Happy 20th Birthday in Advance KDE, and Thanks For The New Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop
KDE is will be turning 20 on October 14 and it will continue to reign as one of the most popular and most used desktop environments for Linux and BSD distros. The KDE project has decided to launch the Plasma 5.8 desktop in order to celebrate their anniversary.
A noteworthy addition to the Plasma 5.8 desktop is the Long Term Support which would be available till 2018. The release of Plasma 5.8 LTS also marks an end of support for the 5.7.5 release.
Presently, the Plasma desktop features desktop widgets that you can choose from for tasks like monitoring CPU load, monitoring the weather, and having en eye on world clocks from all round the world, among others. Oh, and there is also a place where you can find even more widgets, desktop wallpapers, desktop effect add-ons for your Plasma desktop: the KDE Store.
New Features in Plasma 5.8 LTS
KDE now sports a shinny new login screen as part of the Breeze theme that welcomes you as you log in. The Breeze theme provides the whole desktop with a unified look.
As expected, you are also at liberty to put animated wallpapers and slideshows on the lock screen.
The Pager desktop switcher in Plasma 5.8 LTS now uses the same dataset as the task manager backend. Users can combine jump list and global shortcuts to jump to specific tasks within an application.
The new version also has available, Modifier-only shortcuts. It is a feature that allows you to launch an application by pressing a Meta key.
Another note-worthy feature is the included support for right-to-left scripts e.g. Urdu, Hebrew, etc. For such languages, he widget explorer, activity manager, and window switcher can be seen on the right side of the screen.
Bugfix updates to Plasma 5.8 LTS will be shipped in nine releases beginning with 5.8.1 LTS on the 11th of October and the last 5.8.9 LTS on the 10th of April, 2018.