KDE Plasma 5.27.9 Improves Plasma Wayland and Flatpak-Based GNOME Apps

This release also imroves the Plasma Discover package manager, the Plasma X11 session, and KWin window manager.
KDE Plasma 5.27.9

The KDE Project released today KDE Plasma 5.27.9 as the ninth maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.27 LTS desktop environment series to fix more issues and bugs.

Arriving one and a half months after KDE Plasma 5.27.8, the KDE Plasma 5.27.9 release improves the Plasma Wayland session by making the Alt+Tab window switcher fully accessible via the Orca screen reader and addressing a crash in the KWin window and composite manager when waking the system from sleep.

Support for Flatpak-based GNOME apps has been improved in this release to display text without any anti-aliasing when run on the Plasma desktop.

KDE Plasma 5.27.9 is also here to fix fast user switching from user accounts that don’t have passwords set, improve the Plasma X11 session by adding missing close buttons to various QtQuick-based dialog windows, as well as to improve widgets that use the standard Plasma Calendar integration to no longer display holidays from the default region instead of the selected one.

Also improved is the Plasma Discover package manager by addressing several issues in its app review pop-up, fixing network cache size for the first run, and fixing an issue when updating multiple Flatpak apps at the same time.

This release also fixes the “ever-growing ScreenMapping config file key causes Plasma to crash or fail to launch new apps” issue in KDE software and fixes KMenuEdit to correctly create .desktop files with exec= keys which point to executable files that contain spaces or other special characters in their file paths.

KRunner and KRunner-powered searches have been improved as well in KDE Plasma 5.27.9 to be case-insensitive when searching for recent files, and KWin has been updated to respect touchscreen calibration matrixes.

Last but not least, this release improves the lock screen to no longer break and display a “the screen locker is broken” screen, which was caused by a QML cache corruption due to running out of disk space. The devs say that the lock screen can still break because of other issues, which are currently being tracked down as well.

For more details about the changes included in this release, check out the full changelog. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the stable software repositories of your favorite GNU/Linux distribution for the Plasma 5.27.9 packages and update your installations as soon as they’re available for the best possible Plasma desktop experience.

Last updated 6 months ago

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