Plasma 5 is the new KDE desktop, which is the standard desktop on my Linux distro of choice, Kubuntu. Like any major upgrade, there are good points and there are bad points.
First, the good. Installing Kubuntu and Plasma 5 was a breeze, there were no installation issues at all and my hardware seems to work fine. I decided to start with a clean `~/.kde` configuration and so had to reconfigure my preferences, but this actually took much less time than I expected. Everything in System Settings was easy to find with the exception of Sticky Keys which was moved to the `Desktop Behaviour` section. This was easy to find, though, with the Search feature.
Note however that Plasma 5 is not really an upgrade from the user perspective, much as KDE 4 was not an upgrade from KDE 3 for the user. No new features were added, and no major bugs were fixed in this version. Therefore it is not expected that anything good other than "it works" is to be reported.
Here is a list of issues that I do see resolved from previous versions:
The real reason why I'm writing this page! Here is a list of the issues that I'm having with Plasma 5 for my use case:
As I get around to finding solutions or filing bugs, I'll update this page.
Though I find the default Plasma 5 widget set and colours to be not to my taste, it was very easy to configure the widgets and colours that I prefer. In less than 60 seconds I had proper deep blue window chrome and the Plasmoid window decorations with the Oxygen widgets. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.
Here is a list of other issues that I'm having with Kubuntu 15.10, which are probably not related to Plasma 5.
Date Published: 2015-10-25
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