Plasma 5.8 Feature Freeze Next Month, To Be The First LTS Release
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 13 August 2016 at 08:11 AM EDT. 12 Comments
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Development on KDE Plasma 5.8 continues to move along with the feature freeze for it being next month. Plasma 5.8 when released in October is going to be the first Long-Term Support (LTS) release of Plasma 5.

Plasma 5.8.0 is expected for release on 18 October while the feature freeze and beta release is due for 29 September. With some weeks to go until that freeze, developers are quickly working on the changes they'd like to see for this next version.

KDE developer Kai Uwe has written about some of the changes he has made for this LTS release that should pair nicely with Qt 5.6 LTS. Among the changes he has been working on is support for draging/dropping of files to the task manager, improved right-to-left languages support, and some media controller improvements.

Kai outlined his latest work via this blog post. Many of the other KDE Plasma 5.8 changes are focused around stability and performance enhancements given this is going to be the first Plasma 5 LTS release. Stay tuned for more Plasma 5.8 feature coverage in the weeks ahead.
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