This week in Usability & Productivity, part 50

Holy moley, there are 50 of these Usability & Productivity reports?! Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

Speaking of having fun, this week is going to be a bit light what with the run-up to Christmas. Folks are spending some time with their families and recharging batteries!

Nevertheless, it was quite a week for some of the core KDE applications, which received a number of nice improvements and new features. More are on the way too, and the upcoming KDE Applications 19.04 release promises to be packed with much-requested goodies!

New Features

Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

User Interface Improvements

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18 thoughts on “This week in Usability & Productivity, part 50

  1. Can you (or anyone else reading this) point me to the bug report of broken Klipper under Wayland? It’s listed in the Plasma 5.13 Errata wiki entry , so it’s obviously documented but searching on BKO and Phabricator led to no results…


  2. Great as always Nate.
    The fix for Spectacle looks great. So the overhaul for Konsole.
    Thanks for your hard work and same for all the KDE members that improve this great project.

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    1. Glad you and others are enjoying it! Konsole in particular is undergoing a bit of a renaissance right now. There are a ton of contributors who are fixing bugs, polishing the user interface, and implementing new features. Its future looks bright!

      Just look at the pace of change and the diversity of people in the git log:


    2. Really nice yes.
      I have been reading on the KDE reddit and there’re a feature that it’s usually required by some users, split view, support that on Konsole would be really huge.


  3. Meh… I really do appreciate the work, but it still has a long, long, long way to go to catch up with GNOME. It still looks so dated and unpolished compared to GNOME.


    1. I’m really unable to use gnome environment on desktop because it is slow in productivity also if I know that KDe can be better than it is now. I consider KDe environment the best choice for desktop environment and sufficiently polished.

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    2. I completely disagree. While the config dialogs may be simpler in Gnome, that’s only because Gnome has been oversimplified to the point of un-usability. (IMO) I cannot use it, it destroys my productivity. KDE is the best desktop environment for productivity, not only for Linux, but across Linux, Windows and Mac.

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    3. I agree that KDE looks a bit dated, Breeze needs a renovation, or maybe a complete brand new Qt style is needed. The look of KDE is too 2000-esque if compared to Android por even Windows 10, but its poder and flexibility is simple incomparable to Gnome’s. Don’t insult intelligence saying that “it has a long way to catch up with Gnome”, Gnome looks clean and contemporary, but a desktop is to be used, and KDE is generations ahead in usefulness and customization possibilities.


  4. You should start printing out all these posts and put in a box that you store in the garage. With this speed of improvements you soon have to build a new garage! 😀

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