The developers of the KDE Plasma desktop have announced a shift in their focus to place more attention on working on features for Wayland. The shift, which will likely be felt in KDE neon and other projects featuring the Plasma desktop, will mean new features will not be created for the X11 branch of the KDE window manager (KWin). Instead, developers will focus on bringing new features to the Wayland branch of KWin while maintaining the X11 branch with bug fixes. Martin Floser explains: "Yesterday the KDE Community released the Beta for Plasma 5.12 LTS. With that release the feature freeze for 5.12 is in place and also an eternal feature freeze for KWin/X11. To quote the release announcement: '5.12 is the last release which sees feature development in KWin on X11. With 5.13 onwards only new features relevant to Wayland are going to be added.' This raised quite some questions, concerns and misunderstandings in the social networks. With this blog post I try to address those question and explain why this change in policy is done. Is KWin/X11 still maintained? Yes! We are just in the process of releasing an LTS. Of course KWin is fully maintained in the LTS life time. While in 5.8 only X11 was maintained, now we are able to offer maintenance for both X11 and Wayland. For the maintenance we do not differentiate between windowing systems." More information can be found in Floser's blog post.
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