The KDE project announced this past weekend the release of KDE Frameworks 5.25.0, another monthly update to the collection of over 70 add-ons for the Qt5 GUI toolkit and the latest KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.
KDE Frameworks 5.25.0 comes in time for the recently released KDE Plasma 5.7.3 maintenance update of the modern and widely used Linux desktop, promising to update many of the core components, including but not limited to Attica, which now follows HTTP redirects, the Breeze icon set with lots of additions, extra CMake modules, KDE Doxygen tools, KXMLGUI, KWindowSystem, and KWidgetsAddons.
KDE apps like KTextEditor, KArchive, and Sonnet received bugfixes and other improvements in the KDE Frameworks 5.25.0. The release also comes with many other updated components, among which Plasma Framework, NetworkManagerQt, KXMLGUI, KCoreAddons, KService, Kross, Solid, Package Framework, KNotification, KItemModels, KIO, KInit, KIconThemes, KHTML, KGlobalAccel, KFileMetaData, and KDeclarative.
Qt 5.5 or higher is now required for KDE Frameworks
Other than the above, KDE Frameworks 5.25.0 improves support for the next-generation Wayland display server for GNU/Linux operating system, as the KWayland component has been updated to support xdg-shell and geometry events for PlasmaWindow. There’s also Application Menu icon included in the Oxygen icon set, and it appears that the supported Qt release was bumped to version 5.5 or later.
“KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well-tested libraries with friendly licensing terms,” reveals the KDE team in the official release announcement. “This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.”
Therefore, if you’ve been waiting for the monthly release of KDE Frameworks to enhance your KDE Plasma desktop environment with the latest fixes and improvements, now is the time to update. It appears that KDE Frameworks 5.25.0 has been already pushed to the main software repositories of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions, such as Arch Linux, so you need to update as soon as possible.