See, I told you I’d continue to blog about the cool things that have happened in KDE-land. 🙂
On that subject… Kate is now available for free on the Microsoft Store! So far the ratings are quite good. 🙂 KDE has always aspired to make our apps available to as many users as possible, and getting them on today’s distribution platforms continues that.
For those of you who switched from Windows or macOS, think back to how helpful it was that a bunch of your favorite apps (Firefox, Chrome, VLC, LibreOffice, Inkscape, Blender, Krita, etc) were already available on Linux and you already knew how to use them. Getting more of our apps on other platforms is a key part of easing the transition for future generations of switchers. 🙂
Beyond that, it’s been a somewhat light week because everybody was off at Akademy planning the future. A lot of really great things got discussed and decided, the results of which should start to trickle into subsequent weeks’ blog posts. 🙂 So stay tuned!
- Dolphin now has a “Reset zoom level” feature that returns the view to the default icon size specified in the settings (me: Nate Graham and Shubham, Dolphin 19.12.0):
Bugfixes & Performance Improvements
- The Wobbly Windows effect no longer leaves weird trails in certain circumstances (Vlad Zahorodnii, KDE Plasma 5.17.0)
- When clicking the currently selected sort order in Dolphin’s “Sort By” menu, the radio buttons on the bottom no longer both become unchecked (me: Nate Graham, Dolphin 19.08.2)
- .docx files stored in Google Drive and accessed with Dolphin or other KDE apps using the kio-gdrive KIOSlave are now opened in the correct app rather than being treated as zip files (David Barchiesi, kio-gdrive 1.2.8)
User Interface Improvements
- When pasting text into a Notes widget, formatting is now stripped out by default, though you can paste with formatting included via the context menu if you want (Luca Carlon, KDE Plasma 5.17.0):
- The KWin Window Behavior KCM received a visual overhaul to make it more modern and consistent-looking (Björn Feber, KDE Plasma 5.17.0):
- The KWin Window decoration context menu received a visual overhaul to make it consistent with the Task Manager’s context menu (Björn Feber, KDE Plasma 5.17.0):
- The Plasma Networks applet now displays indicated any special status (e.g. “network login required” in its tooltip, not just by showing a different icon (Jan Grulich, KDE Plasma 5.17.0)
- KSysGuard is now High DPI compatible (Yunhe Guo, KDE Plasma 5.17.0)
- Icons for items on the desktop now have subtle shadows to help make them stand out a bit from the desktop wallpaper (me: Nate Graham, KDE Plasma 5.17.0):
- Kate, KDevelop, and other KTextEditor-based apps now have a keyboard shortcut to switch between vi input mode and normal input mode (Dominik Haumann, KDE Frameworks 5.63)
- Kate’s symbol viewer is now sorted in ascending order by default (Tore Havn, Kate 19.12.0)
- Gwenview’s settings window sidebar now has all colorful icons, following the new pattern (me: Nate Graham, Gwenview 19.12.0):
How You Can Help
This is a new section I’m adding to these weekly blog posts, highlighting a new way to get involved every week!
Do you have any web design experience? KDE community members are currently working on redoing the ancient and inconsistent assortment of websites hosted on kde.org, and help is needed! If this sounds like your cup of tea, join the kde-www mailing list and check out the tasks on the Phabricator Workboard.
You can also check out https://community.kde.org/Get_Involved, and find out other ways to 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!