Week 51 of KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative is here! Most people are still out on vacation these days, so like last week it’s a bit lighter than usual. That didn’t stop the rest of us though! Check out what we did:
Bugfixes & Performance Improvements
- When using the KDE file dialog from a GTK app via the XDG portal, the “Automatically select extension” option no longer puts a raw shell glob at the end of the filename (Jan Grulich, KDE Plasma 5.14.5)
- KWin no longer occasionally crashes when disabling compositing, often when launching a video game (Vlad Zagorodniy, KDE Plasma 5.15.0)
- Non-clickable list items in Discover’s Tasks view no longer inappropriately look clickable (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, KDE Plasma 5.15.0)
- Changed the default sort order for the “Get New [stuff]” dialog to “Most Downloads”, which produces more relevant results than Rating did because it takes into account recency (Björn Feber, KDE Frameworks 5.54)
- Fixed one of the ways that Dolphin could crash when renaming a directory (Jaime Torres Amate, KDE Applications 19.04.0)
- When using Konsole’s “Enable Alternate Screen buffer scrolling” option to permit using the scroll wheel or two-finger touchpad gesture to scroll in command-line programs like less, now the behavior keeps working after issuing a reset command (Ahmad Samir, KDE Applications 18.12.1)
User Interface Improvements
- When choosing new wallpaper images using the “Add Image” button, it’s now possible to add multiple images at a time (me: Nate Graham, KDE Plasma 5.15.0)
- Python bytecode files now get their own icons (Rafael Brandmaier, KDE Frameworks 5.54):
- Konsole tabs now only show icons on tabs when using a profile that has a customized icon (me: Nate Graham, KDE Applications 19.04.0):
- Kate now has a menu entry for enabling and disabling Static Word Wrap, so you can easily toggle it on and off on a per-document basis without having to change the global default setting (Loh Tar, KDE Applications 19.04.0):
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