This is your weekly status update for the KDE community’s progress in the Usability and Productivity initiative. KDE contributors have been busy, and here’s a sampling of features, improvements, and bugfixes relevant to the initiative that KDE developers landed over the past week-and-a-half (subsequent reports will be weekly, but I wrote the first one in the middle of a week):
- KIO file copy speed (e.g. in Dolphin) is now 4.5x faster (KDE bug 384561)
- Fixed a layout glitch in Open & Save file picker dialogs (KDE bug 352776)
- KMail gained the ability to badge its Task Manager app icon with the count of unread emails (KDE Phabricator revision D9841)
- Notification badges on Task Manager app icons now show up in Task Manager tooltips, too (KDE Phabricator revision D9825) and look better for huge numbers (KDE Phabricator revision D9827):
- The Audio Volume widget now looks good with Dark themes (KDE bug 388766)
- KSysGuard’s CPU column now has a pretty little CPU use graph in the background for each process (KDE Phabricator revision D9689):
- Every KDE app’s “Settings > Configure [app]” menu item now has a universally consistent keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Comma (KDE Phabricator revision D8296)
- The PDF thumbnailer is able to generate thumbnails in Dolphin for more types of PDFs (KDE bug 388288)
- Dates are no longer formatted like numbers (i.e. as “2,018”) in some places in Dolphin (KDE Phabricator revision D9887)
- The menu you get when right-clicking on KAddressBook’s icon now includes a “New Contact…” item (KDE Phabricator revision D9926)
- Dolphin’s main view now properly regains focus after you close the inline terminal pane (KDE bug 298467)
- Window titlebar buttons now show tooltips (KDE bug 383040)
- Plasma’s notifications no longer leak memory when created (KDE bug 389132)
- Baloo indexer now actually excludes directories that are marked as excluded from indexing (KDE bug 362226)
- A whole class of app crashes caused by typing or deleting characters in search fields using Qt QML components (such as in Discover and System Settings) was traced to a Qt bug–and KDE developer Aleix Pol has submitted a patch!
There’s also been a ton of work in Discover, particularly in Snap and Flatpak support. You can read about it here.
If any of this seems cool or useful, consider helping us out by becoming a KDE contributor yourself. If donating time isn’t your cup of tea, we always appreciate donations of money, too. We can’t do this without your support!