Okay, now you know what I’m gonna talk about. I won’t give much of details about the features. I will just tell you how to install and some links to read more.
Impressed??? Let’s install…
Installation is so simple. Just install kf5 and kf5-aids via official repositories.
sudo pacman -S kf5 kf5-aids
And then install the plasma desktop via AUR.
sudo packer -S plasma-desktop
It may a while to build the package.
Alternative installation method is to install from KDE unstable releases.
sudo pacman -S plasma-next
Now logout and select the environment as Plasma and you’re ready to go.
But you may notice there are a very small amount of widgets there. Just be patient for a while, since this is just released.
But network applet is a compulsory one which you can live without. You have to install the new version of plasma-nm via AUR.
sudo packer -S plasma-nm
The most special feature I saw is the smooth rendering of graphics and effects. KDE people surely had put a great effort to optimize that.
If you want to test the effects, there is a new widget called Shader Test. Install it and put it on the desktop to see how smooth those rendering is. 😉
And another noticable change is, Konqueror is the default file browser now, not Dolphin.
I’m not going to talk anymore about this and you better try it out to feel it. If you really need to know more, just follow the below links.
Conflict with KDE 4
As for the Arch Wiki “Plasma 5 is not co-installable with KDE 4 Workspace. If you install it you will be prompted to remove kdebase-workspace“. However now I’m using both
KDE 4 and
KDE 5, since I have ignored to install
Anyhow, if someone is struggling with this matter, you can install KDE 5 by removing
kdebase-workspace. Then you won’t be having
kdm anymore, and will need to install another display manager. Arch wiki suggests
sddm from AUR instead of