KDE Plasma from a Linux noob perspective

I wrote an article on reddit and I wanted to share it here.

Here are the reasons I am loving KDE plasma desktop and Kubuntu 20.04 .
1) Rock Solid Base. Ubuntu 20.04 being LTS – I know that it has a rock solid base. I don’t have to worry about updates breaking anything.

2) Settings and more settings. I love having the unlimited settings/configurations available in plasma. I have read multiple articles/posts that KDE has too many settings – but you don’t have to use or know everything.
The defaults are sane and anyone can get up and running right after installing Kubuntu. Whenever the need to change anything on my desktop or workflow arises, I simply google it and I find the solution. That is how I am learning the various parts of KDE plasma.

3) Widgets – pieces of Lego. I love widgets – they are like my building blocks.
I am someone who thinks that the desktop is a space which we have to make full use of – and so I love to add media controller, system monitors and note taking apps on the desktop. This makes viewing important information easy and controlling my podcasts/media right from the desktop is something I like.

4) Media control on lock screen. I am someone who listens to a lot of podcasts. So most of the time, my laptop screen is locked and turned off and if I need to pause – I simply pause it from the lock screen without having to unlock my screen. That is such a great convenience.

5) Wallpapers – Unlimited options. It is easy to download any beautiful wallpaper I desire right from Discover software center. Additionally, the integration of Bing picture of the day in desktop settings is one of my favorite feature of KDE plasma.

6) Plasma Browser Integration
I love Plasma Browser Integration. My favorites are media control (e.g Youtube) and download progress (useful for big files)

Of course, KDE plasma has tons of other features which you can check out at https://kde.org/plasma-desktop . I just wanted to highlight the reasons I love and use KDE plasma.

N.B: I know I have not mentioned KDE Connect or latte dock - but they all deserve their own article and I don’t use them. :slight_smile:

Finally, I would like to say Thank You to KDE devs and Kubuntu team.

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