This week in KDE: touchy and scrolly and GTK-ey and iconey

There are some neat things to report and I think you will enjoy them! In particular, I think folks are really going to like the improvements to GNOME/GTK app integration and two sets of touch- and scrolling-related improvements to Okular and the Kickoff Application Launcher, detailed below:

New Features

Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

User Interface Improvements

How You Can Help

Do you like icons? Of course you do! But more importantly, are you interested in helping to make them? I bet you are! And you should be, because there’s lots to do! Luckily, it’s actually really easy, and we have a page in the Human Interface Guidelines that describes the rules to help guide you along. Icons in the Breeze icon theme are vector SVG files, and we use Inkscape to make and edit them. I started doing it recently with no prior experience whatsoever in either icon design or the Inkscape program. My work was crude, but VDG members very gently and patiently helped me along, and you can do it too! Here’s how:

More generally, have a look at and find out more ways to help be part of a project that really matters. Each contributor makes a huge difference in KDE; you are not a number or a cog in a machine! You don’t have to already be a programmer, either. I wasn’t when I got started. Try it, you’ll like it! We don’t bite!

Finally, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the KDE e.V. foundation.

30 thoughts on “This week in KDE: touchy and scrolly and GTK-ey and iconey

  1. I wish that GTK programs will just inherit all my preferences from KDE.
    I have set a “WindowsK10” window decoration so I can get bigger rectangular window control buttons like on Windows and there are still some programs that don’t care about that and use their own titlebar with small round buttons that I dislike.
    On top of that, some also have a hamburger menu in the titlebar that I dislike also.
    I want the titlebar to be simple with just the name of the program and the 3 right-side windows control buttons.
    I don’t remember all the programs that have this bad behaviour, but one of them is Remmina.

    BTW Nate,
    Can you please do a “Sharing tutorial” in KDE Plasma when you have time?

    I’ve been trying for a few days and I still don’t know how can I share a folder between my desktop and my laptop computers, both running Kubuntu 19.10 with KDE Plasma 5.17.3 on the same network connected through WiFi
    I know that Dolphin is pretty good at networking as I have managed to connect it in the past over FTP and FISH protocol, bu this home sharing seems complicated to me and I don’t know why it doesn’t work.
    I managed to do something with Samba, but it works only with “Allow Guests”.
    The version without “Allow Guests” keeps asking me about my username and password which I give, but it doesn’t work for some weird reason.
    And if you know, can you please explain what’s the difference between the “Network” and “Shared folders (SMB)”.
    Thank you!


    1. I wish that GTK programs will just inherit all my preferences from KDE.

      That’s exactly the feature that just landed in 5.18. 🙂 There’s still a bit more to do: you still have to set the GTK theme separately, and GTK3 headerbar apps don’t yet respect your preferences for titlebar button positions. Those are planned!

      Network sharing in Dolphin is kind of a mess right now, sorry. Rather than write up a tutorial, I’d rather just fix it. In fact I’m working on a patch for this right now. Keep your eye on I can’t guarantee that it will be done soon since it’s quite complicated for my meager programming skills, but I’m giving it s shot!

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    2. Wow, that’s great, 5.18 seems to be awesome!

      And yes, don’t worry about writing a tutorial about sharing, I asked for it because I thought that there is a problem only on my side, I don’t know how to properly do it.
      Thanks for pointing me to the bug report and for trying to fix it!
      And please don’t worry if you can’t do it.
      Just seeing the willingness to fix an annoying problem for us the user is enough to me 🙂


  2. I am still waiting for an option to disable notification history (Removed in KDE5.16) or at the very least hide the history of file copies. I know when a copy is finished because the process bar is gone, I don’t want to keep dismissing these useless notifications. The other regression in 5.17 is the audio panel taking up more space, ideally the buttons should be smaller above a certain number of audio devices as it is much harder to see when you have 20 virtual audio devices in your desktop compared to the previous releases.


  3. Is anyone else experiencing a bug with KDE and dolphin locking a processor core to 100%? I use GKRELLM on my second monitor and quite often I will notice one core maxed out. Ksysguard shows dolphin @ 12% (1 of 8 cores)

    It happens to me quite often. I am still trying to work out the trigger conditions. I use dolphin with preview OFF and when it locks at 100% I can make it stop when setting preview to ON. If I set preview to OFF again it will return to 100%.

    Nate, are you aware of any active bugs for this? Which bug tracker should I be looking at?


    1. Weird, I have not encountered this or any bugs about it. There is one bug about Dolphin using excessive RAM, but not CPU usage. Can you file one if you can nail down accurate steps to reproduce?

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    2. Excessive RAM bug can be related to the CPU usage actually. When I find Dolphin is using 2-4GB of RAM(just from leaving it open a few days with a few tabs usually), trying to interact with it causes a full core/thread to be 100% usage for a while(5-10sec, seems to depend on memory usage, presumably some sort of loop logic?).

      For example, scrolling becomes laggy/jumpy. Closing a tab, switching tab, bringing up context menu on the breadcrumbs are actions I recall invoking the high CPU activity in this state. It’s not as bad when memory bug/leak is at lower RAM used, such as 1GB iirc. I’m not sure how to reproduce the reproduce the memory issue, but I do encounter it frequently by leaving a Dolphin window open for several days.


  4. I’d still like it if when i open a folder it would open in a new Dolphin window, not a tab in a currently open one.


  5. Hey Nate, do you know if there’s any plans to support dynamic resizing of property bars in dolphin? As is, (at least on opensuse tumbleweed) reducing the width of the window cuts off anything you have on the right (properties, modified date, etc), and resizing to fit the smaller window means things look rather ugly when maximized.


  6. Wait a minute, so Dolphin has Git integration?!
    That’s great news to me, does anyone know how do to enable it?

    Also, now that you have fixed a search focusing problem Nate (thanks for that by the way because, gosh, can those details be so annoying >.<), may I abuse your goodwill and ask if its possible to do the same for Discover? I often open it and start typing then press intro just to notice that I forgot to click on the search field. Do you know if this is the intended behaviour or if opening a bug report would be convenient?

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  7. Wait a minute, so Dolphin has Git integration?!
    That’s great news to me, does anyone know how do to enable it?

    Dolphin settings window > Services > Check “Git” (and any other source control plugins you want active).

    If it doesn’t appear there, you probably need to first install the dolphin-plugins package (it may have a different name depending on your distro). Some distros install it by default, but some don’t. Feel free to bug your distro to make it a recommended dependency of Dolphin. 🙂

    Also, now that you have fixed a search focusing problem Nate (thanks for that by the way because, gosh, can those details be so annoying >.<), may I abuse your goodwill and ask if its possible to do the same for Discover?

    Good news, I already did! The change is only in 5.18 though; it wasn’t easily backportable to 5.17. So you’ll need to wait a few months. 🙂 See

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  8. Did you consider changing from Noto Fonts to Ubuntu as above for UI?

    I understand Noto supports many languages, but it is available in official repos of most distros if users want to install it!


    1. Yes. The problem with the Ubuntu font is that it doesn’t support all character sets out of the box the way Noto does. So when you’re using Noto, you’ll never see squares instead of Chinese characters, for example.

      Personally I quite strongly prefer the Ubuntu font as I think it is both more readable and prettier. But the above issue is a pretty hard blocker, as KDE aspires to have all text displayed perfectly.

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  9. Thanks so much, I can’t wait to try the new Okular features on my convertible laptops. Hopefully there are more touch and stylus features in the pipeline so that these devices get a better usabillity in KDE.


  10. As always, fantastic improvements.

    I just can’t get enough of all this fantastic software.

    Thank you very much to everyone who makes all this possible.

    A huge hug to everyone ^^.


  11. Can you please create options to disable the new animated behaviour?

    Peage scrolling using the page up and page down keys and the new kinetic scrolling are annoying if you are used to discrete and snappy workflow. Please provide configuration options to disable this behaviour.



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