KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 71

Hot on the heels of last week, this week’s Usability & Productivity report continues to overflow with awesomeness. Quite a lot of work what you see featured here is already available to test out in the Plasma 5.16 beta, too! But why stop? Here’s 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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21 thoughts on “KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 71

  1. Fantastic news as always, great new week.

    Just one question, the revamp of the widgets settings is for Plasma 5.16 i suppose, cause it’s not specified as usually, i suppose this was just a little error. And another one, at the notifications bugfixes, the first link is blank, i mean, it doesn’t go anywhere.

    Apart of that, as always, amazing work Nate and KDE Community, i can’t wait to the official release of Plasma 5.16.

    Thank you very much as always to everyone mentioned above ^^.


  2. It wasn’t so long ago that Plasma got a fair amount of flak; some of it justified to my thinking. How times have changed!

    As usual I’m gobsmacked by the impressive rate at which these improvements are landing. True attention to detail, true craftsmanship. Thanks to all involved. In my humble opinion you’re building the greatest desktop in existence.

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    1. I’m very happy that you put it in those terms, because that’s exactly how I think about it too, and it’s my explicit goal.

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  3. > On Wayland though, this is not easy to do, as libinput implicitly does not provide a way to disable Horizontal Scrolling.
    > To achieve that we need to work on KWIN side such that it is possible to provide an option to disable it.


    Hoping for 5.17 then.


  4. Great work by the KDE community, as always! I’m so excited to test it out once it’s released, especially running Wayland on NVIDIA. It is going to be available in the 5.16 once it reaches stable, right? Thanks!


  5. The new libinput touchpad controls are amazing! Finally I can enable tap to click but disable tag and drag (and drag lock) without leaving the normal settings.


  6. Hello!
    First of all thanks for the amazing work! Plasma is getting amazingly better every week! I got one questing, are there any news when/if wayland session will allow us to have fractional scaling in our screen (or per screen scaling on Xorg). I’m getting a really hard time in order to get me dual monitor setup working correctly. (1.5 scale on my laptop screen, 1 on my external monitor)
    Thanks again!


    1. it’s very frustrating don’t have fractional scaling per monitor in KDE Plasma, Windows and Gnome are able to do this, but it seems Plasma is ignoring this each release.


    2. We already have per-monitor scaling on Wayland; all that’s needed is to implement fractional scaling on Wayland, which is planned and in progress.


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