Plasma 5.22.1

It has been a busy week in KDE. Last Tuesday, the project released v5.22 of its environment, one that has mainly introduced performance and consistency improvements. Two days later he released KDE Gear 21.04.2, and over the weekend everything made it to the KDE Backpors repository. This noon, a week apart and as usual, they have launched Plasma 5.22.1, which is the first maintenance update of something that seemed not to need a lot of fixes… in theory.

Nate Graham, who talks to us about the progress and what KDE is preparing during the weekends, told us that everything had gone quite well, but at the same time he told us about various little bugs which would be corrected with the Plasma 5.22.1 that they just released. In addition, they promised that Frameworks 5.83 would fix the bug that does not allow us to select destination folders in apps like Telegram, but I still cannot.

Some of the bugs fixed in Plasma 5.22.1

  • In Plasma’s Wayland Session, additional displays are now detected when using a multi-GPU setup.
  • The network speed widget is working again.
  • The BBC weather data feed for the weather widget is working again (API changed and we had to react).
  • In the Plasma Wayland session, the transparent background of the task switches is now always blurry as expected.
  • In the Plasma System Monitor application, the “Get New Pages” view now opens in a nice overlay instead of a narrow column.
  • Custom shortcuts for “Navigate Applications” (linked to Alt + `by default) now work.
  • The File Search page of System Preferences no longer sometimes shows a strange duplicate header.
  • The redone Autostart page in System Preferences now always shows the correct icon for applications configured to run on login.

Plasma 5.22.1 has already been officially released, so the code is already available to anyone who wants to use it. The best thing is to wait for our operating system to add the new packages, something that KDE neon will do soon, later Kubuntu + Backports and soon also the distributions whose development model is Rolling Release.