The beta is due to be released tomorrow (19 Jan), but there’s an overview of new features etc here:
This will be the last Plasma release in the 5 series, and will be a LTS release. Plasma 5.28 would have been due for release in June, but will be skipped so the developers can work on Plasma 6 with Qt6 - hopefully released in October.
UPDATE: The official announcement is out:
Highlights include a Plasma Welcome app, managing Flatpak permissions, and an improved KWin tiling system.
Yay more bugs, more things breaking. Oh noes v6 soon. I’d rather pass. GNOME also. Sorry, I think things are fine the way they are despite progress. Call me old-fashioned.
It would be nice if some things were addressed once and for all such as making it possible in the touchpad settings to disable any scrolling, any gliding, anything that belongs on a portable POS with touchscreen and not on a PC. Fix the bug with profiles in Konsole. There has been a conflict in some installations with SHIFTDELETE in Dolphin and other apps, could refuse to perma-delete a file giving a dialog with a lame-ass reason. Also saw (not on EndeavourOS) things like indexed file search contents enabled suddenly, and “baloo” needing a few settings disabled so it doesn’t hog RAM and CPU usage.
Im interested, ever since a recent issue opened on the Gnome tracker that was looking to nuke the network settings into oblivion and the sorta responses from even one of the Gnome devs i have a good amount of respect for Ive swapped to KDE for the time being.
Nice to see the wayland work they have coming with
if anyone like me is coming from Gnome there is also a new launcher to make things more comfy for you