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KDE Plasma 5.21 Desktop Environment Officially Released with New App Launcher, More

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KDE Plasma 5.21 is here as the next-generation of the Plasma desktop environment for Linux-based distributions on both desktop and mobile. It’s a huge release that brings dozens of improvements, new features, new apps, and whatnot.

The biggest change in KDE Plasma 5.21 is a brand-new application launcher that finally replaces the old Kickoff menu used in the last years. The new app launcher features a double-pane interface to make navigation faster, a grid-style view of favorite apps, alphabetically ordered list of installed apps, better keyboard, mouse, and touch support, improved accessibility, support for more KRunner runners, and RTL (Right-to-Left) support.

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Liam Dawe on new Plasma release

  • Plasma 5.21 rolls out as one of the best looking Linux desktops available

    Love your PC to look flashy? The KDE team put in a lot of effort to be both beautiful and functional with the latest Plasma 5.21 release which is out now. Part of the ongoing work to make KDE Plasma look as good as possible, with lots of work big and small going into many areas in this release.

    Plasma 5.21 from KDE brings in the brand new application launcher, featuring two panes to make it simple to find the programs you want to launch long with improved navigation for different input types. The older Kickoff launcher is still available too for anyone who prefers it. Plenty of improvements to the default Plasma theme with a refreshed colour scheme and header style, a new Breeze Twilight theme combining dark and light together, there's a brand new Plasma System Monitor for keeping an eye on your system, huge progress towards great KWin and Wayland support as part of their mission to have first class support for Wayland and much more.

KDE Plasma 5.21 Brings in a New Application Launcher

KDE Plasma 5.21 Released With New Breeze Twilight Theme

  • KDE Plasma 5.21 Released With New Breeze Twilight Theme - Front Page Linux

    KDE Community has announced the official release of the KDE Plasma 5.21 desktop environment. Plasma 5.21 brings with it a massive amount of updates and improvements including a new redesigned interface of the Kickoff application launcher, a brand new theme called Breeze Twilight and many more enhancements. KDE says that “Plasma 5.21 is all about upgrading the looks and usability of Plasma” and this release shows how much time and effort has gone into it.

    I’ve been using KDE Plasma as my daily driver desktop environment since at least 2014 and it’s seems to get better with every release. It’s no surprise to long time readers of Front Page Linux that I’me always excited to see a new release of Plasma. Though, if you aren’t aware of my KDE fandom then be sure to check out the video I made about My Top 5 Reasons I Use KDE Plasma.


  • Plasma 5.21

    Find, reach and run your apps faster and easier than ever with Plasma’s new app launcher.

    The new launcher features two panes to make it simple to locate your programs and comes with improved keyboard, mouse, and touch input, boosting accessibility across the board.

    Support for languages with right-to-left writing (such as Japanese and Arabic) has also improved. We have also included an alphabetical “All Applications” view, a grid view for your favorite tools, and placed all the power actions (“Sleep”, “Restart”, “Shut Down”, etc.) at the bottom of the launcher pop-up so they are always visible and available.

    Last but not least, we have fixed most of the bugs reported by users, guaranteeing a smoother access to all your stuff.

    If you prefer the old Kickoff app launcher however, it is only few clicks away in KDE’s software store.

What is new in KDE Plasma 5.21

  • What is new in KDE Plasma 5.21

    In this video, we are looking at some of the new features and changes that stand out for me the most in KDE Plasma 5.21.

PCLinuxOS: KDE Plasma Desktop updated to 5.21.0

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    KDE Plasma packages have been updated to 5.21.0. Through rain, sleet or freezing snow, the packages must roll! It is recommended that you reboot after the update is complete so the new libraries can load.

Norbert Preining: Debian KDE/Plasma Status 2021-02-18

  • Norbert Preining: Debian KDE/Plasma Status 2021-02-18

    Lots of time has passed since the last status update, and Debian is going into pre-release freeze, so let us report a bit about the most recent changes: Debian/bullseye will have Plasma 5.20.5, Frameworks 5.78, Apps 20.12. Debian/experimental already carries Plasma 5.21 and Frameworks 5.79, and that is also the level at the OSC builds.


    We are in soft freeze now, and only targeted fixes are allowed, but Bullseye is carrying a good mixture consisting of the KDE Frameworks 5.78, including several backports of fixes from 5.79 to get smooth operation. Plasma 5.20.5, again with several cherry picks for bugs will be in Bullseye, too. The KDE/Apps are mostly at 20.12 level, and the KDE PIM group packages (akonadi, kmail, etc) are at 20.08.

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