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Jonathan Riddell has announced the Plasma 6.1 beta. This release features triple buffering in KWin for smoother rendering and animations, support for the Wayland Explicit Sync protocol, Input Capture portal, remote desktop system integration, new UX for Plasma's edit mode, configurable edge barrier between screens, fake session restore on Wayland, RGB backlight syncing with Plasma's accent color, color profile embedding in displays Discover support for upgrading out-of-date Flatpak apps, power conservation mode features for Lenovo IdeaPad and Legion laptops, passwordless screen locking, smoother corners, an improved window layout algorithm for Overview, and a rebuilt QML keyboard page. 



KDE Plasma 6.1 Beta Release

Here are the major changes available in the Plasma 6.1 beta:

  • Triple buffering in KWin for smoother rendering and animations
  • Support for the Wayland Explicit Sync protocol, which should improve life for NVIDIA users in particular
  • Support for the Input Capture portal
  • Remote Desktop system integration to allow RDP clients to connect to Plasma desktops, plus a new page in System Settings for configuring this
  • New UX for Plasma's edit mode to make its modality more obvious and visually fancier
  • Added a configurable edge barrier between screens, to make it easier to hit UI elements touching the edges between screens. This also allows auto-hide panels on edges between screens to work properly
  • Fake session restore on Wayland that at least re-opens apps that were open last time, even if they don't get positioned in the same place. Support for real session restore is still being worked on
  • Support for syncing the color of your keyboard's RGB backlight with Plasma's accent color
  • Support for using the color profile embedded into the display, for displays that bundle these
  • Support in Discover for replacing end-of-support Flatpak apps with their replacements
  • Support for the battery conservation mode features on many Lenovo IdeaPad and Legion laptops
  • Support for passwordless screen locking, for using it as a screensaver in an environment without security concerns
  • You can now middle-click the Power & Battery widget to block and unblock automatic sleep and screen locking, and scroll over it to switch the active power profile
  • Slightly rounder corners, and more consistency between corner radius everywhere
  • Better window layout algorithm for Overview
  • The "Shake cursor to find it" effect has been enabled by default
  • New off-by-default effect to hide the mouse pointer after a period of inactivity
  • System Settings Keyboard page has been rewritten in QML

KDE Plasma 6.1 Beta Release