KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 65

Here’s week 65 in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative, and I’m happy to announce a long-anticipated improvement: High DPI support in Gwenview! Check it out:

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!

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

16 thoughts on “KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 65

  1. Fantastic news.
    I am pretty hyped with KDE Applications 19.04 upcoming launch, as well as KDE Plasma 5.16 not that close the launch, but relatively close too.
    The High DPI support on a lot of KDE Software is making me happy too, i am planning to change my PC, but a lot of peripherals as well (monitor between those, thinking about 2K or 4K resolution, so it will be fantastic i hope, thinking about productivity, an ultrawide one, so i can tile up to 4 windows on the monitor, but still being usable the 4).
    Thank you very much as always Nate, KDE Community et al.
    You really rock a lot.
    Bests ^^.

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  2. I am used to switch desktop icons both Home and Trash into white stylized mode however trash doesn’t change if not full of deleted files. So what’s the problem? Is it possible a shortcut able to reduce all the running program to the taskbar?


  3. First of all, thanks for this week’s list. Every Sunday now has a pleasant (and awaited) 5-minute read 🙂

    One question, though, regarding this:
    “Windows that have been marked as “keep above other windows” now correctly hide themselves when invoking the “Show Desktop” functionality (Vlad Zagorodniy, KDE Plasma 5.16.0)”

    Would this interfere with this “minimize all but current” workaround provided here? https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=83&t=41936&p=407150&hilit=minimize+all+but+current#p407150

    If it does, can you imagine another possible solution?


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    1. Thanks for the quick reply!

      Given that the fix in bug 406101 is obviously the best behavior, after thinking a bit, I had an idea:
      the “minimize all but current” can also be simulated with the following steps:

      1) Make intended window be shown on all desktops [window menu > Move to Desktp > All desktops];
      2) Show desktop;
      3) Move to another desktop (scroll wheel on current desktop).

      Slightly clunkier, but since the original solution wasn’t something well known (or even much requested), it’ll work for me.

      I’ll later add that as a comment on the linked post, so it stays registered there as well.

      Once again, thanks! 🙂

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  4. As always awesome stuff! Thank you guys. I’m very excited to use next Plasma 5.16 release on my box.
    I think KDE is really going to be the perfect DE of Linux!

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  5. Thanks for the updates, looking awesome, I am going to switch back to KDE.

    Nate, as your are familiar with KDE, any recommendations for a good KDE distro these days?

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    1. Kubuntu is great for casual users. KDE Neon is great for slightly-less-casual users who follow and want the latest KDE software. Manjaro or openSUSE Tumbleweed are good for tweakers and power users who want the latest everything. Fedora is great for people who want a blend of all of the above.

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