This week in Usability & Productivity, part 56

Here are the results of week 56 of KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative. We’ve been working on Plasma 5.16 features and fixing old bugs in Plasma 5.12 and beyond.

One additional thing I’d like to mention is that we’re aware that many users of Discover in Plasma 5.14 are suffering from an inability to either check for updates or update their systems. This issue is fixed in Plasma 5.15 and beyond, but we’re working on a fix for Plasma 5.14 users that can be backported. Sorry for the breakage, everyone!

Anyway, onto the good stuff…

New Features

Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

User Interface Improvements

Next week, your name could be in this list! Not sure how? Just ask! I’ve helped mentor a number of new contributors recently and I’d love to help you, too! You can also check out, and find out how you can help be a part of something that really matters. You don’t have to already be a programmer. I wasn’t when I got started. Try it, you’ll like it! We don’t bite!

If you find KDE software useful, consider making a donation to the KDE e.V. foundation.

25 thoughts on “This week in Usability & Productivity, part 56

  1. Wow, that blur effect!
    I’ve only seen it properly working on some professional graphics software! And I can count those apps with the fingers on my hand.

    Not that all the other improvements aren’t amazing, is just that that one specially; I wouldn’t have dreamed of seeing it being solved on the OS level when a good deal of specialized software never even notices.

    As a Neon user, I’m elated!

    Thanks guys for selflessly dedicating another week of your valuable time to improve a project that everyone can use. And also thank you, Nate for always keeping us on the loop. After you started this blog I found myself interested in contributing to KDE too, I’m a graphic designer so I can’t contribute much code, so at the moment I’ve only reported bugs, but I hope soon I would be able to do more.


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    1. The new blur effect is indeed awesome! Nate, can you tell me which theme anemeth uses in his screenshots, where the window decoration (title bar and surrounding) is blurred as well? It looks like a Breeze, but I haven’t found any option yet.

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  2. Nice improves on Spectacle and Plasma, Plasma 5.16 promises to be awesome, KDE never stops to improve their software, just amazing.
    Thanks as always for your awesome work Nate.
    Bests ^^.


  3. Hi Nate, I really want to contribute to KDE, but I don’t know where to start from. I’m a beginner with programming, and I’m unable to find an entry point that can help me figure out how to deal with tools and code bases as huge as KDE’s.


    1. Hi ajyotirmay,
      you can search in for bugs with keyword “junior-jobs”, bugs that are easy to solve for a new entry. In the same page linked by Nate, search for “junior jobs”, click on the link and you’ll get the full list.

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  4. Filtering on multiple processes was always possible. The search field accepts regular expressions, hence ‘plasmashell|kwin|1702’ does the trick.

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  5. Guys, why isn’t there a “refresh” icon in the network plasmoid for wireless yet? This is very very needed. Always, when you switch between wifi networks and the new one appeard like few seconds ago (i.e hot stop), it’s not visable for a long while.


    1. In fact, it’s currently being discussed. There are upstream limitations that we’re trying to work around to reduce the need for one in the first place at the moment.


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