Plasma 5.19 coming to Debian
The KDE Plasma desktop is soon getting an update to 5.19, and beta versions are out for testing.
In this release, we have prioritized making Plasma more consistent, correcting and unifying designs of widgets and desktop elements; worked on giving you more control over your desktop by adding configuration options to the System Settings; and improved usability, making Plasma and its components easier to use and an overall more pleasurable experience.
There are lots of new features mentioned in the release announcement, I like in particular the much more usable settings application as well as the new info center.
I have been providing builds of KDE related packages since quite some time now, see everything posted under the KDE tag. In the last days I have prepared Debian packages for Plasma 5.18.90 on OBS, for now only targeting Debian/sid and amd64 architecture.
These packages require Qt 5.14, which is only available in the experimental suite, and there is no way to simply update to Qt 5.14 since all Qt related packages need to be recompiled. So as long as Qt 5.14 doesn’t hit unstable, I cannot really run these packages on my main machine, but I tried a clean Debian virtual machine installing only Plasma 5.18.90 and depending packages, plus some more for a pleasant desktop experience. This worked out quite well, the VM runs Plasma 5.18.90.
I don’t have 3D running on the VM, so I cannot really check all the nice new effects, but I am sure on my main system they would work.
Well, bottom line, as soon as we have Qt 5.14 in Debian/unstable, we are also ready for Plasma 5.19!