This week in Usability & Productivity, part 42

Hey look, there have been 42 of these Usability & Productivity posts. This week there’s a lot of in-progress work I’m tracking or working on myself that didn’t quite make it, but what I can report on is hopefully no disappointment! See for yourself:

New Features


UI Polish & Improvement

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14 thoughts on “This week in Usability & Productivity, part 42

  1. Hi Nate, I just like to tell you that I love to sip my cup of coffee and to go through the list of fixed bugs and newly introduced features every Sunday morning for the past 42 weeks! 🙂

    This time you cheated a little bit and made the list longer than it should be: “The context menu for desktop icons …” has been mentioned twice. 🙂

    Something I would really love to see on this blog posts are improvements regarding Wayland, especially fractional scaling [1,2] and the bug on X, which introduces horizontal lines with fractional HiDPI scaling [2].

    In particular the first bug, inter alia, hinders me from moving to Wayland as forcing font DPI seems not a good option to me and I often attach a non HDPI monitor.



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  2. Can I post some suggestion here?
    – I’m using encrypted external disk. When I mount it, window “notifications about devices” shows, then I have to click icon to hide it (no other way),
    – if I suspend laptop, then disconnect disk, after waking laptop I am not able to mount (ofc if I reconnect disk) it again. I’m getting message that mount point already exist.


    1. Yes, I definitely want to turn my attention to this at some point soon. Thanks for the reminder; I’ve added it to my formal to-do list.


  3. Wayland may be interesting but… I check it once in a few months. A few days ago my wayland adventure looked like that:

    I logged in, NextCloud sync app showed a window, which I closed immediately and the wayland crashed to the SDDM… Wayland session lasted a second and not more.
    One of the reasons there are not many wayland testers. There is nothing to test yet, it simply doesn’t work. To be honest, in the past, it seemed to work for a bit longer but so many things didn’t work, wayland was slow and crashy and it oftentimes crashed entire OS so I learned to be scared of it :(.
    Maybe in a few years, we will have something to look at and be excited about the progress. Wayland info was louder a year or two ago and lately, it’s been quiet. Probably people got disappointed and bored with the lack of acceptable results that they could see and play with.


    1. I’m pretty sure I know what’s causing your crash. Closing windows with some decorations crashes KWin (Breeze works fine). It will be fixed with Qt 5.12. This makes Wayland seem pretty bad of course, although it’s actually not that bad besides that bug

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