KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 64

Week 64 in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative has arrived, and I think you’ll see why this week needed two posts. I’ve already published a guest post about the lock and login screen tweaks for Plasma 5.16, but we’ve got much, much more:

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 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!

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27 thoughts on “KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 64

  1. Incredible ! Tons of good stuff.

    Oh, and this is the one work-around I thought would never came : “The KWin window manager now consumes less CPU time when when using the proprietary NVIDIA driver (Erik Kurzinger, KDE Plasma 5.12.9)”
    Martin had good reasons not to add work-arounds to kwin ; but as it had affected so many users for so many years, the KDE team finally decided to. THANK YOU.

    Without it, non-tech users would just think KDE sucks (CPU usage / tearing when using the proprietary NVIDIA driver ; not-so-smooth desktop when using work-arounds).

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    1. Yeah, although I don’t think this has much to do with Martin’s decisions. In the end it’s taken attention from an NVIDIA engineer to improve the code pertaining to their hardware, which strikes me as exactly as it ought to be. It’s not the KWin maintainers’ job to also be an expert on the implementation details of all graphics hardware–especially those that use undebuggable closed-source proprietary drivers. I think the NVIDIA folks are doing the right thing here by recognizing that they alone have the domain expertise to fix these issues, and then fixing them.

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  2. It’s superb that’s Konsole can now do arbitrary grid-like splits, but unfortunately sessions are not working yet.
    However, I believe in you that you will get it done as well!! That’d be too awesome! 🙂

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  3. >You can now show and hide the desktop with the Meta+D keyboard shortcut
    So you’re going to copy all the windoze shortcuts to plasma?!


    1. Meta+D is a really good one. I’m a Mac and Linux user but from my brief time on Windows I’ve come to really miss Meta+D. Also Meta+E for the File manager.


    2. For those who migrated — maybe.
      My setup:
      meta+q(uit) for alt+F4
      meta+w(indows operation menu) for alt+F3
      meta+e(xpose) for ctrl+F9
      meta+a(ll apps) for apps popup via minimal menu widget
      meta+s(ettings) for system settings
      meta+d(olphin) for file manager
      meta+z for minimiZe a window
      meta+x for maXimize a window
      meta+c for minimize all windows or “show desktop”
      It’s quiet autistic but logical and original at least.
      And you can’t press meta+D with your little + middle fingers. I mean you can but it’s very inconvenient. At least on my XPS13. You know how hard is it to retrain yourself to use the new shortcuts instead of the old ones. I know I can redefine it, but what the hell. I always thought of KDE (Plasma) as of some kind of mixture of macos and windows on its original way, not a dumb copy of one of those. Nevermind.


  4. Great, the global shortcut of Meta + D is great for me, i had already configured on my Plasma as Global, it is just really useful to me.
    Konsole looks pretty nice too, a shame that the new things will be for 19.08, but well. This means that in the near future we will have the possibility to divide the screen and using Konsole with multiple divide terminals at once?
    Thank you as always to everyone who make all these amazing changes and new features, improvements, bug fixes, etc, possible.
    Bests to all, Nate especially, as always ^^.

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  5. Just wanted to tell that the drag and drop on the desktop issue is gone! Hopefully, it won’t re-appear like the last time. Probably some recent Qt updates made the change.
    Finally, the Plasma desktop space is usable.

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    1. I proposed this but it turns out to be too technically problematic. We went in the opposite direction: the Updates Notifier just directly opens Discover now, without showing the Updates Notifier in an expanded state at all.

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  6. “Konsole can now do arbitrary grid-like splits”… But will it show different shells in each split, like Terminator and Tilix do? Having to create tabs and manually manage them inside each split is very cumbersome. Splits and tabs should be equivalent UI representations for separate terminal instances.


    1. Yes the existing split feature already behaves that way. This new feature just adds flexibility to allow a Konsole window to have both vertical and horizontal splits, not just one type or the other.

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  7. Thank you – nice chunk of updates!
    I just have one tangential question – do you know what the font is being used in the last Kate editor screenshot?


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