements, initial GTK global menu integration, a new CryFS back-end for Plasma Vault, better monitor hot-plug management, and a range of small fixes/tweaks throughout.

Plasma 5.13 also marks the time at which the KWin/X11 code is considered frozen to focus more now on KDE Plasma under Wayland.

More details on KDE Plasma 5.13 are available from today's official announcement.
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