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Article from Issue 222/2019

KDE Plasma 5.14 brings some highly visible improvements for KDE users.

The two big Linux desktop environments are moving further apart. Gnome stands for simplicity, hiding many of its functions and making other functions accessible only through extensions. Increasingly, functionality is being removed from Gnome, such as lately the ability to place icons for directories or apps on the desktop itself. The Gnome desktop's operating concept requires that the user adapt to the software instead of the other way around.

Moving in the opposite direction, KDE developers are deliberately seeking to expand the desktop's capabilities. Recent releases have seen many continuous, consistent, and meaningful improvements to the Plasma desktop.

In Version 5, the KDE project modularized the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC) [1] and divided it into three parts. This approach allows more independent development and publication of the individual parts, which allows for fast delivery of new functions.


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