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KDE Plasma 5.16.4 Desktop Environment Released with 18 Changes, Update Now

The KDE Project released today the fourth maintenance update to the latest KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment, a maintenance update that addresses various issues and regressions.

KDE Plasma 5.16.4 is now available three weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.16.3 update as yet another bugfix release in an attempt to keep the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment as stable and reliable as possible. KDE Plasma 5.16.4 is not as big in changes as previous maintenance releases as it only includes a total of 18 bug fixes and improvements.

“Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.16.4. Plasma 5.16 was released in June with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds three week’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important,” reads today’s announcement.

Highlights of the KDE Plasma 5.16.4 update include a compilation fix with the latest Qt 5.13 open-source application framework, improvements to the AirPlane mode, improvements to the notification system of the Discover package manager, as well as to those of the Plasma Workspace. To view all the changes, check out the official changelog.

KDE Plasma 5.16.5 expected to arrive on September 3rd

There’s only one maintenance update left for the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment, KDE Plasma 5.16.5, which is currently scheduled for release on September 3rd, 2019. Being the fifth and last point release in the series, KDE Plasma 5.16.5 will also mark the end of life of the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment.

Until then, if you’re using the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution, make sure you update to the KDE Plasma 5.16.4 point release as soon as it lands in the stable software repositories of your favorite distro. Meanwhile, the KDE Project works hard on the next major release, KDE Plasma 5.17, which will arrive in mid-October.

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