February 28th, 2024. Mark your calendars, as that’s the official date the KDE team has set for the release of KDE Plasma 6.0.
According to the official KDE release schedule, February 21 is the private tarball release, and February 28 is the official public release, which includes KDE Gear 24.02.0, KDE Plasma 6.0, and KDE Frameworks 6.0.
Some of the work that has been completed includes custom ordering for KRunner search results, printers KCM rewritten in QML, double-click by default, tap-to-click by defaults, and icons throughout Plasma now come from systemwide icon theme.
As well, you’ll find support for automatic bug reporting in DrKonqi, autostart KCM shows details about entries, no more chunky page footers in System Settings, completely reorganized sidebar in System Settings, smoother mouse wheel scrolling in apps based on QtQuick, and the floating panel will be now the default.
The biggest change, however, is that Wayland will be the default graphics stack (over X.org). One nice touch that has been added is that distributions can now customize the first page in the Welcome Center.
Of course, there will also be the usual bug fixes and security updates.
There will also be a new task switcher for KDE Plasma, making it much easier for users to multitask.
You can read all about the upcoming changes to KDE Plasma in Nate Graham’s official blog.