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KDE Plasma 5.23.2 Released with NVIDIA GBM Support, More Bug Fixes

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KDE Plasma 5.23.2 comes only a week after KDE Plasma 5.23.1 and introduces a big feature for NVIDIA GPU users, namely support for the GBM backend of the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver. Over time, this should improve the Plasma experience for NVIDIA users in many ways.

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KDE Plasma 5.23.2, Bugfix Release for October

  • KDE Plasma 5.23.2, Bugfix Release for October

    Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.23.2.

    Plasma 5.23 was released in October 2021 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

    This release adds a week's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include...

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Security Leftovers

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