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This week in KDE: all about the apps

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This week we landed a lot of nice improvements for KDE’s apps, which I’ve highlighted below! Of course we didn’t forget about Plasma, so have a look-see...

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KDE Ending Out May With UI Tweaks, Bug Fixes

  • KDE Ending Out May With UI Tweaks, Bug Fixes

    KDE Plasma 5.19 is due for release very soon (9 June) but that hasn't kept KDE developers from already working on Plasma 5.20 and other components for this open-source desktop.

    Among the changes ironed out by KDE developers as we hit the end of May include:

    - The Dolphin file manager now supports mounting ISO images via the context menu when clicking on said file.

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