Plasma 5.10 is amazing!
A few days ago I spent some time upgrading my main desktop to a stable Plasma Workspace
, or for short 5.10
It is well known Plasma (KDE) is my only and true desktop, and there as a time when my computer was always compiling and upgrading the desktop, but
in these days I tend to stay with a working instance the most and tend not to upgrade it quite often due to the fact that I need more
computer power and time to make things done than to upgrade my desktop.
This also means that what I find as new
in this Plasma version could be a well established feature in previous versions and I was not aware of them
or never tried directly.
Anyway, the update was a little problematic, but that was mainly due to the automatic upgrade of the Linux distribution I use, and that is another reason I tend to stay behind the bleeding edge version.
Once finished I was astonished!
First of all, Breeze
is a really great theme, must better than the ugly (to me) Air
and more consistent as it was the old Oxygen
. The dark theme is very relaxing for who has eye problems like me.
Desktop effects work like a charm, and the application dashboard is something really cute, and much more useful than other desktop activities (yes Gnome
, I’m looking at you!), even if text search is a little slower (I believe that’s due to the semantic desktop search).
I tried the Global Menu
for applications, something like what OS 9 had several years ago (and yes, also KDE 1 did!), but I’m quite greedy on screen space, so I disabled it after a few hours. Instead, the choice of the menu within the application title bar is a lot more useful for me, especially if you think I tend to do a lot of things thru keyboard shortcuts (and therefore not needing the menu at all).
I showed my desktop to a few friends, and they pointed out that it was really similar to the OS X workspace.
It could be, I’m not sure since I’m not working with Apple systems by far, but I have to say that Plasma is deploying a rich and elegant workspace for free
, do other vendors do the same?