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KDE Plasma 5.11 Released (kde.org) 62

jrepin writes: KDE publishes this autumn's Plasma feature release, KDE Plasma 5.11. Plasma 5.11 desktop environment brings a redesigned settings app, improved notifications, a more powerful task manager. Plasma 5.11 is the first release to contain the new "Vault," a system to allow the user to encrypt and open sets of documents in a secure and user-friendly way, making Plasma an excellent choice for people dealing with private and confidential information.
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KDE Plasma 5.11 Released

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  • by Seven Spirals ( 4924941 ) on Tuesday October 10, 2017 @05:17PM (#55345827)
    Keep up the good work fellas. I want to shout out to the great artists that contribute their work to KDE. You guys put it over the top. Rock on.
    • by JohnFen ( 1641097 ) on Tuesday October 10, 2017 @05:27PM (#55345869)

      KDE is my favorite as well -- but that's despite Plasma, not because of it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 10, 2017 @05:34PM (#55345897)

    Is vault a GUI around ecryptfs? I could not find the underpinning technology in TFA.

    I like KDE. It has flaws sure and it is easy to pick on those. However it still offers great and easy configurability: you can have focus follow mouse or click to focus. Auto-raise on hover or not, with configurable time. Different policies for remembering window pos/size on open, on a per-window or per-app basis if you like. Almost anything can be configured.

    When all other desktops are chasing the "no configuration for YOU" model, it is nice to have a single one left which still believes I am able to decide for myself how I want it to work, even if that single one still has troubles here and there.

    • /nitpick on

      It still sticks in my craw that the one thing I can't configure is getting rid of that damned cashew. /nitpick off

      • by Fone626 ( 6793 )

        You've been able to turn it off "the cashew" for the last 2 or 3 releases. Of course if it still looks like a cashew on your desktop, you are using a old version and wouldn't be able to turn if off. On the newer releases the cashew looks like a hamburger icon like everything seems to be going to.
        To get rid of it on the newer Plasma releases:
        Right click on the desktop and select "Configure Desktop" Then select "Tweaks" from the Desktop Settings window and then uncheck "Show the desktop toolbox"

        • if it still looks like a cashew on your desktop, you are using a old version

          No, it doesn't look like a cashew. I just never stopped calling it that.

          To get rid of it on the newer Plasma releases:

          Thanks for this! I had no idea that they changed that. When people were complaining about it after it was introduced, they were so adamant that it was critical and will never be removed that I just resigned myself to its existence. Although I do something close to removing it -- I position it behind the taskbar so it's mostly out of the way.

          Anyway, I withdraw my nitpick.

    • "even if that single one has troubles here and there" Not sure I understand. Are these the same kind, degree, salubrity, or extent as the troubles in Windows 10 or IOS?
    • Is vault a GUI around ecryptfs?

      I've been doing some minor research on this. Not comprehensive, so I could be wrong here, but it looks to me like this is not a wrapper around ecryptfs, since they say you can run it on top of an encrypted filesystem.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Interesting, thanks.

        They also had some encrypted password store for a while (kwallet).

  • KDE is useless now (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    They keep releasing new shiny versions of their desktop instead of spending time to polish existing features.
    The result is outdated and dead applications that are no longer updated, bugs and glitches that are never fixed. And generally a worse experience than we had with kde 3.
    Have they finally fixed the whole desktop crashing when you turn off a monitor?

    • I generally preferred KDE3 too, but I don't recognize most of the deficiencies you're citing here. When Plasma was first introduced, it was a borderline unusable mess, but it looks to me like they've pretty much got that worked out (yes, there are still rough spots here and there, but that's true of literally every desktop interface on every OS I've ever used).

      As to the desktop crashing when you turn off the monitor -- this is something I'd never heard of before, and certainly have never experienced. The on

    • This is as good place as any to post some current problems with KDE/Plasma under (K)ubuntu. I know, it works better under eg. OpenSUSE, which I'm using on a laptop. I might go for it on my desktop machine as well...

      • If set to use high focus capture prevention, the application menu only flashes very briefly when there are windows on the screen
      • Application menu stops to appear sometimes, requiring logout/login cycle
      • Tweaking locale settings is less detailed than in KDE4

      Overall, I keep returning to KDE. I ha

    • "The result is outdated and dead applications that are no longer updated, bugs and glitches that are never fixed." get coding and help then instead of crying on the sidelines.

      "Have they finally fixed the whole desktop crashing when you turn off a monitor?" - never ever heard of this before - got a bug report number for us to look at?
  • Kimpanel: another try to workaround kimpanel window not getting updated issue.

    This was really the most annoying and persisiten bug that I can recall - panel would not get updated if using nvidia binaries and there was a full-screen app (i.e. game) in the background. I hope it is fixed!

    Not just use the same recent file method as firefox and gnome and I will donate 100 EUR to the developer who does it, that is the last thing that really annoys me.

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