"Frameworks 5 and Plasma have been recognised as maturing usable products"
LOL wut. Bullshit.
"which means it’s time to take a serious look at what to expect when you turn it on for the first time"
You mean turning my computer on and not expecting the compositor to throw a hissy fit, sometimes not rendering an entire display until I randomly click something in it or move a window from a different screen over and force everything to be repainted.
"This is mostly anecdotal and other factors are in play, but no matter how you slice it Plasma 5 uses less RAM, somewhere between 20-40% less RAM is consumed on a freshly booted machine"
And yet uses one my CPU cores 100% of the time, 100% of the use, and causing my fan to always be on at a low level. But does Gnome and KDE do that? Nope.
"Throughout the entire experience consistent colours and appeal are pervasive, and the icons seem to just “match” everything thoughout the environment."
And some of the icons outright look futuristic.
"The new design is also highly animated"
As per the usual. Arguably more excessive than Gnome.
(Cashew) "There have been heavy debates on how to hide it, but for the interim it’s here to stay."
Still disappointed in that.
"This next-generation Krunner uses a much more sophisticated engine which apparently increases the speed further"
Can't argue with that. Unity and Gnome have nothing on the speed of KRunner.
"Generally it’s not an issue as the focus is clearly on getting to your favourite applications"
(The Standard Launcher) Aside from when I install something and then need to wait for the new software to be indexed, it is pretty decent.
(Long part about Activities) I don't personally use them, mainly because I don't have the time to suddenly switch from "oh lets work" to "oh lets play", let alone on the same machine (I have a laptop for coding, attached to the usual monitor, keyboard, and mouse that is shared with my desktop).
(Talk about the System Settings) Yep, pretty solid improvement there. No other comment.
(Muun) Can't find it on Fedora for some reason. Shrug.