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…
- KSysGuard’s search field now accepts a comma-separated list of process names or IDs so you can monitor just a few things at once (Tomaz Canabrava, KDE Plasma 5.16.0):
- The Networks widget now has a button to display a search field to help you find a particular network from among the available choices (Valerio Pilo, KDE Plasma 5.16.0):
Bugfixes & Performance Improvements
- When dragging-and-dropping icons on the desktop over other icons, the dragged-over icons no longer disappear under certain circumstances (Oleg Solovyov, KDE Plasma 5.12.8)
- Desktop icons no longer sometimes get scrambled or rearranged after a reboot (Eike Hein, KDE Plasma 5.12.8)
- Desktop icons no longer sometimes become visibly duplicated after creating a new folder (Eike Hein, KDE Plasma 5.12.8)
- System Settings’ sidebar list back button now always has the correct color no matter what color scheme is being used (Björn Feber, KDE Plasma 5.15.0)
- QML Comboboxes always show all items in their pop-up, and can now be closed by clicking anywhere else in the window just like QWidgets Comboboxes (David Edmundson, KDE Frameworks 5.54)
- Okular now properly displays links in Markdown documents that span more than one line (Albert Astals Cid, KDE Applications 19.04.0)
User Interface Improvements
- You can now right-click on networks in the Network widget to expose a “Configure…” action (Valerio Pilo, KDE Plasma 5.16.0):
- KWin’s blur effect now looks more natural and correct to the human eye by not unnecessary darkening the area between blurred colors (Alex Nemeth, KDE Plasma 5.16.0):
- Print Manager now indicates what’s asking for your password and where it will be sent, which the last of the barriers to making it available on Debian (Michael Weghown, KDE Plasma 5.16.0):
- Kirigami Toolbar buttons now all have the same visual style as other KDE-style toolbars on the desktop (Marco Martin, KDE Frameworks 5.55)
- After opening a new tab in Dolphin, that new tab’s view now automatically gains keyboard focus (me: Nate Graham, KDE Applications 19.04.0)
- Spectacle no longer displays both “Full Screen (All Monitors)” and “Current Screen” options when your computer only has one screen (Emirald Mateli, KDE Applications 19.04.0)
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 https://community.kde.org/Get_Involved, 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!