Plasma 5 with long-term support

Conclusions

The latest KDE is the best that ever existed in the eyes of many users. You might not like the default wallpaper, but you can replace it in seconds if you are not satisfied. All told, the visual appearance is clear, elegant, and businesslike at the same time; the design retires to the background and is unobtrusive (Figure 4). With Dolphin as its control center, KDE has undoubtedly one of the best file managers on the market (Figure 5).

Figure 4: The tidy System Settings window provides easy access to configuration options.
Figure 5: Dolphin from Plasma 5.8 in openSUSE Leap 42.2 RC1.

With Plasma 5.8 LTS, KDE finally seems to have settled into the fifth cycle. The KDE developers have already treated Plasma 5.8 to two minor updates, which are available in cutting-edge distributions such as KDE Neon [8] or the small but impressive KaOS [9]. With Plasma 5.8, KDE now seems more than ever to know where the project is going.

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