KDE Plasma 5.23.5 is released as the latest update in a series that improves Plasma Wayland

The KDE Project today released KDE Plasma 5.23.5, the fifth and final update in the KDE Plasma 5.23 series of desktop environments with more bug fixes and improvements.

KDE Plasma 5.23.5 comes about five weeks after KDE Plasma 5.23.4. It is the latest release of patches for the KDE Plasma 5.23 “25th Anniversary Edition” desktop environment, with improvements to various components such as the Plasma Wayland session, which has received improvements to advanced keyboard options, as well as mouse and touchpad settings to allow switching between Flat and Adaptive acceleration profiles.

In addition, the Plasma Wayland session now allows users to switch activities without displaying the odd dummy entry in Task Manager, improves mouse and keyboard input so that they no longer stop working after the monitor is turned off and on again, and allows the “No Header or Frame” window rule to be applied without making the window very small.

The KDE Plasma 5.23.5 update also improves System Settings, which no longer crashes when trying to install or update Global Themes or when trying to use the Get New Global Themes window to update Global Themes, improves the Plasma Discover package manager by allowing you to search for installed applications without showing Flatpak applications, and improves the new Plasma System Monitor application, which no longer crashes when viewing processes in a tree view.

Also improved are the Kickoff app launcher, whose search function no longer crashes when multiple instances are launched, the Digital Clock calendar view, which now always displays the correct colors when using the Breeze Light Plasma theme or any other theme with hard-coded light colors, and the system tray, which now becomes semi-transparent or opaque depending on the parent panel settings.

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Among other changes, Plasma now retains Bluetooth status when logged out when using the “Remember” option, Plasma panels now load much faster when logged in, various apps that draw buttons of a certain type no longer crash when using the Breeze app style, and access to clipboard data via Klipper actions or DBus queries now provides full text.

Memory leaks have been fixed in some Plasma components, which no longer causes the KWin window and composite manager to crash when opening some third-party applications or the new Browse effect. In addition, the “Adjust” button on the volume control in Plasma Audio has been fixed so that it will trigger on click.

There are a total of 45 changes in this update, and you can always explore the full change log for more information. In the meantime, if you use the KDE Plasma 5.23 desktop environment, keep an eye on the stable software repositories of your GNU/Linux distribution for Plasma 5.23.5 packages and update as soon as possible.

For example, you can install a new version of Plasma 5.23.5 on Kubuntu 21.10 or another Ubuntu-based distribution.

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