KDE Plasma 5.23: 25th Anniversary Edition Beta can be tried out

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The free and modular desktop environment KDE Plasma for Linux, BSD and Solaris was launched on October 14, 1996 under the name “Kool Desktop Environment” by the German developer and initiator of the KDE project Matthias Ettrich brought to life. The “25th Anniversary Edition” can now be tried out as a beta.

KDE Plasma 5.23 comes out on its 25th birthday

The free desktop first appeared on July 12, 1998 as K Desktop Environment for Unix-like operating systems as part of the KDE Software Compilation and was replaced in 2009 by the successor KDE Plasma. KDE Plasma 5.23 Beta has some improvements to offer again, as the official release notes show.

the announcement mentions in particular innovations for the free display server protocol Wayland, the kickoff start menu, the native “Breeze” theme and new and adjusted system settings.


  • Breeze now has redesigned buttons, menu items, checkboxes, radio buttons, sliders, scrollbar and spinboxes
  • Scrollbars and spinboxes are bigger and easier to use with touch
  • We added a gear loading spinner throughout Plasma and KDE apps
  • There is a highlight effect for when opened widgets touch the panel edge
  • Widgets on the desktop now have a blurred background

Kick off

  • The code received a gigantic overhaul
  • A huge number of bugs were fixed
  • It has improved performance and accessibility
  • You can now choose whether to use a list or a grid for all apps view
  • Now you can make Kickoff stay on the screen with the new pin button
  • Pressing-and-holding with a finger now opens the context menu
  • You can now configure power / session action buttons


  • There is a new screen rotation animation
  • The System Tray will notify you when something is recording the screen and will also let you cancel it
  • Using touchpad gestures will be more satisfying than ever. Now the animation of realtime gestures follows your fingers
  • It is now possible to middle-click-paste between native Wayland and XWayland apps
  • You can now drag-and-drop stuff between native Wayland and XWayland apps
  • In the Plasma Wayland session, it is now possible to adjust the Intel GPU driver’s Broadcast RGB settings
  • It is now possible to change the screen resolution when run in a virtual machine
  • Virtual desktops are now remembered on a per-activity basis
  • The Task Manager now shows feedback on app icons when you click on them to launch apps
  • The cursor now shows animated icon feedback when launching apps

KDE Plasma 5.23 (“Anniversary Edition”) – Release Notes

With KDE Plasma 5.23, the developers want to have improved the performance and stability of the modular desktop environment in particular.

Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition is a leap forward in the quest for a much more performant and usable desktop. We’ve improved the speed and stability of plasma, while including changes that make it easier to use both on desktop and touch-enabled devices.


On board are of course the latest KDE applications, which are now known as KDE Gear. KDE Plasma 5.23 will be released on October 12th this year and will already be based on the KDE Frameworks 5.86.

Test KDE Plasma with KDE neon

The major Linux distributions, which are designed as rolling releases, should be given access to the current software packages of KDE Plasma 5.23 via their own repositories shortly after the release.

Users who would like to try out KDE Plasma 5 can do so with the Linux distribution KDE neon, which was specially designed for this purpose and which can be downloaded from the ComputerBase download area below this message.

More information is available the official roadmap of the KDE project. The YouTube tutorial from “Linux Scoop“.

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