KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS Gets First Point Release to Improve Plasma Wayland and Overview Effect

Plasma 5.24 Point Release

The KDE Project released today KDE Plasma 5.24.1 as the first point release to the latest KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS desktop environment series to fix more bugs and improve existing features.

KDE Plasma 5.24.1 is here only a week after the release of KDE Plasma 5.24 and further improves the Plasma Session session to no longer crash when screencasting, allow the use of custom splash screens, as well as to fix mispositioned tooltips.

The new Overview effect has been improved as well in this release to correctly show minimized windows in the desktop thumbnails and to make the application’s selection highlight effects disappear when dragging them. On top of that, the Fall Apart effect has been updated to no longer interact weirdly with the Overview effect.

Talking about effects, KDE Plasma 5.24.1 makes the Scale effect configurable again and the Zoom effect now works correctly in the Plasma X11 session, no longer making the mouse cursor disappear while using it.

The System Settings app received a performance boost to launch faster than before, especially when using the legacy Icons View mode. Moreover, bugs were fixed so that it won’t crash when the active color scheme no longer exists on the local drive, falling back to the Breeze Light color scheme, as well as to make the links added to the desktop via Kickoff’s “Add to Desktop” context menu item appear on the desktop as expected.

KDE Plasma 5.24’s first point release also improves the Plasma Discover package manager to no longer freeze when viewing an app’s details, as well as to fix an app’s screenshots pop-up to no longer get overlapped by the sidebar after making the window smaller and then bigger again. On top of that, Discover no longer shows duplicate entries for matched apps that are available from multiple sources when searching for apps that aren’t installed.

Also improved is the Plasma System Monitor app as the CPU sensors no longer display negative values, the Info Center app as the Devices page now works as expected on GNU/Linux distributions where the lspci command-line is available in /sbin, /usr/sbin, or /usr/local/sbin, and the Sticky Note applet to no longer make the files disappear for a moment when dragging them from the desktop.

Among other noteworthy changes, the KDE Plasma 5.24.1 point release improves the background color of the System Tray’s pop-up to be correctly displayed when a widget is located on the desktop instead of on the panel, improves the Kickoff applications menu to no longer show multiple “Uninstall or manage add-ons” entries when an app is installed from multiple sources, and improves quick-tiling when using third-party window decoration themes.

Various other smaller bug fixes are present in this update, so make sure that you install it as soon as it lands in the stable software repositories of your favorite GNU/Linux distribution, especially if you already upgraded to the KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS desktop environment. Check out the full changelog for more details.

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