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Plasma 5.1 on Archlinux!

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I replaced the Plasma 4.11 on my Archlinux laptop with Plasma 5.1, which is now available in the repositories thanks to Andrea Scarpino \o/


I configured it mostly the same way I had Plasma 4 (which was very easy, BTW), but then reconfigured it to look mostly as the default Plasma 5, for this screenshot xD


I haven't used it much yet, but it works pretty nicely. The only real issue I had with it, was not really with it. I had to disable the DRI in the driver of the Intel card, because this driver has been having issues with OpenGL lately, in my card. It's a really old laptop, so issues are to be expected. Due to this, compositing is disabled, so no desktop effects, so it looks uglier than it should, but still... =)


Kudos to the KDE team for their great job, and to Andrea and the Archlinux team for making it available!

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I'll try it out this weekend. I guess all you need to do is remove the kworkspace packages before installing plasma-next, right? I fear this is the kind of things that work better when installed from a tty login, not from a terminal emulator.

Eugenio M. Vigo at 2014-10-20T09:58:54Z

KDE has been going less and less "bling" in the default theme for a while now. look at the transition from keramic to plastik to oxygen and now to breeze

David "Judah's Shadow" Blue at 2014-10-20T11:27:04Z

>> Cyber Killer:

“I sure hope they'll make some gradiented looking styles for this version. The flat colors remind me of ugly windoze8 :-P.”


Don't worry, if you liked Plasma with the Oxygen style (default in Plasma 4, for the desktop, app look, windeco and iconset), it's all there; it's just not the default. And it's very simple to quickly change the style/"UX" globally.



>> axel:

“Cool ... screenshot looks a lot like LXQT though, shouldn't the next gen KDE desktop have a little more BLING ?”


I'm not sure what you mean by "more bling", but this screenshot of the new generation of Plasma is not meant to show what it is or can be. It's just a "here's a Plasma desktop upgraded by a regular user using regular distro packages". Oh, and compositing is disabled, due to my Intel driver issues. There goes the bling down the drain! :p


As usual, Plasma can be whatever you want: very flashy, or very simple =)

JanKusanagi @i at 2014-10-20T12:04:24Z

>> Eugenio M. Vigo:

“I guess all you need to do is remove the kworkspace packages before installing plasma-next, right? I fear this is the kind of things that work better when installed from a tty login, not from a terminal emulator.”


Pacman will tell you which exact packages are in conflict; some it will offer to remove, some will simply make it fail, but the process is very simple.


If you use KDM, you'll need a new DM: I went for the recommended, SDDM.


I did the upgrade from within Plasma, and there were no issues until I rebooted (when I had the display issues, driver-related, not really Plasma-related), but this is a secondary laptop, not my main machine.

JanKusanagi @i at 2014-10-20T12:08:15Z